Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sure Lancelot is dreamy, but  ‘Camelot’ owes its success to a wistful audience by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company has the largest day of ticket sales in its history.

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This cabaret wants you to take Elvis Presley’s music seriously by Geoffrey Himes

“Entirely Elvis,” at Signature Theatre, showcases his rawness and original sound.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Swipe right on the dating comedy ‘Other Life Forms’ by Nelson Pressley

Actor Brandon McCoy switches gears and writes a play.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

‘Hamilton’ opens in Washington, and it’s a worthy successor to Broadway  by Peter Marks

The award-winning musical begins its stay at the Kennedy Center with a superb touring cast.

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Will ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ be better than other jukebox musicals? by Peter Marks

The Kennedy Center hosts a tryout of a musical about the Temptations that aims for Broadway.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Round House delivers knockout production of drag queens and disco in ‘Georgia’

The Welders’ “Switch” is a work in progress.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

‘The Vagrant Trilogy’ is a night of revelation, a glimpse of the Middle East we rarely see by Peter Marks

D.C.’s Mosaic Theater Company mounts a penetrating world premiere

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Monday, June 11, 2018

GALA’s ‘Dancing in My Cockroach Killers’ is gritty and lyrical by Celia Wren

The bilingual musical showcases six confident actors.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

2 grown up Harry Potters will compete on Broadway soon by Associated Press

This fall, Broadway-goers will get a chance to see both Harry Potter and “Harry Potter.”

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Friday, June 8, 2018

‘How to Succeed’ is a tired musical whose sexist humor is a little tired, too. by Peter Marks

The 1961 show is exuberant but worse for wear in the Kennedy Center’s concert revival.

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Navigating minstrelsy in Kander & Ebb’s ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ by Nelson Pressley

The 2010 musical depicts a painful history in a controversial style, because ‘The truth hurts sometimes.’

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The new comedy ‘Trayf’ at Theater J is Zalmy and Shmuel’s excellent adventure by Nelson Pressley

Two young Jews drive a mitzvah tank in 1990s Brooklyn.

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Here are the plays that should have been nominated for a Tony. None were on Broadway. by Peter Marks

A critic’s dream of how the theater’s premier awards should cast.

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How ‘Hamilton’ went from ‘Mixtape’ to Broadway juggernaut: A timeline by Nelson Pressley

Great moments in the life of a Broadway rocket.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Forum Theatre, a small local gem, to close its doors by Peter Marks

The Silver Spring-based company is shuttering after 14 years.

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Vivid ‘Tempest’ at WSC Avant Bard by Celia Wren

Fierce minions shine in uneven production.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sex, politics and art hit the front burner in ‘Botticelli in the Fire’ by Nelson Pressley

Jordan Tannahill’s culture-wars play marks Howard Shalwitz’s Woolly Mammoth exit.

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What’s the bigger thrill? Tony nod or first performance? by John Carucci | ap

Broadway veteran Casey Nicholaw surprised himself when he choked up while describing the feeling of watching an audience see one of his productions for the first time.

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Australian playwright disappointed censors axed Beijing play by Associated Press

Renowned Australian playwright David Williamson says he is disappointed Chinese censors have canceled a production of his play “The Removalists” for the official reason that it contains …

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Monday, June 4, 2018

‘Swimming With Whales’ explores deep feelings at 1st Stage by Celia Wren

The world premiere run in Tysons Corner features compelling performances.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Take in a dance-inspired museum exhibit, and museum-inspired dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

Fill your dance card at no charge at the Hirshhorn. Plus, a formal show that won’t break the bank.

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So you can’t afford ‘Hamilton’ tickets? There’s lots of other summer theater. by Nelson Pressley

Capital Fringe Festival and other choices won’t break the bank.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Broadway plays host to an erratic ‘The Boys in the Band’ with Parsons and Quinto by Peter Marks

Fifty years on, the Mart Crowley play finally arrives on the theater world’s biggest platform.

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Signature Theatre can’t save ‘Scottsboro Boys’ from its own self-righteousness by Peter Marks

Revival of 2010 Kander and Ebb musical still suffers from overabundant sermonizing.

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6 family-friendly shows to see with the kids over the next few weeks by Jane Horwitz

See a classic at Creative Cauldron; a beloved musical at Imagination Stage; and a new drama at the Kennedy Center.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Modern-day Washington giving you the blues? As a pick-me-up, try a dose of ‘Camelot.’ by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company revives a classic musical in smart fashion.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spooky Action Theatre’s ‘Small Room’ for patient fans of the offbeat by Celia Wren

A handsome production of a maddening play.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Knockout acting in Studio’s play of a marriage on the rocks by Nelson Pressley

Disappointment and secrets sour relationship in “The Remains.”

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Celebrating the Bernstein centennial with a family album by Patrick Rucker

Jamie Bernstein narrates at concert devoted to her father’s music.

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Solas Nua stages ‘The Frederick Douglass Project’ on an Anacostia River pier by Nelson Pressley

‘Flood City’ rises at Theater Alliance, and a ‘Cherry Orchard’ crashes on its own pratfalls.

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