Friday, January 21, 2022

A Broadway show about life after incarceration finds its most avid audience in a New York City prison by Peter Marks

Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” gets a showing at Rikers Island, and prisoners have plenty of feedback.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:12AM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

He was cast in a juicy role in ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’ The pandemic has made his Broadway run as heartbreaking as it is thrilling. by Peter Marks

The new musical, hobbled by omicron, sees salvation in a pause, in hopes the coronavirus subsides.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:12AM
Monday, January 10, 2022

Brandon Carter is named artistic director of American Shakespeare Center by Peter Marks

Resident actor is first person of color to lead the Staunton, Va., playhouse, which also announced a new roster of productions after some recent strife.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:06AM
Friday, January 7, 2022

‘The Prom’ at the Kennedy Center is bursting with zeal but short on zazz by Thomas Floyd

The touring production of the Broadway musical suffers from comparisons to Ryan Murphy’s starry Netflix adaptation.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:42PM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Tony Award royalty will turn out to celebrate ‘50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center’ by Peter Marks

Tony Award royalty will turn out in February to celebrate "50 Years of Broadway musicals at the Kennedy Center."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:33PM
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Fortune Feimster got into comedy for laughs. She ended up finding connections. by Thomas Floyd

The confessional comic, in the D.C. area for two performances, never expected that her Netflix special ‘Sweet & Salty’ would resonate so deeply with audiences.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:18AM
Saturday, January 1, 2022

Military suicides are increasing. Theater of War is offering more than just a show of sympathy. by Peter Marks

Through performance and discussion, soldiers find new meaning in ancient Greek drama.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:54AM
Friday, December 24, 2021

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ has been a critical standout on Broadway this fall. Its superb cast sheds light on how that happened. by Peter Marks

Simon Russell Beale, Adrian Lester and Adam Godley talk about the rigors and pleasures of more than three hours onstage every night.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:48AM

Omicron could not come at a worse time for Broadway by Peter Marks

But a week of dispiriting theater closings is topped off by a rejuvenating visit to a sensational new musical, "Akimbo."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Thursday, December 23, 2021

Sally Ann Howes, who was Truly Scrumptious in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,’ dies at 91 by Harrison Smith

She also received a Tony nomination for starring in a revival of the musical "Brigadoon."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:33PM

‘Rent’ alum Adam Pascal takes ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ on the road by Thomas Floyd

The ever-youthful actor talks about his latest ‘big-boy’ role, and other recent cameos.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 08:18AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Studio Theatre’s ‘Flight’ soars by tackling big issues with miniature models by Thomas Floyd

The theatrical installation uses 230 scrolling dioramas to tell the story of two Afghan brothers on a harrowing journey to London.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 12:18PM
Sunday, December 19, 2021

Britney Spears’s songs are packed into a new storybook musical, but this kingdom needs more magic by Peter Marks

“Once Upon a One More Time,” about fairy-tale princesses, has its world premiere at Shakespeare Theatre Company. While it lacks finesse, lead performer Briga Heelan brings out the show…

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:48PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Kennedy Center cancels first 15 performances of ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ because of covid outbreak among company by Peggy McGlone

The Broadway tour will begin shows Dec. 28 to give company members time to recover.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:03PM

At Studio Theatre, the plight of Afghan orphans comes alive in miniature dioramas by Celia Wren

Glasgow’s Vox Motus brings its innovative and emotional storytelling to D.C.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24AM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

A chorus of grateful singers gathers at Signature Theatre for an emotional Sondheim celebration by Peter Marks

The Arlington, Va., company honors the composer who put it on the musical-theater map.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:48PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

Broadway’s ‘Flying Over Sunset’ comes in for a crash landing by Peter Marks

The new musical about celebrities in the 1950s taking LSD trips over its conceits.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18PM
Friday, December 10, 2021

August Wilson’s meandering ‘Seven Guitars’ at Arena Stage can feel like a slog by Peter Marks

"Seven Guitars" is the 1940s entry in Wilson's cycle of 20th-century plays, one for each decade.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:24PM

What’s next for Britney Spears fans? A Shakespeare Theatre musical that may be headed to Broadway. by Peter Marks

“Once Upon a One More Time” has Broadway hopes and a Dec. 17 opening night at Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre Company.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM

With ‘West Side Story,’ choreographer Justin Peck brought dance into the Spielberg universe by Sarah L. Kaufman

The former New York City Ballet dancer says that while working with Spielberg on the remake of the classic movie musical, he showed the director how movement is its own language.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42AM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

It’s a welcome return of ‘Company’ to Broadway -- with another Sondheim memory to savor by Peter Marks

Directed Marianne Elliott switches the genders of the musical’s characters in this fine revival.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:54PM

The musical ‘A Strange Loop’ is boundary-pushing — even for Woolly Mammoth by Thomas Floyd

The adventurous D.C. theater, which isn’t known for musicals, puts on Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer-winning show.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:54AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

Razzle takes on new dazzle in Broadway-ready ‘A Strange Loop’ by Peter Marks

Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winner gets a vivacious tryout at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:12PM

Best of dance 2021: Paul Taylor live at the Kennedy Center, Ashwini Ramaswamy and Jacob Jonas’s short films by Sarah L. Kaufman

Despite the covid confinement, dance artists found many ways to unleash their creativity.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM

Best of theater 2021: ‘Come From Away’ on the Mall, Macbeth in London and a streaming movie by Peter Marks

Even in a year of recovery, theater hit some high notes, onstage and on-screen.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Minus Robin Williams, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ is not quite herself by Peter Marks

A new musical version of the 1993 film comedy ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ has its official Broadway opening

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:36PM
Saturday, December 4, 2021

At the Kennedy Center, Michelle Dorrance’s tappers pay homage to Ella Fitzgerald and Christmas by Sarah L. Kaufman

World premiere of ‘An Ella’quent Holiday Swing’ turns the Eisenhower Theater into a swinging jazz party.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:42PM
Friday, December 3, 2021

Antony Sher, chameleonlike star of the London stage, dies at 72 by Harrison Smith

The two-time Olivier winner was considered one of Britain’s finest classical actors.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:18AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

For actor Michael Anthony Williams, offstage day jobs have sharpened his craft onstage by Thomas Floyd

Working in philanthropy, criminology and disaster relief have imbued his work in Arena Stage’s “Seven Guitars” with greater humanity.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 11:03AM
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Mason Alexander Park brings star power to Olney’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ by Thomas Floyd

The “Cowboy Bebop” actor’s glam-rock radiance shows the high-octane musical in a new light.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:12PM
Monday, November 29, 2021

Bette Midler: The people’s diva by Peter Marks

From Dolores De Lago to "Dolly!" to "Beaches," the stellar career of Kennedy Center honoree Bette Midler spans decades and genres.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre