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Sunday, October 20, 2019

David Byrne brings his entertaining brain to Broadway in ‘American Utopia,’ and it’s totally dope by Peter Marks

“American Utopia” bathes its audience in a collective cool.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ever wondered how China sees America? ‘Soft Power’ offers amusing ideas. by Peter Marks

David Henry Hwang’s musical-in-a-play comes to New York’s Public Theater.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Don’t believe it if they claim ‘What to Send Up When it Goes Down’ isn’t for you. It is. by Peter Marks

Courtesy of Woolly Mammoth, a play tallies the toll of racism in contemporary America.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

You’ll groove to the pop hits in this stage revival of ‘Footloose.’ And nothing else. by Peter Marks

The Kennedy Center’s musicals-in-concert series hits a road bump with this 1998 show.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Four fine actresses bring order to a world undergoing climate change in Signature’s ‘Escaped Alone’ by Peter Marks

Caryl Churchill’s one-act play is expertly staged by Holly Twyford.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

‘Slave Play’ is a funny, scalding, walk along the boundary between black and white in America by Peter Marks

Jeremy O. Harris’s seriocomedy will be one of the most talked-about events of the theater season.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

How the Kennedy Center’s theater chief sniffs out Broadway-worthy winners by Peter Marks

Jeffrey Finn embarks on his third season of the popular Broadway Center Stage series with “Footloose.”

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Revealing the holes in August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ by Peter Marks

Ford’s Theatre revives longtime August Wilson crowd-pleaser, but it’s talky and lackluster.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Miranda and company devise raps on the spot. And you’re in your happy place. by Peter Marks

Hip-hop improv show “Freestyle Love Supreme” comes to Broadway.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In ‘The Great Society,’ history marches numbingly on, and on, and on, and on by Peter Marks

Robert Schenkkan’s second Broadway play about LBJ sputters to a disappointing end.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

How chill can Broadway get? Lin-Manuel Miranda and company throw down some ‘Freestyle Love’ to find out. by Peter Marks

The hip-hop improv show has its official opening Oct. 2 at the Booth Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mean girls are at home in Ghana, too by Peter Marks

Jocelyn Bioh’s ‘African Mean Girls Play’ launches Round House’s renovated theater.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

It’s a hard-knock life, but often a funny one, in August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ at Arena. by Peter Marks

Production directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson reincarnates a Tony-winning 2017 revival.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

This play aims to make you uncomfortable. And that’s a good thing. by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth Theatre guides Jackie Sibblies Drury’s “Fairview” to a sublime D.C. debut.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Only in D.C.: Article 1 of the 14th Amendment is an applause line by Peter Marks

Writer-performer Heidi Schreck brings her moving and funny “What the Constitution Means to Me” to the Kennedy Center.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

A bar. An actor. And if you’re lucky, a drink. by Peter Marks

Irish-oriented theater company Solas Nua mixes drams and drama in staging “The Smuggler” at a D.C. bar.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

‘Love Sick’ strums the strings of passion, but not as dynamically as it could by Peter Marks

Theater J stages Ofra Daniel’s song cycle in its East Coast premiere.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Folger turns one of Shakespeare’s histories into a problem play by Peter Marks

The classical company stages a lifeless version of “Henry IV, Part 1.”

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Monday, September 9, 2019

‘Doubt’ covered child abuse in the church a decade and a half ago. It’s still relevant. by Peter Marks

Studio Theatre handsomely revives John Patrick Shanley’s Tony-winning drama.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

What the Constitution means to Nancy Pelosi and Barbra Streisand, among other Americans by Peter Marks

With Heidi Schreck’s popular play coming to the Kennedy Center, some people aren’t shy about critiquing the Founding Fathers’ work.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

‘Hercules’ proves strong enough to lift all of Central Park, but only for a few days by Peter Marks

The Disney-bred musical brings pros and amateurs onstage courtesy of the Public Theater.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Insanity thrives, giddily, in Signature’s ‘Assassins’ by Peter Marks

The Arlington theater revives one of Stephen Sondheim’s most daring musicals.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Hong Kong protesters have found an anthem in this song from ‘Les Miz’ by Peter Marks

“Do You Hear the People Sing?” is ringing out across the region, in the streets and in an airport sit-in.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

More actors of color are being cast in roles traditionally played by whites — while feeling extra pressure to succeed by Peter Marks

Broadway’s Audra McDonald and Christian Dante White talk about the challenges they face: “White actors aren’t thinking, ‘I’m being white.’ They’re just being the person.”

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Welcome home, ‘Dear Evan Hansen.’ You’re back where you belong. by Peter Marks

The Tony-winning musical begins a five-week stand at the Kennedy Center.

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Jake Gyllenhaal is a stage animal for sure. But he needs more feral turf in ‘Sea Wall/A Life.’ by Peter Marks

Tom Sturridge also stars in the pair of monologues about men and death by British playwrights Simon Stephens and Nick Payne.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Thank you, Hal Prince, for giving me some of the most transcendent nights of theater I’ve ever known by Peter Marks

A maestro of the American musical leaves behind an unmatchable legacy, including “West Side Story,” “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Phantom.”

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Will you love ‘Moulin Rouge!’ as a stage musical? Well, you’ll certainly fall in like. by Peter Marks

Baz Luhrmann’s crazy salad of a movie gets the Broadway-pizazz treatment.

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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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All that Chat

Oct 06: Slave Play
Feb 01: The Minutes
TBA: Blue