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Thursday, September 12, 2019

A bar. An actor. And if you’re lucky, a drink. by Peter Marks

Irish-oriented theater company Solas Nua mixes drams and drama in staging “The Smuggler” at a D.C. bar.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

‘Love Sick’ strums the strings of passion, but not as dynamically as it could by Peter Marks

Theater J stages Ofra Daniel’s song cycle in its East Coast premiere.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Folger turns one of Shakespeare’s histories into a problem play by Peter Marks

The classical company stages a lifeless version of “Henry IV, Part 1.”

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Monday, September 9, 2019

‘Doubt’ covered child abuse in the church a decade and a half ago. It’s still relevant. by Peter Marks

Studio Theatre handsomely revives John Patrick Shanley’s Tony-winning drama.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

What the Constitution means to Nancy Pelosi and Barbra Streisand, among other Americans by Peter Marks

With Heidi Schreck’s popular play coming to the Kennedy Center, some people aren’t shy about critiquing the Founding Fathers’ work.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

‘Hercules’ proves strong enough to lift all of Central Park, but only for a few days by Peter Marks

The Disney-bred musical brings pros and amateurs onstage courtesy of the Public Theater.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Insanity thrives, giddily, in Signature’s ‘Assassins’ by Peter Marks

The Arlington theater revives one of Stephen Sondheim’s most daring musicals.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Hong Kong protesters have found an anthem in this song from ‘Les Miz’ by Peter Marks

“Do You Hear the People Sing?” is ringing out across the region, in the streets and in an airport sit-in.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

More actors of color are being cast in roles traditionally played by whites — while feeling extra pressure to succeed by Peter Marks

Broadway’s Audra McDonald and Christian Dante White talk about the challenges they face: “White actors aren’t thinking, ‘I’m being white.’ They’re just being the person.”

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Welcome home, ‘Dear Evan Hansen.’ You’re back where you belong. by Peter Marks

The Tony-winning musical begins a five-week stand at the Kennedy Center.

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Jake Gyllenhaal is a stage animal for sure. But he needs more feral turf in ‘Sea Wall/A Life.’ by Peter Marks

Tom Sturridge also stars in the pair of monologues about men and death by British playwrights Simon Stephens and Nick Payne.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Thank you, Hal Prince, for giving me some of the most transcendent nights of theater I’ve ever known by Peter Marks

A maestro of the American musical leaves behind an unmatchable legacy, including “West Side Story,” “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Phantom.”

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Will you love ‘Moulin Rouge!’ as a stage musical? Well, you’ll certainly fall in like. by Peter Marks

Baz Luhrmann’s crazy salad of a movie gets the Broadway-pizazz treatment.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

I enjoyed ‘Be More Chill’ this time. And no, that isn’t the wine talking. by Peter Marks

A scrappy Northern Virginia company showed me how this musical should be produced, drinking game and all.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Jayne Atkinson brings Gov. Ann Richards back to exuberant life in ‘Ann’ by Peter Marks

Holland Taylor’s solo bio-comedy is an affectionate account of a memorably wry politician.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

An actor, once undocumented, got cast as a border detention guard. It was a revelation. by Peter Marks

Work-in-progress ‘Tender Age’ looks heartbreakingly at the crisis on our southern frontier.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Playing ‘Mockingbird’ villains on Broadway can be a brutal assignment by Peter Marks

Two actors talk about portraying the Ewells, who seal the fate of a falsely accused black man

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

The opening night of Campaign 2020 kind of laid an egg by Peter Marks

Too many characters on the debate stage resulted in a drama that felt all over the place.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The rarest of public events: Sondheim sings Sondheim! by Peter Marks

The great composer is the guest star of a New York concert hosted by Jason Robert Brown.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan in ‘Candide’? I had to go to Philadelphia to catch this. by Peter Marks

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a curious version of the musical, set in high school.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Nora’s back in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2.’ Lucky for us, she’s played by Holly Twyford. by Peter Marks

Round House stages the Washington-area premiere of Lucas Hnath’s Broadway play.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

I’m not rejoicing over a play produced by the Kennedy Center. Here’s why. by Peter Marks

“Byhalia, Mississippi” does not begin to meet the arts center’s responsibilities for plays.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: ‘Hadestown’ wins best musical, and ‘The Ferryman’ snags best play by Peter Marks

Anaïs Mitchell’s bluesy show based on a Greek myth collects an evening-high eight awards.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Betty Buckley joins the ‘Hello, Dolly’ parade. And the pleasure of it doesn’t pass us by. by Peter Marks

The tour of the Tony-winning revival comes to the Kennedy Center.

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Hey, Tony Awards, lighten up! You should give more prizes to the funny stuff. by Peter Marks

Some choice comic work is nominated, but the voters tend to go for more dramatic turns.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Produce a musical every year? Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner are your guys. by Peter Marks

Their ‘On Air’ for Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron fulfills an ambitious five-year plan.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Making a play about real people is always challenging — now imagine if it’s Bill and Hillary Clinton by Peter Marks

Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow and the other cast members talk about portraying the political power couple on Broadway.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Michael Kahn turns to a timeless play from ancient Greece to send off his career by Peter Marks

“The Oresteia” concludes Kahn’s 33-year artistic directorship of the Shakespeare Theatre.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Oslo’ is an incisive, and dispiriting, look at a stunning pact between Israel and the PLO by Peter Marks

Round House Theatre offers up the D.C.-area premiere of J.T. Rogers’s Tony winner.

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Michael Kahn, in his swan song at Shakespeare Theatre, stays true to himself by Peter Marks

After 33 years at the helm of a fine classical company, he’s taking his curtain call with “The Oresteia.”

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘Hadestown’ and ‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations’ lead Tony nominations by Peter Marks

Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed “To Kill a Mockingbird” left off the list of best-play nominees.

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