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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Two rival sisters feud in intense and surreal Adrienne Kennedy drama by Amy Kotkin

Round House Theatre, in association with McCarter Theater Center, concludes its festival of works by celebrated playwright Adrienne Kennedy with the world premiere of Etta and Ella on the Up…

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Adrienne Kennedy festival recalls a painful drama from her own life by Amy Kotkin

When Ohio State University invites the distinguished author Suzanne Alexander back to her alma mater, she is asked specifically to lecture on the theme of violence in her works. Brace yourse…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A Black son’s assault by police, powerfully told in the Adrienne Kennedy festival by Amy Kotkin

Twenty-nine years before George Floyd was murdered on camera and 18 years before Black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested for “breaking and entering” into his own home, Ant…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Adrienne Kennedy festival opens with haunting letters between lovers by Amy Kotkin

Round House Theatre, in association with McCarter Theatre Center, has launched its digital series of works by Adrienne Kennedy with the enigmatic He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, directed…

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

A strange phone tree leads to hilarity in ‘Human Resources’ at Woolly Mammoth by Amy Kotkin

When was the last time you enjoyed a funny, edgy Woolly Mammoth production while digging up stubborn weeds from your garden or taking a stroll through Rock Creek Park? Just when we thought o…

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Olney’s virtual ‘The Humans’ shines with fine performances by Amy Kotkin

Olney Theatre Center’s virtual production of The Humans offers proof positive of the old adage: Necessity is the mother of invention. Just see how they have turned the pandemic’s crushin…

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Monday, August 3, 2020

A wonderfully manic ‘#txtshow’ from performance artist Brian Feldman by Amy Kotkin

Brian Feldman puts a lot of faith in his virtual audience. His production #txtshow (on the internet), which he creates and performs, is based on the texts he receives in real time from his a…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Synetic Theater’s brave and generous ‘Decameron’ is wonderfully inventive by Amy Kotkin

History always has lessons to teach during times of enormous tumult. How did past societies struggle through similar cataclysms and emerge with their spirits intact? Many of us are newly awa…

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

All under one roof in Signature Theatre’s ‘Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes’ by Amy Kotkin

Marian’s cheery Florida home – an over-decorated retirement nest she shares with second hubby Richard – has become a tropical haven for two adolescents in crisis. Richard’s pregnant …

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

‘Silent Sky’ at Ford’s Theatre celebrates the lives and achievements of early-20th-century women in astronomy by Amy Kotkin

Two generations before the African American space scientists immortalized in the film Hidden Figures propped up America’s nascent space program, another group of pioneering female “compu…

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Prologue Theatre revisits the day after 9-11 in ‘Recent Tragic Events’ by Amy Kotkin

On September 12, 2001, after a stunning halt to nearly all normal activity, life resumed for most Americans. And yet, we knew that everything had changed. Our sense of security was shattered…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Second City’s ‘She The People: The Resistance Continues’ levels the playing field with humor by Amy Kotkin

The good news? The Second City’s sharp-witted She The People: The Resistance Continues is back at Woolly Mammoth for another rollicking production of top-notch sketches and witty songs. Th…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Washington Stage Guild delivers simple, effective production of Dickens’ ‘Hard Times’ by Amy Kotkin

Like many of Charles Dickens’s sprawling novels, Hard Times chronicles the lives and times of multiple characters dwelling in England’s mid-19th-century industrial chaos. But unlike the…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Review: ‘West by God’ at The Keegan Theatre by Amy Kotkin

The economic and social plight of America’s white rural working class has been the subject of recent blockbuster books from J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy to Educated, by Tara Westover.  …

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Review: Pulitzer-Winning ‘Fairview’ Jump-Starts Woolly Mammoth’s New Season by Amy Kotkin

The Woolly Mammoth Theater Company has rocket-launched its 40th anniversary season with a searing production of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Dram…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Open To All: The Kennedy Center’s New Addition Encourages Community Engagement by Amy Kotkin

Sensuous and just a bit sly, the smooth white pavilions of the Kennedy Center’s new REACH complex wink at us amidst undulating grassy berms. One rises up from the green lawn, curling like …

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Review: An Audacious and Urgent ‘Assassins’ at Signature Theatre by Amy Kotkin

Nearly thirty years after its premiere, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins still astonishes. An audacious meet-up of nine successful and would-be presidential assassins – from the narcissist J…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Hold the Tomato’ by Amy Kotkin

Back at the Fringe Festival after their successful 2018 appearance, Laugh Index Theatre’s production of Hold the Tomato strikes a number of funny bones during its fast-paced series of comi…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘That’s Not How It Happened’ by Amy Kotkin

Funny, sweet, and poignant, Colleen Hindsley’s one-woman show, That’s Not How It Happened, will resonate with anyone who misses their parents, has endured the torture of older siblings, …

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: ‘God of Carnage’ at Keegan Theatre by Amy Kotkin

Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning God of Carnage is a cautionary tale for modern times. Written in French and translated into English by Christopher Hampton, Reza’s razor-sharp black com…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: ‘Resolving Hedda’ by Washington Stage Guild by Amy Kotkin

What if your favorite dramatic heroine could – just for once – alter her tragic fate? That’s the question posed by playwright Jon Klein in the Washington Stage Guild’s production of …

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Review: ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ at Synetic Theater by Amy Kotkin

Edmond Rostand’s tale of a consummate wordsmith achieves profound new eloquence in Synetic Theater’s wordless production of Cyrano de Bergerac. As they have done in so many previous prod…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Review: ‘From U Street to the Cotton Club’ by The In Series by Amy Kotkin

Rising from its roots in the Deep South, African American music journeyed north with the Great Migration, invigorating urban culture with rhythms derived from shouts to spirituals, work song…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Review: The Second City’s ‘Love, Factually’ at the Kennedy Center by Amy Kotkin

The Second City lights up the Kennedy Center’s holiday season again this year with their new production, Love, Factually. Featuring a top-rate cast directed by Frank Caeti, The Second City…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Review: ‘Cry It Out’ at Studio Theatre by Amy Kotkin

In the bleak Long Island backyard that serves as their coffee-klatch confessional, neighbors Lina and Jessie chat daily about the alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching emotional terrain …

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at the Kennedy Center by Amy Kotkin

It has taken more than 35 years for Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s iconic musical Little Shop of Horrors to reach the Kennedy Center. But it’s been worth the wait! The Kennedy Center’…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at Round House Theatre by Amy Kotkin

Twenty years ago, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive shocked audiences with its holistic examination of pedophilia. It takes a village to molest a child, Vogel believes, not just a perpe…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Review: ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ at Rockville Little Theatre by Amy Kotkin

Anne Frank’s immortal words about love, fear, and hope come alive once again at Rockville Little Theatre’s new production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Based on the words of World War II…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ’50 Ways to Date Your Aubrey’ by Amy Kotkin

Aubri O’Connor lights up the tiny stage at Caos on F, drawing us into this quirky, funny, and poignant play within a play starring her alter ego, Aubrey. During a 70-minute romp through Au…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: ‘Other Life Forms’ at the Keegan Theatre by Amy Kotkin

When asked recently what he hoped audiences will get from watching Other Life Forms, playwright Brandon McCoy answered, “I hope they laugh, and I hope they have a really good time.” Miss…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: ‘Master Harold…and the Boys’ at Round House Theatre by Amy Kotkin

On a rainy afternoon in 1950, two middle-aged black servants slowly scrub the floor and wipe tables in an empty South African tea room. They banter about an upcoming ballroom dance competiti…

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Sep 14, 2021: BROADWAY REOPENS
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre