Monday, October 22, 2018

Despite fine cast, Constellation’s ‘Aida’ slumps by Celia Wren

Production is a stilted, scaled-down version of the Broadway musical.

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For one lucky college senior, graduating will mean seeing their musical at Signature by Peter Marks

The Shirlington company announces workshop-linkup with Yale University.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘The Ferryman,’ an explosive, exhilarating human drama by Peter Marks

Jez Butterworth offers up a ripping yarn, set in the time of Northern Ireland’s Troubles

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

‘Marnie’ is all too insubstantial at Met Opera premiere by Anne Midgette

The co-commissioned work trowels on cliche to stifle considerable talent.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Muddy bodies and dusty beauty in Deborah Colker’s ‘Dog Without Feathers’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

In Kennedy Center performance, Brazilian dance company evokes the mangroves and creatures of the Capibaribe River.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Daniel Radcliffe a stickler for the truth in buoyant ‘Lifespan of a Fact’ by Peter Marks

A world premiere asks whether “alternative facts” can be used for the greater good.

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After 36 years, ‘Little Shop,’ a ‘close to perfect’ musical, comes to the Kennedy Center by Peter Marks

Composer Alan Menken considers the lampoon of a low-budget sci-fi movie his masterpiece.

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If you go to the play ‘The Fever,’ you’ll be part of the act, but ‘nothing is embarrassing’ by Nelson Pressley

The troupe 600 Highwaymen brings the experimental show about the human bond to Woolly Mammoth.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

If you imagined South Africa’s racial struggles ended with Mandela, think again. by Peter Marks

‘The Fall’ at Studio Theatre portrays post-Apartheid life for black students.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Paula Vogel’s ‘How I Learned to Drive’ steers into the #MeToo era by Nelson Pressley

The 1997 Pulitzer winner’s depiction of abuse has not dulled.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Two dramas on immigration and art emphasize the art by Nelson Pressley

‘New Guidelines for Peaceful Times’ at Spooky Action freshens an old interrogation model.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

If Shakespeare in Russian is on your bucket list, here’s your chance to cross it off. by Peter Marks

“Measure for Measure” comes to Kennedy Center via Declan Donnellan and Cheek by Jowl.

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The ‘Beetlejuice’ team needed a songwriter. It was time for a ‘Perfect’ choice. by Peter Marks

Australian composer Eddie Perfect wrote the score for the film-based musical premiering at D.C.’s National Theatre.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

‘Sleepy Hollow’ isn’t Synetic’s very best work, but it will certainly quicken your pulse by Celia Wren

Another pre-Halloween offering: Creative Cauldron’s “Nevermore.”

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Friday, October 5, 2018

History meets mystery in Arlitia Jones’s slightly spooky drama ‘Summerland’ by Nelson Pressley

The Washington Stage Guild production, in the intimate Undercroft Theatre, jolts your senses.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow to play Bill, Hillary Clinton by Associated Press

“Roseanne” star Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow of “The Crown” are poised to star as Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in a new Broadway play

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A Greek-set ‘Comedy of Errors’ adds songs to the slapstick by Nelson Pressley

‘Camelot’ director Alan Paul tries his hand at Shakespeare’s early farce.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

With Dylan songbook, ‘Girl From North Country’ is a triumph by Peter Marks

Written and directed by Conor McPherson, the musical showcases healing power of song.

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The British political comedy ‘Labour of Love’ translates well in its U.S. debut by Nelson Pressley

The terrain looks familiar in a rom-com that goes from Blair to Brexit.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Post-Kevin Spacey, Old Vic ‘guardians’ fight workplace abuse by Jill Lawless | ap

A year after it became an unwilling focus for Britain’s #MeToo movement, the Old Vic Theatre says it is trying to stamp out abuses of power in all workplaces

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‘Heisenberg’ turns an odd-couple love into faith in humanity by Celia Wren

Simon Stephens’s play takes the quantum- mechanics principle beyond literary cliche.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

How are Washington theaters doing when it comes to producing plays by women? by Nelson Pressley

Four of 10 works this season are by female playwrights. That’s better than ever, but parity should be the goal.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Jon Stewart hands out free lunch to construction workers by Associated Press

Comedian and former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart surprises construction workers at a New Jersey performing arts theater with a free lunch

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The moralizing 1946 comedy ‘Born Yesterday’ is not dead yet by Nelson Pressley

As the show on democratic principles opens at Ford’s Theatre, good luck leaving politics at the door.

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The funny hit play ‘Labour of Love’ takes British party politics seriously by Nelson Pressley

The London smash by James Graham is making its U.S. debut at Olney Theatre.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

John Strand’s political comedy ‘Lincolnesque’ returns to Keegan Theatre by Nelson Pressley

An earlier look at angry speech from the author of “The Originalist.”

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Unsatisfied: Meet the people who have some reservations about ‘Hamilton’ by Zachary Pincus-Roth

The musical has won scads of awards and is hailed as a landmark. Who are the few poor souls who don’t actually love this thing?

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

This ‘Vanya’ is a teachable moment — for how to stage a classic play today by Peter Marks

It is an eternal challenge to get Chekhov right. Richard Nelson and Jay O. Sanders do.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84 by Deepti Hajela | ap

Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the D…

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Motherhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in ‘Pramkicker’ by Nelson Pressley

Sadie Hasler’s bruising comedy takes an irreverent point of view.

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