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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

New York is one of the world’s great cities for the arts — but the damage from the pandemic is proving to be catastrophic by Peter Marks

Covid-19 has turned an epicenter of culture into one of artistic struggle.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tony Awards, Broadway’s biggest night, postponed because of virus’s spread by Peter Marks

A new date will be announced once Broadway is back in business, Tony officials said.

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Tony Awards, Broadway’s biggest night, postponed because of virus’ spread by Peter Marks

NEW YORK — Citing concerns for “the health and safety of the Broadway community,” representatives of the Tony Awards announced Wednesday a postponement of the June 7 ceremony. They add…

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With Terrence McNally’s death, the theater has lost a voice of consummate wit and passion by Peter Marks

The prolific author of “Love! Valour! Compassion!” won four Tonys, for both plays and musicals.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

The virus has arts groups hanging by a thread. Michael M. Kaiser has ideas about saving them. by Peter Marks

‘If this goes on for six months, … I think we’re really starting the arts ecology over,’ says the former Kennedy Center president.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The virus is already pushing small theaters to the brink. One Shakespeare theater hopes it can make it back. by Peter Marks

American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., is trying to rise to a daunting challenge: survival.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

ƒIn virus’s wake, theaters are putting their plays on film, so that they still might be seen and enjoyed by Peter Marks

Coronavirus has put a temporary halt to live performances, and these tapings — for posterity and for patrons — are emotional affairs.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Broadway to go dark, as coronavirus fears intensify by Peter Marks

All performances have been canceled until the week of April 13.

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Theater is a haven. But with the coronavirus, it’s become an incubator for our fears. by Peter Marks

A contagion spreads worry and uncertainty in a fragile art form.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Woolly Mammoth Theatre hopes it has the next big Broadway musical in ‘A Strange Loop’ by Peter Marks

Nurturing Michael R. Jackson’s irreverent show marks a first for the iconoclastic D.C. theater company.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Listen up, Bob Dylan fans: You’ll want to journey to Broadway’s ‘North Country’ by Peter Marks

Writer-director Conor McPherson brings a gorgeous Depression story to the Belasco Theatre.

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How do you sell Shakespeare in 2020? The Englishman newly heading a storied D.C. theater has a playbook. by Peter Marks

As artistic director at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Simon Godwin is thinking big.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

You think your job has baggage? Try playing Donald Trump or Fidel Castro. by Peter Marks

New plays in Washington tackle some of the most polarizing figures of our time.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Watching ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ with 18,000 teenagers was one of the most profound theater experiences of my career by Peter Marks

At Madison Square Garden, a free performance of the Broadway hit soars and astonishes.

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It was a dark and stormy night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, as the talk turned to Trump . . . by Peter Marks

Anne Washburn’s “Shipwreck” is the latest play to take on a confounding political era.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

‘Timon of Athens’ is tricky Shakespeare. A fearless director gets it right. by Peter Marks

Artistic director Simon Godwin stages his first play for Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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Studio Theatre to get $20 million makeover, including open-concept redesign of its showpiece Metheny space by Peter Marks

The project will make the company functional for popular, immersive plays and musicals.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

This gutsy new ‘West Side Story’ is unlike any you’ve seen — and it’s exhilarating by Peter Marks

Director Ivo van Hove and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker put a thrillingly distinctive stamp on a beloved musical.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

See ‘The Amen Corner’ and feel the power of James Baldwin by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company revives a rarely seen gospel play.

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick revive a Broadway tradition: An out-of-town play tryout by Peter Marks

Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” with John Benjamin Hickey directing, has a Boston trial run.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

It was a dark and stormy night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, as the talk turned to Trump . . . by Peter Marks

Ann Washburn’s “Shipwreck” is the latest play to take on a confounding political era.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Can this generation’s Tony and Maria find their place in yet another ‘West Side Story’? by Peter Marks

Director Ivo van Hove’s radically reimagined Broadway production has its official opening Feb. 20.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Here’s to Washington’s Victor Shargai: A fan, a catalyst, a mensch of the theater by Peter Marks

The region’s theaters will dedicate their performances to the late theater advocate on Valentine’s Day.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Like ‘Black Swan,’ this new ‘Phantom of the Opera’ raises goose bumps with pirouettes by Peter Marks

Synetic Theater tackles Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel in ballet form.

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Get a load of the exuberant new sister act: Mary and Martha Clarke, singing outlaw heroes of ‘Gun & Powder’ by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre stages the world premiere of Angelica Chéri and Ross Baum’s new musical.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

People said her great-great-aunts posed as white and robbed banks. So she wrote a musical about them. by Peter Marks

“Gun & Powder” will have its world premiere at Signature Theatre, where librettist-lyricist Angelica Chéri can’t wait for her family to see it.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

‘Next to Normal’ is back. It’s still a glorious, heartbreaking experience. by Peter Marks

Rachel Bay Jones and Brandon Victor Dixon lead a thrilling Kennedy Center revival.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Beware. This stylish ‘Medea’ adaptation offers no escape, for Rose Byrne or for you. by Peter Marks

Director Simon Stone revisits the classic tale of a woman bent on revenge, co-starring Bobby Cannavale.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A Palestinian play comes to the Kennedy Center, offering a comedic olive branch by Peter Marks

‘Grey Rock,’ by a Palestinian Jewish writer-director, is on a unique U.S. tour.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A theater highlight for D.C.: James Baldwin’s rarely seen ‘Amen Corner’ by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company is staging its idea of a modern classic.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

In ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns,’ a searing indictment of the Taliban’s treatment of women by Peter Marks

Arena Stage brings to Washington a powerful play based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel.

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