Sunday, October 20, 2019

David Byrne brings his entertaining brain to Broadway in ‘American Utopia,’ and it’s totally dope by Peter Marks

“American Utopia” bathes its audience in a collective cool.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Janet Jackson hired her as a backup dancer. Instagram made her a star. by Sarah L. Kaufman

How teenagers Kidathegreat, Kaycee Rice, Taylor Hatala and others are changing how we see and think about dance in the digital age.

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Touring with a star used to be a dancer’s dream. Now it’s all about getting social media followers. by Sarah L. Kaufman

How teenagers Kidathegreat, Kaycee Rice, Taylor Hatala and others are changing how we see and think about dance in the digital age.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Arena Stage tackles Internet privacy — and permanence — in ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ by Thomas Floyd

World-premiere play explores the vanguard of digital civil rights.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Everything but the continental breakfast at ‘Crystal Creek Motel’ by Celia Wren

A Flying V Theatre world premiere serves up a dozen vignettes, with mixed results.

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Ever wondered how China sees America? ‘Soft Power’ offers amusing ideas. by Peter Marks

David Henry Hwang’s musical-in-a-play comes to New York’s Public Theater.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Daring idea, but flawed e xecution, in ‘Day of Absence’ by Celia Wren

Douglas Turner Ward’s award-winning satirical fantasy is the central component of the Theater Alliance production.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Don’t believe it if they claim ‘What to Send Up When it Goes Down’ isn’t for you. It is. by Peter Marks

Courtesy of Woolly Mammoth, a play tallies the toll of racism in contemporary America.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

You’ll groove to the pop hits in this stage revival of ‘Footloose.’ And nothing else. by Peter Marks

The Kennedy Center’s musicals-in-concert series hits a road bump with this 1998 show.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Timely ‘The Royale’ comes out swinging by Celia Wren

With a 1910 boxing match at its center, this Marco Ramirez play contemplates entrenched racism in America.

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Parents, you’re enrolling your little ones in the wrong kind of dance class by Sarah L. Kaufman

The best choice? A box of scarves. And no rules.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Mariinsky Ballet’s ‘Paquita’: Glittering dancing but a skimpy story by Sarah L. Kaufman

Viktoria Tereshkina dazzles in the three-hour ballet, yet its plot doesn’t merit such a long exploration.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Synetic’s ‘Tempest’ is splashy but brooding by Celia Wren

The pool of water covering the stage makes for some exciting scenes, but it also detracts from the show’s spell.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Four fine actresses bring order to a world undergoing climate change in Signature’s ‘Escaped Alone’ by Peter Marks

Caryl Churchill’s one-act play is expertly staged by Holly Twyford.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

‘Slave Play’ is a funny, scalding, walk along the boundary between black and white in America by Peter Marks

Jeremy O. Harris’s seriocomedy will be one of the most talked-about events of the theater season.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Brandon McCoy’s ‘West By God’ stands tall at the divide of rural and urban America by Thomas Floyd

The Keegan Theatre production is a humorous and heartfelt love letter to the playwright’s home state of West Virginia.

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‘Merce Cunningham at 100’: Beautiful but missing a spark by Sarah L. Kaufman

Compagnie Centre National de Danse Contemporaine performs “Beach Birds” and “BIPED” at the Kennedy Center.

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How the Kennedy Center’s theater chief sniffs out Broadway-worthy winners by Peter Marks

Jeffrey Finn embarks on his third season of the popular Broadway Center Stage series with “Footloose.”

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Revealing the holes in August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ by Peter Marks

Ford’s Theatre revives longtime August Wilson crowd-pleaser, but it’s talky and lackluster.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Miranda and company devise raps on the spot. And you’re in your happy place. by Peter Marks

Hip-hop improv show “Freestyle Love Supreme” comes to Broadway.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In ‘The Great Society,’ history marches numbingly on, and on, and on, and on by Peter Marks

Robert Schenkkan’s second Broadway play about LBJ sputters to a disappointing end.

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A giddy poet lights up ‘Candida’ by Celia Wren

George Bernard Shaw’s eloquent rom-com muses and amuses at Undercroft Theatre.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

The crazy, joyful, uninhibited moves of the choreographer who is changing how we see dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

Ryan Heffington, who created the moves in “Chandelier” and the “Transparent” musical finale, wants to shake your world. And you.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

How chill can Broadway get? Lin-Manuel Miranda and company throw down some ‘Freestyle Love’ to find out. by Peter Marks

The hip-hop improv show has its official opening Oct. 2 at the Booth Theatre.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Good grammar is essential to the D.C. judicial history lesson that is ‘Trying’ by Celia Wren

Joanna McClelland Glass’s 2004 play gets an intimate, workmanlike production from 1st Stage.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mean girls are at home in Ghana, too by Peter Marks

Jocelyn Bioh’s ‘African Mean Girls Play’ launches Round House’s renovated theater.

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Mike Birbiglia’s latest one-man show continues his habit of confessional comedy by Thomas Floyd

At the National Theatre, ‘The New One’ explores the comedian’s fear of fatherhood.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

It’s a hard-knock life, but often a funny one, in August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ at Arena. by Peter Marks

Production directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson reincarnates a Tony-winning 2017 revival.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

‘Cats’ the musical proves again it has way more than nine lives by Sarah L. Kaufman

Powerfully sung and flashy, the touring version of the 2016 Broadway revival is at the Kennedy Center through Oct. 6.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Woolly Mammoth’s new artistic director brings Pulitzer-winning ‘Fairview’ to D.C. by Thomas Floyd

The bold interrogation of race in America opens the theater company’s 2019-2020 season.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

This play aims to make you uncomfortable. And that’s a good thing. by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth Theatre guides Jackie Sibblies Drury’s “Fairview” to a sublime D.C. debut.

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