Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Lindsay-Abaire’s ‘Ripcord’ pulls the rug out from under senior-living pranksters by Nelson Pressley

A return to early antic style from the author of “Good People” and “Rabbit Hole.”

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Studio Theatre’s new Showroom series courts ‘the summertime vibe’ by Nelson Pressley

Offbeat acts — including spoken karaoke and “Mortified” — occupy a cabaret space.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Washington Ballet let Brooklyn Mack go. The popular dancer landed at the Metropolitan Opera House. by Sarah L. Kaufman

What it’s like to go from jobless dancer to starring with American Ballet Theatre.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

With a trumpet fox trot and the roar of a siren, Inscape delivers Hindemith by Charles T. Downey

At the National Gallery of Art, the chamber orchestra showed the composer’s many sides.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Nora’s back in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2.’ Lucky for us, she’s played by Holly Twyford. by Peter Marks

Round House stages the Washington-area premiere of Lucas Hnath’s Broadway play.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Falsettos’ revival brings back an era of liberation and fear by Nelson Pressley

The William Finn-James Lapine musical weaves its way toward heartbreak.

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I’m not rejoicing over a play produced by the Kennedy Center. Here’s why. by Peter Marks

“Byhalia, Mississippi” does not begin to meet the arts center’s responsibilities for plays.

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‘Prufrock’ puts a new dance spin on T.S. