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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is here, and Jeff Daniels soars as Atticus Finch by Peter Marks

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s indelible novel has its official opening at the Shubert Theatre.

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You might think ‘panties’ in the title means the play’s funny. If only. by Peter Marks

“The Panties, the Partner and the Profit” doesn’t ignite for Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aaron Sorkin and Jeff Daniels made ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ their mission by Peter Marks

The playwright and the actor talk about the challenges of bringing Harper Lee’s beloved novel to Broadway.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Casting coup: Jessie Mueller to play Marian in upcoming ‘Music Man’ at Kennedy Center by Peter Marks

Tony winner to join Norm Lewis as Harold Hill in February installment of Broadway Center Stage series.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

See ‘The Jungle’ and you won’t be able to get the plight of refugees out of your head by Peter Marks

A British drama that takes you into a refugee camp has its American debut.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bryan Cranston is stellar in the stage version of ‘Network.’ The rest, not so much. by Peter Marks

His “mad as hell” scene is one for the books, but the Broadway adaptation is a bit of a slog.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Best of theater 2018: Sensations that crossed borders by Peter Marks

Splendid work, from the Great Lakes to D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront, knows no boundaries.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘The Cher Show’ on Broadway: Too many sequins but not enough sparkle by Peter Marks

It’s another celebrity-inspired musical, sputtering off the jukebox assembly line.

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How ‘Indecent,’ about art happening against all odds, speaks to our time by Peter Marks

Arena Stage offers up the regional premiere of Paula Vogel’s Tony-nominated drama.

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The Kennedy Center Honors felt different, and it was all because of ‘Hamilton’ by Peter Marks

Musical tributes stood out, but the presence of the Broadway musical and its creators provided a night of firsts.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Like haunted houses? Step into ‘An Inspector Calls,’ a Broadway phenomenon now touring the country. by Peter Marks

Stephen Daldry brings his hit ’90s production to Washington and beyond.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

One key scene helped cement 'Hamilton' as a Broadway legend. The team that crafted it explains how. by Peter Marks

"Bit by bit, putting it together," goes the song about the act of creation by Lin-Manuel Miranda's idol, Stephen Sondheim. It wasn't until Miranda was a spectator at his own show, and no lon…

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One key scene helped cement ‘Hamilton’ as a Broadway legend. The team that crafted it explains how. by Peter Marks

Miranda, Kail, Lacamoire and Blankenbuehler talk about “Satisfied” and the art of collaboration.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

You’ll be happy you gave yourself a night off to watch Billy Elliot soar again by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre revives a Tony-winning musical version of the hit 2000 movie.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

The new ‘Beetlejuice’ musical is overcaffeinated, overstuffed and virtually charmless by Peter Marks

The show, in a pre-Broadway engagement, officially opens at the National Theatre.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Hey, don’t make me perform! Sometimes, interactive theater goes too far. by Peter Marks

As our critic notes, not everyone wants to get in on the act.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Two heroes of 19th-century America seek justice. They get none in ‘The Agitators.’ by Peter Marks

Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass are the focus of Mat Smart’s plodding drama.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

You won’t find Westeros on Folger’s stage. But you will find a game of thrones. by Peter Marks

Aaron Posner directs the rarely performed but more-relevant-than-ever “King John.”

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Friday, October 26, 2018

It took 36 years for ‘Little Shop’ to play the Kennedy Center. It was worth the wait. by Peter Marks

Starring Megan Hilty and Josh Radnor, the show kicks off Season 2 of the center’s musical concert series.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Elaine May reveals new depth of acting agility in Broadway’s ‘Waverly Gallery’ by Peter Marks

Kenneth Lonergan play about the toll of old age officially opens at the Golden Theatre.

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If you like audience participation, you’ll like ‘The Fever.’ Otherwise maybe not. by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth brings an interactive off-Broadway show about community.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

For one lucky college senior, graduating will mean seeing their musical at Signature by Peter Marks

The Shirlington company announces workshop-linkup with Yale University.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘The Ferryman,’ an explosive, exhilarating human drama by Peter Marks

Jez Butterworth offers up a ripping yarn, set in the time of Northern Ireland’s Troubles

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Daniel Radcliffe a stickler for the truth in buoyant ‘Lifespan of a Fact’ by Peter Marks

A world premiere asks whether “alternative facts” can be used for the greater good.

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After 36 years, audiences remain sold on 'Little Shop of Horrors' by Peter Marks

Thirty-six years after its birth, the musical spoof "Little Shop of Horrors" still resides in a special chamber of the heart of its mega-successful composer. "Like few things in my life," Al…

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After 36 years, ‘Little Shop,’ a ‘close to perfect’ musical, comes to the Kennedy Center by Peter Marks

Composer Alan Menken considers the lampoon of a low-budget sci-fi movie his masterpiece.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

If you imagined South Africa’s racial struggles ended with Mandela, think again. by Peter Marks

‘The Fall’ at Studio Theatre portrays post-Apartheid life for black students.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

If Shakespeare in Russian is on your bucket list, here’s your chance to cross it off. by Peter Marks

“Measure for Measure” comes to Kennedy Center via Declan Donnellan and Cheek by Jowl.

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The ‘Beetlejuice’ team needed a songwriter. It was time for a ‘Perfect’ choice. by Peter Marks

Australian composer Eddie Perfect wrote the score for the film-based musical premiering at D.C.’s National Theatre.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

With Dylan songbook, ‘Girl From North Country’ is a triumph by Peter Marks

Written and directed by Conor McPherson, the musical showcases healing power of song.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

This ‘Vanya’ is a teachable moment — for how to stage a classic play today by Peter Marks

It is an eternal challenge to get Chekhov right. Richard Nelson and Jay O. Sanders do.

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