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Thursday, May 21, 2020

‘Henry IV, Parts I and II’ were stellar at American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

The Shakespeare scene in and near Washington, DC, in the months prior to the virus’s intervention, was truly rich in character and ideas; so much so that even a certain fat braggart manage…

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Monday, May 18, 2020

‘A King and No King’ was a goodly one at American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

Looking back on the last few months, each of us has our “Shoulda seen it/Shoulda been there” moments, events that we would have given anything to see live. So at the moment, imagine if y…

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Friday, May 8, 2020

National Theatre of London streams an epic ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ by Andrew Walker White

As we ease into an impromptu season of watching live theater captured on video, it’s helpful to remember that there are challenges of scale. This is especially true in the case of webcasts…

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Friday, May 1, 2020

‘The Grapes of Wrath’ at The American Shakespeare Center strikes a haunting note by Andrew Walker White

“It’s need that makes all the trouble” says (ex-) preacher Jim Casy in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. That, in a nutshell, is the ordeal of our times, as millions live without pay…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The American Shakespeare Center’s streaming ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a much-needed romp by Andrew Walker White

Yes, it’s a drag to have to stay at home instead of seeing our favorite performers live—but then again, after a little adjustment, it’s amazing to get to see our favorite performers at…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Avant Bard’s finely-tuned ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ keeps the audience on its toes by Andrew Walker White

Let us never forget that Tennessee Williams, for all his genius with poetic language, was one the most fearless, gut-wrenchingly honest playwrights of the twentieth century. We have Blanche …

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Shakespeare Theatre stages a stunning ‘Timon of Athens’ for modern audiences by Andrew Walker White

Among Shakespeare’s plays are a special few whose relevance waxes and wanes with the times. They disappear from the stage for years, only to re-emerge when they are ready to speak to our i…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Synetic Theater delivers visually stunning, ballet-driven adaptation of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ by Andrew Walker White

As Synetic Theater races through its rowdy teenage years (not quite 20, yet), they have earned a reputation for finely-honed narrative dance, brilliant original music, and spectacular visual…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ at Folger Theatre: stellar comedy and groovy fashions by Andrew Walker White

There are moments when art and life are so wittily and intimately entwined, you can feel the vibe without a word being said. Given the joyful display of color and power at this weekend’s W…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

‘Black Nativity’ inspires and uplifts at Anacostia Playhouse by Andrew Walker White

There are many joyous traditions this time of year, but to my mind the most indispensable has become Black Nativity. With its spiritual values on its finely-woven sleeve, it’s a show that …

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Synetic Theater’s ‘The Snow Queen’ sparkles by Andrew Walker White

The lights reveal a figurine on a pedestal—regal, decked head to foot, shimmering, amid the mist. Slowly, cautiously, with a twitch here and a jerk there, that figurine—the Snow Queen—…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Live Garra Theatre connects Sartre’s ‘No Exit’ to present day by Andrew Walker White

The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, situated in the same block as the Fillmore and AFI, has a lot to offer us. Live entertainment, yes, but more importantly entertainment that is personal, …

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Monday, November 11, 2019

American Shakespeare Center mines the humor in Shaw’s ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ by Andrew Walker White

The plays of George Bernard Shaw are, to be honest, an acquired taste. Erudite in the extreme, filled with Shaw’s unique sense of his own intellectual superiority—which is expressed with…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

‘The Willard Suitcases’ unpacks the re-imagined voices of psychiatric patients at American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

First, dear reader, a confession—for which I fully expect to be pilloried, drawn and quartered, then maybe burned at the stake:  I’m not a huge fan of musicals these days. Yeah, I know,…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Cleopatra rules the stage in American Shakespeare Center’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ by Andrew Walker White

Of all of Shakespeare’s history plays, Antony and Cleopatra is the most complicated and thankless to stage. You’ve got shifting alliances, battles won then lost, and then you’ve got th…

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American Shakespeare Center delivers a fresh take on ‘Julius Caesar’ by Andrew Walker White

You know you’re in for a new take on Julius Caesar when the famous Soothsayer (“Beware the Ides of March!”) doesn’t enter upstage right or left, as usual, to make his warning. In Eth…

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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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