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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Temptations are now a Broadway musical. They’re going to make you love them. Again. by Peter Marks

“Ain’t Too Proud” at the Imperial Theatre is entertaining to the max.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

‘Into the Woods’ is one of Sondheim’s most popular musicals. A delightful revival at Ford’s Theatre reminds you why. by Peter Marks

Director Peter Flynn knows how to add playful luster to the witty fairy-tale show.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

John Quincy Adams is the anti-Trump in the new play ‘JQA’ by Peter Marks

Arena Stage produces the world premiere of Aaron Posner’s play, with four actors playing the same man.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

On Broadway, I just saw my first ‘Kiss Me, Kate.’ It was worth the wait. by Peter Marks

Kelli O’Hara is luminous in this Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cole Porter’s musical.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Two new plays want us to think about power and art. You may be thinking about where to eat afterward. by Peter Marks

Neither “Queen of Basel” at Studio nor “Masterpieces . . .” at Signature achieves liftoff.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘Be More Chill’ found an audience online. But in a Broadway theater, it lost me. by Peter Marks

Another teenage-angst musical opens, and it’s a noisy slog.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

What’s it like behind the scenes at ‘My Fair Lady’? We went backstage with Laura Benanti. by Peter Marks

The Broadway production, and its new lead, brim with life, onstage and off.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Michael Cohen hearing wasn’t a hearing at all. It was cheap theatrics. by Peter Marks

A desultorily expanded version of “Twelve Angry Men” played out for hours on Capitol Hill.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Studio Theatre forces out its longtime acting school: ‘We are leaving that space that we loved’ by Peter Marks

“I can’t say I’m happy about that,” said Joy Zinoman, who will take the newly independent conservatory to a new location.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Co. do it again. But this time, the hip-hop show is all for laughs. by Peter Marks

“Freestyle Love Supreme” rap improv is an up-to-the-minute, old-fashioned hoot.

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Shakespeare Theatre’s new head announces his first season, from ‘Much Ado’ to a James Baldwin play by Peter Marks

Plus “Timon of Athens,” a new “Peter Pan,” a Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play and more.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Trouble? Ya got none in the Kennedy Center’s revival of ‘The Music Man.’ by Peter Marks

The latest musical-in-concert is Meredith Willson’s 1957 melody-packed gem.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Oh, Nell, you deserved better! ‘Nell Gwynn’ is a disappointing new play at the Folger. by Peter Marks

Flabby yarn doesn’t do the 16th-century stage legend justice.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

This may be the funniest Super Bowl commercial. But it won’t make it to the game. by Peter Marks

Live from a New York stage — it was “Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical.”

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Alexander Hamilton had his life turned into a musical. Now, John Quincy Adams gets his turn, in a new play. by Peter Marks

“JQA,” Aaron Posner’s “work of historical fiction,” will debut in March at Arena Stage.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

‘Rent’ and I, we’ve been going together for 23 years. And not even ‘Rent Live’ could break us up. by Peter Marks

Fox production of Pulitzer and Tony-winning musical reminded me of where my heart still lies.

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Is Vladimir Putin box-office poison? In a new play, he’s certainly toxic enough. by Peter Marks

“Kleptocracy” at Arena Stage portrays the Russian president’s battle with an oligarch.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano go at it hard in ‘True West.’ But the fight ultimately fizzles. by Peter Marks

Sam Shepard’s sharp-edged comedy is being revived on Broadway.

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Government shutdown aside, Ford’s Theatre stays open and percolates with a multiethnic ‘Twelve Angry Men’ by Peter Marks

The shouting matches of Reginald Rose’s 1950s play now occur across racial lines.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Are you up for a 10-minute play in which your arm is inked? by Peter Marks

‘As Far as My Fingertips Take Me” asks you to offer up your arm — and your heart.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

An emotional opening for ‘Hamilton’ in Puerto Rico — not just for Lin-Manuel Miranda but an island still reeling from a storm by Peter Marks

The hit musical comes ashore on a mission to spotlight a ravaged island’s homegrown arts.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Can a 108-year-old opera — by Scott Joplin — be made to sing for today? by Peter Marks

“Treemonisha” is getting an ambitious overhaul by a Toronto theater company.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Feel like screaming? Head to the theater. by Peter Marks

This year on New York stages, cries against intolerance — and worse.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Why ‘Girl From the North Country,’ with Dylan songbook, is the best musical of 2018 by Peter Marks

The Public Theater production makes Bob Dylan’s iconic songs its own.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Dispute over actors of color leads to ‘All My Sons’ director leaving Broadway revival by Peter Marks

Gregory Mosher is being replaced by Jack O’Brien for new production starring Annette Bening.

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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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