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Thursday, September 22, 2022

‘Death of a Salesman’ gets first Black Linda Loman, and she’s a dynamo by Peter Marks

The British actress Sharon D Clarke, a Tony nominee last season for “Caroline, or Change,” is opposite Wendell Pierce as Willy in Arthur Miller’s classic drama.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

This fall, theaters whet our appetites with an impressive buffet by Peter Marks

New Stoppard, old Loesser, stories from the political right and left, and Shakespeare with new looks stock the stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:05AM

How one D.C. theater is advocating for abortion rights by Peter Marks

“My Body No Choice” — eight monologues by female playwrights — starts at Arena Stage next month as the midterm elections approach.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:05AM
Thursday, August 25, 2022

‘Color Purple’ is lifted by powerful voices at Signature Theatre by Peter Marks

The Virginia company revives the popular musical, based on Alice Walker’s novel and a 1985 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM

‘Into the Woods’ has a magical cow. Meet the man who mooves her. by Peter Marks

Kennedy Kanagawa is the puppeteer behind Milky White, the bovine star of the hit Broadway revival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:24AM
Friday, August 19, 2022

Arts workers are increasingly stepping onto the political stage by Peter Marks

Members of the creative sector are building coalitions, raising money and even running for office to press for their causes.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:12AM
Monday, August 15, 2022

I’d go anywhere right now to see a Sondheim musical by Peter Marks

Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires stages “A Little Night Music,” with Emily Skinner in one of the great roles of the Sondheim canon.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:37PM
Monday, August 8, 2022

New musical version of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ trips on the runway by Peter Marks

A Chicago tryout for the stage adaptation, featuring songs by Elton John, needs decidedly more zhoozh.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:03PM
Friday, August 5, 2022

How photos of Nazis partying at Auschwitz gave rise to a new play by Peter Marks

“Here There Are Blueberries," at California’s La Jolla Playhouse, is based on photos submitted to an archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Kennedy Center ups the Broadway ante with starry ‘Guys and Dolls’ by Peter Marks

Jessie Mueller, James Monroe Iglehart, Phillipa Soo and Steven Pasquale will feature in the return of a celebrated concert series.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:33PM

In beguiling ‘American Prophet,’ Frederick Douglass lets freedom sing by Peter Marks

The world-premiere musical at Arena Stage turns the famous abolitionist’s words into moving hymns and anthems.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:12AM
Friday, July 29, 2022

Now hear this: How ‘Into the Woods’ makes the noise so joyful by Peter Marks

The hit revival, starring Sara Bareilles, Gavin Creel, Phillipa Soo, Joshua Henry and Patina Miller, applies clarion sound to Sondheim’s score.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:18AM
Saturday, July 23, 2022

Thanks to a new musical, Frederick Douglass dances into pop culture by Peter Marks

The premiere of “American Prophet” at Arena Stage seeks to show the human side of a revered figure from American history.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:03AM
Friday, July 22, 2022

This is some slim stuff for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to be made on by Peter Marks

The latest return to Shakespeare by the Folger Theatre is more muddle than magic.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48PM

The curtain’s up on a Broadway hotel where the set designer’s the star by Peter Marks

A new Broadway-themed hotel in Manhattan, the Civilian, immerses its guests in theater sets, art, photos, costumes and props.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Friday, July 15, 2022

New plays about race and climate change bloom in West Virginia’s wilds by Peter Marks

The Contemporary American Theater Festival in West Virginia is back on this summer, with a marathon of original works.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:18AM
Sunday, July 10, 2022

With a perfect cast, Broadway has an ‘Into the Woods’ for the ages by Peter Marks

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s urbane musical twist on fairy-tale endings gets a priceless Broadway revival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:37PM
Friday, July 8, 2022

A New York armory from the Gilded Age is a haven for the cutting edge by Peter Marks

Now featuring a surveillance-state “Hamlet,” the Park Avenue Armory is a magnet for the arts on a grand scale.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:03AM
Sunday, July 3, 2022

Peter Brook was a dazzling stage explorer of humankind’s complexity by Peter Marks

An appreciation of the life and art of Peter Brook, who died July 2 at 97.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:12PM
Sunday, June 26, 2022

At a time of angry uproar, theater can still show us the way forward by Peter Marks

An essay on the impact of the Supreme Court's abortion decision on how we view contemporary drama.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:12PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

A resonant ‘Mockingbird’ recalls American racism then — and now by Peter Marks

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” comes to D.C. with Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:42PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Hooray for ‘Nollywood’! Jocelyn Bioh’s Nigerian satire is a pleasure. by Peter Marks

A first-rate cast carries “Nollywood Dreams,” at Round House Theatre through July 3.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:24PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

For ‘1776,’ the casting of Founding Fathers is kind of revolutionary by Peter Marks

History marches energetically onto Boston stages with a reimagining of the 1969 musical and a second play, ‘Common Ground Revisited,’ that examines the city’s past racial strife.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:37PM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

Tony Awards 2022: Patti LuPone, Jesse Tyler Ferguson among early winners by Peter Marks

Host Ariana DeBose kicked off the first regularly scheduled Tony Awards since 2019 with an opening number that mashed up musical theater classics and a monologue about inclusivity on Broadwa…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Molly Smith announces an exit after 25 years leading Arena Stage by Peter Marks

Molly Smith announces that she will retire in July 2023 after 25 years as Arena Stage's artistic director.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM
Thursday, June 9, 2022

The stakes could not be higher for Broadway at this year’s Tony Awards by Peter Marks

The 75th anniversary ceremony marks a crucial step back to health for a stricken industry.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:24AM
Monday, June 6, 2022

Myles Frost was born to play Michael Jackson. A Tony nod confirms it. by Peter Marks

In his first Broadway role, the Maryland native hits it big, in the title role of the musical “MJ.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48AM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Summer theater is cropping up in unexpected places by Peter Marks

Consider a pilgrimage to see "Hamlet" in Canada, Broadway shows in Kansas City and St. Louis, and "Cinderella" in Utah.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:06AM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

To revive us, we need plays like the Pulitzer-winning ‘Fat Ham’ by Peter Marks

James Ijames’s comedy and Samuel H. Hunter’s “A Case for the Existence of God” amount to theatrical manna.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:54PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

World-premiere plays in D.C. confront trauma in stunning ways by Peter Marks

The very best of these, “John Proctor Is the Villain" at Studio Theatre, is nothing less than revelatory

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:06PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

David Strathairn speaks for a Holocaust hero. It’s time to listen. by Peter Marks

Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn stars in "Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski" at Georgetown University.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:06PM

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