Thursday, September 29, 2022

Tom Stoppard at 85: ‘Without the writing, life isn’t purposeful’ by Peter Marks

The playwright’s sprawling “Leopoldstadt” on Broadway, which heartachingly explores his Jewish roots, may not be his last work.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:55AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Lea Michele is just the gleeful diva this ‘Funny Girl’ needed by Peter Marks

Lea Michele is captivatingly center stage in the revival of the 1964 musical at the August Wilson Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:25PM

Sophia Lillis shifts from scary movies to the panic of live theater by Thomas Floyd

The 20-year-old screen actress is wading into unfamiliar territory — live theater — with "Heroes of the Fourth Turning" at Studio Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:55AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

At Ford’s Theatre, a director takes a return ‘Trip to Bountiful’ by Thomas Floyd

Michael Wilson, known for multiple interpretations of Horton Foote’s 1953 play, is back with a new version.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:13PM
Friday, September 23, 2022

Marilyn Monroe was a great dancer. You wouldn’t know it from ‘Blonde.’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

Plus, nine more things you should remember about her, Hollywood history and "Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:43AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

In Round House premiere of ‘Nine Night,’ mourning becomes electric by Celia Wren

A terrific cast, led by Lilian Oben, anchors the depiction of grief and tension from Natasha Gordon.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:25PM

‘Death of a Salesman’ gets first Black Linda Loman, and she’s a dynamo by Peter Marks

The British actress Sharon D Clarke, a Tony nominee last season for “Caroline, or Change,” is opposite Wendell Pierce as Willy in Arthur Miller’s classic drama.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM
Monday, September 19, 2022

The artful messaging of the queen’s funeral: The monarchy endures by Sarah L. Kaufman

This was a theater of power, its purpose to show unshakable continuity as the gears of state and crown still smoothly wheel around.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:55PM

‘Ain’t No Mo’ ’ offers side-splitting laughs and gut-punching truths by Thomas Floyd

Jordan E. Cooper’s searing tragicomedy, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre through Oct. 9, muses on the Black American experience through loosely connected vignettes

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:43PM
Saturday, September 17, 2022

‘Phantom of the Opera,’ Broadway’s longest-running show, to end after 35 years by Adela Suliman

"The Phantom of the Opera," Broadway’s longest running show, is taking its final bow after 35 years. The final performance will be on February 18th, 2023.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:43AM
Friday, September 16, 2022

Beloved dancer’s death on Ukraine battlefield underscores cost of war by Sarah L. Kaufman

Dancer and teacher Oleksandr Shapoval, a father of two who volunteered for the army, is remembered as “a pure and bright soul.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:25AM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

It’s movement, not dialogue, that carries Synetic’s ‘Host and Guest’ by Celia Wren

Based on a 19th-century narrative poem, this revival of the theater’s 2002 production is at its best in wordless scenes of battle and hunting.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:25PM

Tina Ramirez, who founded acclaimed Ballet Hispánico, dies at 92 by Joel Lobenthal

"I wanted to keep them from having to dance in nightclubs," she said of Hispanic dancers. "They were serious dancers and deserved the opportunity to be treated as such.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:25PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

As yet another war wages, Synetic Theater remounts a cautionary tale by Thomas Floyd

First produced in 2002, the ethnic-conflict-themed ‘Host and Guest’ keeps getting replayed, again and again.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:19AM
Monday, September 12, 2022

A tale of love and refuge in Theater J’s ‘Old Stock’ klezmer musical by Celia Wren

Playwright Hannah Moscovitch drew from her grandparents’ story as refugees in the early 20th century.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:25PM
Friday, September 9, 2022

Signature’s ‘No Place to Go’ finds its way thanks to its charming star by Thomas Floyd

Bobby Smith is a worthy successor in this irreverent musical ode to the unemployed.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:19PM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

This fall, theaters whet our appetites with an impressive buffet by Peter Marks

New Stoppard, old Loesser, stories from the political right and left, and Shakespeare with new looks stock the stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:05AM

How one D.C. theater is advocating for abortion rights by Peter Marks

“My Body No Choice” — eight monologues by female playwrights — starts at Arena Stage next month as the midterm elections approach.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:05AM

In promising fall dance trend, real-life figures inspire the lineup by Sarah L. Kaufman

The art and legacies of Burt Bacharach, Eva Peron, Maya Lin and musician/activist Hazel Scott spark works around the region.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:05AM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Bobby Smith faced unemployment. Now he’s singing about it. by Thomas Floyd

The star of Signature Theatre’s "No Place to Go," an ode to the unemployed, brings his experience of pandemic-induced joblessness to the role.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:07AM
Monday, August 29, 2022

Six drag queens you should be following on YouTube by Sarah L. Kaufman

These expert entertainers offer it all: Transformation. Barbiecore. Activism.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:24AM
Thursday, August 25, 2022

‘Color Purple’ is lifted by powerful voices at Signature Theatre by Peter Marks

The Virginia company revives the popular musical, based on Alice Walker’s novel and a 1985 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM

‘Into the Woods’ has a magical cow. Meet the man who mooves her. by Peter Marks

Kennedy Kanagawa is the puppeteer behind Milky White, the bovine star of the hit Broadway revival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:24AM
Friday, August 19, 2022

Arts workers are increasingly stepping onto the political stage by Peter Marks

Members of the creative sector are building coalitions, raising money and even running for office to press for their causes.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:12AM
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Solange Knowles makes perfect sense as New York City Ballet composer by Sarah L. Kaufman

The Grammy-winning artist, the latest of NYCB’s major music collaborators, is deeply creative with an appetite for dance.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:07AM
Monday, August 15, 2022

I’d go anywhere right now to see a Sondheim musical by Peter Marks

Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires stages “A Little Night Music,” with Emily Skinner in one of the great roles of the Sondheim canon.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:37PM
Monday, August 8, 2022

New musical version of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ trips on the runway by Peter Marks

A Chicago tryout for the stage adaptation, featuring songs by Elton John, needs decidedly more zhoozh.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:03PM

Church’s altered ‘Hamilton’ is followed by sermon comparing homosexuality to addiction by Timothy Bella

An edited version of the hit show produced by the Door McAllen church in Texas did not get the blessing of the Broadway musical's creators, a “Hamilton” spokesperson told The Washington …

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:33AM
Friday, August 5, 2022

How photos of Nazis partying at Auschwitz gave rise to a new play by Peter Marks

“Here There Are Blueberries," at California’s La Jolla Playhouse, is based on photos submitted to an archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM

So you think I can dance? by Sarah L. Kaufman

Our dance critic tried 15 dance apps. Here’s what she learned, and her top picks for fine-tuning your moves.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Meet the musician instrumental to ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Thomas Floyd

Alex Lacamoire is the arranger, orchestrator and music director behind two of Broadway's biggest recent smashes.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24AM

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