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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Famed playwright Terrence McNally died today from the coronavirus by Tim Treanor

Terrence McNally, the celebrated playwright, librettist, screenwriter and theater thought leader, died today as a result of complications from the new coronavirus. He was 81. Although McNall…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Round House Theatre’s 2020-2021 season: dementia, magic, blues, terrorism, bonding and broken glass by Tim Treanor

Round House Theatre’s 2020-2021 season brings the past into the present, then hits us with two world premieres and concludes with a raucous contemporary favorite known as a showcase for fi…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID-19 update: Arena Stage cancels the remainder of its season by Tim Treanor

Arena Stage will cancel the remainder of its 2019-2020 season, the company announced today. Arena will reschedule Celia and Fidel, Seven Guitars, and Toni Stone for the 2020-2021 season as a…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Latest COVID-19 news: The Helen Hayes Awards will be rescheduled. by Tim Treanor

Washington DC’s 2020 Helen Hayes Awards, originally scheduled for May 18, has been postponed, theatreWashington, the nonprofit organization responsible for the Awards ceremony has announce…

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American Shakespeare Center, now shut down until summer, continues to support its actors and staff by Tim Treanor

The innovative American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va has shut down its Actor’s Renaissance Season, canceled its Spring Season, and closed its doors at least until June in response to…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Review: Spooky Action cast revels in the wit and profundity of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses. by Tim Treanor

There is out there, and then there is Will Eno. An interviewer once asked him one of those personality-in-a-nutshell questions. If you could pick any superpower for yourself, he asked the pl…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

L M Feldman’s Thrive wins ASC’s Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries competition; 2021 submission guidelines announced by Tim Treanor

If the present ceaselessly calls out to the past in life — and it does — it also does so in art. So, for example, we have many iterations of Jane Austen’s novels cast in the present da…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Theater J reveals the 7 plays for its 2020-2021 season by Tim Treanor

True events, leavened with fable and fantasy (and a little bit of the Kinsey Sicks) will propel Theater J’s 2020-2021, the company has revealed. In five months, the outline of our national…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Contemporary American Theater Festival 2020, July 10 – August 2, features 5 world premieres by Tim Treanor

The Contemporary American Theater Festival will stake its claim as one of the country’s most important new play festivals in 2020, with five world premieres (including one rolling world pr…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

A King and No King. ASC actors take on this outlandish 17th century comedy by Tim Treanor

Has this ever happened to you? You’re Panthea, Princess of Iberia (Zoe Speas), and you haven’t seen your brother, King Arbaces (Benjamin Reed) since you were nine years old. You live und…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Review: Henry IV, Part 2, as ASC’s Renaisance actors will it by Tim Treanor

Imagine there’s no director — it’s easy if you try — and no designers too. Imagine further that the actors, amidst their other theatrical responsibilities, must put this play togethe…

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Review: Actors’ take-over of ASC’s Much Ado About Nothing finds big laughs in Shakespeare’s comedy by Tim Treanor

At Shakespeare Theatre’s 2020 mock court Thursday night, the veteran Shakespearian actor Ed Gero described the special challenges facing a theater artist who takes on one of the Bard’s w…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Shakespeare Theatre mock trial gives a speedy – and witty – hearing in The Trial of Peter Pan by Tim Treanor

Peter Pan, having swept the Darling children up into the sky with fairy dust, brought them to Neverland, a venue full of pirates and mermaids. There, along with the lost boys, they did battl…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Arena Stage announces its history-focused 2020-2021 season by Tim Treanor

American History — some real, some imagined — will mark Arena’s ten-production 2020-2021 season. The inaugural show at the Mead Center for American Theater will be a world-premiere mus…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

2020 Helen Hayes Award nominees announced. Most recognized: Olney Theatre Center and Constellation’s Little Shop of Horrors by Tim Treanor

Olney Theatre Center leads the pack of company nominations with 27 nods for this year’s Helen Hayes Awards, theatreWashington announced last night at its annual kickoff to the Helen Hayes …

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Folger Theatre’s 2020-21 season, reporting not only what but where by Tim Treanor

