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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Oh, do laugh, deary. The Brits have made the year’s funniest musical. by Peter Marks

“Operation Mincemeat,” a musical by a fresh young British team, is a hit in London’s West End and may head across the Atlantic.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:25AM
Thursday, September 21, 2023

In new D.C. play, Zelensky and Putin meet their match in an irate Mama by Peter Marks

“My Mama & the Full-Scale Invasion,” a portrait of the playwright Sasha Denisova’s own mother, is a world premiere event at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:49PM
Monday, September 18, 2023

Stand back, Washington. ‘Evita’ has never been more thrilling. by Peter Marks

“Evita,” Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s operatic bio-musical, gets a stylish revival at D.C.’s Harman Hall.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:25PM
Friday, September 15, 2023

In a new D.C. play, Lincoln’s head goes missing. Cue the laugh track. by Peter Marks

‘Monumental Travesties’ at Mosaic Theater Company makes the vandalism of a controversial statue a source of comedy.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:55PM
Thursday, September 14, 2023

On the wounded turf of Ground Zero, a new arts center offers renewed hope by Peter Marks

The Perelman Performing Arts Center, an exquisite marble cube at the World Trade Center, opens with concerts that present New York as a beacon for those seeking refuge.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:55AM
Thursday, September 7, 2023

At this show, tickets start at $17. To wash dishes. by Peter Marks

In “Dishwasher 2,” performance artist Brian Feldman asks ticket buyers to do a household chore as an adventure in submersible theater.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:25PM

Broadway director Stevie Walker-Webb to head Baltimore Center Stage by Peter Marks

The director of Broadway’s recent “Ain’t No Mo’” takes over as artistic director of Baltimore’s premier theater company on Oct. 1.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:33AM
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

‘Ink’ is a savvy look at how Rupert Murdoch learned to sell sex by Peter Marks

James Graham’s drama about Murdoch’s acquisition of London’s the Sun newspaper gets a fine Round House Theatre staging.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:07PM
Tuesday, September 5, 2023

The stakes are high this fall as theaters seek to lure audiences back by Peter Marks

“Fat Ham,” “Ragtime” and a Broadway-bound “The Wiz” are among the old favorites and provocative new works on the agenda.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:19AM
Saturday, September 2, 2023

The perils and pirouettes of staging a ballet aboard the Queen Mary 2 by Peter Marks

The Cunard line’s flagship offers passengers a rare opportunity for performances at sea with the English National Ballet.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:43AM
Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Neil Patrick Harris will direct Kennedy Center’s ‘Tick, tick...Boom!’ by Peter Marks

Kennedy Center stages Jonathan Larson musical, “Tick, tick...Boom!” directed by Neil Patrick Harris, starting Jan. 26.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:19AM
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Signature’s ‘Bridges of Madison County’ sings with old-school pleasure by Peter Marks

The story is familiar, but Jason Robert Brown’s vivacious score is rife with passion.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:19PM
Thursday, July 27, 2023

Alex Edelman is a comic who works clay as well as the room by Peter Marks

“Just for Us” star shares stories of life on and off the stage at a pottery studio in Tribeca.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:33PM
Tuesday, July 25, 2023

In a busy New York summer, it’s a Chekhov play that burns hottest by Peter Marks

“Uncle Vanya” in a private loft with Bill Irwin, Marin Ireland and David Cromer is the kind of meaty theater playgoers crave, in a summer of New York offerings.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:19PM

Don’t throw a shoe: David Byrne’s ‘Here Lies Love’ gives Imelda sizzle by Peter Marks

The pop opera about Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos marks its official opening night in a Broadway theater converted into a lavish disco.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:19PM
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

This new show is in a vacant men’s store. That suits Rorschach just fine. by Peter Marks

The D.C. company’s “Angel Number Nine'” is the latest example of a how a resourceful itinerant theater troupe finds new nests.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:19PM
Thursday, July 6, 2023

Broadway’s Alex Edelman is a comic who works clay as well as the room by Peter Marks

“Just for Us” star shares stories of life on and off the stage at a pottery studio in Tribeca.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM

Theater is in freefall, and the pandemic isn’t the only thing to blame by Peter Marks

Companies are closing, seasons have been truncated and in New Haven, a revered company is pivoting after giving up its own stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM
Friday, June 30, 2023

Beloved D.C. theater visionary has died, but his vision lives on by Peter Marks

The team at GALA Hispanic Theatre, led by Rebecca Medrano, carries on after the death of producing artistic director Hugo Medrano.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM
Monday, June 26, 2023

A comic goes undercover with bigots. You’ll want to hear how it went. by Peter Marks

“Just for Us” is Alex Edelman’s superb one-man Broadway show about confronting antisemitism.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:07PM
Friday, June 23, 2023

Bill Bradley was an NBA star and a senator. Now he’s a one-man show. by Peter Marks

In the new documentary “Rolling Along,” Bill Bradley charts his progress, from college hoops to pro courts to Congress to stage

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:19AM
Thursday, June 22, 2023

Britney Spears and Broadway: A toxic combination by Peter Marks

"Once Upon a One More Time," a sassy fairy-tale extravaganza featuring the Britney Spears songbook, is a storybook mess.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:25PM
Friday, June 16, 2023

As bombs fall in Ukraine, a new play puts Vladimir Putin on trial by Peter Marks

“The Gaaga,” produced by Boston area’s Arlekin Players Theatre, has theatergoers imagine themselves in a bomb shelter in war-torn Mariupol.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:43PM
Monday, June 12, 2023

The Tony Awards show was unscripted. Who knew it would be incomparable? by Peter Marks

The writers strike turned out to be a boon to the Tony Awards' energy and enjoyability

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:13PM
Sunday, June 11, 2023

Tony Awards 2023: Ariana DeBose opens unscripted show with ode to dance by Peter Marks

Brandon Uranowitz and Bonnie Milligan are among early winners in writers strike-altered ceremony.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:25PM
Friday, June 9, 2023

‘Incendiary’ world premiere is a satirical misfire at Woolly Mammoth by Peter Marks

‘The Bluest Eye’ and ‘The Humours of Bandon’ add to the artistically diverse offerings at Washington theaters

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:43PM
Thursday, June 8, 2023

The last thing Broadway needs is a weird Tonys. It’s what might occur. by Peter Marks

A writers strike and an off-year financially have made this a season of nervous hits for Broadway and the Tony Awards.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:37AM
Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Even in this play’s fantastical setting, HIV is a cold, hard fact by Peter Marks

Mosaic Theater Company’s “One in Two,” by Donja R. Love, is directed with cleverness by Raymond O. Caldwell.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:19PM
Monday, June 5, 2023

Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James soar in ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ by Peter Marks

Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas’s "Days of Wine and Roses," an off-Broadway musical adaptation of the midcentury teleplay and movie is vibrantly emotional.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:24PM
Friday, June 2, 2023

These Broadway actors are finally getting the spotlight they deserve by Peter Marks

Four performers nominated in the Tonys featured actor categories reveal the depth of talent on Broadway, and the career impact of the nomination can be seismic.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

This play aims to scare you out of your wits. But your wits remain intact. by Peter Marks

Levi Holloway’s thriller ‘Grey House,’ on Broadway starring Laurie Metcalf and directed by Joe Mantello, is a near-miss.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:32PM

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