All stories by Celia Wren on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Everything but the continental breakfast at ‘Crystal Creek Motel’ by Celia Wren

A Flying V Theatre world premiere serves up a dozen vignettes, with mixed results.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Daring idea, but flawed e xecution, in ‘Day of Absence’ by Celia Wren

Douglas Turner Ward’s award-winning satirical fantasy is the central component of the Theater Alliance production.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Timely ‘The Royale’ comes out swinging by Celia Wren

With a 1910 boxing match at its center, this Marco Ramirez play contemplates entrenched racism in America.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Synetic’s ‘Tempest’ is splashy but brooding by Celia Wren

The pool of water covering the stage makes for some exciting scenes, but it also detracts from the show’s spell.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A giddy poet lights up ‘Candida’ by Celia Wren

George Bernard Shaw’s eloquent rom-com muses and amuses at Undercroft Theatre.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Good grammar is essential to the D.C. judicial history lesson that is ‘Trying’ by Celia Wren

Joanna McClelland Glass’s 2004 play gets an intimate, workmanlike production from 1st Stage.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

In this Kit Kat Klub, there’s a little less sleaze but just enough sizzle by Celia Wren

“Cabaret” at Olney Theatre Center captures a society’s disastrous and willful moral myopia.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lynn Nottage’s comic ‘Fabulation’ maps a slide down the social ladder by Celia Wren

As a fallen P.R. star, actress Felicia Curry drives the satire.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

In ‘Volta,’ Cirque du Soleil riffs on street sports by Celia Wren

Great visual beauty trumps mysterious wispy narrative.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jane Hawkins takes center stage in Synetic’s reimagined ‘Treasure Island’ by Celia Wren

The action-driven troupe adapts Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A little earnest absurdism about bodily functions goes a long way in the Welders’ ‘LadyM’ by Celia Wren

New show implies that the stigmatization of menstruation is part of a broader tradition of oppressing women.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Too much monotone in ‘Bright Colors’ at Studio Theatre by Celia Wren

The one-man rant is admittedly funny, but too often feels like a single overstretched idea.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Anxious men and other world-builders at CATF 2019 by Celia Wren

This year’s edition of the nationally renowned Contemporary American Theater Festival in West Virginia features six works, including four world premieres.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Angst and comedy among the Olympians in ‘Pantheon’ by Celia Wren

Happenstance Theater stages a rewarding, if not entirely flawless, riff on Greek mythology at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Prufrock’ puts a new dance spin on T.S. Eliot by Celia Wren

A director and a choreographer stage a landmark modernist poem.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

No shoo-in success for two new plays about female artists by Celia Wren

The play “#solestories” is flawed but displays ingenuity and vigor that are lacking in “Gwen & Ida.”

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Greek tragedy continues to have its moment in fierce new keys by Celia Wren

‘Klytmnestra’ and ‘Fragments of Sappho’ riff anew on ancient tales.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘Sooner/Later’ weaves rom-com premise into bittersweet family portrait by Celia Wren

Local writer Allyson Currin’s play is often funny, ultimately moving and occasionally slack.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘On Display’ movement installation examines body image by Celia Wren

“We make decisions together,” choreographer says of artists with and without disabilities.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘On Air’ at Creative Cauldron is a tuneful, engaging tour through little-known history by Celia Wren

The new musical is based on the real-life couple who launched America’s first radio station.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘Member of the Wedding’ is Southern Gothic looking for flavor by Celia Wren

1st Stage revives Carson McCullers’s tale of an awkward adolescence.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Fame the Musical’ gets an added Latin accent by Celia Wren

Dreamers will be central to Luis Salgado’s new production at GALA Hispanic Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Constellation Theatre conjures up a sensory-rich ‘White Snake’ by Celia Wren

But at Faction of Fools, a slapstick murder mystery falls flat.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019

‘Columbinus,’ re-creating the 1999 Colorado high school shooting, remains disturbingly relevant by Celia Wren

Incisive performances define the play, which was drawn from interviews.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Topdog/Underdog’ gets a sharp revival by Celia Wren

Two black actors play brothers named Lincoln (for the president) and Booth (the assassin).

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Yiddish classic ‘The Jewish Queen Lear’ gets an English debut at Theater J by Celia Wren

A once-popular adaptation finds its way back to the stage.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

A plot that twists on Rembrandt and a rhino by Celia Wren

Playwright Heather McDonald returns: ‘It’s a lot easier to emerge than reemerge.’

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Two plays set at the intersection of race and violence in America by Celia Wren

‘Blood at the Root’ examines strife at a high school; ‘Twilight’ takes place amid the 1992 L.A. riots.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Joe Calarco drama ‘Separate Rooms’ debuts at emerging 4615 Theatre by Celia Wren

Good acting fleshes out a premiere from the author of “Shakespeare’s R&J.”

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hansol Jung’s ‘Among the Dead’ unwinds a strange, time-hopping trip of war by Celia Wren

The audacious phantasmagoria appears at Spooky Action Theater.

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