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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The Brothers Booth share more than blood in new musical ‘Tyrants’ by John Stoltenberg

John Wilkes Booth, the B-list actor and Confederacy fanboy who shot President Lincoln, is merely one of nine hit people featured in Sondheim’s musical Assassins. The limelight-hog would be…

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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Taffety Punk’s rousing ‘La Salpêtrière’ hears women’s roar by John Stoltenberg

Playwright Kelsey Mesa shrewdly makes hysteria the centerpiece of her satiric dark comedy, and the show's originality and substance make it a must-see. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

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Monday, September 25, 2023

‘Scorched’ fuses love and war, fable and tragedy, at ExPats Theatre by John Stoltenberg

The storytelling is complex and gripping — a tragedy wrapped in a fable and a memory play set in a war zone. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Free Theatre Week Kickoff Fest at Arena Stage on Saturday by John Stoltenberg

Join Theatre Washington, over 40 DC-area theaters, and dozens of theater-makers as they kick off Theatre Week 2023.

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Sunday, September 17, 2023

‘Never in Our Image’ at Source: an artfully woke anti-gun opera by John Stoltenberg

The performance is stunning sonically, scenically, and choreographically — haunting in its grace, alarming in its force and power. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Echo’ immerses us in emotion way beyond awe by John Stoltenberg

The virtuoso circus acts are as breathtaking as ever, but here they remind us that trust, cooperation, and support are crucial to coexistence. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

Stop the presses. ‘Ink’ at Round House Theatre is a must-see. by John Stoltenberg

In a rip-roaring co-production with Olney Theatre Center, James Graham's astute play is the origin story of sensationalism and sleaze as news. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Compagnie Käfig’s mesmerizing ‘Pixel’ is virtually now real life by John Stoltenberg

The physicality of these dancers’ freedom in the midst of myriad data offers a tech-surfeited viewer vicarious liberation. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Sublimely bonkers ‘Brute Farce’ debuts at Dominion Stage by John Stoltenberg

As a 'proof of concept' production of a solidly laugh-out-loud script, this promising comedy is very worth catching. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

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Sunday, July 16, 2023

2023 Capital Fringe Review: ‘RiverShe Collective Arts: Queer Family Summer Sanctuary’ (3 1⁄2 stars) by John Stoltenberg

A gender-and-ethnicity affirmation ceremony in the form of a music-poetry-and-sketch revue with elements of a religious service. Which is a lot.

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

2023 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Drown the Muse’ by Hannah Phipps and Zoë Bowen Smith (3 1⁄2 stars) by John Stoltenberg

Audition anxiety and performance insecurity take centerstage as two friends seek through the art of acting a sense of worth.

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Friday, June 9, 2023

Deducing the divine: ‘C.S. Lewis on Stage: Further Up & Further In’ by John Stoltenberg

The image of a brainy don interrogating the universe to the music of the spheres was unmistakable.

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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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