Thursday, December 13, 2018

Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is here, and Jeff Daniels soars as Atticus Finch by Peter Marks

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s indelible novel has its official opening at the Shubert Theatre.

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You might think ‘panties’ in the title means the play’s funny. If only. by Peter Marks

“The Panties, the Partner and the Profit” doesn’t ignite for Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Theater J, still roaming across D.C., revives ‘Talley’s Folly’ by Nelson Pressley

Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning romance is produced at GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Tivoli stage.

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Aaron Sorkin and Jeff Daniels made ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ their mission by Peter Marks

The playwright and the actor talk about the challenges of bringing Harper Lee’s beloved novel to Broadway.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Need some laughs? The Second City is in town with two shows. by Celia Wren

“She the People,” at Woolly Mammoth, is fiercely funny; “Love, Factually,” at Kennedy Center, spoofs rom-coms.

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Casting coup: Jessie Mueller to play Marian in upcoming ‘Music Man’ at Kennedy Center by Peter Marks

Tony winner to join Norm Lewis as Harold Hill in February installment of Broadway Center Stage series.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

See ‘The Jungle’ and you won’t be able to get the plight of refugees out of your head by Peter Marks

A British drama that takes you into a refugee camp has its American debut.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Irish immigration is played for laughs in ‘How to Keep an Alien’ by Nelson Pressley

Sonya Kelly’s autobiographical show gets its D.C. premiere at Solas Nua.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bryan Cranston is stellar in the stage version of ‘Network.’ The rest, not so much. by Peter Marks

His “mad as hell” scene is one for the books, but the Broadway adaptation is a bit of a slog.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

August Wilson’s titanic ‘Gem of the Ocean’ sets sail at Round House by Nelson Pressley

The operatically scaled drama examines post-slavery America as the 20th century begins.

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Best of theater 2018: Sensations that crossed borders by Peter Marks

Splendid work, from the Great Lakes to D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront, knows no boundaries.

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Best of theater 2018: Distinguished visitors and hometown heroes by Nelson Pressley

Touring productions and local standouts that illuminated Washington stages.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘A Civil War Christmas’ at 1st Stage is overstuffed, feel-good holiday fare by Celia Wren

Lincoln’s holiday gift predicament is just one of many plotlines in this sentimental offering.

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2018’s best dance: A year when human warmth burned brightly by Sarah L. Kaufman

New York City Ballet and Nederlans Dans Theater were among the companies illuminating the best in us.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘The Cher Show’ on Broadway: Too many sequins but not enough sparkle by Peter Marks

It’s another celebrity-inspired musical, sputtering off the jukebox assembly line.

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How ‘Indecent,’ about art happening against all odds, speaks to our time by Peter Marks

Arena Stage offers up the regional premiere of Paula Vogel’s Tony-nominated drama.

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An exhilarating D.C. debut from violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, pianist Polina Leschenko by Patrick Rucker

At the Phillips on Sunday, the two musicians achieved a rare ensemble cohesion.

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The Kennedy Center Honors felt different, and it was all because of ‘Hamilton’ by Peter Marks

Musical tributes stood out, but the presence of the Broadway musical and its creators provided a night of firsts.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ eavesdrops on men getting haircuts by Nelson Pressley

The insightful U.K. import at the Kennedy Center cuts across borders — from Britain to Africa.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Like haunted houses? Step into ‘An Inspector Calls,’ a Broadway phenomenon now touring the country. by Peter Marks

Stephen Daldry brings his hit ’90s production to Washington and beyond.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

One key scene helped cement ‘Hamilton’ as a Broadway legend. The team that crafted it explains how. by Peter Marks

Miranda, Kail, Lacamoire and Blankenbuehler talk about “Satisfied” and the art of collaboration.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Magician and actor Ricky Jay, of ‘Boogie Nights,’ dies at 72 by Bernard Condon | ap

Ricky Jay, a magician who consulted on films and acted in “Boogie Nights,” has died at 72.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

‘The Choir of Man’ invites you into a pub for a sticky singalong by Nelson Pressley

Energetic and exciting are not the same things.

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19-year-old Yorkshire Terrier retires from ‘The Nutcracker’ by Associated Press

After more than 125 performances in “The Nutcracker” in Providence, a 19-year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Archie is leaving the stage

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How music fuels the drama in Paula Vogel’s ‘Indecent’ by Geoffrey Himes

The play about a controversial play gets a heartbeat from klezmer.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hollywood in the ’50s is slightly musty in ‘All Save One’ by Celia Wren

There’s amusing repartee in the Washington Stage Guild comedy-drama, but the production smacks of artifice.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Metzler’s comic ‘Cry It Out’ sings the new-parent blues by Nelson Pressley

The play at Studio Theatre gets serious about the challenges, especially for women.

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Theater Alliance names Raymond Caldwell as new artistic director by Nelson Pressley

Colin Hovde, who has run the company since 2011, steps away.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘Elf the Musical’ is the holiday gift you’d love to exchange for something better by Nelson Pressley

The Olney Theatre Center show lacks originality and spirit.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Want to get away? ‘Anything Goes’ sails into silly high seas by Nelson Pressley

Arena Stage revives the Cole Porter classic.

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‘Cry It Out’ offers an unflinching look at the painful choices new parents face by Caitlin Gibson

“The most dramatic moment of my life was when I had to leave my daughter and go back to work,” says playwright Molly Smith Metzler.

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