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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

In Matthew Bourne’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ the lovers are teens in juvey by Lisa Traiger

“For never was there a tale of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Who doesn’t know the tragic ending of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet? Yet we continue to be besotted …

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Muslim women’s voices in ‘Unveiled’ serve up tea and empathy by Lisa Traiger

Hot tea is the recommended beverage for viewing Chicago-based playwright Rohnia Malik’s Unveiled, available online through January 2021 from Baltimore Theatre Project. The one-woman show i…

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

A son summons his absent father in ‘Dear Mapel’ at Mosaic Theater by Lisa Traiger

Urgent times call for urgent theater. And urgent theater has been Mosaic Theater Company’s calling card since its founding — rather unexpectedly — five years ago, by artistic director/…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Fearless feminist dance takes the stage in Martha Graham Dance Company’s ‘The EVE Project’ by Lisa Traiger

On the eve of the day we learned that we still can’t elect a woman as qualified as Elizabeth Warren president, the Martha Graham Dance Company returned to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Round House’s ‘Spring Awakening’ captures the essence of teenage angst by Lisa Traiger

With her green roots and sneakers that spout “fuck you,” Billie Eilish, who swept Sunday night’s pop Grammys, sings a new song for a new generation. Her 2020 teen angst recalls hardcor…

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Mark Morris Dance Group boldly re-imagines ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ in ‘Pepperland’ at the Kennedy Center by Lisa Traiger

Mark Morris dances are emphatically watchable, easily digestible, eccentric, and smartly witty. He so proficiently pairs music and dance, costume and set – with a cadre of collaborators …

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Review: ‘Merce Cunningham at 100, Beach Birds and BIPED’ at the Kennedy Center by Lisa Traiger

What a pleasure to celebrate the centenary of modern dance master Merce Cunningham with a pair of works that demonstrates his formidable vision for dance, imbued with clarity of form and gen…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Review: ‘Bright Colors and Bold Patterns’ at Studio Theatre by Lisa Traiger

Gerry is mad. Furious even. And who can blame him? He’s all set for the wedding of the … well … summer. He’s driven out the I10 from Los Angeles to Palm Springs and the expensively t…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Review: ‘New York City Ballet: New Works and New Productions’ at the Kennedy Center by Lisa Traiger

It’s been a challenging few years for New York City Ballet, the nation’s preeminent ballet company. What with the misconduct and resignation of its ballet master in chief, subsequent mis…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review: ‘Analogy Trilogy’ by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at the Kennedy Center by Lisa Traiger

It’s too simplistic to call Bill T. Jones a choreographer, although that’s been his stock and trade for more than 40 years. This past week his Analogy unfolded as a trilogy, over three n…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Review: ‘Hair & Other Stories’ by Urban Bush Women at Dance Place by Lisa Traiger

Don’t think you’re going to sit back and observe if you show up at Urban Bush Women’s latest, Hair & Other Stories, which made its Washington, DC premiere this past weekend at Danc…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Review: ‘Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Program A)’ at The Kennedy Center by Lisa Traiger

A cough, a gasp, the sound of a heartbeat. A sudden flash in the darkness. These sounds and images begin “Lazarus,” the brand-new work from hip hop master Rennie Harris, which opened a g…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Review: ‘Cinderella’ at The Kennedy Center Opera House by Lisa Traiger

Don’t walk into the Kennedy Center Opera House expecting a Disney-esque, happily-ever-after retelling of the evergreen fairytale Cinderella. British director/choreographer Matthew Bourne h…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Holly Bass Celebrates Black Sisterhood in ‘The Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company’ by Lisa Traiger

District-based solo performer Holly Bass creates in so many media and art forms I can’t keep up with her—and I’ve been covering her for nearly a decade. Her latest devised work, a danc…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Unaccompanied Minor’ by Lisa Traiger

Comedy. It isn’t always pretty. And sometimes it isn’t even funny. In the case of Elan Zafir’s biographical one-man show The Unaccompanied Minor, although it’s billed as a comedy, it…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Isadora Duncan: Landscapes of the Soul’ by Lisa Traiger

