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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

There’s a lot more than the return of Hamilton to the Kennedy Center 2019-20 season by Tim Treanor

There will be plenty of the familiar in the Kennedy Center’s 17-production mainstage season — classics like Cats, Bye Bye Birdie, Jesus Christ Superstar as well as musicals for which Was…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: Beckett Trio, Part 2 from Scena Theatre by Tim Treanor

“Stay,” the dying beloved tells her lover, “where we were so long alone together. My shade will comfort you.” But of course he does not, and instead moves to a single room in a place…

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Review: Ayad Akhtar’s Junk at Arena Stage by Tim Treanor

In Shakespeare’s time, Christians were forbidden to lend money at interest (see Merchant of Venice) and so the Western world, intellectually vibrant though it was, was mostly economically …

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Mosaic Theater announces the eight plays for season five, 2019/2020 by Tim Treanor

Mosaic Theater will dedicate its fifth season to the stories of men and women who come to political awareness, and the consequences of that awareness. The company’s eight-production 2019-2…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Review: Native Son. Contemporary playwright interprets Richard Wright’s novel by Tim Treanor

So, in Native Son, Bigger Thomas (Clayton Pelham, Jr.), a man with no options, lives in a one-room apartment on the South Side of 1940 Chicago with his mother (Lolita Marie) and his brother …

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Michael J. Bobbitt to leave Adventure Theatre MTC and the DC area by Tim Treanor

Michael Bobbitt, a director, choreographer and playwright who has served as Adventure Theatre MTC’s Artistic Director for nearly twelve years, will leave the company in July to become Arti…

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Next season, Theater J returns home with a robust roster of plays by Tim Treanor

Theater J, its old stage at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center completely refurbished, will offer a slate of six new(or new-ish) stories about older (or ancient) events for its 2019-20…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Review: JQA. Aaron Posner’s brilliant take on government, compromise and John Quincy Adams. by Tim Treanor

Most of us are uncompromising in our youth, and, buffeted by the winds of time and experience, grow smooth and mellow in our old age. In that sense, John Quincy Adams lived his life backward…

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Rep Stage announces its 2019-2020 season by Tim Treanor

Two shows about music — one an Outer Critics Circle Best Musical awardee; the other a show about the awfulest music ever — will bookend Rep Stage’s 2019-2020 Season, which will also in…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Baltimore Center Stage’s 2019-2020 season under Stephanie Ybarra’s leadership by Tim Treanor

Stephanie Ybarra’s first season as Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage will be full of new stories from fresh artists but will also include one of the oldest stories in all of thea…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Arena Stage announces its 10 play season for 2019-2020 by Tim Treanor

In the 2019-2020 theater season, Arena Stage may well be the place to go to meet interesting people: the acid-tongued Texas Governor Ann Richards; Fidel Castro; Ken Ludwig’s mom and dad, s…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Olney Theatre Center announces its 2019-2020 season by Tim Treanor

The 2019-2020 season  will be a busy one at Olney Theatre Center with 16 plays, concerts, and presentations as part of the company’s 82nd season.  Musicals will frame the opening of the …

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Quotidian announces 2 plays for 2019. by Tim Treanor

For its 2019 season, Quotidian will offer audiences the opportunity to see two plays which they may have missed during their runs earlier in the area. The season will open with Michael Holli…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Amazon issue resolved, Synetic is safe in its Crystal City theatre through 2022 by Tim Treanor

Synetic Theater, Washington’s acclaimed movement-based company, will remain in its Arlington, VA facility at least through late 2022, its landlord announced. Speculation about the fate of …

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Ford’s Theatre announces its 4 show 2019-2020 season by Tim Treanor

Ford’s Theatre will present two of the best-known theater stories in the English-speaking canon and two plays about outsiders in America in its 2019-2020 season, the company announced yest…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

The Heiress review, a triumph for Laura C. Harris, leading Arena’s fine cast by Tim Treanor

We knew about autism in 1947, when Ruth and Augustus Goetz translated Henry James’ “Washington Square” to the stage as The Heiress, but we understood it only as a sum-zero …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Studio Theatre will sever ties with their famed acting conservatory. Here’s Joy Zinoman’s plan by Tim Treanor

The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, which has turned out professional actors for forty-three years, will no longer be affiliated with Studio Theatre after this summer, founder Joy Zinoma…

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The Wolves review. Teens playing teens pays off for NextStop in Sarah DeLappe’s Pulitzer-nominated play by Tim Treanor

Imagine a mass of humans in a great hubbub and babble of conversation. It could be the House of Representatives before the gavel sounds, or the nave of a church in the moment before services…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Playing Putin. Actor Christopher Geary’s insight into the most dangerous man in the world by Tim Treanor

Want to know what the most powerful man in the world is really like? Why not ask the man who plays him on stage? We may judge and condemn others with abandon, but there is one character with…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Kleptocracy review. A Russian oligarch becomes Putin’s enemy by Tim Treanor

Kenneth Lin wrote for “House of Cards” back when “House of Cards” was cool. But what denizens of our town know is that, for the terrifying and the bizarre, there ain&…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review: Paula Vogel’s comedy The Baltimore Waltz by Tim Treanor

Writers excavate the marrow of life in order to create their fictional universes, and thus are sometimes required to mine their own marrow for their art. So it was with Paula Vogel, who lost…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Review: Submission, a dystopian view of Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of Europe by Tim Treanor

Do you think we have problems, with our enormous partisan divide? It is 2022, and the French are electing a new President. In one corner, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen (Stacy Whit…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hub Theatre is on the move by Tim Treanor

The Hub Theatre, which has been performing for the previous ten seasons in Fairfax VA’s New School on Silver King Court, is leaving that venue immediately and will be performing their …

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Jojo Ruf, Welders’ co-founder, named Managing Director of Theater J by Tim Treanor

Jojo Ruf, a co-founder of the Welders Playwriting Collective and the Coordinating Producer of DC’s Women’s Voices Festival in 2015, will take the reins as the new Managing Direct…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Furloughed? Arena Stage and WIT offer free performances by Tim Treanor

Arena Stage is making a limited number of tickets to its productions of Kleptocracy and The Heiress available for free to furloughed Federal employees, Arena Stage informed DCTS today. In ad…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Lottery opens today for As Far as My Fingertips Take Me – a Woolly one-on-one experience by Tim Treanor

Most theaters want big audiences, of course. But there are some subtle, intimate plays which are best performed before a small audience — a hundred or so. And some experimental pieces …

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Bekah Brunstetter: from Flying V to Broadway by Tim Treanor

Bekah Brunstetter, a North Carolina playwright whose work has frequently graced DC-area stages, will write the book for a Broadway musical version of the Nicholas Sparks’ bestseller, T…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Ford’s Theatre and The Kennedy Center remain open through the shutdown by Tim Treanor

The two Washington-area theaters with a large Federal Government footprint will remain open during the partial shutdown of the Federal government, the companies reported. Ford’s Theatr…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

DC Theatre in 2018.We answer your most burning questions by Tim Treanor

If you are a theater enthusiast (and we know you are), how busy could you have been in 2018? 464 productions = 38 days, and 16 hours If you watched all 464 shows, back to back, assuming the…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: My Father’s Dragon, Synetic’s puppet-filled holiday gift by Tim Treanor

And so you are a cat (Sharisse Taylor) on Wild Island, which is all full of banyan trees and red vines, and one day you see an egg as big as a Galapagos turtle. Because you are a cat, you sn…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush by Tim Treanor

There will always be an England, and its people will always tell bad jokes. If you draw a strange warmth and comfort from that, boy, do I have a show for you. MetroStage’s Christmas at…

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