Tuesday, February 19, 2019

‘Black Panther’ designer Ruth Carter on her start, Spike Lee by Jonathan Landrum Jr. | ap

Outtakes: ‘Black Panther’ designer on start in the film industry, the sketch from her early work that she keeps and working with Spike Lee

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Big ideas anchor ‘Reykjavík’ and ‘The Old Man, the Youth, and the Sea’ by Celia Wren

Romantic images and deep themes link new works at Rorschach and GALA.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Manhole fires force evacuation of NYC theater complex by Associated Press

A series of manhole fires have forced the evacuation of several theaters

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Studio Theatre forces out its longtime acting school: ‘We are leaving that space that we loved’ by Peter Marks

“I can’t say I’m happy about that,” said Joy Zinoman, who will take the newly independent conservatory to a new location.

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Syrians act in playback theater to heal war trauma by Bassem Mroue | ap

Syrian actors re-enact war victims’ stories through playback theater in refugee community in Lebanon

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

A clowning ‘Cyrano’ without words? That’s how Synetic Theater rolls. by Celia Wren

Vato Tsikurishvili makes his directing debut, and at the last minute steps into the lead.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Reports: British Bolshoi dancer suspected of having cocaine by Associated Press

Russian news reports say police in Moscow suspect a British dancer with the renowned Bolshoi Ballet of possessing cocaine

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Revising ‘Big River’ for younger ears and eyes by Jane Horwitz

Adventure Theatre works with the “Huckleberry Finn” musical’s Tony-winning writer.

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There will be blood in the STC’s gross-out ‘Richard the Third’ by Nelson Pressley

The violent concept has power, but some human drama gets cut away.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Co. do it again. But this time, the hip-hop show is all for laughs. by Peter Marks

“Freestyle Love Supreme” rap improv is an up-to-the-minute, old-fashioned hoot.

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Shakespeare Theatre’s new head announces his first season, from ‘Much Ado’ to a James Baldwin play by Peter Marks

Plus “Timon of Athens,” a new “Peter Pan,” a Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play and more.

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The musical ‘Once’ sounds fit as a fiddle at Olney Theatre by Nelson Pressley

The sleeper indie film enjoys a different life onstage.

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This documentary play about Israeli artists is a raw, uneasy 80 minutes by Nelson Pressley

Mosaic’s “Shame 2.0” chronicles battles with the government, and the public.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Women are dominating hilariously raunchy comedy. Need more proof? See “BLKS.” by Nelson Pressley

The action-packed comedy at Woolly Mammoth follows young women through one wild and crazy night.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Actors who helped shape Broadway hits get share in profits by Associated Press

Performers who help develop successful Broadway shows will share in the profits under a landmark agreement between theater producers and the union representing actors

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Trouble? Ya got none in the Kennedy Center’s revival of ‘The Music Man.’ by Peter Marks

The latest musical-in-concert is Meredith Willson’s 1957 melody-packed gem.

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Russian actor, stage director Sergei Yursky dies at 83 by Associated Press

Sergei Yursky, a renowned Russian film and stage actor, who has been widely recognized as one of the most talented actors of his generation, has died

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Oh, Nell, you deserved better! ‘Nell Gwynn’ is a disappointing new play at the Folger. by Peter Marks

Flabby yarn doesn’t do the 16th-century stage legend justice.

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A locally grown YouTube star returns to the stage in Olney’s ‘Once’ by Geoffrey Himes

Malinda Kathleen Reese found fame on YouTube, where her channel, “Translator Fails,” now sends up Hollywood and pop hits.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Comedy, romance, satanic menace and a talking cat in Constellation’s ‘The Master and Margarita’ by Celia Wren

Production at the Source is a vivid, often bracingly stylized epic.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

‘The Wiz’ leads Helen Hayes nominations with 13 nods, including outstanding musical by Nelson Pressley

Woolly Mammoth dominates the play category, with three shows in a top slot.

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‘Moonlight’ writer McCraney’s writing still glows in ‘The Brothers Size’ by Nelson Pressley

1st Stage revisits one of the MacArthur “genius” grant winner’s early triumphs.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

This may be the funniest Super Bowl commercial. But it won’t make it to the game. by Peter Marks

Live from a New York stage — it was “Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical.”

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With Amazon arrival, D.C.’s booming real estate market will get only tighter. Will small theaters be pushed out? by Nelson Pressley

Facing the loss of its Crystal City venue to the retail giant, Synetic Theater searches for an affordable space.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Alexander Hamilton had his life turned into a musical. Now, John Quincy Adams gets his turn, in a new play. by Peter Marks

“JQA,” Aaron Posner’s “work of historical fiction,” will debut in March at Arena Stage.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Signature’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ’ takes its time heating up by Nelson Pressley

This revival of the Fats Waller show is disjointed.

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‘A little chaotic and scary’: Behind the scenes as the Kennedy Center’s ‘Music Man’ comes together in two weeks by Nelson Pressley

This semi-staged version features cast members that might be holding scripts but loses none of the Broadway talent.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Harlequinade’ isn’t anything exciting, but it sure is colorful by Celia Wren

The funny yet garden-variety work is at the Kennedy Center through Feb. 3.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Monday, January 28, 2019

‘Rent’ and I, we’ve been going together for 23 years. And not even ‘Rent Live’ could break us up. by Peter Marks

Fox production of Pulitzer and Tony-winning musical reminded me of where my heart still lies.

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Is Vladimir Putin box-office poison? In a new play, he’s certainly toxic enough. by Peter Marks

“Kleptocracy” at Arena Stage portrays the Russian president’s battle with an oligarch.

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