Thursday, January 26, 2023

In this ‘Tempest,’ a misshapen, two-headed monster steals the show by Peter Marks

Two actors, Hassiem Muhammad and Ryan Sellers, collaborate on an electrifyingly physical interpretation of Shakespeare's Caliban at Round House Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:36PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

This Broadway piano isn’t just a prop. It’s a piece of Black history. by Peter Marks

The upright piano in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” is being donated to the Smithsonian.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:42PM

Theater J names Hayley Finn as its new artistic director by Peter Marks

Finn comes to D.C. from Minneapolis, where her job at the Playwrights’ Center revolved around new work

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:42PM

Kennedy Center’s 10-year plan seeks artful ways to protect the planet by Thomas Floyd

10-year initiative will launch in April with “RiverRun: Arts Nature Impact,” a month of performances, installations, exhibits and other events celebrating the world’s rivers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:48AM

Playwright can’t fix the world but hopes to make it a tiny bit better by Vanessa H. Larson

‘English’ at Studio Theatre, from Iranian American writer Sanaz Toossi, centers on four Iranians who dream of opportunity.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:32AM
Monday, January 23, 2023

Buckle up for the dark, hilarious ‘Ride the Cyclone’ at Arena Stage by Celia Wren

Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell’s musical imagines the supernatural yet human aftermath of a freak roller-coaster accident.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:32PM
Friday, January 20, 2023

Lupe Serrano, ballerina who soared with strength and radiance, dies at 92 by Michael S. Rosenwald

Her performances engrossed audiences. One implored her to perform her solo a second time in lieu of taking a bow.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:06PM

Seth Rozin’s story of the last two Jewish men in Kabul needs more oomph by Peter Marks

Theater J production of “Two Jews Walk Into a War,” running through Feb. 5, is comically unleavened.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:42PM
Thursday, January 19, 2023

D.C. is awash in actors, directors and writers hatching new plays by Peter Marks

Post-pandemic, Mosaic, Folger and Ford’s are some of the Washington companies staging workshops to nurture original scripts.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM

How a play about a pope’s last days reveals the stark reality of dying by Peter Marks

In Poland, “The Death of John Paul II” divides audiences and highlights the career of an inventive young stage director.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:32AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Jean Veloz, celebrated 1940s Lindy Hop dancer, dies at 98 by Harrison Smith

She was one of the last of the great Lindy Hoppers, known for her “silky smoothness” on the dance floor and ability to stop on a dime.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:36PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

The protests in Iran make this funny play all the more potent by Peter Marks

With “English,” Studio Theatre offers a sterling production of playwright Sanaz Toossi’s seriocomedy.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:06AM
Monday, January 16, 2023

Arthur Duncan, pioneering Black tap dancer, dies at 97 by Harrison Smith

Championed by Betty White at the start of his career, he became one of the first Black regulars on a TV variety show. He was later idolized by younger dancers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18PM
Friday, January 13, 2023

How does a 63-year-old play a teen? In Victoria Clark’s case, superbly. by Peter Marks

Clark and 19-year-old Justin Cooley have astonishing chemistry in “Kimberly Akimbo” on Broadway.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:48AM
Monday, January 9, 2023

Broadway loses more stellar work as ‘Ohio State Murders’ abruptly exits by Peter Marks

"Ohio State Murders" is closing prematurely, despite a great performance from Audra McDonald. Off-Broadway, a comedy starring Kate Berlant thrives.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:48PM
Saturday, January 7, 2023

What are we clapping for? America’s sad compulsion to applaud. by Peter Marks

A critical takeaway from all that House Speaker voting: The Capitol’s reflex for cheering is out of control.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:02PM
Friday, January 6, 2023

Theater at the edge of war: Laughs, brutal truths and a Zelensky spoof by Peter Marks

For nine days in December, the Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival in Krakow, Poland, examined neighboring Ukraine in a variety of plays.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Friday, December 23, 2022

Josh Groban is having a moment, and a Sondheim revival is next by Peter Marks

The beloved singer makes an interesting pivot in the revamped "Sweeney Todd" coming to Broadway.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:18AM
Thursday, December 22, 2022

As a fraught year on Broadway ends, a great actor rises by Peter Marks

Stephen McKinley Henderson is sure to be celebrated in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Pulitzer winner, “Between Riverside and Crazy”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:42PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

On two D.C. stages, plays navel-gaze about — what else? — the stage by Peter Marks

“Which Way to the Stage?” and “Jane Anger” look at dramatic issues in eras five centuries apart.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:12PM
Friday, December 16, 2022

Norm Lewis commands the stage in ‘A Soldier’s Play’ at Kennedy Center by Thomas Floyd

The veteran Broadway star has the gravitas required to elevate this Tony-winning revival

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:32PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

The best of theater in 2022 by Peter Marks

We chronicle some of the best in a banner year for plays and musicals, including "Guys and Dolls" at the Kennedy Center, Jodie Comer on the West End and "Into the Woods" on Broadway.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:32AM

Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Jane Anger’ was born of pandemic exasperation by Thomas Floyd

Playwright Talene Monahon’s feminist farce features a misogynist bard and a pioneering female pamphleteer.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:32AM
Monday, December 12, 2022

With Radcliffe, Groff and Mendez, Sondheim’s ‘Merrily’ finds greatness by Peter Marks

The off-Broadway production, directed by Maria Friedman, makes a smashing case for a Broadway transfer.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18PM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Blue Man Group is so indestructible, it’s even outlasting ‘Phantom’ by Peter Marks

More than 30 years after the concept was born, the clowns in blue are still everywhere, speaking a universal language.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Broadway’s smash hit ‘Into the Woods’ is coming to the Kennedy Center by Peter Marks

The February arrival of the Sondheim-Lapine musical launches a tour that will also take the show to Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Monday, December 5, 2022

On Broadway, Neil Diamond seems a drag and ‘KPOP’ needs a rethink by Peter Marks

“A Beautiful Noise” tackles Diamond’s lifelong blues, while “KPOP” explores the making of South Korean pop stars.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:54PM
Saturday, December 3, 2022

Britney Spears musical ‘Once Upon a One More Time’ sets Broadway run by Thomas Floyd

The jukebox musical, which premiered at D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre last year, will begin Broadway performances in May.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:36PM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

A new ballet tips ‘Evita’ Perón off her pedestal by Sarah L. Kaufman

In Ballet Hispánico’s “Doña Perón,” choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa studies the enigmatic, charismatic Argentine icon.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:12PM

Magic and comedy power an enchanting ‘Tempest’ at Round House Theatre by Celia Wren

The magic, is as eye-catching as it is suited to Shakespeare’s tale of enchantment and reconciliation.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:03PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

At Round House Theatre, a literally magical ‘Tempest’ by Celia Wren

Produced in collaboration with the Folger, Shakespeare’s sorcery-centric play is directed and adapted by Aaron Posner and the magician Teller.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:42PM

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