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Monday, May 16, 2022

Spoken-word poetry buoys ‘The Joy That Carries You’ in Olney premiere by Celia Wren

An uplifting vision is at the heart of new play by local playwrights Awa Sal Secka and Dani Stoller.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:03PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Mosaic Theater’s ‘Marys Seacole’ is an ode to mothers of all stripes by Celia Wren

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s historically inspired meditation on caregiving draws on the autobiography of a British Jamaican nurse.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:54PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

High marks for Studio Theatre’s ‘John Proctor Is a Villain’ by Celia Wren

A knockout cast anchors Kimberly Belflower’s inspired play, which speaks to Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and #MeToo

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:54PM
Monday, May 2, 2022

Outdoor setting suits Faction of Fools’ merry ‘Missed Connections’ by Celia Wren

D.C. theater troupe specializes in commedia dell’arte, the centuries-old street-theater form.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:33PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

New-play festival at Round House: Travelogue outpaces hostage drama by Celia Wren

Two world premieres, “It’s Not a Trip It’s a Journey” and “We Declare You a Terrorist … ,” are running in rotating repertory in inaugural National Capital New Play Festival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:07AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

At Keegan Theatre, satirical ‘Yoga Play’ strikes a warrior pose by Celia Wren

Katie McManus as CEO Joan is a highlight of Dipika Guha's gleeful skewering of the athleisurewear-meets-enlightenment mind-set.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:37PM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Pointless Theatre’s ‘Rhinoceros,’ while flawed, throws its weight around by Celia Wren

French dramatist Eugène Ionesco’s 1959 absurdist classic provides a shock of connection and recognition in our hyperpartisan era.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:37PM
Friday, April 1, 2022

Sis finds hot-girl soul of Ado Annie in ‘Oklahoma!’ at Kennedy Center by Celia Wren

Q&A with Sis, the trans actress playing Ado Annie in the touring production of 'Oklahoma!'

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:42AM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Washington Stage Guild’s ‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession’ has a firm grip on comedy and critique by Celia Wren

Production of the 1893 George Bernard Shaw play, at the Undercroft Theatre through March 27, features terrific performances.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:36PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Washington Avant Bard’s ‘Ada and the Engine’ doesn’t always run smoothly by Celia Wren

Now stodgy, now delightful, the Lauren Gunderson play is anchored by winning actress Dina Soltan as 19th-century inventor Ada Lovelace .

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:48PM
Monday, February 7, 2022

Psalmayene 24’s autobiographical ‘Dear Mapel’ has a promising yet uneven debut by Celia Wren

Mosaic Theater Company production, in-person and streaming, could use more connective tissue between antecdotes

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:33PM
Thursday, February 3, 2022

Keegan’s ‘Trans Am’ is an absorbing autobiographical show of transgender experience, enhanced by a rock score by Celia Wren

Production is the in-person premiere for Lisa Stephen Friday’s solo show.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:06PM
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

‘Compulsion’ follows the journey of Anne Frank’s diary from the page to the stage, with marionettes by Celia Wren

Playwright Rinne B. Groff's 'Compulsion' follows the backstory of Anne Frank's diary and its journey from the page to the stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:36AM
Monday, January 24, 2022

Beckett the Brawler? Towering statures meet buddy comedy in ‘Sam and Dede.’ by Celia Wren

Washington Stage Guild production of Gino DiIorio’s play imagines a decades-spanning relationship between wrestler André the Giant and playwright Samuel Beckett.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:48PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

At Studio Theatre, the plight of Afghan orphans comes alive in miniature dioramas by Celia Wren

Glasgow’s Vox Motus brings its innovative and emotional storytelling to D.C.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24AM
Friday, November 19, 2021

‘My Children! My Africa!’ still resonates in expected and unexpected ways by Celia Wren

Timely themes, and one splendid performance, sustain Washington Stage Guild’s production of Athol Fugard’s 1989 play.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Full-court banter and intensity mark a gripping ‘Great Leap’ at Round House Theatre by Celia Wren

A stellar cast embodies the idiosyncratic characters in the Lauren Yee play.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:18PM
Sunday, November 14, 2021

Olney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ succeeds with a Belle who brings complexity to the role by Celia Wren

Jade Jones leads a cast in a thoughtful, if occasionally flawed, take on a Disney megahit.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:54PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Prolific playwright Lauren Yee bounces back from pandemic cancellations with two area productions by Celia Wren

Yee’s ‘The Great Leap’ at Round House will be followed by Arena’s ‘Cambodian Rock Band’ next spring

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:06AM
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

At Olney Theatre, casting ‘Beauty and the Beast’ with an eye to inclusion by Celia Wren

Disney’s musical fairy tale about looking beyond lookism takes on added resonance.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:42AM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

She might get top billing, but ‘Celia and Fidel’ at Arena Stage shortchanges the female revolutionary by Celia Wren

World premiere run of Eduardo Machado’s play about Celia Sánchez and Castro was shut down immediately after opening night at the start of pandemic.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:36PM
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The sound of Constellation Theatre’s ‘Mysticism & Music’ transcends its script by Celia Wren

Chinese-dulcimer virtuoso Chao Tian and percussionist Tom Teasley infuse an age-old quest with new energy.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:03AM
Monday, October 11, 2021

Soul-searching and suspense carry a riveting ‘Lesson of Jan Karski’ at Shakespeare Theatre by Celia Wren

A virtuosic David Strathairn plays the real-life Holocaust witness and diplomat in solo show written by Clark Young and Derek Goldman.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:36PM
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

‘Thanksgiving Play’ at Olney Theatre Center takes a carving knife to wokeness by Celia Wren

A serious undercurrent runs through Larissa FastHorse’s funny if writ-large satire of White wokeness.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:06PM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Round House Theatre’s dark and playful ‘Quixote Nuevo’ strikes a contemporary chord by Celia Wren

Production of Octavio Solis’s 2018 play, also streaming starting Sept. 23, is by turns a commentary on migrants, fear and loss.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Monday, September 13, 2021

Drama and momentum are in short supply in ‘Doña Rosita’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Celia Wren

New adaptation of Federico Garc�a Lorca play resonates with the text’s bursts of lyricism but embraces tedium all too well.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:32PM
Monday, August 9, 2021

‘Twelfth Night’ at the D.C. War Memorial features pop music and the (unscripted) sounds of traffic by Celia Wren

In this outdoor production by Her Majesty & Sons, 20th-century tunes amplify the wit.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:42PM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Native American dramatist explores her roots in the one-woman show ‘Where We Belong’ by Celia Wren

Woolly Mammoth mounts a streaming version of Madeline Sayet’s play, in association with the Folger Shakespeare Library.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Sunday, June 6, 2021

This LGBTQ ‘Giselle’ celebrates individuality, putting a spotlight on non-inclusiveness in classical ballet by Celia Wren

For “Giselle of Loneliness,” Ballez founder Katy Pyle cast dancers who have their own complicated relationships with ballet.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Thursday, May 27, 2021

The park setting of ‘In the Middle of the Fields’ is compelling but can’t make up for the sliver of a plot by Celia Wren

The Solas Nua production of the Deirdre Kinahan play takes place at P Street Beach in Northwest Washington.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM