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Thursday, January 16, 2020

7 upcoming plays which are about to tell us where we lost our humanity and where we can find it again. by Tim Treanor

Tim Treanor was asked to recommend 7 plays for the lecture DC Theatre Season 2020 held January 14 in the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center.  Since we’ve had several requests for his…

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Victor Shargai, major philanthropist and theatre supporter, has died. by Tim Treanor

Victor Shargai, an actor, costume designer, interior designer, philanthropist, and Washington theater leader died on Christmas Eve at the age of 83 after a brief illness. Shargai was the lon…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: Madeline’s Christmas at Creative Cauldron by Tim Treanor

In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. And at Creative Cauldron, for their Christmas thing, the twelve little girls get up and sing. Oh,…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Review: The Magic Duel, a mystifying show. Believe it or not. by Tim Treanor

In the genteel Mayflower Hotel, where J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson often ate dinner alone together, Mark Phillips and Ryan Phillips are engaged in a magic duel. By “magic duel” I don…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Review: Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra gets a lusty, lively staging at ASC by Tim Treanor

Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s saga of love and war, in which — spoiler alert — war wins. Our situation is this: Julius Caesar has been assassinated and, after some skirmishing,…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: The Willard Suitcases. Pack your bag to catch this ingeniously staged new musical at ASC by Tim Treanor

The end of your life starts slowly, and after some incomprehensible incident. Everything seems dreamlike. They are talking to you – the policeman, the lawyer, the judge, the doctor – and…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Review: Edward Albee’s Occupant at Theater J by Tim Treanor

“It’s not the person,” cries the sculptor Louise Nevelson (Susan Rome) in Edward Albee’s Occupant, “It’s the work they do!” Would be it that Albee had heeded his character’s …

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: Agnes of God, Factory 449’s devastating look at religious faith and science by Tim Treanor

In a convent of cloistered Catholic nuns, a baby lies in a wastebasket. She has lived for less than an hour, before being strangled with her own umbilical cord. In another part of the room, …

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Newly-renamed Avant Bard Theatre announces its 3-play season by Tim Treanor

Avant Bard Theatre, formerly known as WSC Avant Bard (and before that, as Washington Shakespeare Company), will mark its 30th anniversary with a new name, and a three-play season, Artistic D…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Louis Altarescu and Alan Friedman, recipients of 2019 Gary Maker Audience Award. by Tim Treanor

Louis Altarescu and Alan Friedman, well known volunteer ushers and theater enthusiasts until Friedman’s untimely death last month, have been selected to receive the 2019 Gary Maker Audienc…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: The Royale . Olney Theatre’s boxing drama wins in a knock out by Tim Treanor

If baseball represents the joy of sport — its season concluding with popped champagne corks and ticker tape parades for the winners and the promise of next year for the losers — then box…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Review: 1 Henry IV at Folger Theatre. Gero is a marvelous Falstaff, but it’s the King’s play by Tim Treanor

Henry IV, Part 1 is the best of the Shakespearean histories, because it is a redemption story — not of Prince Hal (Avery Whitted), who rose from his Eastcheap debauchery to become England…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: Doubt: A Parable. Sarah Marshall leads Studio’s powerful production of Shanley’s heartbreaking play by Tim Treanor

The titular doubt in John Patrick Shanley’s classic play, now being given a rigorous yet nuanced treatment at Studio Theatre, is not about whether the intense, charismatic Father Brendan F…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

How to get cast in the Washington DC area: auditions and other notes from Nan Ficca by Tim Treanor

So you’re an actor who has just blown in from Oregon and you’d like to show your stuff to a D.C. casting director. Or you’re a WATCH-award winning community theatre actor who wants to …

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Capital Fringe review: From Divorce to Restoration by Tim Treanor

It is part poem, part prayer service, and part therapy session, but the first thing that will strike you about From Divorce to Restoration is its name. Restoration? Really? Aside from death,…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Review: Sam Hunter’s The Few: excellent performances from Unexpected Stage by Tim Treanor

