Friday, December 13, 2019

Second City returns to Washington with familiar gifts in ‘She the People’ and ‘Love, Factually’ by Thomas Floyd

The Chicago comedy troupe is putting on new versions of the sketch shows this holiday season at Woolly Mammoth Theatre and the Kennedy Center.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

It’s been 18 years since 9/11, but ‘Come From Away’ will still bring you to tears by Peter Marks

The irresistible musical returns to D.C. amid its triumphant Broadway run.

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‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ adapter takes science on an awfully big adventure by Celia Wren

In production at Shakespeare Theatre, playwright Lauren Gunderson has found another female heroine in Wendy Darling.

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Hit musical ‘Come From Away’ brings its message of compassion back to D.C. by Thomas Floyd

The Tony-winning show arrives at the Kennedy Center three years after its pre-Broadway tryout at Ford’s Theatre.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

This charming new version of J.M. Barrie’s timeless play is all about girl power by Peter Marks

Wendy dreams big in Shakespeare Theatre’s “Peter Pan and Wendy.”

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

‘Woman in Black’ wants to scare you the old-fashioned way by Peter Marks

A London warhorse trots into Washington at an unsurprising pace, aiming to give you goose bumps.

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Out of dozens and dozens of plays and musicals, these deserved the hottest spotlight by Peter Marks

The slate included “Fairview,” “Lehman Trilogy,” “A Chorus Line” — and a new musical in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Storytelling is the key ingredient in the year’s best dance works by Sarah L. Kaufman

Works by Mark Morris, Pam Tanowitz, Monica Bill Barnes and more.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

‘Greater Clements’ is the best new play of the year by Peter Marks

Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and actress Judith Ivey collaborate on a deeply felt drama.

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Ken Ludwig’s ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise’ is an affecting love letter to unlikely romance by Thomas Floyd

The Arena Stage production, set against the backdrop of World War II, was inspired by the long-distance courtship between the playwright’s parents.

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Kennedy Center Honors: It’s a boogie wonderland by Peter Marks

The 42nd annual ceremony, to be televised Dec. 15, recognizes Earth, Wind & Fire, “Sesame Street,” Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical. by Peter Marks

Alanis Morissette’s breakthrough 1995 album breaks no new ground as theater.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Long-running play ‘The Woman in Black’ comes to the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Geoffrey Himes

Stage adaptation of popular ghost novel surprised its creator by becoming a scary good hit.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

At Round House Theatre, video projections express the inner life of a boy on the spectrum by Thomas Floyd

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is a mystery centering on a 15-year-old math prodigy

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‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is up to some new and mesmerizing tricks by Thomas Floyd

At Round House Theatre, imaginative reinvention makes a fresh case for seeing the Tony-winning play.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Now hear this! Playwrights are making theater for the ears. Yes, that’s a thing. by Peter Marks

Audible produces plays designed to be listened to on its digital platform and maybe also seen off-Broadway.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Cheap wine and cheese puffs are only the beginning of this ‘Happy Hour’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

Monica Bill Barnes & Company performance is part dance performance, part vaudeville act.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Olney Theatre Center’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ pours on the showmanship by Thomas Floyd

Jacob Scott Tischler’s Cosmo Brown steals the show in a safe but crowd-pleasing staging of the iconic musical.

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John Leguizamo incorporates new lessons into his ‘Latin History for Morons’ by Thomas Floyd

The actor brings his reworked his one-man show to the National Theatre.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In ‘Airness,’ the axes are invisible but the play is loud by Celia Wren

Chelsea Marcantel’s underdog tale about air-guitar aficionados gets an exuberant run at the Keegan Theatre.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

This ‘Agnes of God’ is blessed by a holy trinity of actors by Thomas Floyd

Factory 449’s small-scale production delivers an expertly performed rumination on crises of faith.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘The Inheritance’ is epic in length, but not always in satisfaction by Peter Marks

Matthew Lopez’s two-part gay drama has its official Broadway opening.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

At Theater J, Albee’s ‘Occupant’ takes a lifeless look at the life of Louise Nevelson by Celia Wren

The late sculptor looks back on her career in this contrived and starchy portrait of the artist.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

‘Newsies’ has legs. It’s the other parts that still need work. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage digs into the Disney catalogue for the first time with a well-danced version of the 1992 movie musical.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

For this reporter-turned-actor, worlds collide in Arena Stage’s ‘Newsies’ by Thomas Floyd

Former journalist Wyn Delano performs in the journalism-themed musical.

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In ‘Mockingbird,’ a deaf actor finally gets his wish: Not to be defined solely by deafness by Peter Marks

The acclaimed Russell Harvard joins the cast of a hit Broadway play — in a pair of hearing roles.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘White Pearl’ is an amusing take on the beauty business. But watch out — things get ugly. by Peter Marks

Studio Theatre stages the U.S. premiere of Anchuli Felicia King’s comedy.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

‘Amadeus’ at the Folger will be music to your ears by Peter Marks

Peter Shaffer’s massive play is fully realized in Richard Clifford’s production.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Bravo for reviving the play that scandalized Jane Austen’s world by Celia Wren

Elizabeth Inchbald’s “Lovers’ Vows” features a hilarious performance — the butler did it.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

As rock-star portrayals go, it doesn’t get any better than Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner by Peter Marks

The new jukebox musical “Tina” has its official opening at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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‘A Chorus Line’ is back, and you’ll enjoy the new spring in its step. by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre revives the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning musical, with energy and heart.

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