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Friday, December 7, 2018

'Vox Lux' Is Too Much — And That's What Makes It So Invigorating by Andrew Lapin

Sure, this lush, blistering riff on pop stardom — and the many ways it intersects with a culture obsessed with both violence and celebrity — is over-the-top. That's the point.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hey You, Why Not Write For Fringeworthy? by Andrew Lapin

The 10th annual Capital Fringe festival is ramping up, and City Paper's Fringeworthy blog (formerly Fringe & Purge) is looking for fresh blood. Want to see the shows for free, sound off …

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Avengers’ director goes light and jazzy with Much Ado About Nothing by Andrew Lapin

Joss Whedon, a man whose name is synonymous with some of the most feverishly obsessed-over fantasy and science-fiction franchises of the last 20 years, is also a hardcore Shakespeare fan. In…

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

In the House, adaption of Spanish play, comes to FilmfestDC by Andrew Lapin

Movies arriving from overseas are the bread and butter of Filmfest DC, the annual tour of cinematic works Washingtonians would otherwise have little chance to see. The French drama “In the…

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Monday, February 18, 2013

The 2013 Oscars – a theaterlover’s guide by Andrew Lapin

Normally the Academy Award nominations are an annual opportunity for film fans to gripe about how out-of-touch the Hollywood establishment is with quality filmmaking. But something strange h…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Race by Andrew Lapin

Can you feel that white-hot bubbling of Conservatism in your gut? Can you smell that unmistakable, pungent aroma of angry men? It’s David Mamet season in Washington, and the air is thick w…

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Bachelorette by Andrew Lapin

At one point late in “Bachelorette,” Kirsten Dunst’s fiery yet weak-kneed creation inadvertently reveals an ugly old habit of hers to a near-total stranger. “I wanted to be b…

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Rock of Ages by Andrew Lapin

The modern jukebox musical is here to stay. Broadway purists can either fight this continued re-appropriation of fizzy, carbonated songs and their respective eras like some kind of theatre p…

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Suicide, Incorporated by Andrew Lapin

Comedian Bill Hicks had a famous routine about people who work in marketing and advertising. Well, maybe “routine” isn’t the right word: Hicks would stand on stage, address the markete…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Ice Child by Andrew Lapin

Whatever there is to say about The Ice Child (and there’s a fair amount to say), no one can claim the play is spinning its wheels. To realize the tale of a girl captured and imprisoned in …

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Oscars: your Stage to Screen Cheat Sheet by Andrew Lapin

The Academy Awards are almost upon us once again, and this Sunday night, the entire film industry will hold its breath while a bunch of old, white men tell us what they liked this year. Here…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers by Andrew Lapin

Peter Pan always did seem like a rather difficult creature, as far as immortals go. Anyone with such a steadfast refusal to mature or learn anything useful can’t be entirely pleasant to be…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Next Fall by Andrew Lapin

A faith compromised is an odd beast indeed. Take Luke, the young, beguiling object of affection in Round House Theatre’s new production of Geoffrey Nauffts’ Tony-nominated Next Fall, as …

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Pina by Andrew Lapin

One of the few concrete tidbits we learn about German dance choreographer Pina Bausch over the course of the new 3-D documentary “Pina” is that she was a woman of few words. As should ri…

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Albert Nobbs by Andrew Lapin

Glenn Close doesn’t play Albert Nobbs as a woman passing for a man – she plays the character as sexless. The straight-laced member of the waitstaff at Dublin’s Morrison Hotel keeps a t…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Time Stands Still by Andrew Lapin

When Sarah, the ambitious, chain-smoking photojournalist at the heart of Time Stands Still, returns from assignment in Iraq, she’s broken and battered. Her face and neck are scarred; her l…

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

War Horse by Andrew Lapin

The London stage version won 2 Olivier Awards; it picked up 6 Tony Awards in New York. But will you like the movie? “War Horse” finds director Steven Spielberg melding together the two g…

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Friday, December 16, 2011

A Dangerous Method by Andrew Lapin

It’s one of history’s greatest ironies: The pioneering psychologists, those men and women who first stepped foot onto the vast expanses of our subconscious minds, were themselves not exa…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies by Andrew Lapin

Those who think of Chicago-based improv troupe The Second City as nothing but overpriced comedy workshops and “Saturday Night Live” auditions will be in for a strange awakening when they…

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

West Side Story – 50th Anniversary Special Edition by Andrew Lapin

“West Side Story” is the safe musical, the one grasped easily enough by young (but not too young) audiences that it’s become one of the de facto introductions to theater. Of course, it…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Week with Marilyn by Andrew Lapin

There’s one crucial component of film stars that separates them from theater actors: eternal preservation, the simple fact that a winking, luminous Marilyn Monroe in her white dress in 195…

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey by Andrew Lapin

Making the most of a Muppet When Kevin Clash plays Elmo, his face takes on an otherworldly demeanor as his arms manipulate the furry red monster. You can see his eyes drift off like they’r…

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Mozart’s Sister by Andrew Lapin

Success stories in the theater world, like in music, film and every other form of art, are predicated first and foremost on one thing: circumstance. All of Rodger’s or Hammerstein’s tale…

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Derek Goldman’s new play re-imagines ‘Night of the Hunter’ by Andrew Lapin

Few films occupy as strange a corner of the cinematic landscape as Charles Laughton’s 1955 classic “The Night Of  The Hunter.” A nightmarish mix of American folklore and German expres…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

We Fight We Die by Andrew Lapin

Walls, obstructions and the various ways they can be defiled are the subjects of We Fight We Die, a new play presented from Junesong Arts that dives into the moral dilemmas of those who make…

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Anonymous by Andrew Lapin

Give credit where credit is due: Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare movie is not a Roland Emmerich Shakespeare movie. There are no earth-shattering explosions, no hordes of civilians fleeing fo…

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