Friday, September 21, 2018

Unsatisfied: Meet the people who have some reservations about ‘Hamilton’ by Zachary Pincus-Roth

The musical has won scads of awards and is hailed as a landmark. Who are the few poor souls who don’t actually love this thing?

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

This ‘Vanya’ is a teachable moment — for how to stage a classic play today by Peter Marks

It is an eternal challenge to get Chekhov right. Richard Nelson and Jay O. Sanders do.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84 by Deepti Hajela | ap

Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the D…

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Motherhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in ‘Pramkicker’ by Nelson Pressley

Sadie Hasler’s bruising comedy takes an irreverent point of view.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Putin for laughs and a random shooting for tears in two topical shows by Nelson Pressley

The Putin piece is absurd, while a mass violence incident sends a playwright toward ancient Greek models.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Telling her mother’s war story on stage with a piano by Celia Wren

Theater J presents a powerful story of a teenager who escaped the Nazi regime.

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ writer Levenson’s new epic probes Jewish identity by Nelson Pressley

Middle East politics and deep secrets strain a D.C. family.

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In wake of suit against New York City Ballet, audiences and funders should demand answers  by Sarah L. Kaufman

Three dancers are out, but claims of sexual degradation and a toxic environment must trigger a broader reckoning. 

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

‘Turn Me Loose’ pays homage to Dick Gregory by Nelson Pressley

Arena Stage revives the late comic’s style.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

2 dancers fired by NYC Ballet over nude photo accusations by Associated Press

Two dancers have been fired from the New York City Ballet amid accusations that they were part of a ring of male dancers who inappropriately shared nude photos and videos of women

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Never been to the Shakespeare Theatre? This is the season you can’t miss. by Nelson Pressley

Retiring artistic director Michael Kahn is going big, then going home, with “Inspector Calls” and “The Oresteia,” among others.

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I’ve been covering D.C. theater for roughly 20 years. Here’s why Signature is my favorite. by Nelson Pressley

Shirlington troupe gets extra points for being user-friendly and producing musicals better than the rest.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Two critics debate a rare rehashing of a revised ‘Macbeth,’ singing witches and all by Peter Marks

Folger Theatre revisits a Restoration-era version of the tragedy.

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German theater company’s Ibsen play canceled in China by Associated Press

A German theater company is ending a tour of China early after a theater canceled two showings of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.”

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Despite some first-rate performances, ‘Hero’s Welcome’ is a slog by Celia Wren

1st Stage’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s dark comedy is creaky.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

GALA’s uneven ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ offers sweet moments by Celia Wren

The performances are mixed in this production of the epic love story.

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Tell your friends about the disturbing ‘Gloria,’ but do not tell them the plot. by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth Theatre stages Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s office dramedy.

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Iran detains artists over Shakespeare performance by Associated Press

Report: Iran detains artists over Shakespeare’s summer midnight’s dream

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Sunday, September 9, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hotshot teacher-writer Paula Vogel is again at the head of the class by Nelson Pressley

Thanks, Broadway: The Pulitzer Prize winner’s stock rises at age 66.

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The radical new ‘Macbeth’ at the Folger Theatre is actually 350 years old by Nelson Pressley

An adaptation from the 1660s is revived, with singing witches and less-archaic language.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Shakespeare Theatre Company names U.K.’s Simon Godwin to succeed Kahn by Nelson Pressley

An Englishman with a showman’s flair is coming to Washington.

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Forget the cliches. The director behind the new ‘Beetlejuice’ musical is known for breaking the rules. by Peter Marks

The world premiere of Alex Timbers’s show is set for next month at D.C.’s National Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Dynamic production of ‘Painted Rocks,’ a mediocre Fugard play at MetroStage by Celia Wren

Work based on true story of outsider artist in South Africa

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Paul Taylor, giant of modern dance, dead at 88 in New York by Jocelyn Noveck | ap

Paul Taylor, a towering figure in American modern dance who, in a career that spanned more than six decades, created a vast body of work that reflected both the giddy highs and the depraved …

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Bring the kids to these 4 plays showing on D.C.-area stages by Jane Horwitz

“The Ice Child” and a musical called “Blueberries for Sal” are among the offerings.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

‘Marie and Rosetta’ offers a handshake intro to an early rock icon by Nelson Pressley

The bio of gospel-blues singer-guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe misses its chances.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91 by Mark Kennedy

Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” ‘’Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for deca…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

The dilemma for Shakespeare theaters: Increasing audiences without selling their souls by Peter Marks

A look at how classical companies try to sell tickets in an era of stiff competition.

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Fall for the ravishing music in ‘Passion,’ not the love triangle’s melodrama by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre revives Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony-winning musical

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