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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Review: Lauren Gunderson’s Peter Pan and Wendy, a sensational reimagining for a new generation by Meaghan Hannan Davant

In truth, I never before thought of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a particularly masculine, or anti-feminist, story.  Most of us have warm recollections of the far-off Neverland, reached onl…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

The gloves are off in Second City’s She the People: The Resistance Continues! by Meaghan Hannan Davant

For those who were lucky enough to catch Second City’s original sketch comedy She the People when it rolled through town last December, you might be wondering how the all-female cast of co…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Review: Disney’s Newsies, the youth-revolt inspired musical by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Newsies is a frolicking, joyous musical with a healthy dose of “kid power:” the perfect recipe for families this holiday season. Based on the original Disney film and drawing from the re…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Review: Signature’s A Chorus Line, with new choreography, still dazzles by Meaghan Hannan Davant

A Chorus Line is known as one of the most pared-down, starkly intimate “song-and-dance shows” in the Broadway canon. On a barren stage—devoid of any scenery or set but for a wall of fl…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: Escaped Alone, Caryl Churchill jarringly dark, dystopic visions by Meaghan Hannan Davant

For those unfamiliar with the work of British playwright Caryl Churchill, Signature Theatre’s production of Escaped Alone (2016) may come as a bit of a shock. Skillfully directed by well-l…

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Review: Funnyman Mike Birbiglia tells it like it is in The New One at National Theatre by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia has a rare sleepwalking disorder – one that almost killed him.  As he tells it, one night—in the throes of a particularly vivid, bad-guy-chase-se…

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Review: Love Sick, Theater J’s seductive musical by Meaghan Hannan Davant

In its best moments Love Sick—the opening show of Theater J’s 2019-20 season in its newly renovated space—is a brilliantly woven tapestry of competing forms. The music, written by Ofra…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Review: Dear Evan Hansen, stunning performances led by Ben Levi Ross by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Dear Evan Hansen is a heart-wrenching, ultimately transformative, gut-punch of a musical.  The Kennedy Center’s production, directed by Michael Greif and featuring the national touring ca…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Review: Legally Blonde, a delightfully funny, sweet summer musical by Meaghan Hannan Davant

“Oh. My. God.  Oh my god, you guys!” Keegan Theatre’s production of Legally Blonde is so over-the-top, fabulously fun – the perfect sweet treat on a sweltering DC summer evening. Fo…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Review: Tiger Style! at Olney Theatre Center by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Blame their parents. Albert and Jennifer Chen are failing at life.  Sure, they both graduated top of their class from Harvard. And, yes, Jen went on to get a medical degree and PhD (both fr…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Review: Prologue Theatre’s The Explorers Club by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Playwright Nell Benjamin’s (Legally Blonde) The Explorers Club lambasts the last bastion of the manly man—an 1879 London gentleman’s club where explorers and scientists of great renown…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Capital Fringe review: How’s That Workin’ Out for Ya? 2.0 by Meaghan Hannan Davant

In case you haven’t heard, the future is female—and fiercely funny. At least as told by the Pipeline Playwrights—a collective of sharp-tongued women playwrights from NoVa, each present…

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Capital Fringe review: Codependent by Meaghan Hannan Davant

I’m going to come right out and admit it: I’m no millennial sympathizer.Too many years of sleeping under my desk and being forced (by corporate dress code) to wear nylons through DC’s …

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Review: A furiously funny Love’s Labor’s Lost at Folger Theatre by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Love’s Labor’s Lost is reputed to be one of Shakespeare’s toughest plays to stage (and it rarely is).  The late 16th Century comedy has a simple enough plot – one guaranteed to tee …

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Grand Hotel review. Brilliant sets, costumes and performances, lackluster book and music by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Signature Theatre is known for reviving and revamping long forgotten musicals – and they don’t shy away from a challenge.  Grand Hotel tells the story of a handful of strangers, drawn t…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: Confection, a sumptuous, sugary 17th century banquet and its cost by Meaghan Hannan Davant

I’m a sucker for Shakespeare.  And having lived on Capitol Hill for more than a decade and enjoyed many events at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the opportunity to participate in an “i…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Review: Cirkus Cirkör’s Limits. Swedish acrobatic troupe knows no limits. by Meaghan Hannan Davant

We here in Washington, DC are no strangers to a “political circuses,” but it was hard to know what to expect from Swedish acrobatic troupe Cirkus Cirkör, whose past performances have be…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Ford’s Theatre’s Twelve Angry Men fails to follow through on its promises by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Sheldon Epp’s Twelve Angry Men, his directorial debut at the historic Ford’s Theatre, promised a present-day take on the 1954 legal drama that follows jury deliberations in the murder tr…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review: Kings probes Washington’s pay-to-play politics by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Playwright and Alexandria-native Sarah Burgess is known for her sharp-tongued, rapid-fire dialogue and expositions into the underbelly of American institutions.  Burgess’ first play, Dry …

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Review: Elf the Musical, Olney’s spectacular holiday musical by Meaghan Hannan Davant

If there’s one thing you’ll take away from Olney Theatre Center’s Elf the Musical it’s this: the DC musical theater scene has a tremendous talent base. To a one, Elf’s largely ense…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Review: The Fever at Woolly Mammoth won’t be the same without you by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Sitting in a circle of chairs facing inwards, arranged at the outermost edges of an otherwise empty stage, it is impossible to discern the actors from the audience.  There is a playful tens…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Anna Ziegler’s Actually, a provocative counterpoint to the issue of sexual consent by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Anna Ziegler’s (Photograph 51) new two-person play Actually sets out as an intimate exploration of one of our society’s most taboo, yet timely, topics—sexual consent among two young pe…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Review: Signature Theatre’s Heisenberg is not just another love story by Meaghan Hannan Davant

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time playwright Simon Stephens’s two-person play, Heisenberg, is far from your typical love story. When Georgie (Rachel Zampelli), a 40ish…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business gets a modern #MeToo-Era update by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Director Marc Bruni knew he was taking a risk in revamping the classic Frank Loesser (music and lyrics) musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for a modern Washington, D.C.…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Camelot crosses over to the dark side by Meaghan Hannan Davant

The mythical city of Camelot has always been little more than a dream – a forest kingdom of unsurpassed beauty where magicians and enchantresses gleefully meddle in human affairs, knig…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Review: new musical Snow Child at Arena Stage by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Arena Stage’s world-premiere musical Snow Child tries to be many things at once—the personal story of a married couple struggling to cope with the loss of a child; a fairy tale incorpora…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: Blaemire’s musical Soon showcases promising local talent at Highwood Theatre by Meaghan Hannan Davant

It’s happened: global warming has brought the world to the brink of an environmental apocalypse.  Earth’s atmosphere can only support human life for one more year—maybe less.  What d…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Tonya Beckman is a sultry, playful Don Juan in Taffety Punk’s production (review) by Meaghan Hannan Davant

Molière’s Don Juan—the 17th Century tale of a rakish nobleman whose insatiable libido and incorrigible charm lead him from town to town, deceiving (and deflowering) damsel after damsel …

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