Friday, June 2, 2023

These Broadway actors are finally getting the spotlight they deserve by Peter Marks

Four performers nominated in the Tonys featured actor categories reveal the depth of talent on Broadway, and the career impact of the nomination can be seismic.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

This play aims to scare you out of your wits. But your wits remain intact. by Peter Marks

Levi Holloway’s thriller ‘Grey House,’ on Broadway starring Laurie Metcalf and directed by Joe Mantello, is a near-miss.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:32PM
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Neal Brennan would like to introduce a ‘Brand New Neal’ by Thomas Floyd

Stand-up comedian and "Chappelle's Show" co-creator Neal Brennan is bringing his latest show the Howard Theatre and Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:06AM
Friday, May 26, 2023

How Schmicago made this critic a ‘Schmigadoon!’ schmuperfan by Peter Marks

The series hit its stride in a season that embraces musicals of the 1960s and 1970s.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:12AM
Thursday, May 25, 2023

This version of ‘Sweeney Todd’ commits a cardinal sin: It’s bloodless by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre’s revival of "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street" tiptoes around the horror of the peerless Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:54PM
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

The Hollywood spoof ‘Exclusion’ goes deeper than cynical satire by Celia Wren

Kenneth Lin’s barbed comedy, having its world premiere at Arena Stage, delves into how Hollywood misrepresents, suppresses and distorts Asian American history.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:18PM
Monday, May 22, 2023

Hours after founder’s death, GALA theater wins big at Helen Hayes Awards by Thomas Floyd

Company’s revival of “On Your Feet!” wins ceremony-best nine prizes as D.C. theater community gathers for its first in-person awards ceremony in four years and honors GALA’s Hugo Med…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:54PM

‘Monsoon Wedding’ the musical is not quite yet a happy marriage by Peter Marks

Director Mira Nair has transformed her beloved 2001 film about Delhi-arranged matrimony into a song-and-dance rom-com.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48PM

In a new play, a writer tackles a touchy topic: Black class conflict by Peter Marks

“Good Bones,” James Ijames’s seriocomedy about the tensions gentrification can set off in the Black community, gets a world premiere at Studio Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:18PM
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Discarded photos of Nazis relaxing at Auschwitz led to this riveting play by Peter Marks

“Here There Are Blueberries,” a documentary drama about a real photo album sent to the Holocaust museum, gives wrenching context to genocide.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:42PM

An audacious season coming for D.C.'s small but mighty Mosaic Theater by Peter Marks

Mosaic Theater Company Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas unveils a 2023-24 roster of new plays for a theater making a name for itself on D.C.'s H Street NE.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48AM
Tuesday, May 16, 2023

After a scare in D.C., ‘Beetlejuice’ found a second life on Broadway by Thomas Floyd

The touring production of the retooled, Tony-nominated show comes to the National Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Monday, May 15, 2023

‘Spamalot’ might be retro, but it’s still a riot by Peter Marks

Josh Rhodes directs a top-flight cast of Broadway clowns in the Kennedy Center's revival of the hit "Monty Python's Spamalot"

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:12PM
Friday, May 12, 2023

A zany team gets ‘Spamalot’ up on its funny feet — at breakneck speed by Peter Marks

It takes nerves of steel and a village of deft theater people to whip up a full-fledged Kennedy Center musical like "Spamalot" in the space of two weeks.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48AM

How Mira Nair’s ‘Monsoon Wedding’ became a musical by Annie Gowen

It's been "a long journey" to the stage for the Indian-born director's 2001 film about a lavish family wedding in Delhi.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48AM
Saturday, May 6, 2023

Gospel singers and a son’s kiss were the theater the coronation needed by Peter Marks

As the coronation revealed once again, pageantry is as natural on British shores as the White Cliffs of Dover.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:24PM
Friday, May 5, 2023

Washington Ballet’s vibrant ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is Julie Kent’s parting gift by Celia Wren

The company’s artistic director is leaving after seven years in D.C. to join the leadership ranks of the Houston Ballet.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Thursday, May 4, 2023

Signature Theatre gives ‘Passing Strange’ a rollicking revival by Thomas Floyd

Director Raymond O. Caldwell delivers a sublime revival of the 2008 rock musical in Signature's intimate Ark theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM

Savory performances stand out in hammy ‘School for Lies’ by Celia Wren

Matthew Pauli shines as the stuffy servant in "School for Lies," David Ives’s take on Molière’s “The Misanthrope.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:03PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

‘Some Like It Hot’ leads the 2023 Tony nominations, with 13 nods by Peter Marks

"Some Like it Hot" garners the most nods, 13, for the 2023 Tony Awards, including best musical; "Leopoldstadt," "Ain't No Mo' " lead for best play

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:32AM

2023 Tony Award nominations: Best play and musical nominations announced by Herb Scribner

The nominations for the 76th annual Tony Awards will be announced on Tuesday, May 2nd.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18AM
Friday, April 28, 2023

Jodie Comer knows how to slay. She had to learn how to bow. by Peter Marks

Jodie Comer, star of "Killer Eve" and Broadway’s “Prima Facie,” talks about the challenges and epiphanies of a theater debut.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Thursday, April 27, 2023

If you must see a Kander and Ebb show, this is the one to see by Peter Marks

"The World Goes 'Round" gets a joyful, spirited revival at Olney Theatre Center

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:02PM
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Start spreading the news: Broadway’s ‘New York, New York’ is a snooze by Peter Marks

A lyrical assessment of Broadway’s sappy new stage version of Martin Scorsese’s 1977 film, “New York, New York.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Hana S. Sharif is named as Arena Stage’s next artistic director by Peter Marks

Molly Smith will pass the torch to Sharif, artistic head of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and now the first person of color to run Arena Stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:32AM
Sunday, April 23, 2023

Jodie Comer comes to Broadway and turns the heat up full blast by Peter Marks

“Killing Eve's” Jodie Comer delivers a Broadway solo turn for the ages, in “Prima Facie,” Suzie Miller’s monodrama about sexual assault

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:18PM
Thursday, April 20, 2023

With the demise of ‘Full Frontal,’ Samantha Bee focuses on herself by Thomas Floyd

The comedian brings her show “Your Favorite Woman” to the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:12PM

‘Make ’em laugh’ is the upbeat mantra on New York stages this spring by Peter Marks

With productions of “Shucked,” “Fat Ham” and “White Girl in Danger,” comedy is suddenly king, on Broadway and off

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:12PM

‘The Great British Bake Off’ as a musical? Now that takes the cake. by Peter Marks

A British songwriting team adapts a global TV hit, "The Great British Bake Off," for London’s West End.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18AM
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘Medea’ and more: Classics in London feel new again by Peter Marks

The plays and musicals on London stages may be from days gone by, but the theaters putting them on reverberate with a 2023 freshness and ingenuity.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54AM

Women’s work is no joke. But this dark comedy turns it into a treat. by Celia Wren

Morgan Gould’s “Jennifer Who Is Leaving," part of Round House Theatre’s new play festival, features a top-notch cast.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54AM

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