Folger Theatre will be out-of-house for the 2020-21 season while the venerable Folger Shakespeare Library undergoes renovation. To get its audiences ready for the pleasures yet to be, the co…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Review: From World Stages, Grey Rock. Against all odds, a Palestinian builds a rocket to the moon by Tim Treanor

America “should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon, and returning him safely to the earth,” said John Kennedy, in whose building…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Rep Stage becomes the first company to announce its 2020-2021 season by Tim Treanor

Love and death, murder and ghosts will raise their occasionally ugly but dramatically satisfying heads in Rep Stage’s 2020-2021 four-play season, the company announced Friday. The Rep Stag…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

7 upcoming plays which are about to tell us where we lost our humanity and where we can find it again. by Tim Treanor

Tim Treanor was asked to recommend 7 plays for the lecture DC Theatre Season 2020 held January 14 in the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center.  Since we’ve had several requests for his…

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Victor Shargai, major philanthropist and theatre supporter, has died. by Tim Treanor

Victor Shargai, an actor, costume designer, interior designer, philanthropist, and Washington theater leader died on Christmas Eve at the age of 83 after a brief illness. Shargai was the lon…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: Madeline’s Christmas at Creative Cauldron by Tim Treanor

In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. And at Creative Cauldron, for their Christmas thing, the twelve little girls get up and sing. Oh,…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Review: The Magic Duel, a mystifying show. Believe it or not. by Tim Treanor

In the genteel Mayflower Hotel, where J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson often ate dinner alone together, Mark Phillips and Ryan Phillips are engaged in a magic duel. By “magic duel” I don…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Review: Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra gets a lusty, lively staging at ASC by Tim Treanor

Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s saga of love and war, in which — spoiler alert — war wins. Our situation is this: Julius Caesar has been assassinated and, after some skirmishing,…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: The Willard Suitcases. Pack your bag to catch this ingeniously staged new musical at ASC by Tim Treanor

The end of your life starts slowly, and after some incomprehensible incident. Everything seems dreamlike. They are talking to you – the policeman, the lawyer, the judge, the doctor – and…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Review: Edward Albee’s Occupant at Theater J by Tim Treanor

“It’s not the person,” cries the sculptor Louise Nevelson (Susan Rome) in Edward Albee’s Occupant, “It’s the work they do!” Would be it that Albee had heeded his character’s …

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: Agnes of God, Factory 449’s devastating look at religious faith and science by Tim Treanor

In a convent of cloistered Catholic nuns, a baby lies in a wastebasket. She has lived for less than an hour, before being strangled with her own umbilical cord. In another part of the room, …

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Newly-renamed Avant Bard Theatre announces its 3-play season by Tim Treanor

Avant Bard Theatre, formerly known as WSC Avant Bard (and before that, as Washington Shakespeare Company), will mark its 30th anniversary with a new name, and a three-play season, Artistic D…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Louis Altarescu and Alan Friedman, recipients of 2019 Gary Maker Audience Award. by Tim Treanor

Louis Altarescu and Alan Friedman, well known volunteer ushers and theater enthusiasts until Friedman’s untimely death last month, have been selected to receive the 2019 Gary Maker Audienc…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: The Royale . Olney Theatre’s boxing drama wins in a knock out by Tim Treanor

If baseball represents the joy of sport — its season concluding with popped champagne corks and ticker tape parades for the winners and the promise of next year for the losers — then box…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Review: 1 Henry IV at Folger Theatre. Gero is a marvelous Falstaff, but it’s the King’s play by Tim Treanor

Henry IV, Part 1 is the best of the Shakespearean histories, because it is a redemption story — not of Prince Hal (Avery Whitted), who rose from his Eastcheap debauchery to become England…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: Doubt: A Parable. Sarah Marshall leads Studio’s powerful production of Shanley’s heartbreaking play by Tim Treanor

The titular doubt in John Patrick Shanley’s classic play, now being given a rigorous yet nuanced treatment at Studio Theatre, is not about whether the intense, charismatic Father Brendan F…

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