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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

The transcendent hope of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in ‘All Things Equal’ by John Stoltenberg

The show is so moving it suspends us in belief she is still with us.

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Friday, May 19, 2023

Landless Theatre Company picks a quippy ‘Mr. and Mrs. Fitch’ by John Stoltenberg

The comedy's sendup of celebrity culture and this post-truth world is well-timed.

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Sunday, April 23, 2023

Citizen satirists of Hexagon bounce back with ‘The Sedition Edition’ by John Stoltenberg

March 12, 2020, was the day the COVID theater shutdown began, including the show I was booked to see that night: Hexagon’s 65th annual satire revue. This intrepid all-volunteer organizatio…

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Monday, April 17, 2023

Wannabe comics on a caper in ‘Finding Neil Patrick Harris’ at Nu Sass by John Stoltenberg

Two bickering nail salon workers decide to grant a client his dying wish.

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Friday, April 14, 2023

The enduring magnificence of ‘Les Misérables,’ now at Kennedy Center by John Stoltenberg

It's one of the world’s greatest musicals and essential to see.

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

A comic donut dipped in tears in ‘Jennifer Who Is Leaving’ at Round House by John Stoltenberg

Women’s exasperation with men has never been mined for the stage more hilariously and achingly.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

At play in the ashes of the dead: János Szász on directing ‘Angels in America’ by John Stoltenberg

Inside the creation of the Arena Stage production, which transforms our understanding of a great work in a way that finds in it new truth.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

A lighthearted look at the lovelorn in ‘Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea’ from Rorschach by John Stoltenberg

A fabulist hodgepodge of fresh fairytales with diverse new characters, the show is a riff on one-way romances.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

‘How the Light Gets In’ at 1st Stage illuminates the kindness of strangers by John Stoltenberg

At the heart of this beautiful play is a tenderly tentative connection that becomes an improbable love story.

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Monday, March 6, 2023

Theater Alliance turns 20 with playtime for all ages by John Stoltenberg

The socially conscious company surprises with a sweet intergenerational fairytale, 'This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing.'

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

In ‘Love Like Tuesday,’ Faction of Fools devises a rom-com commedia dell’ight by John Stoltenberg

With talented playwright Doug Robinson, the company pooled their recollections of young love and collaboratively created a confetti-colored comic confection.

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Justin Tamborini and Aria Velz on what takes the cake in ‘The Cake’ by John Stoltenberg

The designer and the director of Prologue Theatre's resplendent production share their winning recipe for authenticity and astonishment.

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Saturday, February 11, 2023

For Black girls who have considered tweet-hating, this powerful new play at Woolly is deep AF by John Stoltenberg

Jasmine Lee-Jones' provocatively titled 'seven methods of killing kylie jenner' comes to Woolly Mammoth Theatre from sold-out runs in London.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Unpacking Beckett’s ‘Endgame’ at Washington Stage Guild by John Stoltenberg

An almost hypnotic humanizing of the melancholic and existentially bleak masterpiece.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

There’s plenty to be wowed and stirred by in ‘The Horse and His Boy’ by John Stoltenberg

The Logos Theatre's spectacular family-friendly stage adaption of the fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis is now playing through March 4 at the Museum of the Bible.

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Live theater returns to a gem of a venue at the Museum of the Bible by John Stoltenberg

Now playing: 'The Horse and His Boy,' the Logos Theatre's stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic allegory, with music and life-size animal puppets.

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Sunday, January 1, 2023

Absorbing self-affirmation in Sean Surla’s ‘Awakening Club’ at DC Arts Center by John Stoltenberg

Three women gather to seek self-loving in a tsunami of truths.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Can you believe it? Alex Edelman laughs at #whiteness at Woolly. by John Stoltenberg

In 'Just for Us," the comedian sends up antisemitic white supremacists. And he is so sly about it, you will double over in laughter before it hits you.

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Monday, November 14, 2022

You could get hooked on Kristen Bush in ‘People, Places & Things’ at Studio by John Stoltenberg

Playing an addicted actress, she gives a performance you will be intoxicated by.

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A resonant vision on view in ‘The Window King’ at Live Garra Theatre by John Stoltenberg

Bless ji Jaja's engrossing new play prompted by a terminated pregnancy is both timeless and right on time.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

‘My job is to catch the conscience’: Antonio Michael Woodard on playing Emmett Till in ‘The Till Trilogy’ at Mosaic by John Stoltenberg

The actor talks about his indelible performance and his personal connection to the role.

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Craig Houk’s near-perfect ‘Brute Farce’ skewers a theater critic by John Stoltenberg

A report on a staged reading of a new comedy that could become a theater-laughs-at-itself classic alongside 'Noises Off.'

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Rorschach Theatre puts feminist teeth into ‘Dracula’ and it’s bloody good by John Stoltenberg

A script studded with high-stakes sexual politics and a riveting production that will give you chills.

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Saturday, October 8, 2022

Ari Roth’s roman à clef displays his feet of clay by John Stoltenberg

The title is long — 'My Calamitous Affair with the Minister of Culture and Censorship or Death of the Dialogic in the American Theater' — and the play is a lot.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

‘Maple and Vine’ gets lost in the past at Spooky Action by John Stoltenberg

A sendup of gender roles and happiness in the 1950s compared to now.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Washington Improv Theater debuts at Studio and it’s don’t miss by John Stoltenberg

A year-long residency promises to tempt both theater buffs and improv nuts.

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Ford’s lyrical ‘Trip to Bountiful’ travels back to an illusory time by John Stoltenberg

The production showcases Nancy Robinette, Kimberly Gilbert, and Emily Kester in performances worth way more than the price of the ticket.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

‘Our Black Death,’ a fun fable from Taffety Punk, asks: Can love survive a plague? by John Stoltenberg

A comical adult fairy tale with powerful and poetic implications for anyone in love in the face of mortality.

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Monday, September 26, 2022

‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’ at Studio shocks the system by John Stoltenberg

We get to hear how conservative Catholics think, and the experience is mind-blowing.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Inside ‘The Box’: a gripping view of institutionalized sadism by John Stoltenberg

Sarah Should's powerfully immersive drama about solitary confinement comes to DC.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The woman who freed Frederick Douglass: a Q&A with Kristolyn Lloyd by John Stoltenberg

Behind every great man is a great woman, and the actor who plays Anna Douglass in 'American Prophet' at Arena Stage reveals the power in that truth.

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