Saturday, February 15, 2020

GALA Hispanic Theatre and Arena Stage amplify Cuban voices with a twofer of plays by Nilo Cruz and Eduardo Machado by Thomas Floyd

‘Exquisite Agony’ and ‘Celia and Fidel’ spotlight the work of Cuban American playwrights.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

If that audiobook narrator sounds familiar, check your theater program by Peggy McGlone

When not onstage, some local actors are putting their dramatic skills to work making “talking books” at the Library of Congress.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘The King’s Speech’ amounts to a stale retelling by Thomas Floyd

David Seidler’s play, which premiered in London following the film’s success, is underwhelming in its visit to the National Theatre.

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GALA’s ‘Exquisita Agonia’ pours its heart out by Celia Wren

2018 play written and directed by Nilo Cruz brims with poetry and oversize emotion.

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Can this generation’s Tony and Maria find their place in yet another ‘West Side Story’? by Peter Marks

Director Ivo van Hove’s radically reimagined Broadway production has its official opening Feb. 20.

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Folksinger Erin McKeown brings her love of folk and theater to ‘Miss You Like Hell’ by Geoffrey Himes

At the Olney Theatre, McKeown’s songs explore the relationship between an estranged mother and daughter.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Here’s to Washington’s Victor Shargai: A fan, a catalyst, a mensch of the theater by Peter Marks

The region’s theaters will dedicate their performances to the late theater advocate on Valentine’s Day.

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A ‘Giselle’ that whirls with unusual lyricism by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, Hee Seo shines in American Ballet Theatre’s production.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Rorschach Theatre’s ‘Toxic Avenger’ musical oozes B-movie camp by Thomas Floyd

First-time director Tracy Lynn Olivera oversees a talented collection of comic performers at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Like ‘Black Swan,’ this new ‘Phantom of the Opera’ raises goose bumps with pirouettes by Peter Marks

Synetic Theater tackles Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel in ballet form.

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Get a load of the exuberant new sister act: Mary and Martha Clarke, singing outlaw heroes of ‘Gun & Powder’ by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre stages the world premiere of Angelica Chéri and Ross Baum’s new musical.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

People said her great-great-aunts posed as white and robbed banks. So she wrote a musical about them. by Peter Marks

“Gun & Powder” will have its world premiere at Signature Theatre, where librettist-lyricist Angelica Chéri can’t wait for her family to see it.

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Ballet dancers have weird and quirky pre-show rituals that would put any sports star to shame by Sarah L. Kaufman

“Anything to avoid the thought of the 3,000 people,” says one dancer, explaining why superstitions persist backstage.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The tragic beauty of Alvin Ailey’s politically charged dance programs by Sarah L. Kaufman

Jamar Roberts’s “Ode” somehow manages to show the depth of loss to gun violence, as well as communal unity.

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Is theater director Alan Paul the hardest-working man in D.C. showbiz? by Thomas Floyd

The prolific 35-year-old’s latest project, after “Cabaret” and “Peter Pan and Wendy,” is “Spring Awakening” at Round House.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Road-trip musical ‘Miss You Like Hell’ embarks on a bumpy ride to catharsis by Thomas Floyd

The Olney Theatre Center production, about an undocumented Latina mother and her estranged daughter, sometimes loses its way but ultimately hits home.

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A second shot for ‘Hamilton’ at the Kennedy Center: Tickets go on sale in March by Peggy McGlone

The megahit hip-hop musical will run June 16-Sept. 20 in the Opera House.

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‘Vagina Monologues’ playwright Eve Ensler: ‘My whole life, I’ve been waiting for an apology’ by Kk Ottesen

The Tony Award-winning writer turns inward for her book about abuse.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ leads Helen Hayes nominations by Peggy McGlone

Constellation Theatre musical scores 11 nods for Washington-area theater honors.

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‘Silent Sky’ tells the story of pioneering female astronomers with humor and warmth by Celia Wren

Sleek production of Lauren Gunderson play is now at Ford’s Theatre.

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J-Lo and Shakira shake off boundaries, put on a ferocious master dance class at the Super Bowl by Sarah L. Kaufman

Our dance critic reviews the pop stars’ dazzling halftime performance.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

National Ballet of Canada gets it right: In ‘The Sleeping Beauty,’ it’s what’s inside that counts by Sarah L. Kaufman

Rudolf Nureyev’s opulent and deeply moving production dazzles at the Kennedy Center.

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‘Next to Normal’ is back. It’s still a glorious, heartbreaking experience. by Peter Marks

Rachel Bay Jones and Brandon Victor Dixon lead a thrilling Kennedy Center revival.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Beware. This stylish ‘Medea’ adaptation offers no escape, for Rose Byrne or for you. by Peter Marks

Director Simon Stone revisits the classic tale of a woman bent on revenge, co-starring Bobby Cannavale.

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Acting warms Washington Stage Guild’s too-tidy ‘Bloomsday’ by Celia Wren

The Steven Dietz play ponders time, love, regret and the fragility of human connection.

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‘Spring Awakening’ lights up Round House Theatre with visual flair by Thomas Floyd

Director Alan Paul stages a visually audacious, if occasionally unwieldy, revival of the rock musical.

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How a play about the Taliban’s oppression of women manages to be both harrowing and hopeful by Vanessa H. Larson

Arena Stage hosts the East Coast premiere of ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns.’

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

National Ballet of Canada dazzles with exhilarating energy at the Kennedy Center by Sarah L. Kaufman

Mixed bill includes Ratmansky’s meditation on Soviet society, “Piano Concerto #1,” the finale of his Shostakovich Trilogy.

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A Palestinian play comes to the Kennedy Center, offering a comedic olive branch by Peter Marks

‘Grey Rock,’ by a Palestinian Jewish writer-director, is on a unique U.S. tour.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A theater highlight for D.C.: James Baldwin’s rarely seen ‘Amen Corner’ by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company is staging its idea of a modern classic.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

In ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns,’ a searing indictment of the Taliban’s treatment of women by Peter Marks

Arena Stage brings to Washington a powerful play based on Khaled Hosseini’s novel.

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