Friday, February 28, 2020

You think your job has baggage? Try playing Donald Trump or Fidel Castro. by Peter Marks

New plays in Washington tackle some of the most polarizing figures of our time.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

‘The Wanderers’ roams with a hungry heart by Celia Wren

Theater J takes on Anna Ziegler’s funny and compassionate play about chronic dissatisfaction.

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Watching ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ with 18,000 teenagers was one of the most profound theater experiences of my career by Peter Marks

At Madison Square Garden, a free performance of the Broadway hit soars and astonishes.

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It was a dark and stormy night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, as the talk turned to Trump . . . by Peter Marks

Anne Washburn’s “Shipwreck” is the latest play to take on a confounding political era.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

‘Bandstand’ actor finds, in a forgotten relative, a kinship with his onstage character by Thomas Floyd

Zack Zaromatidis, who plays a World War II veteran in the touring musical, discovered a great-uncle who fought in the Pacific theater.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

‘Timon of Athens’ is tricky Shakespeare. A fearless director gets it right. by Peter Marks

Artistic director Simon Godwin stages his first play for Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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Studio Theatre to get $20 million makeover, including open-concept redesign of its showpiece Metheny space by Peter Marks

The project will make the company functional for popular, immersive plays and musicals.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

This ballerina played the role of a stripper, and she owned it by Sarah L. Kaufman

Washington Ballet’s Sona Kharatian creates an indelible, sophisticated character in Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.”

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Hervé Koubi was raised to keep quiet about the past. His dances tell a different story. by Sarah L. Kaufman

The French Algerian choreographer takes on toxic masculinity and gender cliches in “Boys Don’t Cry,” coming to Dance Place on Feb. 29 and March 1.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

This gutsy new ‘West Side Story’ is unlike any you’ve seen — and it’s exhilarating by Peter Marks

Director Ivo van Hove and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker put a thrillingly distinctive stamp on a beloved musical.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

At Keegan Theatre, ‘Boy’ gracefully ponders gender identity by Celia Wren

Director Susan Marie Rhea’s staging brings out the heart and urgency in Anna Ziegler’s 2016 play.

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See ‘The Amen Corner’ and feel the power of James Baldwin by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company revives a rarely seen gospel play.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick revive a Broadway tradition: An out-of-town play tryout by Peter Marks

Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” with John Benjamin Hickey directing, has a Boston trial run.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

It was a dark and stormy night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, as the talk turned to Trump . . . by Peter Marks

Ann Washburn’s “Shipwreck” is the latest play to take on a confounding political era.

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‘Mother Road’ is often a slog despite burnished production at Arena Stage by Celia Wren

The play, like its namesake route, is ambitious, unwieldy, conspicuously significant and uncomfortably long.

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Constellation’s ‘39 Steps’ is a comic thriller without thrills by Celia Wren

Gags are the soul of the production, but pulling off this kind of funny business is tricky.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

GALA Hispanic Theatre and Arena Stage amplify Cuban voices with a twofer of plays by Nilo Cruz and Eduardo Machado by Thomas Floyd

‘Exquisite Agony’ and ‘Celia and Fidel’ spotlight the work of Cuban American playwrights.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

If that audiobook narrator sounds familiar, check your theater program by Peggy McGlone

When not onstage, some local actors are putting their dramatic skills to work making “talking books” at the Library of Congress.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘The King’s Speech’ amounts to a stale retelling by Thomas Floyd

David Seidler’s play, which premiered in London following the film’s success, is underwhelming in its visit to the National Theatre.

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GALA’s ‘Exquisita Agonia’ pours its heart out by Celia Wren

2018 play written and directed by Nilo Cruz brims with poetry and oversize emotion.

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Can this generation’s Tony and Maria find their place in yet another ‘West Side Story’? by Peter Marks

Director Ivo van Hove’s radically reimagined Broadway production has its official opening Feb. 20.

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Folksinger Erin McKeown brings her love of folk and theater to ‘Miss You Like Hell’ by Geoffrey Himes

At the Olney Theatre, McKeown’s songs explore the relationship between an estranged mother and daughter.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Here’s to Washington’s Victor Shargai: A fan, a catalyst, a mensch of the theater by Peter Marks

The region’s theaters will dedicate their performances to the late theater advocate on Valentine’s Day.

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A ‘Giselle’ that whirls with unusual lyricism by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, Hee Seo shines in American Ballet Theatre’s production.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Rorschach Theatre’s ‘Toxic Avenger’ musical oozes B-movie camp by Thomas Floyd

First-time director Tracy Lynn Olivera oversees a talented collection of comic performers at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Like ‘Black Swan,’ this new ‘Phantom of the Opera’ raises goose bumps with pirouettes by Peter Marks

Synetic Theater tackles Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel in ballet form.

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Get a load of the exuberant new sister act: Mary and Martha Clarke, singing outlaw heroes of ‘Gun & Powder’ by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre stages the world premiere of Angelica Chéri and Ross Baum’s new musical.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

People said her great-great-aunts posed as white and robbed banks. So she wrote a musical about them. by Peter Marks

“Gun & Powder” will have its world premiere at Signature Theatre, where librettist-lyricist Angelica Chéri can’t wait for her family to see it.

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Ballet dancers have weird and quirky pre-show rituals that would put any sports star to shame by Sarah L. Kaufman

“Anything to avoid the thought of the 3,000 people,” says one dancer, explaining why superstitions persist backstage.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The tragic beauty of Alvin Ailey’s politically charged dance programs by Sarah L. Kaufman

Jamar Roberts’s “Ode” somehow manages to show the depth of loss to gun violence, as well as communal unity.

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Is theater director Alan Paul the hardest-working man in D.C. showbiz? by Thomas Floyd

The prolific 35-year-old’s latest project, after “Cabaret” and “Peter Pan and Wendy,” is “Spring Awakening” at Round House.

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