Thursday, January 21, 2021

Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is the subject of a new play at Round House. He’s also the playwright’s husband. by Thomas Floyd

Lauren Gunderson’s “The Catastrophist” is loosely based on Wolfe’s book “The Viral Storm.”

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

America yearns for an era of good feeling. The inaugural ceremony launched one. by Peter Marks

Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks, J.Lo and a young poet all supply breakout supporting moments.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Adolfo ‘Shabba-Doo’ Quiñones, street-dance star of ‘Breakin’’ movies, dies at 65 by Harrison Smith

He was “a Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly of street,” dancer and singer Toni Basil said.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Adrienne Kennedy’s new play, ‘Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,’ is utterly unique by Peter Marks

Online festival of Kennedy works concludes with this mesmerizing world premiere.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Vowing to bring live entertainment back, Gov. Cuomo announces a ‘New York Arts Revival’ by Peter Marks

Hugh Jackman, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Wynton Marsalis are among the major stars signing on to perform.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Arts workers are building a labor movement to save a creative economy in peril by Peter Marks

New groups such as Be an #ArtsHero take their agendas for aid and recognition to Congress.

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Judy and Mickey would have loved the TikTok ‘Ratatouille’ — 2021’s answer to ‘Let’s put on a show!’ by Peter Marks

The crowdsourced online musical, about a rat with culinary dreams, is a promising first course.

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Friday, December 25, 2020

In the galleries: A satire on images of women and the objects they advertise by Mark Jenkins

Artist echoes surreal views of females conjoined with mechanical objects

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Rebecca Luker, Tony-nominated Broadway singer and actress, dies at 59 by Matt Schudel

She starred in classic Broadway musicals and received three Tony nominations.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

‘Dance in DC’ short films capture the city’s spirit of entrepreneurship by Celia Wren

Washington Performing Arts commissioned local dancer-choreographers to devise, and perform, dances customized for spaces at six area businesses.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Theaters are shut, but ‘A Christmas Carol’ is forever. The endless variety online proves it. by Peter Marks

Companies coast to coast and beyond are revving up their own adaptations for Web consumption.

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Theaters are shut, but ‘A Christmas Carol’ is forever. The endless variety online proves it. by Peter Marks

Theaters coast to coast and beyond rev up their own adaptations for Web consumption.

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Online festival highlights the powerful plays of undersung dramatist Adrienne Kennedy by Peter Marks

Three of the playwright’s work are now streaming, with a world premiere to be added Jan. 9.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Rorschach Theatre gets the audience out of the house with ‘Distance Frequencies’ by Celia Wren

D.C. theater curates a months-long immersive experience that takes in the great outdoors.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Ann Reinking, Broadway dancer and ‘Chicago’ choreographer, dies at 71 by Matt Schudel

She starred on Broadway in “Chicago” and won a Tony Award for choreography.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Josh Groban can’t sing in concert halls now, so he’s been singing in the shower. Next up: His first holiday special, streamed. by Peter Marks

Innovative virtual performances are filling out the seasonal schedules of some sidelined Broadway names.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Best theater of 2020: Sondheim’s birthday, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Mary Neely, ‘The Amen Corner’ and more by Peter Marks

What do you know? Some great theatrical events managed to occur in 2020, despite the pandemic.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Olney Theatre gift-wraps its annual ‘Christmas Carol’ for a streaming audience by Thomas Floyd

Film version of actor Paul Morella’s one-man take on Dickens to be made available online.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Andrew Lloyd Webber believes in the imminent return of Broadway and the West End. That’s all he asks of you. by Peter Marks

The composer-impresario behind ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom’ is on a pandemic-thwarting mission.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Arlington’s Signature Theatre will put its best musical foot forward online in 2021 by Peter Marks

A five-play program begins with composer Stephen Sondheim and ends with dramatist Dominique Morisseau.

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Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ has a place of honor in company’s first virtual season by Celia Wren

Troupe experiments with filming outdoors and creates “Testament,” an homage to the beloved 1960 work.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

During a pandemic, the medical profession turns to Greek tragedy — to heal by Peter Marks

Theater of War’s project for front-line medical workers provides a poignant place to gather.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Looking from the outside in, ‘Voyeur’ reimagines the life of Toulouse-Lautrec by Jose Solís

Site-specific set pieces by Bated Breath Theatre transform New York’s West Village into Montmartre.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

In a stunning turn, Ari Roth resigns from Mosaic Theater, the D.C. company he created by Peter Marks

Amid covid and staff turmoil, another chapter ends in Roth’s controversial theater career.

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A forgotten female Sherlock Holmes gets her due in this audio play (with physical clues) by Celia Wren

We Happy Few adapts tale of detective Loveday Brooke for home listening, with extras sent by mail.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Masks, coronavirus tests and dancer ‘pods’: How the Washington Ballet tackled its new digital season by Thomas Floyd

The company has partnered with Marquee TV to stream four new works.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Why haven’t more people heard of playwright Adrienne Kennedy? Round House Theatre hopes to fix that problem. by Celia Wren

A month-long festival shines a spotlight on the writer of intense and often surreal dramas.

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Monday, November 9, 2020

In Biden victory, a cast change: Out with Richard III, in with Atticus Finch by Peter Marks

In president-elect’s opening message, you’re reminded of the decency of the Harper Lee character in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Mark Morris Dance Group steps online for its 40th-anniversary season by Anying Guo

The troupe will premiere new works online and feature Q&As with the legendary choreographer.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Audio adaptation of Beltway drama ‘Kings’ tantalizes but ultimately falls flat without a stage by Celia Wren

Sarah Burgess’s play registers as a tad blunt and obvious, qualities that might not have manifested in a live production.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

GALA Theatre is a covid-19 ‘guinea pig’: first District theater to resume live indoor performance by Thomas Floyd

The Columbia Height theater will stage reduced-capacity shows as part of a pilot program.

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