Church basements have a long and surprisingly illustrious history in the evolution of modern dance, particularly in the mid-20th-century when they were creative strongholds for iconoclastic …

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations’ at The Kennedy Center by Lisa Traiger

Ain’t too many surprises in Ain’t Too Proud, the new jukebox musical about the supergroup The Temptations and their rise to meteoric heights. Their music defined a generation and gave vo…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Review: ‘#poolparty’ by Ally Theatre Company by Lisa Traiger

“No diving. No running. Absolutely no cannonballs,” the pre-show announcement at Joe’s Movement Emporium orders. But get ready to dive deep for the world premiere of #poolparty as it u…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Review: ‘Portraits’ by Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company at the Kennedy Center by Lisa Traiger

The portraits hang solemnly, unmoving at the Smithsonian’s Portrait Gallery. Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess breathes life and movement into these two-dimensional works of art with a t…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Review: ‘Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia’ with Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble by Lisa Traiger

Making the extraordinary ordinary appears to be a notion we can’t shake. If it isn’t dumbing down, it’s taking down, mashing up or just plain copying. Thursday, April 26 at the Kennedy…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Review: ‘Works by Balanchine, Martins, and Peck’ by New York City Ballet by Lisa Traiger

In this era of #MeToo, a review of the New York City Ballet can’t begin without noting the allegations of abuse against now-retired Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins. Late last year, th…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Review: ‘Layla and Majnun’ by the Mark Morris Dance Group with the Silkroad Ensemble by Lisa Traiger

A tapestry of poetry, chant, music, and dance drawn from a swath of the ancient Silk Road has provided vivid inspiration for influential choreographer Mark Morris. His re-envisioning of Layl…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Review: ‘Quartet’ at The British Players by Lisa Traiger

Growing old isn’t for sissies. In South-African-born, British playwright Ronald Harwood’s smart 1999 comedy Quartet, he gently wrestles with the indignities of aging in a British senior-…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Review: ‘American Ballet Theatre: Ratmansky, Robbins, Millepied and Wheeldon’ at the Kennedy Center by Lisa Traiger

As parts of the nation settled in to hear 45 read the script of the State of the Union address, and other parts assiduously ignored the same, balletomanes and ballet goers in the Washington …

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: ‘ink’ at The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater by Lisa Traiger

In ink, choreographer/dancer Camille A. Brown’s final installment in her trilogy examining African-American identity, an entire history of a people is written indelibly on the bodies of h…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: ‘The Red Shoes’ at Kennedy Center Opera House by Lisa Traiger

Generations of budding ballerinas have lusted after the shiny crimson satin pointe shoes in the classic 1948 film The Red Shoes. Who can resist those shoes, they make the wearer dance, and d…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: ‘Lotus’ at The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater by Lisa Traiger

Tap dancers are family. As family they gather together, catch up, trade stories, reminisce, honor their forbears and simply, yet profoundly, enjoy each others’ company. Saturday evening’…

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: ‘In the Heights’ at Olney Theatre Center (in a co-production with Round House Theatre) by Lisa Traiger

In a week that began with the repeal of DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – what better way to end it than with a musical about dreamers. For those children – many now …

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: The Kinsey Sicks in ‘Things You Shouldn’t Say’ at Theater J by Lisa Traiger

There’s virtually nothing a drag queen won’t say, or do, in public or private, say the Kinsey Sicks. The San Francisco-based beauty shop quartet that puts the show into show business, th…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: ‘Ballet, Brass & Song: Chamber Dance Project’ at Sidney Harmen Hall by Lisa Traiger

Baseball players take the winter off. Football players do the same in the summer. Ballet dancers are of a different breed. When their companies go on hiatus, typically in early June, they fi…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: ‘Ballet Across America’ at The Kennedy Center Opera House by Lisa Traiger

What does 21st-century ballet look like? For The Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America program, principle dancer and celeb ballerina Misty Copeland, 34, and 29-year-old New York City Ball…

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