Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Olney Theatre reimagines ‘The Music Man’ with a deaf Harold Hill by Thomas Floyd

"Only Murders in the Building" actor James Caverly plays the slippery con man Harold Hill in a production of "The Music Man" performed in American Sign Language and spoken English.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:42AM
Monday, June 27, 2022

Gloria Allen, who ran a charm school for transgender youths, dies at 76 by Harrison Smith

Her school inspired the play “Charm” by Philip Dawkins, who called her “the mother of queer Chicago.” She was also the subject of a documentary, “Mama Gloria.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:33PM

In Mosaic premiere, Benjamin Benne’s ‘In His Hands’ muses on sex, faith by Celia Wren

World premiere runs through July 17 at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:54PM
Sunday, June 26, 2022

At a time of angry uproar, theater can still show us the way forward by Peter Marks

An essay on the impact of the Supreme Court's abortion decision on how we view contemporary drama.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:12PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

A resonant ‘Mockingbird’ recalls American racism then — and now by Peter Marks

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” comes to D.C. with Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:42PM

In Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Red Velvet,’ celebration is actually tragedy by Thomas Floyd

Actor Amari Cheatom astounds as Ira Aldridge, the first Black performer to play Othello on a London stage.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:42PM

New Washington Ballet dances try to solve puzzles of life and death by Sarah L. Kaufman

Washington Ballet unveils world premieres by Jessica Lang, Brett Ishida and Mthuthuzeli November, and bids farewell to two longtime dancers.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:03PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

‘Fires in the Mirror’ crackles with renewed relevance at Theater J by Thomas Floyd

January LaVoy inhabits numerous roles in Anna Deavere Smith's fact-based play, which was written in the aftermath of 1991's Crown Heights riot.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42PM

Hooray for ‘Nollywood’! Jocelyn Bioh’s Nigerian satire is a pleasure. by Peter Marks

A first-rate cast carries “Nollywood Dreams,” at Round House Theatre through July 3.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:24PM

Keegan Theatre mounts regional premiere of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ by Geoffrey Himes

The play 'Shakespeare in Love,' based on the Oscar-winning 1998 film, follows the literary and romantic travails of the Bard.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:12PM

‘Red Velvet’ spotlights a pioneering Black actor who played Othello by Celia Wren

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production tells the story of Ira Aldridge, an American actor in 1833 London.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:54AM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

She played Scout in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Now she’s got a new role. by Thomas Floyd

The 69-year-old actress, who earned an Oscar nomination for the 1962 film, plays Mrs. DuBose in Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation arriving at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:07AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

For ‘1776,’ the casting of Founding Fathers is kind of revolutionary by Peter Marks

History marches energetically onto Boston stages with a reimagining of the 1969 musical and a second play, ‘Common Ground Revisited,’ that examines the city’s past racial strife.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:37PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

‘Maz & Bricks’ is a sharp, symphonic look at loss and resilience by Celia Wren

Timely staging from Solas Nua of Irish playwright Eva O’Connor’s character-rich two-hander.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:48PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

Philip Baker Hall, master of gruff and gruffly silly character roles, dies at 90 by Adam Bernstein

He won critical acclaim for his dramatic work — and generations of devoted fans as Lieutenant Bookman, the hardcore library cop on “Seinfeld.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:03PM

Jennifer Hudson reaches EGOT status after winning Tony Award by Samantha Chery

Jennifer Hudson became the 17th entertainer ever to reach EGOT status after her Tony win for co-producing "A Strange Loop."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:54PM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

Tony Awards 2022: Patti LuPone, Jesse Tyler Ferguson among early winners by Peter Marks

Host Ariana DeBose kicked off the first regularly scheduled Tony Awards since 2019 with an opening number that mashed up musical theater classics and a monologue about inclusivity on Broadwa…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Molly Smith announces an exit after 25 years leading Arena Stage by Peter Marks

Molly Smith announces that she will retire in July 2023 after 25 years as Arena Stage's artistic director.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM

In a terrible week, the much-needed balm of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, Tiler Peck and Sara Mearns lead an excellent cast in Balanchine's version of the Shakespeare comedy.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:18PM

Creating a space for ballet dancers ‘where Blackness is not an issue’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

“Reframing the Narrative,” at the Kennedy Center June 14-19, pulls together an all-star team of Black dancers and choreographers from around the world for performances and other public e…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:33AM
Thursday, June 9, 2022

The stakes could not be higher for Broadway at this year’s Tony Awards by Peter Marks

The 75th anniversary ceremony marks a crucial step back to health for a stricken industry.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:24AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

For the star of ‘Nollywood Dreams,’ the play’s themes ring true by Geoffrey Himes

In Round House Theatre's 'Nollywood Dreams,' 29-year-old actress Ernaisja Curry plays a young Nigerian who dreams of stardom.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:18AM
Monday, June 6, 2022

Myles Frost was born to play Michael Jackson. A Tony nod confirms it. by Peter Marks

In his first Broadway role, the Maryland native hits it big, in the title role of the musical “MJ.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48AM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Summer dance means fresh air and fresh ideas in motion by Sarah L. Kaufman

Outdoor highlights include American Dance Festival, Chicago SummerDance, Jacob’s Pillow and Bard SummerScape

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:06AM

Summer theater is cropping up in unexpected places by Peter Marks

Consider a pilgrimage to see "Hamlet" in Canada, Broadway shows in Kansas City and St. Louis, and "Cinderella" in Utah.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:06AM
Monday, May 30, 2022

In ‘A Monster Calls,’ a boy learns the ropes of anguish and change by Celia Wren

British stage adaptation of Patrick Ness's novel features the story of a boy whose daily anxieties lead to spooky nights.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:42AM
Friday, May 27, 2022

Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Our Town’ showcases depth of D.C. acting talent by Thomas Floyd

Understudies step up as coronavirus and other health issues sideline several central cast members.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:33PM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

To revive us, we need plays like the Pulitzer-winning ‘Fat Ham’ by Peter Marks

James Ijames’s comedy and Samuel H. Hunter’s “A Case for the Existence of God” amount to theatrical manna.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:54PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Bringing ‘A Monster Calls’ from the page to the stage by Geoffrey Himes

Director Sally Cookson talks about her theatrical adaptation of the acclaimed novel "A Monster Calls," now at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:03PM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Susan Jaffe might blow up the entire way we think about ballet by Sarah L. Kaufman

The former ballerina's vision for American Ballet Theatre could bring the acclaimed company into the 21st century.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54AM
Friday, May 20, 2022

World-premiere plays in D.C. confront trauma in stunning ways by Peter Marks

The very best of these, “John Proctor Is the Villain" at Studio Theatre, is nothing less than revelatory

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:06PM