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Friday, April 19, 2019

Calling Marie Kondo! The archives at the Kennedy Center and the National Theatre are a mess. by Nelson Pressley

The theaters are aiming to get their old programs, photos and other archival material in order, perhaps for public access.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jay-Z and Kanye set the tone in premiere of ‘Les Deux Noirs’ at Mosaic Theater by Nelson Pressley

The James Baldwin-Richard Wright flap goes hip-hop in the new Psalmayene 24 play.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Can Beppo the bellhop sing? Olney’s ‘A Comedy of Tenors’ is more frenzy than finesse. by Nelson Pressley

Ken Ludwig’s 1980s hit “Lend Me a Tenor” gets a sequel, but the backstage farce doesn’t quite hit its mark.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

‘Pygmalion’ meets hip-hop in a satire on race at Studio Theatre by Nelson Pressley

A Bieber figure gets the reality-TV treatment in “P.Y.G., or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle”

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‘I don’t want to write a slave’: A Q&A with playwrights Psalmayene 24 and Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm by Nelson Pressley

A discussion that touches on the “Hamilton” effect, directing and white patronage, August Wilson and more.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

This galvanizing new play tries to humanize lives lived behind bars by Nelson Pressley

‘The Peculiar Patriot,’ Liza Jessie Peterson’s solo show at Woolly Mammoth, is a personable take on our prison system.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wole Soyinka, Nigerian ‘Chibok Girls’ slated for Georgetown’s international CrossCurrents by Nelson Pressley

At the Kennedy Center, the Fukushima-set “Falling Out” opens the festival.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The musical ‘A Bronx Tale’ sings of growing up on mean streets by Nelson Pressley

Chazz Palminteri’s signature fable gets another incarnation.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

In the comic ‘Resolving Hedda,’ the protagonist tries to actually live through the end of the play by Nelson Pressley

Washington Stage Guild presents the area debut, and Nu Sass stages the whimsical “Dead Dog’s Bone.”

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

One of Ibsen’s most unforgettable characters fires back in the play ‘Resolving Hedda’ by Nelson Pressley

A classic work gets a modern rewrite at D.C.’s Undercroft Theatre.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Does ‘The Jewish Queen Lear’ rage? In the Yiddish classic, she suffers. by Nelson Pressley

Theater J offers an English-language debut from the Yiddish canon.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The hit comedy ‘Admissions’ has been laughing at college cheaters for months by Nelson Pressley

The news catches up to a play that questions privilege.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

D.C. debut of the musical ‘Hands on a Hardbody’ stalls by Nelson Pressley

The Keegan Theatre show needs more horsepower to drive the Trey Anastasio score.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Irish actor Pat Kinevane offers a solo tour de force with his award-winning ‘Silent’ by Nelson Pressley

D.C.’s Solas Nua has imported the show from Dublin’s Fishamble troupe.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cirque du Soleil, it’s not. Cirkus Cirkor is less about spectacle and more about mission. by Nelson Pressley

The troupe’s “Limits” arrives at the Kennedy Center from Sweden.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Becky Sharp returns with razzmatazz in Kate Hamill’s stripped-down ‘Vanity Fair’ by Nelson Pressley

The ‘novel without a hero’ takes a shine to its durable antiheroine.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

The British hit ‘Oil’ strikes a vein in its U.S. debut at Olney by Nelson Pressley

And at the D.C. Arts Center, John Feffer offers a solo travelogue of North Korea.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

How playwright Kate Hamill brought a modern sensibility to a 19th-century novel by Nelson Pressley

“Nothing’s too sacred to re-examine,” says the adapter of “Vanity Fair.”

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Rich acting pays off in ‘The Heiress,’ a surprisingly timely classic at Arena Stage by Nelson Pressley

Director Seema Sueko has cast her production splendidly, with Laura C. Harris holding the spotlight as a whip-smart but paralyzingly anxious Catherine.

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Are jukebox musicals like ‘The Cher Show’ dumbing down Broadway, or just giving us what we want? by Nelson Pressley

The bio shows elbow aside plot, character and narrative for a different set of showbiz goals.

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‘Finding Neverland’ musical at National Theatre needs a better hook by Nelson Pressley

A non-Equity tour alights in D.C., but production isn’t the best look.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

There will be blood in the STC’s gross-out ‘Richard the Third’ by Nelson Pressley

The violent concept has power, but some human drama gets cut away.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The musical ‘Once’ sounds fit as a fiddle at Olney Theatre by Nelson Pressley

The sleeper indie film enjoys a different life onstage.

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This documentary play about Israeli artists is a raw, uneasy 80 minutes by Nelson Pressley

Mosaic’s “Shame 2.0” chronicles battles with the government, and the public.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Women are dominating hilariously raunchy comedy. Need more proof? See “BLKS.” by Nelson Pressley

The action-packed comedy at Woolly Mammoth follows young women through one wild and crazy night.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

‘The Wiz’ leads Helen Hayes nominations with 13 nods, including outstanding musical by Nelson Pressley

Woolly Mammoth dominates the play category, with three shows in a top slot.

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‘Moonlight’ writer McCraney’s writing still glows in ‘The Brothers Size’ by Nelson Pressley

1st Stage revisits one of the MacArthur “genius” grant winner’s early triumphs.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

With Amazon arrival, D.C.’s booming real estate market will get only tighter. Will small theaters be pushed out? by Nelson Pressley

Facing the loss of its Crystal City venue to the retail giant, Synetic Theater searches for an affordable space.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Signature’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ’ takes its time heating up by Nelson Pressley

This revival of the Fats Waller show is disjointed.

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‘A little chaotic and scary’: Behind the scenes as the Kennedy Center’s ‘Music Man’ comes together in two weeks by Nelson Pressley

This semi-staged version features cast members that might be holding scripts but loses none of the Broadway talent.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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