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Monday, May 3, 2021

At Kennedy Center’s ‘Evening of Jazz and Dance,’ glimmers of renewal by Celia Wren

Dance and music performances, featuring Roman Mejia, Tiler Peck, Gregory Porter and Jason Moran, will be on demand through Aug. 1.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Happenstance Theater shifts its stage to an interactive website inspired by the shadow boxes of Joseph Cornell by Celia Wren

At a time without live performance, “The Juxtapose Tenement” conjures theatrical magic in the cyber realm.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Constellation’s ‘Children of Medea’ spins a dreamscape family portrait by Celia Wren

The production, streaming through May 16, isn’t well served by the elaborate production design.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

This D.C.-based choreographer creates dances about trailblazers, hoping you’ll embrace their ideals by Celia Wren

The video series from the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company honors civil rights icons, including Marian Anderson and William Ayers Campbell.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Signature Theatre’s latest show is a ‘Jam’ to savor by Celia Wren

Actor Daniel J. Watts is serving up a high-energy meditation on his life, and he’s hoping it sticks with you.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Inspired by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a new play ponders race, gender and inclusion by Celia Wren

Steppenwolf Theatre begins streaming Vivian J.O. Barnes’s “Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!” on March 10.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Arena Stage creates a series of nine snail-mailings for fans for ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise’ by Celia Wren

Props department will send patrons correspondence evoking the courtship depicted in the 2019 show.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

New one-man play aims to dispel myths about the sexuality of the disabled by Celia Wren

Actor-playwright Ryan J. Haddad’s ‘Hi, Are You Single?’ streams via Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

‘Dance in DC’ short films capture the city’s spirit of entrepreneurship by Celia Wren

Washington Performing Arts commissioned local dancer-choreographers to devise, and perform, dances customized for spaces at six area businesses.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Rorschach Theatre gets the audience out of the house with ‘Distance Frequencies’ by Celia Wren

D.C. theater curates a months-long immersive experience that takes in the great outdoors.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’ has a place of honor in company’s first virtual season by Celia Wren

Troupe experiments with filming outdoors and creates “Testament,” an homage to the beloved 1960 work.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

A forgotten female Sherlock Holmes gets her due in this audio play (with physical clues) by Celia Wren

We Happy Few adapts tale of detective Loveday Brooke for home listening, with extras sent by mail.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Why haven’t more people heard of playwright Adrienne Kennedy? Round House Theatre hopes to fix that problem. by Celia Wren

A month-long festival shines a spotlight on the writer of intense and often surreal dramas.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Audio adaptation of Beltway drama ‘Kings’ tantalizes but ultimately falls flat without a stage by Celia Wren

Sarah Burgess’s play registers as a tad blunt and obvious, qualities that might not have manifested in a live production.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Tickets are limited and temperatures are taken, but indoor theater in D.C. is back by Celia Wren

GALA theater’s “The Dog in a Manger” is a comedy classic that flashes its teeth.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The audience helps decide the outcome in this Zoom play about immigration by Celia Wren

Round House Theatre hosts the opening stop of the “American Dreams” digital tour, through Oct. 11.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

At Woolly Mammoth, a ‘play’ you access only by telephone by Celia Wren

A collaboration with the Telephonic Literary Union, “Human Resources” is funny, biting — and yes, even poetic.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Studio Theatre’s virtual ‘salons’ offer a cultural gathering place during the pandemic by Celia Wren

Playwright Psalmayene 24 hosts monthly online chats that celebrate culture “through a Black lens.”

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Synetic Theater adapts tales written in the face of a 14th-century plague for our modern times by Celia Wren

Stories from Giovanni Boccaccio’s ‘The Decameron’ to be made available online.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Playwright Will Eno talks about ‘The Realistic Joneses’ at Spooky Action Theater by Celia Wren

By turns wry and sober, the play is a riff on marriage and the awareness of death.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Studio’s blazing ‘Pass Over’ reimagines ‘Godot’ for the Black Lives Matter era by Celia Wren

The genius of Antoinette Nwandu’s play lies especially in the way it aligns harrowing reflection with the Beckett template.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Coronavirus looms over this play set during a plague. But ‘The Amateurs’ speaks to timeless concerns. by Celia Wren

Jordan Harrison’s work, at Olney Theatre through April 5, is also a valentine to the alchemy of the stage.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Movement adds depth to this Broadway musical about 1940s veterans by Celia Wren

“Bandstand,” with Tony-winning choreography by “Hamilton’s” Andy Blankenbuehler, is at the National Theatre through Sunday.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

‘Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes’ veers jarringly from comedy to darkness by Celia Wren

Signature Theatre’s sold-out play showcases terrific performances but feels tonally jolting.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

‘The Wanderers’ roams with a hungry heart by Celia Wren

Theater J takes on Anna Ziegler’s funny and compassionate play about chronic dissatisfaction.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

At Keegan Theatre, ‘Boy’ gracefully ponders gender identity by Celia Wren

Director Susan Marie Rhea’s staging brings out the heart and urgency in Anna Ziegler’s 2016 play.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Constellation’s ‘39 Steps’ is a comic thriller without thrills by Celia Wren

Gags are the soul of the production, but pulling off this kind of funny business is tricky.

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‘Mother Road’ is often a slog despite burnished production at Arena Stage by Celia Wren

The play, like its namesake route, is ambitious, unwieldy, conspicuously significant and uncomfortably long.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

GALA’s ‘Exquisita Agonia’ pours its heart out by Celia Wren

2018 play written and directed by Nilo Cruz brims with poetry and oversize emotion.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

‘Silent Sky’ tells the story of pioneering female astronomers with humor and warmth by Celia Wren

Sleek production of Lauren Gunderson play is now at Ford’s Theatre.

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All that Chat

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