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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Review: Theater Alliance’s ‘Day of Absence’ by Douglas Turner Ward by Andrew Walker White

Two clowns open a suitcase. In that suitcase lies a rope. A long rope. They start to play with it, tug-of-war stuff, with the loser pretending he’s winning. Lotsa yuks. Then the twist. And…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: The Mariinsky Ballet’s ‘Paquita’ at the Kennedy Center by Andrew Walker White

Ballet, like opera, has a love-hate relationship with its 19th-century repertoire. Contrived plots, truly embarrassing cultural stereotypes, crowd-pleasing but horribly dated choreography th…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: ‘The Explorers Club’ at Prologue Theatre by Andrew Walker White

New companies, and especially hybrid troupes whose members have a variety of artistic origins and talents, are a vital part of DC’s theatrical ecosystem. The past few years have seen the l…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Conversations’ by Andrew Walker White

One of the more common phenomena of fringe festivals like ours is to see young actors commit to intensely personal projects, creating a cohesive performance piece that celebrates and reflect…

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2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Veneer of Beauty’ by Andrew Walker White

Last year, Shaun Michael Johnson put himself on the map as a master storyteller, whose protean moves captivated audiences at the Capital Fringe Festival with Sobriety of Fear, a compelling s…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘A Short History of Unfortunate Animals’ by Andrew Walker White

Aficionados of modern dance and movement theatre take note: if you are hungry for something unique, abstract and poetic, get thee to the Plum space at Arena Stage for A Short History of Unfo…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Capital Fringe Review: ’52 Pickup’ by Andrew Walker White

So here’s the deal:  the card game 52 Pickup is, technically, not a game so much as it is a mess.  You grab a deck of cards, say “52 pickup!” and scatter the cards every which way. …

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Review: ‘Support Group for Men’ by Ellen Fairey at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew Walker White

Given the seemingly endless parade of creeps and pervs we see in the news every day, it might seem surprising that a woman would write a sympathetic play about guys. The kind who think of th…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Review: ‘Wrecked’ by Greg Kalleres at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew Walker White

Ah, the perfect relationship – not yours, of course, never yours. I’m talking about the one that other couple has; you know who I’m talking about, they’re always such great fun, alwa…

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Review: ‘Chester Bailey’ by Joseph Dougherty at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew Walker White

One of the true gems at this July’s Contemporary American Theatre Festival (CATF) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia is the premiere of Joseph Dougherty’s battle of heart and wit, Chester B…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Review: Happenstance Theatre Goes Greek with ‘Pantheon’ by Andrew Walker White

They’re at it again. The Happenstance Gang: troublemakers, every stinking one of ‘em. And this time, they’re going Greek. Mythologically speaking, that is. Nix on the keggers and beer …

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Words Matter: Contemporary America Theater Festival 2019 Season Preview by Andrew Walker White

For nearly 30 years, the Contemporary American Theater Festival in nearby Shepherdstown, West Virginia has offered audiences some of the most breathtaking, insightful and pointed dramas you…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: ‘Eugene Onegin’ at Washington National Opera by Andrew Walker White

Of all the grand tear-jerkers, those epic romances that make you want to tear your heart out and roast it on the barbecue, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Eugene Onegin stands out. Packed with b…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Review: ‘The Old Man, the Youth, and the Sea’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Andrew Walker White

As the clouds have gathered over the past two years, we have witnessed the coarsening of our politics as one party promotes an increasingly strident brand of nationalism, corruption, and inc…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Review: ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at the American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, VA) by Andrew Walker White

If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, you know the highs and lows that come with artists working the crowd with fresh material they’ve been practicing for weeks. With their eyes on you and…

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Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at the American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

For all his brilliance, Shakespeare still suffers from the occasional whining of critics about his later “problem” plays. Longer and more complex, with familiar plot lines splintered and…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, VA) by Andrew Walker White

We all have our own holiday traditions – lighting candles one night after the next, caroling, choral concerts, dreidel-spinning, Christmas Revels, Christmas-day Chinese fare, etc.—and th…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Who Was Sir William Davenant and What Did He Do to ‘Macbeth’? by Andrew Walker White

If you want to get yourself in the mood for the Folger Theatre’s current hit production of Macbeth – a famous adaptation from the 1660’s of William Shakespeare’s original tragedy, by…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: ‘The House on the Hill’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew Walker White

Aficionados of ancient tragedy will tell you that the main difference between the Romans and the Greeks was that the Romans –Seneca, especially—loved their violence served up downstage c…

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Review: ‘Memoirs of a Forgotten Man’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew Walker White

Let’s stop for a moment to consider how much of the grey matter we’ve got upstairs, between those infernal ears, is dedicated to memory.  Even as you read this review your mind is stock…

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Review: ‘Thirst’ at The Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew Walker White

Dystopias can be off-putting places, for those in search of more traditional fictional locales. Why would you want to begin your story in a wasteland, where everything we associate with civi…

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Review: ‘A Late Morning (In America) With Ronald Reagan’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew Walker White

Truth be known, there is much about Ronald Reagan that is eminently unlikeable: his shameless embrace of the southern, “State’s Rights” strategy, his contempt for social welfare progra…

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Review: ‘Berta, Berta’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew Walker White

“The past is never dead.  It’s not even past.” –William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun. Of the many great moments in the late August Wilson’s Twentieth Century cycle, the most po…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Review: ‘The Cake’ at the Contemporary American Theater Festival by Andrew Walker White

The Contemporary American Theatre Festival is off to a rocking start, and with the local premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’s ripped-from-the-Supreme-Court-blotter comedy The Cake, the Festival…

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

What To Expect From This Year’s Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) by Andrew Walker White

Ah, summer – that fabled time of fireflies and lemonade stands, seersucker suits with wilting collars, tubing along a quiet stream, and of course — theatre.    Live theatre.  The …

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: ‘Electra’ at 4615 Theatre Company by Andrew Walker White

Back in ancient times, tragedy was prized for its cathartic experience; fear, rage, pity, the whole range of human emotions would run through you, and on a grand scale, too, with thousands p…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: The In Series: Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ at the D.C. Scottish Rite Temple by Andrew Walker White

If you’re a Mozart fan – and if you aren’t, you should be – you probably have your favorite ‘conspiracy theory’ about why the composer met his untimely death at the age of 35. Th…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Opinion: Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare and the Fine Art of Dissent by Andrew Walker White

It’s a classic art-imitating-life-imitating-art situation: to make a production relevant, the director decks out the cast in modern dress to create the illusion that Shakespeare was writin…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Review: ‘Doubt: A Parable’ at SeeNoSun OnStage by Andrew Walker White

We live in a world where self-righteous anger is the new god. It’s getting to the point where we can barely shift our torches and pitchforks aside long enough to tweet or post on Facebook.…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at McLean Community Players by Andrew Walker White

Spring has sprung, the dogwoods are in full flower, and there’s a truly delicious cat-fight to be had in McLean—take my word for it. Now that the solemnities of the season have been prop…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: ‘Three Sisters’ at The Studio Theatre by Andrew Walker White

As improbable as it may sound, the plays of Anton Chekhov are vivid proof that there is such a thing as joyful melancholy. You can commune with his characters’ misfortunes and acknowledge …

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