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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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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Glenda Jackson as King Lear was a good idea. Why is everything around her so wrong? by Peter Marks

A misfire of Shakespeare’s tragedy has its official Broadway opening.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Trump’s White House doesn’t support the arts. Nancy Pelosi is rallying the cause instead. by Peter Marks

The House speaker invites the “To Kill a Mockingbird” cast to Washington, and even Broadway pros choke up.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How a new generation of black playwrights is taking on race and privilege in the age of Trump by Peter Marks

“Our blackness in white spaces is so much more present than it ever was,” says “Slave Play” author Jeremy O. Harris.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Seeing Broadway’s ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ feels like a patriotic act. Here’s why. by Peter Marks

It’s the perfect moment for a play about the legal document, and Heidi Schreck is the perfect interpreter.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ is so good, it expands your sense of what three actors on a stage can conjure by Peter Marks

Sam Mendes’s production at Park Avenue Armory illuminates the riveting saga of a famous banking family.

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Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ will launch national tour at Kennedy Center; ‘Hamilton’ returns by Peter Marks

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation will run in Washington for six weeks, starting in August 2020.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Temptations are now a Broadway musical. They’re going to make you love them. Again. by Peter Marks

“Ain’t Too Proud” at the Imperial Theatre is entertaining to the max.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

‘Into the Woods’ is one of Sondheim’s most popular musicals. A delightful revival at Ford’s Theatre reminds you why. by Peter Marks

Director Peter Flynn knows how to add playful luster to the witty fairy-tale show.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

John Quincy Adams is the anti-Trump in the new play ‘JQA’ by Peter Marks

Arena Stage produces the world premiere of Aaron Posner’s play, with four actors playing the same man.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

On Broadway, I just saw my first ‘Kiss Me, Kate.’ It was worth the wait. by Peter Marks

Kelli O’Hara is luminous in this Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cole Porter’s musical.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Two new plays want us to think about power and art. You may be thinking about where to eat afterward. by Peter Marks

Neither “Queen of Basel” at Studio nor “Masterpieces . . .” at Signature achieves liftoff.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘Be More Chill’ found an audience online. But in a Broadway theater, it lost me. by Peter Marks

Another teenage-angst musical opens, and it’s a noisy slog.

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