Thursday, January 16, 2020

The drama of saving refugee children in 1939, and a journey that’s just as moving and meaningful today by Celia Wren

Theater J’s “Sheltered” benefits from powerful themes and pivotal performances.

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‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ gives the Folger Theatre a groovy send-off — for now by Thomas Floyd

Aaron Posner directs a ’70s spin on one of the Bard’s less-known works, as the theater embarks on a two-year renovation.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Laura Linney, going it alone on Broadway as both a mother and her estranged daughter by Peter Marks

“My Name Is Lucy Barton,” based on Elizabeth Strout’s novel, has its official New York opening.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Against a backdrop of Nazism, ‘Sheltered’ looks at the problem of good, not evil by Geoffrey Himes

Set in 1939, Theater J’s play has timely contemporary resonance.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Chris Redd on Eddie Murphy, Cory Booker and his New Year’s Eve stand-up gigs by Thomas Floyd

The SNL castmember rings in the new year with a pair of shows at Drafthouse Comedy.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

‘My Fair Lady’ at the Kennedy Center is sheer melodious pleasure by Peter Marks

The touring production matches the splendid Broadway version.

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Shereen Ahmed dreamed of playing Eliza Doolittle, not Princess Jasmine. Her wish came true. by Peter Marks

The actress blazes a trail in the national tour of “My Fair Lady” premiering at the Kennedy Center.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Three Scrooges: A trio of area actors reflect on playing Dickens’s Christmas curmudgeon by Thomas Floyd

Craig Wallace, Kevin Adams and Paul Morella each bring a distinct approach to ‘A Christmas Carol.’

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Mosaic Theater’s ‘Eureka Day’ slyly takes aim at self-righteous liberalism by Thomas Floyd

Playwright Jonathan Spector delivers a smart satire about a collision of ideals at a hyper-progressive day school.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

No winter wonderland in slushy ‘Snow Queen’ by Celia Wren

Synetic Theater’s production does boast some gripping sequences, but there’s a general deficit in tension.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Second City returns to Washington with familiar gifts in ‘She the People’ and ‘Love, Factually’ by Thomas Floyd

The Chicago comedy troupe is putting on new versions of the sketch shows this holiday season at Woolly Mammoth Theatre and the Kennedy Center.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

It’s been 18 years since 9/11, but ‘Come From Away’ will still bring you to tears by Peter Marks

The irresistible musical returns to D.C. amid its triumphant Broadway run.

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‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ adapter takes science on an awfully big adventure by Celia Wren

In production at Shakespeare Theatre, playwright Lauren Gunderson has found another female heroine in Wendy Darling.

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Hit musical ‘Come From Away’ brings its message of compassion back to D.C. by Thomas Floyd

The Tony-winning show arrives at the Kennedy Center three years after its pre-Broadway tryout at Ford’s Theatre.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

This charming new version of J.M. Barrie’s timeless play is all about girl power by Peter Marks

Wendy dreams big in Shakespeare Theatre’s “Peter Pan and Wendy.”

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

‘Woman in Black’ wants to scare you the old-fashioned way by Peter Marks

A London warhorse trots into Washington at an unsurprising pace, aiming to give you goose bumps.

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Out of dozens and dozens of plays and musicals, these deserved the hottest spotlight by Peter Marks

The slate included “Fairview,” “Lehman Trilogy,” “A Chorus Line” — and a new musical in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Storytelling is the key ingredient in the year’s best dance works by Sarah L. Kaufman

Works by Mark Morris, Pam Tanowitz, Monica Bill Barnes and more.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

‘Greater Clements’ is the best new play of the year by Peter Marks

Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and actress Judith Ivey collaborate on a deeply felt drama.

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Ken Ludwig’s ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise’ is an affecting love letter to unlikely romance by Thomas Floyd

The Arena Stage production, set against the backdrop of World War II, was inspired by the long-distance courtship between the playwright’s parents.

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Kennedy Center Honors: It’s a boogie wonderland by Peter Marks

The 42nd annual ceremony, to be televised Dec. 15, recognizes Earth, Wind & Fire, “Sesame Street,” Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical. by Peter Marks

Alanis Morissette’s breakthrough 1995 album breaks no new ground as theater.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Long-running play ‘The Woman in Black’ comes to the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Geoffrey Himes

Stage adaptation of popular ghost novel surprised its creator by becoming a scary good hit.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

At Round House Theatre, video projections express the inner life of a boy on the spectrum by Thomas Floyd

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a mystery centering on a 15-year-old math prodigy

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‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is up to some new and mesmerizing tricks by Thomas Floyd

At Round House Theatre, imaginative reinvention makes a fresh case for seeing the Tony-winning play.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Now hear this! Playwrights are making theater for the ears. Yes, that’s a thing. by Peter Marks

Audible produces plays designed to be listened to on its digital platform and maybe also seen off-Broadway.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Cheap wine and cheese puffs are only the beginning of this ‘Happy Hour’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

Monica Bill Barnes & Company performance is part dance performance, part vaudeville act.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Olney Theatre Center’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ pours on the showmanship by Thomas Floyd

Jacob Scott Tischler’s Cosmo Brown steals the show in a safe but crowd-pleasing staging of the iconic musical.

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John Leguizamo incorporates new lessons into his ‘Latin History for Morons’ by Thomas Floyd

The actor brings his reworked his one-man show to the National Theatre.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In ‘Airness,’ the axes are invisible but the play is loud by Celia Wren

Chelsea Marcantel’s underdog tale about air-guitar aficionados gets an exuberant run at the Keegan Theatre.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

This ‘Agnes of God’ is blessed by a holy trinity of actors by Thomas Floyd

Factory 449’s small-scale production delivers an expertly performed rumination on crises of faith.

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