Friday, May 20, 2022

World-premiere plays in D.C. confront trauma in stunning ways by Peter Marks

The very best of these, “John Proctor Is the Villain" at Studio Theatre, is nothing less than revelatory

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:06PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

David Strathairn speaks for a Holocaust hero. It’s time to listen. by Peter Marks

Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn stars in "Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski" at Georgetown University.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:06PM

They all starred in ‘Godspell.’ Then they became comedy legends. by Zachary Pincus-Roth

An oral history of the legendary 1972 Toronto production of “Godspell,” which featured Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber and Paul Shaffer.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:36AM

Cast of the Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Our Town’ is an all-local affair by Thomas Floyd

A cast entirely composed of local actors performs the Thornton Wilder classic at Sidney Harman Hall.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:18AM

For Carol Burnett, the Sondheim award is personal by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre bestows its Stephen Sondheim Award on the legendary performer, who was the last person to be handpicked by Sondheim to receive the honor.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:12AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Ralph Fiennes, Jodie Comer and other stars light up London plays by Peter Marks

Great actors remind us why we go to the theater, even when we’re weary.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:54AM
Monday, May 16, 2022

Q&A: The Estefans on finally seeing their story onstage in Spanish by Chris Kelly

"On Your Feet!," the Gloria and Emilio Estefan jukebox musical, is making its Spanish language debut at GALA Hispanic Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:03PM

Spoken-word poetry buoys ‘The Joy That Carries You’ in Olney premiere by Celia Wren

An uplifting vision is at the heart of new play by local playwrights Awa Sal Secka and Dani Stoller.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:03PM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

In Paola Lázaro’s new play, revenge isn’t so sweet by Geoffrey Himes

‘There’s Always the Hudson,’ a new revenge-themed play by ’The 'Walking Dead’ actress Paola Lázaro, premieres at Woolly Mammoth.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12AM

June Hansen, prize-winning actress, dies at 95 by Adam Bernstein

She won a Helen Hayes Award in 2000 for her supporting performance in Tom Stoppard’s “Indian Ink."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12AM

‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ is back in D.C. with new rhymes, familiar face by Thomas Floyd

"Hamilton" alumnus Christopher Jackson joins the improvised hip-hop show for performances at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Mosaic Theater’s ‘Marys Seacole’ is an ode to mothers of all stripes by Celia Wren

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s historically inspired meditation on caregiving draws on the autobiography of a British Jamaican nurse.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:54PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Spanish debut of ‘On Your Feet!’ showcases Estefans’ universal appeal by Thomas Floyd

Gloria Estefan wrote new Spanish lyrics for four songs in the jukebox musical, now onstage at GALA Hispanic Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:48PM

Musical ‘A Strange Loop’ leads the 2022 Tony nominations, with 11 nods by Peter Marks

The nominations for the 75th Tony Awards were announced Monday morning.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24AM
Thursday, May 5, 2022

Studio Theatre’s ‘John Proctor Is the Villain’ rethinks ‘The Crucible’ by Geoffrey Himes

Kimberly Belflower's play imagines contemporary high school students considering Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' through the lens of the #MeToo movement.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:54PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Angélique Kidjo’s new musical theater work comes to the Kennedy Center by Mark Jenkins

"Yemandja," a new musical theater work cowritten by Angélique Kidjo, her husband and daughter at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM

High marks for Studio Theatre’s ‘John Proctor Is a Villain’ by Celia Wren

A knockout cast anchors Kimberly Belflower’s inspired play, which speaks to Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and #MeToo

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

Outdoor setting suits Faction of Fools’ merry ‘Missed Connections’ by Celia Wren

D.C. theater troupe specializes in commedia dell’arte, the centuries-old street-theater form.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:33PM
Friday, April 29, 2022

Washington Ballet’s ‘Giselle’ brims with charm and musical delights by Sarah L. Kaufman

In production at the Warner Theatre through Sunday, the emphasis is on fine dancing, while storytelling could be sharper.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:12PM

A bountiful Broadway season ends with laughs, thanks to ‘POTUS’ by Peter Marks

Selina Fillinger’s White House comedy is a hoot, but “Macbeth” and “The Skin of Our Teeth” disappoint

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:12PM
Thursday, April 28, 2022

Billy Crystal, bringing the funny in Broadway’s ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ by Peter Marks

A new musical version of his 1992 comedy has its official opening at the Nederlander Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

‘A Strange Loop’ is Broadway’s best new musical by Peter Marks

Michael R. Jackson’s dazzlingly one-of-a-kind Pulitzer winner features the smashing debut of Jaquel Spivey.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:37AM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

New-play festival at Round House: Travelogue outpaces hostage drama by Celia Wren

Two world premieres, “It’s Not a Trip It’s a Journey” and “We Declare You a Terrorist … ,” are running in rotating repertory in inaugural National Capital New Play Festival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:07AM
Monday, April 25, 2022

With Neil Simon’s papers, Library of Congress just got a lot funnier by Peter Marks

Some 7,700 manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the late Broadway playwright Neil Simon have been donated to the Library of Congress by his widow, Elaine Joyce.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:37AM

Beanie Feldstein attempts to scale ‘Funny Girl.' She almost makes it. by Peter Marks

The first revival of the vehicle that propelled Barbra Streisand has its official Broadway opening.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:07AM
Friday, April 22, 2022

How Netflix helped Kyle Abraham create his new dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

The A.I.M. founder and his dancers used weekly viewing and discussion sessions to inform “An Untitled Love,” which comes to the Kennedy Center April 29-30.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:12AM

Martin McDonagh, Paula Vogel add to spring bounty on Broadway by Peter Marks

“Hangmen" and “How I Learned to Drive” disturb and delight, while “For Colored Girls...” gets a nostalgic revival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:24AM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Robert Morse, Tony-winning comic actor, dies at 90 by Harrison Smith

He launched his career in musical comedies but was later celebrated for played Truman Capote on Broadway and an eccentric adman on “Mad Men.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:03PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Folk-opera take on sci-fi novel comes to town, after a long gestation by Geoffrey Himes

"Parable of the Sower," a folk-opera adaptation of Octavia Butler's 1993 sci-fi novel created by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, has uncanny resonance with current events.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:36AM
Monday, April 18, 2022

Tracy Letts skewers America’s shames in stunning debut of ‘The Minutes’ by Peter Marks

The playwright’s scaldingly funny satire opens on Broadway.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM