Thursday, August 15, 2019

How sign-language interpreters convey the raw emotion of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Sarah L. Kaufman

“That’s the beauty of ASL — there are so many ways to represent words in the hands and the face.”

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Hong Kong protesters have found an anthem in this song from ‘Les Miz’ by Peter Marks

“Do You Hear the People Sing?” is ringing out across the region, in the streets and in an airport sit-in.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

More actors of color are being cast in roles traditionally played by whites — while feeling extra pressure to succeed by Peter Marks

Broadway’s Audra McDonald and Christian Dante White talk about the challenges they face: “White actors aren’t thinking, ‘I’m being white.’ They’re just being the person.”

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Jake Gyllenhaal is a stage animal for sure. But he needs more feral turf in ‘Sea Wall/A Life.’ by Peter Marks

Tom Sturridge also stars in the pair of monologues about men and death by British playwrights Simon Stephens and Nick Payne.

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Welcome home, ‘Dear Evan Hansen.’ You’re back where you belong. by Peter Marks

The Tony-winning musical begins a five-week stand at the Kennedy Center.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Riding high on BMX bikes in Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’ by Terry Nguyen

‘It feels like we’re having a session in a skate park,’ one of the two-wheeled acrobats says.

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The ‘Legally Blonde’ musical snaps the movie’s charm by Nelson Pressley

Elle Woods isn’t framed as stylishly in the bustling stage adaptation now at Keegan Theatre.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

New to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’? Start with these standout songs. by Thomas Floyd

The Broadway smash, which won a Grammy in 2018 for best musical theater album, begins a monthlong run at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday.

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ tests star Ben Levi Ross like he’s never been tested before by Thomas Floyd

The 21-year-old actor wrestles with the taxing lead role as the smash musical returns to D.C. for a Kennedy Center run.

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Thank you, Hal Prince, for giving me some of the most transcendent nights of theater I’ve ever known by Peter Marks

A maestro of the American musical leaves behind an unmatchable legacy, including “West Side Story,” “Cabaret,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Phantom.”

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George W. Bush’s ‘Courage’ paintings to be the first exhibition in Kennedy Center’s new space by Peggy McGlone

The Reach will host the traveling show of 66 works from Oct. 7 to Nov. 15.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

In ‘Volta,’ Cirque du Soleil riffs on street sports by Celia Wren

Great visual beauty trumps mysterious wispy narrative.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Will you love ‘Moulin Rouge!’ as a stage musical? Well, you’ll certainly fall in like. by Peter Marks

Baz Luhrmann’s crazy salad of a movie gets the Broadway-pizazz treatment.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

‘Tiger Style!’ roars about stereotypes in Mike Lew’s comedy by Nelson Pressley

Satire flies high as two Chinese American siblings try pursuing happiness.

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Jane Hawkins takes center stage in Synetic’s reimagined ‘Treasure Island’ by Celia Wren

The action-driven troupe adapts Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic.

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What do Broadway’s ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Book of Mormon’ have in common? Director Casey Nicholaw. by Geoffrey Himes

‘I don’t want it to seem like the comedy stops and then the dancing begins.’

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

‘American Spies,’ examining a Japanese American family in 1941, doesn’t quite find its footing by Nelson Pressley

Hub Theatre debuts Sam Hamashima’s new play to mixed effect.

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I enjoyed ‘Be More Chill’ this time. And no, that isn’t the wine talking. by Peter Marks

A scrappy Northern Virginia company showed me how this musical should be produced, drinking game and all.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

The whiz-bang ‘Aladdin’ at the Kennedy Center still has problems to solve by Nelson Pressley

The high-octane show delivers the spectacle, at least.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

‘Be More Chill’: The rare new musical you can see now on Broadway or on a small stage by Nelson Pressley

“It was not an easy choice,” composer Joe Iconis says of bucking the usual licensing route.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Jayne Atkinson brings Gov. Ann Richards back to exuberant life in ‘Ann’ by Peter Marks

Holland Taylor’s solo bio-comedy is an affectionate account of a memorably wry politician.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

An actor, once undocumented, got cast as a border detention guard. It was a revelation. by Peter Marks

Work-in-progress ‘Tender Age’ looks heartbreakingly at the crisis on our southern frontier.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A little earnest absurdism about bodily functions goes a long way in the Welders’ ‘LadyM’ by Celia Wren

New show implies that the stigmatization of menstruation is part of a broader tradition of oppressing women.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Too much monotone in ‘Bright Colors’ at Studio Theatre by Celia Wren

The one-man rant is admittedly funny, but too often feels like a single overstretched idea.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Women give voice to a male canon. It happens to be ancient Greek. by Anne Midgette

Novels and translations help bring old texts to the modern world. Why is it so hard for other fields to follow suit?

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At Wolf Trap, a ‘Swan Lake’ with streaks of light by Sarah L. Kaufman

Hee Seo and Cory Stearns lead American Ballet Theatre’s three-night series.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

‘The Band’s Visit’ settles in at the Kennedy Center by Nelson Pressley

The national tour of the laid-back Tony winner is on pitch.

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Unexpected Stage Company’s husband-and-wife founders can’t make their D.C. Dream Day long enough by Thomas Floyd

Rachel Stroud-Goodrich and Christopher Goodrich are celebrating their theater company's 10-year anniversary with a production of "The Few" in Bethesda.

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Jayne Atkinson made it her ‘civic duty’ to honor Ann Richards with one-woman show ‘Ann’ by Thomas Floyd

The "House of Cards" and "Madam Secretary" actress is playing the former Texas governor in Arena Stage's new production.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mike Daisey scores big in an uneven ‘curated’ series at Capital Fringe Festival by Nelson Pressley

Booking a genuine headliner is a twist for the grab-bag of acts staged around the city every July.

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Amid upheavals, there’s good news in Hong Kong: Its ballet thrives  by Sarah L. Kaufman

Under the rebranding efforts of former Washington Ballet head Septime Webre, subscriptions spike and shows sell out.

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