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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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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: The Fall. Members of a student uprising in Cape Town here at Studio. by John Bavoso

Imagine a large group of college students, surrounded by the international media, anxiously awaiting the moment when a statue depicting a key figure from their country’s racist past is top…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review: How to Win a Race War, a 3 hour white supremacy lit class by John Bavoso

Before you read this review, I’d like to ask a favor of you: open a new browser tab and navigate to your favorite news/politics site and spend five minutes browsing the stories there. Seri…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: Gloria, violence in the workplace, “sometimes shocking, frequently hilarious” by John Bavoso

While a very popular musical currently running at the Kennedy Center is asking audiences, “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” across town at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Bran…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Review: Rainbow Theatre debuts In the Closet, touching, hilarious, thought-provoking by John Bavoso

It’s become a truism in the queer community that coming out of the closet isn’t a singular event. And yet, the very expression “coming out” conjures up images of individuals in their…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Review: The Story of the Gun by Mike Daisey by John Bavoso

What do you get when you take one of America’s most controversial theatre artists and its most divisive political issue and put them in a room together in our nation’s capital? In the ca…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex & My Mother at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

At this point, theatrical works about gay men and their over-the-top, overbearing mothers practically comprise an entire genre unto themselves—think Torch Song Trilogy and Mothers and Sons…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: Lesbians and the Men Who Love Them at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

Sometimes the identities we construct for ourselves become our prisons. This is the scenario playwright M. Cristina Garcia uses as the central conceit of her play, Lesbians and the Men Who L…

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Review: The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

Some of the best theatre presents you with an impossible choice and asks what decision you would make in each character’s place. In the case of 2000FeetUp Theatre Company’s The Body of a…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Review: 50 Ways to Date Your Aubrey at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

Dating. Dating in DC. A play about dating in DC. “This must be dystopian,” I thought as I entered Caos on F to take in the latest world premiere by Nu Sass Productions. To my delight, wh…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Review: Andromeda Breaks at Capital Fringe by John Bavoso

There are certain individuals who haunt the Capital Fringe festival (and I’m not talking about the reviewers). Antigone and Medea always seem to make an appearance. And, of course, every c…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: Brett Abelman’s Switch, fantastical body exchanges during Pride night by John Bavoso

Many theatrical experiences are perfect for Pride Month, but few are devised specifically for the celebration. Enter Brett Abelman’s Switch, a new play set on the night of DC Pride, during…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: Botticelli in the Fire, an explosive queer comedy set in 15th century Italy by John Bavoso

Fans of Jordan Tannahill’s work, including his 2015 book Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama—a screed against the ubiquity of the well-made play and the modern theatre…

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Review: The Undeniable Sound of Right Now at Keegan Theatre by John Bavoso

Montagues and Capulets. Vampires and werewolves. Rock musicians and DJs? The conflict between the latter is the proxy war at the center of Laura Eason’s The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, …

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Gay comedy Top and Bottom (review) by John Bavoso

Rainbow Theatre Project’s production of Kevin Michael West’s comedy Top and Bottom contains total male nudity—of both the physical and emotional varieties. What begins as a bondage-fi…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Review: Paper Dolls from Mosaic Theater by John Bavoso

“My drag isn’t a costume I use to hide in,” famed performance artists and playwright Taylor Mac says, “it’s exposing what I look like on the inside.” And the same…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

dog & pony dc puts on Peepshow (review) by John Bavoso

Traditionally, a peepshow is a one-way affair—someone performs and someone (or someones) else observe, usually without being seen themselves. But I knew walking into dog & pony dc’s …

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Monday, January 22, 2018

This Is All Just Temporary from Convergence Theatre (review) by John Bavoso

Autism, family obligation, and innovative design collide on stage in Olivia Haller’s This Is All Just Temporary, Convergence Theatre’s contribution to the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater F…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Draw the Circle, the effect of gender transformation on a family (review) by John Bavoso

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s one-person show Draw the Circle is a radical act of empathy. Not only does he explore the impact his life and gender transition has had on his loved ones and other …

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Studio Theatre’s Curve of Departure (review) by John Bavoso

The convening of people who may not have anything more in common with one another than shared DNA at holiday time can result in more misery than merriment for all involved. A funeral, too, c…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Musical parody The Book of Merman from Landless Theatre (review) by John Bavoso

I walked into the DC Arts Center to catch The Book of Merman expecting a tale of half-men, half-fish, all-Mormon singers and dancers. What I found was even campier than that. Billed as “a …

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: A Short Series of Disagreements … at Studio Theatre by John Bavoso

I had the entire introduction to this review written out in my head before I stepped foot in Studio Theatre to see the world premiere of Daniel Kitson’s new solo show, A Short Series of Di…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Stones in His Pockets review, captivating serious comedy by John Bavoso

“Kids these days,” or so I’m told, use “extra” as an adjective to denote that something is more than what is usual, expected, or necessary. As a noun, it means a person hir…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Noah: Apocalypse from LiveArtDC (review) by John Bavoso

While sitting in DC Reynolds on Georgia Avenue on a Sunday afternoon, I learned a new drinking game. While this in and of itself might not be remarkable for a neighborhood bar during a holid…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Numesthesia (Capital Fringe review) by John Bavoso

“Torture numbers,” author Gregg Easterbrook once wrote, “and they’ll confess to anything.” David S. Kessler, a masterful storyteller aided by onstage musicians and projections in h…

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