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Friday, January 21, 2022

A Broadway show about life after incarceration finds its most avid audience in a New York City prison by Peter Marks

Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” gets a showing at Rikers Island, and prisoners have plenty of feedback.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:12AM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

He was cast in a juicy role in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’ The pandemic has made his Broadway run as heartbreaking as it is thrilling. by Peter Marks

The new musical, hobbled by omicron, sees salvation in a pause, in hopes the coronavirus subsides.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:12AM
Monday, January 10, 2022

Brandon Carter is named artistic director of American Shakespeare Center by Peter Marks

Resident actor is first person of color to lead the Staunton, Va., playhouse, which also announced a new roster of productions after some recent strife.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Tony Award royalty will turn out to celebrate ‘50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center’ by Peter Marks

Tony Award royalty will turn out in February to celebrate "50 Years of Broadway musicals at the Kennedy Center."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:33PM
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Military suicides are increasing. Theater of War is offering more than just a show of sympathy. by Peter Marks

Through performance and discussion, soldiers find new meaning in ancient Greek drama.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54AM
Friday, December 24, 2021

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ has been a critical standout on Broadway this fall. Its superb cast sheds light on how that happened. by Peter Marks

Simon Russell Beale, Adrian Lester and Adam Godley talk about the rigors and pleasures of more than three hours onstage every night.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:48AM

Omicron could not come at a worse time for Broadway by Peter Marks

But a week of dispiriting theater closings is topped off by a rejuvenating visit to a sensational new musical, "Akimbo."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Sunday, December 19, 2021

Britney Spears’s songs are packed into a new storybook musical, but this kingdom needs more magic by Peter Marks

“Once Upon a One More Time,” about fairy-tale princesses, has its world premiere at Shakespeare Theatre Company. While it lacks finesse, lead performer Briga Heelan brings out the show…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:48PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

A chorus of grateful singers gathers at Signature Theatre for an emotional Sondheim celebration by Peter Marks

The Arlington, Va., company honors the composer who put it on the musical-theater map.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:48PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

Broadway’s ‘Flying Over Sunset’ comes in for a crash landing by Peter Marks

The new musical about celebrities in the 1950s taking LSD trips over its conceits.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18PM
Friday, December 10, 2021

August Wilson’s meandering ‘Seven Guitars’ at Arena Stage can feel like a slog by Peter Marks

"Seven Guitars" is the 1940s entry in Wilson's cycle of 20th-century plays, one for each decade.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:24PM

What’s next for Britney Spears fans? A Shakespeare Theatre musical that may be headed to Broadway. by Peter Marks

“Once Upon a One More Time” has Broadway hopes and a Dec. 17 opening night at Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre Company.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

It’s a welcome return of ‘Company’ to Broadway -- with another Sondheim memory to savor by Peter Marks

Directed Marianne Elliott switches the genders of the musical’s characters in this fine revival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:54PM
Monday, December 6, 2021

Razzle takes on new dazzle in Broadway-ready ‘A Strange Loop’ by Peter Marks

Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winner gets a vivacious tryout at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:12PM

Best of theater 2021: ‘Come From Away’ on the Mall, Macbeth in London and a streaming movie by Peter Marks

Even in a year of recovery, theater hit some high notes, onstage and on-screen.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Minus Robin Williams, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ is not quite herself by Peter Marks

A new musical version of the 1993 film comedy ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ has its official Broadway opening

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:36PM
Monday, November 29, 2021

Bette Midler: The people’s diva by Peter Marks

From Dolores De Lago to "Dolly!" to "Beaches," the stellar career of Kennedy Center honoree Bette Midler spans decades and genres.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Tributes pour in for Sondheim, the greatest theater composer-lyricist of our time by Peter Marks

“He’s the reason so many of us got into this line of work.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:32PM
Friday, November 26, 2021

There will never be another Stephen Sondheim by Peter Marks

The Broadway giant shaped lives, with words and music on a whole other plane of invention.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:54PM
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Lynn Nottage sets ‘Clyde’s’ in a truck stop cafe, and feisty comedy is on the menu by Peter Marks

The new Broadway play by the two-time Pulitzer winner gives actress Uzo Aduba another terrific role.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:42PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

In time for Thanksgiving, Broadway serves up a turkey: ‘Diana’ the musical by Peter Marks

Ham-handed and unfocused, a show based on the life of Princess Diana relinquishes the crown.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:48PM
Sunday, November 14, 2021

In words and music, New York theaters take aim at an America at war with itself by Peter Marks

“Assassins” and “Caroline, or Change” enliven a vibrant season of shows.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18PM
Thursday, November 11, 2021

In London, the shows go on — but apathy is unmasked by Peter Marks

A laissez-faire attitude prevails in London’s theaters, unlike those in New York and Washington.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

A galvanizing ‘Rent’ raises pulses as it welcomes audiences back to Signature Theatre by Peter Marks

Jonathan Larson’s 1996 hit musical remains fresh and vivacious in first live production at Signature in months.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:36PM
Sunday, November 7, 2021

Reginald L. Douglas is appointed artistic director of Mosaic Theater Company by Peter Marks

A stage director and political junkie rises in Washington’s theater world.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:42PM
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Broadway is off to a shaky start, but a last-minute reprieve for two acclaimed plays lifts spirits by Peter Marks

Anemic ticket sales initially led producers to cancel “Is This a Room” and “Dana H.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:18PM
Friday, October 22, 2021

How Broadway’s set-making guru is tackling the comeback — from mold in stage fog to costumes that don’t fit anymore by Peter Marks

As show openings pile up, there’s a flurry of deadline, behind-the-scenes work for Neil A. Mazzella’s Hudson Scenic Studio.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:18AM
Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Hadestown’ ushers Broadway back to the Kennedy Center in style by Peter Marks

The first musical in 19 months starts up in the Opera House.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18PM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

With the opening of ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ Broadway just got smarter — and more exciting by Peter Marks

The epic saga of Lehman Bros. becomes a sublime 3 1/2-hour dash through the history of American capitalism.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

On Broadway, ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ and ‘Lackawanna Blues’ deliver stories that defy stereotypes by Peter Marks

Individual perspectives are at the heart of crowd-pleasing works by Keenan Scott II and Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18PM
Monday, October 11, 2021

Reality Winner’s arrest transcript becomes a scintillating Broadway show in ‘Is This a Room’ by Peter Marks

The gut-grabbing drama stars Emily Davis as the NSA contractor convicted of leaking classified documents.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:06PM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre