All stories by Jakob Cansler on BroadwayStars

Saturday, June 3, 2023

A tranfixing dance to identity in ‘The Humours of Bandon’ from Solas Nua by Jakob Cansler

It's a niche story that's as universally human as can be.

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

Taking the risk to talk about race, in ‘Dissonance’ from Essential Theatre by Jakob Cansler

Inspired by difficult conversations after the murder of George Floyd, a new play imagines how honest discussion about racism might happen.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

In poetic ‘Oreo Complex’ at Nu Sass, Lillian Brown solos on being Black by Jakob Cansler

The lines come fast and sometimes frantically, but there is a captivating rhythm and mellifluousness from the minute she defines 'oreo.'

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

In ‘Open’ at Nu Sass, a magician’s imaginary tricks reveal reality by Jakob Cansler

A woman creates a heartrending magic show to trace her relationship with her girlfriend — and it hits hard.

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Sunday, April 30, 2023

‘Cassette Shop’ relays voices of asylum seekers at Theatre Prometheus by Jakob Cansler

Though better in concept than in execution, the newly devised play reveals the humanity of people often dehumanized.

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Silver Spring Stage brings ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to authentic life by Jakob Cansler

Theater-goers expecting a true period version of Jane Austen’s classic novel will not be disappointed.

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Saturday, April 22, 2023

Classic ‘Anything Goes’ captivates at Catholic University by Jakob Cansler

As Reno Sweeney, Emma Mangiacotti embodies a level of coolness that is magnetic.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

An Indigenous story demands to be heard in ‘On the Far End’ at Round House by Jakob Cansler

The one-woman show about a Muscogee Nation leader is compelling from start to finish, thanks to Mary Kathryn Nagle's writing and performance.

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Monday, February 13, 2023

Two rewarding one-acts, ‘paper backs’ and ‘Life Jacket,’ from 4615 Theatre by Jakob Cansler

Both works require the audience to dig deep, but promise a payoff for those who do.

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Monday, February 6, 2023

‘The Cake’ at Prologue Theatre comes with baked-in clichés by Jakob Cansler

The pacing, dialogue, and structure all suffer from a lack of subtlety.

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Begun onstage at Georgetown, ‘Remember This’ now opening as film by Jakob Cansler

Starring David Strathairn as WWII resistance hero Jan Karski, the film premieres January 27, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in theaters across the U.S.

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Monday, January 16, 2023

The cost of not being lost in translation, in ‘English’ at Studio Theatre by Jakob Cansler

For four students in Iran, learning English as a foreign language is the key to their next step in life — and it comes at a price.

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Gay Men’s Chorus rings in the holidays with LGBTQ warmth, joy, and love by Jakob Cansler

An all-around entertaining annual tradition, 'The Holiday Show' will perform again on December 9 and 11.

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

In ‘Playing Burton’ at Scena, the great actor by Jakob Cansler

There are, I would guess, two kinds of people who might be interested in a play like Playing Burton, a one-man show about the life of Richard Burton The first would be someone who has a part…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Civic and silly meet in new Washington Improv Theater series at Studio by Jakob Cansler

Each 'Ask Me Anything: Changemakers' show bounces off a chat with a local leader who is working to make the world a better place.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

A fresh look at ‘La Llorona’ Latin American folktale from We Happy Few by Jakob Cansler

The scary staple of Spanish-speaking popular culture is imaginatively reframed by a modern mother-daughter conflict.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’ at Studio Theatre by Jakob Cansler

I’ll admit that I’ve been involved in many conversations in which liberals talk about conservatives. They’ve occurred more and more often since 2016, and they almost always follow the …

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘No Place to Go’ at Signature Theatre by Jakob Cansler

It’s no secret that corporate America is changing—much has been written about it—most obviously in the rise of remote and hybrid work. But it isn’t just changes in physical space. Yo…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Folger Theatre at the National Building Museum by Jakob Cansler

It can be far too easy for a director to forget that “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy. After all, the most well-known plotline from one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays …

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Approach’ at Capital Fringe Festival by Jakob Cansler

There’s something supernatural about The Watershed’s production of “The Approach.” Presented as part of the Capital Fringe Festival, the theatre (actually a former fitness studio tha…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘tick, tick… BOOM!’ at Monumental Theatre Company by Jakob Cansler

The first thing I noticed when I saw “tick, tick… BOOM!” at Monumental Theatre Company wasn’t anything related to the show. It was that the front-of-house staff member who handed me …

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Fires in the Mirror’ at Theater J by Jakob Cansler

In many ways, “Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities” is as much a work of journalism as it is a play. Originally conceived, written, and performed by Anna D…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards