Thursday, July 27, 2017

DC Theater Friday: Scalia v. ‘Thurgood’ in two Supreme Court dramas by Nelson Pressley

Deluxe ‘King and I’ is an eyeful at Kennedy Center.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Finding theater at the city’s edges: Three shows off the beaten path of D.C. stages by Nelson Pressley

From “Lady Day” to a Carly Mensch play, troupes nest where they can.

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The president opens his mouth daily, and the American theater bites back by Peter Marks

Donald Trump might be a useful punching bag, but does it work on stage?

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Center devoted to director Zeffirelli takes shape in Italy by Associated Press

A center dedicated to Italian director Franco Zeffirelli is taking shape in Florence.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

‘Thurgood’ serves Justice Marshall in George Stevens Jr. tribute drama by Nelson Pressley

Brian Anthony Wilson plays Marshall in a show that distills the legend.

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The Kinsey Sicks: Outrageousness tinged with outrage by Peter Marks

“America’s Favorite Dragapella Barbershop Quartet” returns to Theater J.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Who ever wrote swoonier ballads than Rodgers and Hammerstein?   by Peter Marks

“The King and I” shows again the songwriters were master heart-melters.

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Rachel Bay Jones in ‘Evan Hansen’: ‘You wake up some mornings, and your chest hurts’ by Peter Marks

The Tony winner has let the role of the title character’s mom seep deep into her bones.

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DC Theater Friday: ‘Bon Voyage!,’ ‘King and I,’ et cetera by Nelson Pressley

The Capital Fringe and Shepherdstown festivals continue.

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‘Ugly Betty’s’ Michael Urie will be Michael Kahn’s last Hamlet by Peter Marks

 The actor studied the role under the D.C. Shakespeare director at Juilliard.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2008’s ‘Wig Out!,’ from one of the writers of ‘Moonlight,’ sashays into Studio Theatre by Nelson Pressley

The show directed by Kent Gash puts you up close to the high drama of the drag balls.

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A winsome road to Paris in ‘Bon Voyage! A Happenstance Escapade’ by Nelson Pressley

The local clown troupe in La Belle Epoque.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kennedy Center president lures high-priced stars yet sparks an exodus among senior staff by Peggy McGlone

Deborah Rutter brings in Yo-Yo Ma, Q-Tip and Renée Fleming as advisers while 11 executives leave.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gero still rules as Scalia in ‘The Originalist’ by Nelson Pressley

John Strand’s hit comic drama returns to Arena Stage.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Oscar Isaac wrestles daringly with Hamlet by Peter Marks

"Hamlet,” down and dirty.

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Sam Mendes’s ‘Cabaret’ icy and not much fun at the Kennedy Center by Nelson Pressley

Hell freezes over in Roundabout Theatre’s in-your-face staging.

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DC Theater Friday: The old ‘Cabaret’ and new plays up the river by Nelson Pressley

Six fresh scripts in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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‘The King and I’ may be from 1951, but this production restored originally stricken lines by Geoffrey Himes

The story set in the colonial era was mostly only updated in its cast and design for the run at Kennedy Center.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A theater festival in the bucolic countryside, but boiling underneath by Peter Marks

Six plays burst into life at West Virginia’s Contemporary American Theater Festival.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

‘Happiest Place’ sadly ponders Disneyland by Nelson Pressley

A grieving 1950s family seeks solace at the amusement park.

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Russia’s Bolshoi scraps ballet 3 days before premiere by Associated Press

Russia’s Bolshoi Theater has canceled a much anticipated ballet about dancer Rudolf Nureyev just three days before the opening night.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fringe Festival’s early returns: Politics in the lead by Nelson Pressley

Anything goes in the festival. So far, that goes double for topical issues.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

What we hate about intermissions by Nelson Pressley

Washington Post critics and writers on why these 20 minutes can be a test of endurance.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The young guns of ‘The Sound of Music’ by Nelson Pressley

Meet the magnificent seven playing the von Trapp kids.

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DC Theater Friday: Capital Fringe time by Nelson Pressley

The annual summer festival kicks in downtown.

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Eleanor Roosevelt-Lorena Hickok romance is portrayed in Logan solo-show festival by Geoffrey Himes

“A one-person play allowed me to be more romantic and physical,” says writer Terry Baum.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

After Scalia’s death, and the election, Gero reflects on his role in ‘The Originalist’ by Maia Silber

Channeling the judge “raised my game,” the actor says.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

The real motor of the performing arts isn’t vision. It’s the board, stupid. by Anne Midgette

There’s the authority to which the head of an arts organization must actually answer. It isn’t the critics; it isn’t the audience: it’s the board.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Why artists become activists: It’s not only the election by Nelson Pressley

Black Lives Matter, Occupy, gun control and more are all fodder for directors, musicians and choreographers.

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DC Theater Friday: Second City satire and Olney’s ‘My Fair Lady’ by Nelson Pressley

The Sizzlin’ Summer Nights cabaret series returns to Signature Theatre.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Second City satire returns to the Kennedy Center, quick hitting but less biting by Nelson Pressley

The jokes are kindler and gentler (but still good) in this “Almost Accurate Guide to America.”

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