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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

I enjoyed ‘Be More Chill’ this time. And no, that isn’t the wine talking. by Peter Marks

A scrappy Northern Virginia company showed me how this musical should be produced, drinking game and all.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Jayne Atkinson brings Gov. Ann Richards back to exuberant life in ‘Ann’ by Peter Marks

Holland Taylor’s solo bio-comedy is an affectionate account of a memorably wry politician.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

An actor, once undocumented, got cast as a border detention guard. It was a revelation. by Peter Marks

Work-in-progress ‘Tender Age’ looks heartbreakingly at the crisis on our southern frontier.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Playing ‘Mockingbird’ villains on Broadway can be a brutal assignment by Peter Marks

Two actors talk about portraying the Ewells, who seal the fate of a falsely accused black man

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

The opening night of Campaign 2020 kind of laid an egg by Peter Marks

Too many characters on the debate stage resulted in a drama that felt all over the place.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The rarest of public events: Sondheim sings Sondheim! by Peter Marks

The great composer is the guest star of a New York concert hosted by Jason Robert Brown.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan in ‘Candide’? I had to go to Philadelphia to catch this. by Peter Marks

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a curious version of the musical, set in high school.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Nora’s back in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2.’ Lucky for us, she’s played by Holly Twyford. by Peter Marks

Round House stages the Washington-area premiere of Lucas Hnath’s Broadway play.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

I’m not rejoicing over a play produced by the Kennedy Center. Here’s why. by Peter Marks

“Byhalia, Mississippi” does not begin to meet the arts center’s responsibilities for plays.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: ‘Hadestown’ wins best musical, and ‘The Ferryman’ snags best play by Peter Marks

Anaïs Mitchell’s bluesy show based on a Greek myth collects an evening-high eight awards.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Betty Buckley joins the ‘Hello, Dolly’ parade. And the pleasure of it doesn’t pass us by. by Peter Marks

The tour of the Tony-winning revival comes to the Kennedy Center.

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Hey, Tony Awards, lighten up! You should give more prizes to the funny stuff. by Peter Marks

Some choice comic work is nominated, but the voters tend to go for more dramatic turns.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Produce a musical every year? Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner are your guys. by Peter Marks

Their ‘On Air’ for Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron fulfills an ambitious five-year plan.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Making a play about real people is always challenging — now imagine if it’s Bill and Hillary Clinton by Peter Marks

Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow and the other cast members talk about portraying the political power couple on Broadway.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Michael Kahn turns to a timeless play from ancient Greece to send off his career by Peter Marks

“The Oresteia” concludes Kahn’s 33-year artistic directorship of the Shakespeare Theatre.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Oslo’ is an incisive, and dispiriting, look at a stunning pact between Israel and the PLO by Peter Marks

Round House Theatre offers up the D.C.-area premiere of J.T. Rogers’s Tony winner.

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Michael Kahn, in his swan song at Shakespeare Theatre, stays true to himself by Peter Marks

After 33 years at the helm of a fine classical company, he’s taking his curtain call with “The Oresteia.”

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘Hadestown’ and ‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations’ lead Tony nominations by Peter Marks

Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed “To Kill a Mockingbird” left off the list of best-play nominees.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

I could have rocked all night to the Who’s ‘Tommy’ at the Kennedy Center by Peter Marks

The musical is the best offering so far in the arts center’s Broadway Center Stage Series.

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Who needs a director, anyway? A classical theater in Staunton, Va., lets the actors run the show, and it’s a hit. by Peter Marks

Once a year, the American Shakespeare Center goes back to the future, with the cast having the run of the place.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ cleans up its act for Broadway. It’s not a raging success, but it’ll do. by Peter Marks

Tim Burton’s signature film comedy adds music, and much antic frantic-ness.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid world is brought to the stage in the engrossing ‘Ink’ by Peter Marks

James Graham’s play establishes a template for the publisher’s raw, red-meat style.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

If you loved the movie ‘Tootsie,’ then you’ll be delighted with the new Broadway show by Peter Marks

Santino Fontana inherits the mantle from Dustin Hoffman in this truly funny, old-style musical.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Nathan Lane and Adam Driver are both starring on Broadway. Only one of them gives us a good time. by Peter Marks

“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” never lights up; “Burn This” flames on with Driver.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

This new Broadway play about the Clintons’ marriage is as fascinating — and sad — as you’d expect by Peter Marks

“Hillary and Clinton” has its official opening at Broadway’s Golden Theatre.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘Hadestown’ arrives on Broadway, and well, it all goes to you-know-where by Peter Marks

Anaïs Mitchell’s score turns out to be no match for the devil.

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I watch plays for a living. The most dramatic moments aren’t always onstage. by Peter Marks

A career as a professional member of the audience is rewarding, except for the time someone threw up on me.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

In Ayad Akhtar’s play about Wall Street’s wicked ways, even the good guys live in a world of moral ambiguity by Peter Marks

Arena Stage gives a smooth treatment to the playwright’s “Junk,” tightened up since its New York debut in 2017.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

This revival of ‘Grand Hotel’ offers only cold comfort by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre applies opulence to an ’80s Broadway hit that otherwise lacks pizazz.

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She’s a playwright. He’s a scholar. Their mutual admiration was ordained and established by the Constitution. by Peter Marks

Heidi Schreck was thrilled when Laurence Tribe of Harvard contacted her after he saw her play “What the Constitution Means to Me.”

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

A radical new Broadway ‘Oklahoma!’ says it’s not such a beautiful mornin’ in America by Peter Marks

Daniel Fish’s off-Broadway hit moves to musical-theater’s big tent.

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