Monday, August 20, 2018

Pointless Theatre’s slapdash ‘Don Cristóbal’ by Celia Wren

The puppet play leaves a critic exasperated.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ is another movie-to-stage dud by Peter Marks

If you’re thinking of seeing a musical based on a film, don’t. It was better on screen.

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Signature Theatre takes on Sondheim’s ‘Passion’ by Geoffrey Himes

Beauty is an attitude in 1994 musical, which is based on 1869 novel by Iginio Ugo Tarchetti.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sarah Ruhl’s quirky take on depression at Constellation by Celia Wren

“Melancholy Play” finds the comedy in sadness.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ex NYC Ballet leader Martins convicted of impaired driving by Associated Press

Former New York City Ballet leader Peter Martins has been convicted of driving while impaired in the New York City suburbs.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dancing dads are the new darlings of social media. Here’s why we need more of them. by Sarah L. Kaufman

Father dancing for his sick child is the opposite of embarrassing; it’s beautiful.

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Actress says Geoffrey Rush touched her inappropriately by Associated Press

The actress at the center of Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush’s defamation suit against a Sydney newspaper alleged he touched her breast and lower back during a Shakespeare production thr…

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These ‘Hamilton’ performers have to be ready to go onstage at a moment’s notice by Nelson Pressley

The life of a “swing”: You must be good under pressure, and “can’t go on and be frantic.”

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Susan Derry brings polish to Keegan’s ‘Bridges of Madison County’ by Nelson Pressley

“Handbagged” playwright Moira Buffini bites the rich in “Dinner.”

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Friday, August 3, 2018

The original ‘Hamilton’ stars aren’t throwing away their shots by Nelson Pressley

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Co. have gone Hollywood with movies, TV shows and commercials.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

This ‘Color Purple’ may have won a Tony, but it’s cut to the bone by Nelson Pressley

Director John Doyle has toned down the musical’s sweep.

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4 noteworthy plays on Washington-area stages over the next few weeks

See “H.M.S. Pinafore”; “Hamilton”; “Dave”; and the “Color Purple.”

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The provocative Mike Daisey is a straight-shooter in his solo show about guns. by Peter Marks

The monologuist is back at Woolly Mammoth Theatre for “The Story of the Gun.”

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Despite top-notch cast and crew, ‘Dave’ dissolves into camp by second act by Peter Marks

A world premiere musical at Arena Stage has enjoyable moments, though it needs work. 

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Last call at the Capital Fringe Festival by Washington Post Staff

Celia Wren reviews the steampunk experiment “Gilded” and the short monologue-dance “A View From My Backyard."

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The Kennedy Center Honors are taking a risk by awarding ‘Hamilton’ — but it’s worth it by Peter Marks

The musical’s section is heartening tribute to American theater

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Meet the theater specialists who show actors the right way to make out onstage by Roger Catlin

How do directors set boundaries in sex scenes? Enter “intimacy consultants.”

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Put down your phone: Capital Fringe Festival presents a play about a phone by Washington Post Staff

Reviews of “Ghosts” (about ghosts) and “Phantom Limb” (about your cellphone).

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Rights group: Egypt issues suspended sentence to 6 over play by Associated Press

An Egyptian rights group says a military court has sentenced six people to a two-month suspended sentence for their involvement in a play seen as insulting to security forces.

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At the Capital Fringe Festival, shows on loving and — enviro-pun! — leaving by Washington Post Staff

The Fringe Festival beat goes on: Reviews of "How to Fall in Love on a Warming Planet" and "50 Ways…"

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Capital Fringe Festival sends in the clowns by Washington Post Staff

Thumbs-up reviews for the political farce “The Truth*” and the romantic comedy “Heartbreak Hitman."

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A play about straight white men on Broadway makes history by John Carucci | ap

The play that just opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway may have a cast dominated by white men but history has been made behind the scenes.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Elan Zafir's personal 'The Unaccompanied Minor' is a top pick this week at the Fringe Festival by Washington Post Staff

Reviews of "The Unaccompanied Minor," the dance-theater piece "Through the Wall" and the school shooting drama "14"

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Little wonder in Synetic Theater’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ by Nelson Pressley

The show goes on in smaller Georgetown space after leak in troupe’s Crystal City theater.

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Polyamory and 'A Two Woman Hamlet' are among women's voices at Fringe Festival by Washington Post Staff

Reviews of “A Two Women Hamlet,” “PolySHAMory” and “God Is Dead and April's Getting Married.”

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5 adult D.C. actors on how they play children: ‘What she says is what she feels’ by Jane Horwitz

Irony and subtext go out the window in the roles of Charlie Brown, the fairy Tinker Bell and more.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gary Beach, who won a Tony in ‘The Producers,’ dies at 70 by Mark Kennedy

Gary Beach, a Broadway and TV veteran whose portrayal of a truly terrible theater director in Mel Brooks’ monster hit “The Producers” won him a Tony Award in 2001, has died, according …

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Notes on three good one-man shows at the Fringe Festival, including a searing turn from Meshaun Labrone by Washington Post Staff

Reviews of Meshaun Labrone's “Spook,” Jamie Brickhouse's “Dangerous When Wet” and Vincent Clark's “An Unhealthy Man Lectures You on Medical Issues."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dance and opera take the stage at the Fringe Festival, and so does an ode to Tinder by Washington Post Staff

The Capital Fringe Festival features a Tinder rant, along with opera and dance.

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‘Hamilton’ director Thomas Kail on sparking interest in American history by Joe Heim

“That’s my hope, that this is just an ignition for something much larger. ”

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