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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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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas at 1st Stage by Tim Treanor

No two things are more opposed to each other than war and Christmas. Christmas is a time to love life and our neighbor, to wish peace and good will toward all. War is a time to hate our neig…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: Accident Bear. How you can see the sold-out laundromat show by Tim Treanor

What was the best drama you saw this year? Perhaps you saw Network in New York with Bryan Cranston. Or maybe the best drama this year was at the family table, on Thanksgiving. Maybe it was i…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Theater Alliance appoints Raymond O. Caldwell as Artistic Director by Tim Treanor

Anacostia’s Theater Alliance announced that it has selected Raymond O. Caldwell, its Associate Artistic Direct, to succeed Producing Artistic Director Colin Hovde at its helm next year. Th…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

“Heil Hitler” shouter reveals he’s a Trump critic by Tim Treanor

The man who shouted “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” in Baltimore’s Hippodrome during the intermission of Fiddler on the Roof on November 14 actually meant his outburst to be a g…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Assumed Trump supporter disrupts Fiddler on the Roof by Tim Treanor

An unidentified man gave a Nazi salute and shouted “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” as the audience returned from intermission for act two  of Fiddler on the Roof at the Hippodrome ye…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Review: Callie Kimball’s Things that are Round debuts at Rep Stage by Tim Treanor

Things that are Round, Callie Kimball’s fine new play getting its world premiere at Rep Stage, could, with justice, be called Things that are Delusional, for it is the power and author…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Review: The Duchess of Malfi, an old school (17th century) slasher story by Tim Treanor

The Duchess of Malfi is a morality play with no morals, a revenge play in which no one’s revenged, except accidentally; a tragedy in which so many people get killed that there’s …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: Venus in Fur. Ives’ cheeky play of obsession, bondage and revenge at 4615 Theatre by Tim Treanor

The masochist believes in the transformative power of magic, of the variety that the goddess Circe used to turn Odysseus’ men into swine. To the masochist, the beloved is a goddess (Ve…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Playwright Ntozake Shange has died at age 70 by Tim Treanor

The novelist, poet, performer and playwright Ntozake Shange, best known for her 1976 Obie-winning choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, died last…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

What’s international director Ethan McSweeny doing in small town Staunton, VA? by Tim Treanor

– Ethan McSweeny’s been handed the keys to the American Shakespeare Center. Here’s what he plans to do with them. – How the Job Found the Man He knew of the place, but he…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review: Henry V, commedia-style, finds the funny but loses the tragedy by Tim Treanor

It is worth noting that almost all the Shakespeare histories are tragedies, and almost all the kings whose stories he recounts are fools or knaves or both. The one exception (aside from the …

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: How I Learned to Drive. Round House production shows why it won Vogel the Pulitzer Prize by Tim Treanor

It took a brave playwright to write How I Learned to Drive and it takes a brave company to stage it now, and if you go to see it with an open heart, you are a brave person, too. How I Learne…

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Review: Anon(ymous) by Tim Treanor

In this play, Anon (Eiren Stevenson) and his mother Nemasani (Toni Rae Salmi) flee their war-desecrated county to go to a land that they have heard is just and prosperous. But when they get …

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Review: The Events, a survivor’s view of a mass shooting by Tim Treanor

We are riveted by a need to understand the perpetrator of a mass shooting, but isn’t it more pertinent to know what the survivor feels? After all, it’s much more likely that we w…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Reviews: Richard III, Emma and The Man of Mode at The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA by Tim Treanor

The skies opened up as Route 66, going west, became Route 81, going south, frustrating my vow to drive at 80 mph for the rest of the way. We had left at ten after ten, a reasonable enough st…

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