Monday, March 27, 2017

Doubt, then and now: John Patrick Shanley in an exclusive interview with Quotidian Theatre by Guest Writer

On March 9, 2017, John Patrick Shanley, the author of Doubt: A Parable, granted an exclusive interview to the Quotidian Theatre Company (QTC), where Doubt will be performed from April 7 …

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Theater J’s next season takes a deep look at love in the time of hate by Tim Treanor

Against a backdrop of rising tribalism in the Western World, Theater J has selected a 2017-2018 season which explores the consequences of ascendant hate, particularly during the period of i…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Human actors get trapped in the Disney techno-spell cast over Beauty and the Beast (review) by Christopher Henley

The idea seemed promising: take a classic, well-loved, mega-popular animated Disney film and remake it as a live-action movie; hire an accomplished, imaginative director; cast it with good a…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Miss Saigon Review: back on Broadway, with helicopter by Jonathan Mandell

The first Broadway revival of Miss Saigon is being marketed as the return of a classic. But, if the show has become an undeniable fan favorite, the production’s impressive visual spectacle…

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Time to respond to Trump’s threatened cuts for the arts by Lorraine Treanor

Abolish all government funding for the arts and humanities? Eliminate the NEA? Seems inconceivable, yet that is what President Trump proposed in his budget sent to Congress. Hopefully it wo…

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NEA shutdown? We learned its impact on theatre in the DC area by Tim Treanor

The imminent shutdown of the National Endowment for the Arts, promised in President Trump’s 2017-2018 budget, will result in fewer and smaller new plays, bring an end to cultural excha…

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Don Giovanni gets a youthful outing at Washington National Opera by Susan Galbraith

Mozart would have been grinning at this youthful production of his tried-and-true opera that reached out to a new younger and diverse audience Friday night, March 17th. Washington National O…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In Series stages an inspired update of Don Pasquale (review) by Rosalind Lacy

Gaetano Donizetti miraculously wrote seventy-five operas during his brief lifetime. But what makes Don Pasquale stand out as one of the funniest comic operas (opera buffa) ever written is th…

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Uncovering Ann Kron. Director and actor discuss Well at 1st Stage by Keith Loria

  When Audrey Bertaux takes the stage as Lisa Kron at the beginning of Well, being staged at 1st Stage, her character will explain to the audience that the play is not “about my moth…

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No Sisters, Posner’s real-time riff on Chekhov’s Three Sisters at Studio Theatre (review) by Roy Maurer

Hey theater geeks, you’ll want to pay attention to this one! Did you ever think it’d be cool to sit back with the characters you had just seen on stage and just shoot the shit for a whil…

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Chekhov like you’ve never seen – Three Sisters at Studio Theatre (review) by Roy Maurer

The women chant their lines over one another above a rising swirl of offstage clamor that reaches a crescendo pitch. Masha (Caroline Hewitt),—the most troubled of the three Prozorov sister…

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What Every Girl Should Know at Forum Theatre (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

What Every Girl Should Know opens in pitch darkness with barely audible intermittent sounds of female pleasure, various tones and tonalities and an intermittent gasping groan.  What in the …

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Dry Land at Forum Theatre (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Dry Land, though set over 100 years later than its companion piece, What Every Girl Should Know, Forum Theatre’s #nastywomenrep, is an alarming reminder that young women continue to f…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The deep dive that is Mnemonic at Theater Alliance by Sarah Scafidi

“It’s a really hard play to put into words.  I think it’s an exploration and a dive into what we call home, where we come from, and how we connect with what that means both in a l…

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Conor McPherson’s Night Alive at Scena Theatre (review) by Tim Treanor

“Blessed is he who expects nothing,” Alexander Pope once wrote, “for he shall never be disappointed” but Pope was wrong, for you can have little and expect less, like…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Seneca: The Library Mouse / Ratón De Biblioteca at GALA (review) by Rosalind Lacy

Actor Adrián Iglesias, who plays Séneca, the mouse who has lived in a library for the past ten years, ambles on stage, carrying a wicker basket, filled with large books and eating utensils…

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Mnemonic takes a dramatic journey to discover our shared origin (review) by Tim Treanor

So we know the what of history — Truman over Dewey, say, or U.S. and England over Germany, Italy and Japan in World War II — but do we know what history smells like? Knowing the …

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Suffrage comedy takes the stage at Venus Theatre (review) by Susan Galbraith

Seeing something unlike anything you’ve seen before can be curious, mystifying, and even jarring. That was my experience this weekend with Venus Theatre’s presentation of what was, …

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017-2018 DC area Theatre Season at a Glance by Lorraine Treanor

See why the DC region is one of the busiest theatre hubs in the United States.      Lots of seasons still to be announced. We’ll keep this page updated so that you can watch…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Grug and the Rainbow at The Kennedy Center (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

The best children’s shows for young audiences are often ones that are the most like silent movies: minimal talk, maximum action, and if you happen to miss any dialogue because of the r…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

A deeply moving Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre (review) by Susan Galbraith

Ford’s has given us a magnificent and deeply moving musical about where we’ve come from, featuring, as its main character, America. The superbly attuned ensemble announces with full emot…

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Paper Dreams, dance theatre for the very young, at Imagination Stage (review) by Christopher Henley

A charming Continental vibe pervades Paper Dreams, the latest offering at Imagination Stage in its series (called “My First Imagination Stage”) that is specifically designed for very you…

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Round House turns 40 with a season that embraces the new by Tim Treanor

Bethesda’s Round House Theatre has staked its claim as the area’s premiere space for new stuff in the 2017-2018 season. That season — Round House’s 40th — will …

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Price Review: Danny DeVito in Arthur Miller’s Family Drama by Jonathan Mandell

Danny DeVito, making his Broadway debut, gets the best deal out of The Price. Arthur Miller is not a playwright known for comically colorful characters, yet here’s DeVito as Gregory Solomo…

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Olney’s colossal, immense, really, really big 80th season’s coming up by Tim Treanor

Olney Theatre’s 2017-2018 season will include early works by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ayad Akhtar, co-productions with Round House and Everyman theaters, and a return of the Hypocrites i…

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Next season, Synetic gets kid-friendly in 2017. 2018 Will Be a Different Story by Tim Treanor

Synetic Theater, a DC area company known nationwide for its movement-based productions, will be taking a two-toned approach to its 2017-2018 season. The 2017 portion will be full of light-da…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Parade at Keegan Theatre (review) by Alexander C. Kafka

“These people make me tense,” sings Leo Frank early in the dark musical Parade. “It’s like a foreign land.” If 1913 Atlanta feels alien to Frank, a transplanted New York Jew and th…

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Woolly amps up the politics next season by Tim Treanor

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, already notable for the socially and politically outspoken theater it brings to the Washington Stage, is kicking it up a notch with a sextet of hot-button pla…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kennedy Center shines a spotlight on international directors by Keith Loria

Over the course of the next two months, the Kennedy Center will showcase the work of five of the theater’s preeminent directors from across the globe: Robert Lepage, Carlos Diaz, Sulayman …

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Kevin McAllister: playing Coalhouse Walker, Jr in Ragtime by Roy Maurer

  Once an accidental role, Kevin McAllister’s turn as raging pianist Coalhouse Walker Jr., in the expansive, Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre will be the third g…

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Playwright Bekah Brunstetter: why NBC’s This Is Us is connecting with millions of fans by Lorraine Treanor

While women writers struggle for parity on American stages, television series have been hiring them. Six of the eleven writers on NBC’s hit night time drama This Is Us are women. Playwri…

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