“Only connect,” wrote the novelist E.M. Forster, “Live in fragments no longer.” Ah, but that’s easier said than done, E.M., particularly in the windblown wilds of the Western U.S.,…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Review: Michael Urie returns as Hamlet in STC’s rocket ship of a production by Tim Treanor

Simon Godwin is poised to take the reins of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, but the presence of Michael Kahn hangs over it like a mist. If you have any question, you should see the free-for…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Capital Fringe review: Caribbean Command by Tim Treanor

Imagine that you are a soldier — an intelligence analyst — deployed to the Caribbean Command in Key West, Florida. Your daily tasks involve reading reports and commenting on them in air-…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Capital Fringe review: The Hound by Tim Treanor

Although he wrote until his death in 1937, the horror writer H.P. Lovecraft was resolutely of the 19th century. His lurid prose, which frequently invoked evil in its most hideous forms, pres…

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Capital Fringe review: What I’ve all been waiting for by Tim Treanor

Rob Rafferty’s been waiting for what we have all been waiting for — which is to say, for the fate which awaits us all. Poor Rob has been diagnosed with Brain Crabs, and so is reminded th…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Capital Fringe review: Shakespeare’s Worst by Tim Treanor

Let’s get this out of the way first. Two Gentlemen of Verona is not Shakespeare’s worst play. Not by a long shot; not in a universe which has Timon of Athens and Coriolanus and Two Noble…

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Fringe review: Surfacing: An Inventory of Helplessness by Tim Treanor

Surfacing: An Inventory of Helplessness is less a story than a meditation on a condition. And the condition is grim. A (Yvonne Paretsky) seeks refuge in Vienna. The law is that if she can es…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Review: A Welcome Guest (a Psychotic Fairy Tale) at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

In 2010, the Contemporary American Theater Festival staged something called The Eelwax Jesus 3-D Pop Music Show. It was the first musical they ever did. They’ve never done one since. The p…

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Review: Wrecked at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

In Hillel Mitelpunkt’s The Accident, a self-involved man, somewhat drunk, hits and kills a Chinese immigrant at about eighty miles per hour. Then, with his passenger, an equally self-invol…

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Review: Support Group for Men at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

Gaseous and unpredictable, witty and sentimental, Support Group for Men is ninety minutes traffic of our stage which seems longer, an earnest foray into secrets and feelings masked as a come…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Review: My Lord, What a Night at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

The great opera contralto Marian Anderson (Angela Wildflower), has been denied accommodations at the Nassau Inn because of her race. So instead she stays at the home of one of her enthusiast…

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Review: Chester Bailey at Contemporary American Theater Festival by Tim Treanor

“If there’s one thing reality can’t tolerate,” says Dr. Phillip Cotton (Reed Birney), “it’s competition.” But you knew that already, didn’t you, Mr. or Ms. Avid Theatergoer, …

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Lucy Prebble’s Enron kicks off 4615 Theatre Company’s ambitious third season by Tim Treanor

4615 Theatre Company will launch its third season with two plays in rep by distinguished British playwrights, and will finish with two world premieres by local writers. A woman has a passion…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

GALA Theatre will offer plays, dance and film in 2019-2020 by Tim Treanor

GALA Hispanic Theatre’s 2019-2020 season will feature a beloved classic from the Golden Age of Spanish theater leading into two plays by contemporary writers, interspersed with dance, thea…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Creative Cauldron announces its 7 show season, all of them musicals. by Tim Treanor

Childhood, magic, myths and legends, and Patsy Cline — who is arguably all of those — will make up the docket for Creative Cauldron’s 2019-2020 season. Creative Cauldron will open the …

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Theater Alliance’s next season: dramas and new Psalmeyene 24 hip hop musical by Tim Treanor

Theater Alliance’s first season under the helm of  Producing Artistic Director Raymond O. Caldwell will take a hard look at the experience of being Black in America in its three-play 2019…

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