Thursday, December 1, 2022

A new ballet tips ‘Evita’ Perón off her pedestal by Sarah L. Kaufman

In Ballet Hispánico’s “Doña Perón,” choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa studies the enigmatic, charismatic Argentine icon.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:12PM

Magic and comedy power an enchanting ‘Tempest’ at Round House Theatre by Celia Wren

The magic, is as eye-catching as it is suited to Shakespeare’s tale of enchantment and reconciliation.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:03PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

At Round House Theatre, a literally magical ‘Tempest’ by Celia Wren

Produced in collaboration with the Folger, Shakespeare’s sorcery-centric play is directed and adapted by Aaron Posner and the magician Teller.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:42PM

A casino in hectic Times Square? This theater critic says heck no. by Peter Marks

Theater may be full of romantic notions about gambling, but a choked cultural and tourist crossroads is nowhere to welcome bettors.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:42PM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

Broadway’s ‘& Juliet’ pops with a cheeky supply of snap and crackle by Peter Marks

"& Juliet" is a new Broadway musical, with Max Martin's songs and a cheeky rewrite of "Romeo and Juliet."

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:12PM
Friday, November 25, 2022

Cracking open ‘The Nutcracker’s’ dark Russian past by Sarah L. Kaufman

Behind the holiday classic lies an unsavory history that may change the way you think about it.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18AM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Christmas whirls into town with Kansas City Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

At the Kennedy Center, comic toys and clever animals steal the show in a "Nutcracker" production especially geared for children.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:32PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

‘Downstate’ is a play about pedophiles. It’s also brilliant. by Peter Marks

Bruce Norris’s off-Broadway work is tough stuff, questioning how society treats those convicted of heinous acts.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:24PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

A new play shows drug addiction is tough to dramatize in novel ways by Peter Marks

“People, Places & Things” treads familiar turf even as it showcases the talents of a central character played by Kristen Bush.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 01:03PM

Matthew Gardiner’s ‘Into the Woods’ casts a spell decades in the making by Thomas Floyd

After falling in love with the show as a child, the Signature Theatre artistic director has put a new spin on Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's fairy tale musical.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 09:48AM
Friday, November 18, 2022

Go ‘Into the Woods’ at Signature Theatre. Come out charmed. by Peter Marks

The 1987 musical from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is revived by the perfect company.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:42PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

This just in! ‘Much Ado’ set in a TV news studio is nothing but fun by Peter Marks

Shakespeare Theatre Company resets the popular comedy as a Washington, D.C., farce.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:24PM

‘Hamilton’ choreographer couldn’t find a show he liked. So he wrote one. by Sarah L. Kaufman

“I only want to write things that move," says Andy Blankenbuehler, writer-director-choreographer of off-Broadway’s “Only Gold.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM

Alex Edelman confronts antisemitism onstage. Trust me, it’s hilarious. by Peter Marks

The acclaimed comedian brings “Just for Us” to D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:24AM
Monday, November 14, 2022

Budd Friedman, Improv founder who built a comedy empire, dies at 90 by Harrison Smith

He helped pioneer the modern comedy club, opening venues in New York and L.A. that fostered the careers of Jay Leno, Richard Pryor, Adam Sandler and others.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:18PM

Woolly Mammoth calls for theaters nationwide to trust and protect artists by Peter Marks

The board of the D.C. company circulates a letter in response to layoffs at a venerable Chicago theater company.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:48PM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Shakespeare meets ‘Broadcast News’ in a very D.C. staging of ‘Much Ado’ by Peter Marks

And it’s been double duty for Simon Godwin, artistic director of Shakespeare Theatre Company, who created versions of the Bard’s comedy in two styles on two continents.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:12AM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

‘Kimberly Akimbo’ is on Broadway, and the world is better for it by Peter Marks

David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori’s delightful musical marks its official opening in Times Square.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:32PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

2 D.C. plays put wit and warmth on the map, from Ireland to Israel by Peter Marks

“The Playboy of the Western World” gets a dramatic updating, while “Home?” details a Palestinian actress’s quest for a safe artistic haven.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:42PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

A haunting portrait of Emmett Till comes full circle in ‘Till Trilogy’ by Celia Wren

Mosaic Theater Company stages all three of Ifa Bayeza’s history-based plays. The most intriguing is the second part, “Benevolence.”

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:32PM
Saturday, November 5, 2022

Solas Nua mounts an updated ‘Playboy of the Western World’ by Celia Wren

D.C. production of of J.M. Synge’s play is set in a far different Ireland from the 1907 of its premiere: multicultural, modern and urban

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:24PM

Douglas McGrath, wide-ranging film director and playwright, dies at 64 by Brian Murphy

Mr. McGrath opened a one-man autobiographical show, "Everything's Fine," in New York last month.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 04:54PM
Friday, November 4, 2022

25 years on, dad and daughter return to ‘Lion King.’ Cue the tears. by Peter Marks

On the occasion of "The Lion King's" 25th anniversary on Broadway, a father and daughter return to savor its durable rewards.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 06:48AM
Thursday, November 3, 2022

The new musical ‘Almost Famous’ is not even almost great by Peter Marks

The delightful 2000 rock film comes to Broadway with disappointing results.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 10:54PM
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Ralph Fiennes, Samuel L. Jackson electrify the drama on N.Y. stages by Peter Marks

"Straight Line Crazy" and "The Piano Lesson" are among the hot properties on Broadway and off this fall.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:54PM
Friday, October 28, 2022

For dancers performing in museums, first rule is: Don’t bump into art by Sarah L. Kaufman

Resident choreographers add physical verve to the static world of art exhibitions. But carefully. Very carefully.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:33AM

‘Sanctuary City’ puts human faces to undocumented immigrants’ strife by Thomas Floyd

Arena Stage production of Martyna Majok’s emotionally charged two-hander runs through Nov. 27.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 07:33AM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Mark Morris’s tribute to Burt Bacharach is what the world needs now by Sarah L. Kaufman

Nothing is as it seems with this brilliant dance journey performed at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:03PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

With midterms looming, an interactive show urges us to hear one another by Peter Marks

Created at NYU, “Whatever You Are, Be a Good One” goes live nationally to encourage us to listen, and learn.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 05:03PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Sink your teeth into one of these ‘Dracula’ stagings by Celia Wren

Synetic Theater production is far more inventive than Rorschach's heavy-handed staging in a vacant firehouse.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 02:37PM
Monday, October 24, 2022

Constellation revives ‘Once on This Island’ to joyful effect by Celia Wren

A winning staging of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 musical runs through Nov. 6 at the Source.

SOURCE: Washington Post at 03:33PM

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