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Friday, December 7, 2018

Irish immigration is played for laughs in ‘How to Keep an Alien’ by Nelson Pressley

Sonya Kelly’s autobiographical show gets its D.C. premiere at Solas Nua.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

August Wilson’s titanic ‘Gem of the Ocean’ sets sail at Round House by Nelson Pressley

The operatically scaled drama examines post-slavery America as the 20th century begins.

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Best of theater 2018: Distinguished visitors and hometown heroes by Nelson Pressley

Touring productions and local standouts that illuminated Washington stages.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ eavesdrops on men getting haircuts by Nelson Pressley

The insightful U.K. import at the Kennedy Center cuts across borders — from Britain to Africa.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

‘The Choir of Man’ invites you into a pub for a sticky singalong by Nelson Pressley

Energetic and exciting are not the same things.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Metzler’s comic ‘Cry It Out’ sings the new-parent blues by Nelson Pressley

The play at Studio Theatre gets serious about the challenges, especially for women.

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Theater Alliance names Raymond Caldwell as new artistic director by Nelson Pressley

Colin Hovde, who has run the company since 2011, steps away.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘Elf the Musical’ is the holiday gift you’d love to exchange for something better by Nelson Pressley

The Olney Theatre Center show lacks originality and spirit.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Want to get away? ‘Anything Goes’ sails into silly high seas by Nelson Pressley

Arena Stage revives the Cole Porter classic.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

The hippies are back in Shaina Taub’s musical ‘As You Like It’ by Nelson Pressley

Oscar Wilde’s “A Woman of No Importance” benefits from an all-female cast.

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Friday, November 2, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

In two new stage fantasies, a myth and a miss by Nelson Pressley

The winner, “Sing to Me Now,” features a muse with the blues.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

When blood and guts aren’t enough, even for a pair of tragedies by Nelson Pressley

Brave Spirits Theatre takes on “The Duchess of Malfi” and “The Changeling.”

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

A new play and a vintage satire reflect factional frenzy by Nelson Pressley

Politics invades a living room in ‘Blight,’ and Dario Fo’s ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay!’ is revived.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

The creators of the ‘Beetlejuice’ musical ‘tried to run toward Burton’ visually by Nelson Pressley

Alex Timbers and David Korins offer a sneak peek at the set of their new Broadway-bound show.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘Actually’ anatomizes a he said/she said case of campus sexual assault by Nelson Pressley

Anna Ziegler’s Title IX drama arrives in Theater J’s show at Arena Stage.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

If you go to the play ‘The Fever,’ you’ll be part of the act, but ‘nothing is embarrassing’ by Nelson Pressley

The troupe 600 Highwaymen brings the experimental show about the human bond to Woolly Mammoth.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Paula Vogel’s ‘How I Learned to Drive’ steers into the #MeToo era by Nelson Pressley

The 1997 Pulitzer winner’s depiction of abuse has not dulled.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Two dramas on immigration and art emphasize the art by Nelson Pressley

‘New Guidelines for Peaceful Times’ at Spooky Action freshens an old interrogation model.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

History meets mystery in Arlitia Jones’s slightly spooky drama ‘Summerland’ by Nelson Pressley

The Washington Stage Guild production, in the intimate Undercroft Theatre, jolts your senses.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A Greek-set ‘Comedy of Errors’ adds songs to the slapstick by Nelson Pressley

‘Camelot’ director Alan Paul tries his hand at Shakespeare’s early farce.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

The British political comedy ‘Labour of Love’ translates well in its U.S. debut by Nelson Pressley

The terrain looks familiar in a rom-com that goes from Blair to Brexit.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

How are Washington theaters doing when it comes to producing plays by women? by Nelson Pressley

Four of 10 works this season are by female playwrights. That’s better than ever, but parity should be the goal.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The moralizing 1946 comedy ‘Born Yesterday’ is not dead yet by Nelson Pressley

As the show on democratic principles opens at Ford’s Theatre, good luck leaving politics at the door.

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The funny hit play ‘Labour of Love’ takes British party politics seriously by Nelson Pressley

The London smash by James Graham is making its U.S. debut at Olney Theatre.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

John Strand’s political comedy ‘Lincolnesque’ returns to Keegan Theatre by Nelson Pressley

An earlier look at angry speech from the author of “The Originalist.”

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Motherhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in ‘Pramkicker’ by Nelson Pressley

Sadie Hasler’s bruising comedy takes an irreverent point of view.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Putin for laughs and a random shooting for tears in two topical shows by Nelson Pressley

The Putin piece is absurd, while a mass violence incident sends a playwright toward ancient Greek models.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ writer Levenson’s new epic probes Jewish identity by Nelson Pressley

Middle East politics and deep secrets strain a D.C. family.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

‘Turn Me Loose’ pays homage to Dick Gregory by Nelson Pressley

Arena Stage revives the late comic’s style.

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