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Monday, February 24, 2020

Review: Weep. a world premiere from Nu Sass Productions by John Bavoso

It’s an image as ancient and archetypal as Medea and La Llorona, and as modern as Andrea Yates—a woman, a mother, standing over the bodies of her drowned children. From this shocking vis…

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Review: Anna Ziegler’s Boy at Keegan Theatre by John Bavoso

As I was watching the DC premiere of Anna Ziegler’s inspired-by-a-true-story play, Boy, now playing at Keegan Theatre, there was an Oscar Wilde quote rattling around in the back of my brai…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Review: Recent Tragic Events, 9/11 play, asks ‘Will the world ever be the same?’ by John Bavoso

Am I wearing the right shirt? Is the bottle of wine I brought too cheap? Should I go in for the kiss at the end of the night? These are common questions running through the mind of your aver…

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Review: Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce. Did you miss it? How sad for you. by John Bavoso

Like it or not, the New Year is rapidly approaching, which means our minds will shortly be turning toward making resolutions and setting intentions for the decade to come. After seeing Taylo…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: Airness. An air guitar comedy whose wildly talented cast strikes a comedy chord by John Bavoso

“The whole impetus of air guitar is world peace,” earnestly intones a grown man who goes by the name Golden Thunder right before he goes out on stage in a dingy bar to play a pretend ins…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review: Blue Camp. Debut play reveals hidden story of queer injustice in the 1960’s military by John Bavoso

“History does not always repeat itself,” wrote science fiction writer and editor of Astounding Science Fiction, John W. Campbell Jr. “Sometimes it just yells, ‘Can’t you remember a…

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Review: She Kills Monsters, Rorschach’s revival of its 2014 hit show by John Bavoso

When you leave this world, what are you going to leave behind for your loved ones? Memories? An inheritance? How about an entire fantasy world in which a version of you lives on and offers i…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Review: Crystal Creek Motel from Flying V Theatre by John Bavoso

Hotels rooms are one of those things we largely take for granted but are rich fodder for those of us with overactive imaginations who consistently wonder about the other people who have prev…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Review: What the Constitution Means to Me disarms all the arguing and in-fighting by John Bavoso

Washington, DC, is one of the few cities in the country where it’s not uncommon for large groups of people to come together to spend two hours deep in conversation about the constitution a…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review: Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine by John Bavoso

It has become a trope of a certain type of made-for-TV movie for the successful, career-driven woman in the Big City to have to return home to her humble beginnings and learn the true meanin…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Capital Fringe review: Emil Amok! All Pucked Up: Harvard, NPR and more by John Bavoso

“The best thing about majoring in Invisibility Studies,” jokes Emil Guillermo early on in his one-person show, Emil Amok! All Pucked Up: Harvard, NPR and more, making its DC premiere rig…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Capital Fringe review: Mayhem and Other Delights by John Bavoso

DC is (in)famous for being a “transitional” city—people move here, stay for a few years, and then leave. But what happens when you discover your love of playwriting here and then move …

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Capital Fringe review: Pride of Doves by John Bavoso

Darkness. Silence. The flapping of wings. A gunshot. A single dead dove hovering above the stage. These are the opening moments of Douglas Robinson’s surreal look at the senselessness and …

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Review: Bright Colors and Bold Patterns at Studio Theatre by John Bavoso

Well, it’s mid-July, so we’re deep in the thick of it and there’s no turning back now… it’s officially wedding season. It was fitting, then, that I was returning to DC from a lovel…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Review: Every Brilliant Thing at Studio Theatre by John Bavoso

“Give me one reason to stay here,” crooned Tracy Chapman in 1995, “and I’ll turn right back around.” A few years earlier, a 7-year-old named Duncan MacMillan embraced the spirit of…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: The Oldest Boy, motherhood and letting go, at Spooky Action Theater by John Bavoso

Plenty of pop culture real estate—from The Omen to We Need to Talk About Kevin, to name a few—has been devoted to parents coming to terms with the possibility that their child may be pur…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre by John Bavoso

“Fiction carries a greater amount of truth in solution than the volume which purports to be all true,” wrote British novelist William Makepeace Thackery, author of Vanity Fair. This simp…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die from Flying V by John Bavoso

When asked about how she comes up with ideas for her plays (which, let me tell you from personal experience, is every writer’s favorite interview question), playwright, director, and filmm…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: God of Carnage at Keegan Theatre by John Bavoso

“In the end, we’re all just taller children,” croons Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Ziman on her band, Elizabeth & The Catapult’s, aptly title 2009 song, “Taller Ch…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review: Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven. Show runners take note. by John Bavoso

There’s a notion these days in theatrical circles that the hallmark of a great play is that it can only be a play; that the story being told wouldn’t work in any other medium. As I was w…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review: Clothes for a Summer Hotel. Zelda and Scott and Tennessee by John Bavoso

In his note in the program of Rainbow Theatre Project’s new production of Tennessee Williams’ lesser-known play Clothes for a Summer Hotel—his last to be produced on Broadway in his li…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: Resolving Hedda, whip-smart and hilarious by John Bavoso

“We’re in a strange relationship with our fiction, you see,” Warren Ellis, the English comic-book writer, novelist, and screenwriter, once wrote. “Sometimes we fear it’s taking us …

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Seagull review from The Wheel by John Bavoso

Was Anton Chekhov touched with the gift of prophecy when he wrote the first of his four major plays, The Seagull? Or, even rarer, with self-awareness? The piece, which begins with a disastro…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: Joe Calarco’s Separate Rooms. From a young man’s death come the two biggest questions of life by John Bavoso

Morrie Schwartz, the sociology professor and subject of Mitch Albom’s bestselling book, Tuesdays with Morrie, once said, “Death ends a life, not a relationship. All the love you created …

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: John Cameron Mitchell’s Origin of Love Tour by John Bavoso

They say you should never meet your heroes, but what about crowd-surfing them? That was what I was thinking the night of February 8, as I helped keep John Cameron Mitchell aloft as he made h…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret review, choose-your-own IBD adventure in a DC mansion by John Bavoso

Few words strike fear into the hearts of wide swaths of the theatre-going population than ‘Audience Participation.’ But when said participation involves sipping champagne, swanning aroun…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Admissions review. White liberals defend their privileges in Joshua Harmon’s scathing comedy by John Bavoso

A couple of weeks ago, the satire site McSweeney’s published an article entitled, “How Can I Help to Promote Diversity Without Relinquishing Any of My Power?” This title alone could se…

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Jeffrey review. Paul Rudnick’s comedy of love in the time of AIDS by John Bavoso

There’s no such thing as love without risk. Risk of rejection. Risk of your partner finding someone else. But for gay men in the ‘80s and ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS crisis, love a…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: How to Keep an Alien, a comedy about love and red tape by John Bavoso

Several years ago, a good friend of mine married a Swiss citizen. Over many glasses of wine, she detailed to me having to provide emails, OkCupid messages, photos, a dn receipts to prove the…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Review: In This Hope: A Pericles Project by John Bavoso

In fraught times, where do you go to find hope? Assuming the answer is not “within yourself,” might I suggest the basement of a church where, seated in a circle with a group of strangers…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Review: Sing to Me Now. Overworked muse seeks intern by John Bavoso

In the promotional materials for their production of Iris Dauterman’s Sing To Me Now, Rorschach Theatre has been highlighting one particular quote from the script: “Every second you hesi…

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