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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Public Theater’s Stephanie Ybarra will be new Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage by Tim Treanor

Stephanie Ybarra, The Public Theater’s Director of Special Artistic Projects, will be the new Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage, the company has announced. She succeeds Kwam…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Review: Dinner makes its devastatingly funny area debut at 4615 by Tim Treanor

Imagine that George and Martha from Virginia Woolf invited the squabbling couples from God of Carnage over for a spot of dinner and some Hitchcock-style mystery and you pretty much have Dinn…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Compass Rose celebrates new space with 5 play season by Tim Treanor

Annapolis’ Compass Rose Theatre will grace its new digs at 1623 Forest Drive with a 5-play 2018-2019 season, including three contemporary plays about art and two classic musicals. Comp…

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Gaithersburg’s comedy theatre, Best Medicine Rep, to feature its funniest playwright: John Morogiello by Tim Treanor

Best Medicine Rep Company, the Gaithersburg theater helmed by noted comic playwright John Morogiello, will feature three plays written by Morogiello himself in its 4-play 2018-2019 season. C…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

MetroStage to produce Fugard’s latest and three reprises by Tim Treanor

Alexandria’s MetroStage will open with Athol Fugard’s most recent play, and then bring back three of its most acclaimed productions to round out its 2018-2019 season. The Fugard …

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Rorschach’s Three-Play Season All World Premieres by Tim Treanor

Rorschach Theatre, whose recent work has been characterized by world premieres, outlandish concepts, magical realism and suspenseful moments, will offer three world premieres of suspenseful,…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: The Country Co-Ed at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

The Country Co-Ed is a sex comedy. Everybody likes sex, right? Everybody likes comedy, correct? So how could things go wrong? Well. it’s a little more complicated than that. The Countr…

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Review: Riot Brrrain at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

Aaah, dammit, Teddy (Ari Eckley) has neurosyphilis! But who gave it to her? Was it Jeff (Reid Clark), an old lover now ensconced in Canada, in marital bliss? Was it the other Jeff (Walter C.…

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Review: Heartbreak Hitman at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

Back in my dating days, I kept company with a certain young woman who quite impressed me. I met her at her apartment preparatory to going to dinner. Just as we were about to leave, she got a…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review: 14 at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

One of the unexpected pleasures of the Capital Fringe Festival is going to see the latest work by a Washington-area tyro and being blindsided by the work of an entirely different tyro. The k…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: An Unhealthily Man Lectures You on Medical Issues at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

The fine actor Vincent Clark, known mostly for his work at Washington Stage Guild, plays a sick man in this one-actor show. A very sick man. Imagine yourself at a holiday party with an elder…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: Meet the Glory Wholes at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

Joey Maranto, a stand-up comedian, tells here the story of a failed stand-up comedian, failed improv performer, and failed children’s entertainer for a Christian television show (all t…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: 1 2 3 a play about abandonment and ballroom dancing at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

Once there was a couple that so loved peace and justice that they would blow up buildings and kill people on its behalf. After that, they would move to another town, changing their identitie…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Review: Bartleby the Magical White Coworker at Capital Fringe by Tim Treanor

Bartleby the Scrivener, in Herman Melville’s short story of the same name, was a man of massive silences, who spoke only when his employer asked him to do something. “I would pre…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2018-2019 Theater Alliance season will be Colin Hovde’s last as Artistic Director by Tim Treanor

Colin Hovde, who has served as Artistic Director of  the Anacostia-based Theater Alliance since 2011, will be stepping down from that position at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season, the…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Review: Thirst at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, Albert Einstein once said, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and rocks. It is after the war now. The great cities are …

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Review: The House on the Hill at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

There are stories we must approach carefully, as we might, unarmed, approach a wolf in a leg trap. Amy E. Witting’s wolf of a story, The House on the Hill, is such a tale. It is a stor…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Review: The Cake at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

The buzz about The Cake is that it attempts to humanize a cakemaker who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, but it is different than that, and better. Bekah Brunstetter’s …

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Review: A Late Morning [in America] with Ronald Reagan at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

Has there been, in our lifetimes, a greater political enigma than our 40th President, Ronald Wilson Reagan? We saw him, as the public man, on our television screens for twenty-eight years: t…

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Review: Memoirs of a Forgotten Man at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

“Where does the past exist,” asks O’Brien, “if at all?” “In records,” replies Winston Smith. He is tied to a chair. “It is written down.” “In records. And–?” “I…

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Review: Berta, Berta at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

There are two people on the stage in front of us – Leroy Grant (Jason Bowen) and Berta (the remarkable Bianca Laverne Jones), writhing in love and sorrow – but a third character hangs ov…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Matt Bassett, new Artistic Director of The Hub Theatre by Tim Treanor

This week, The Hub Theatre welcomed Matt Bassett as successor to Helen Murray as Artistic Director, the company announced. Bassett, an actor, director, and former Helen Hayes judge, first jo…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Wendi Winters, DC Metro Theatre Arts reviewer among those killed at Capital Gazette by Tim Treanor

DC Metro Theatre Arts Senior Reviewer Wendi Winters was one of the five people killed by a gunman in the offices of The Capital Gazette yesterday, DC Metro Theatre Arts reported today. Winte…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Ethan McSweeny named new Artistic Director of American Shakespeare Center by Tim Treanor

The American Shakespeare Center, a Staunton, Va.-based company dedicated to producing Shakespeare in the manner he might have been originally produced, has named longtime DC Shakespearian di…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Theater Alliance’s summer shows start July 25 and their next season by Tim Treanor

Five minutes into Flood City — clearly as part of that play’s idiosyncratic plot — Theater Alliance Artistic Director Colin Hovde interrupted proceedings to announce, among…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC’s next season includes 3 musicals by Tim Treanor

Adventure Theatre-MTC will reach into classic stories to create its five-show 2018-2019 season, the company announced. Included will be two world premiere musicals co-produced with outstandi…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Capital Fringe tickets are on sale. Here’s what you need to know. by Tim Treanor

The Capital Fringe Festival, DC’s annual theatrical adventure into the new, the innovative, the small, and the off-the-wall, is now open to the ticket-buying public. Here’s what …

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Review: Why Hamilton is the greatest musical yet written by Tim Treanor

The singular genius of Hamilton, the greatest musical ever written, is that it recognizes that the American Revolution did not end with Yorktown, but is ongoing, even today, and that there a…

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Rainbow Theatre Project presents 5 shows in Season 6 by Tim Treanor

The Rainbow Theatre Project, dedicated to producing art which captures the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, will present a five-production sixth season which incl…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Tempest is a Bad Play. WSC Avant Bard has made it better. by Tim Treanor

In The Tempest, the lordly Prospero, formerly known as the Duke of Milan, is marooned on a miserable island with his daughter as his only human company. He also has Caliban, a growling subhu…

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1st Stage announces its 10th Season, 5 plays and a festival by Tim Treanor

For its 11th season, Tyson’s 1st Stage will have a war story, a story about the aftermath of a war, a story about a tragic war fought in a high school, a story about a man returning fr…

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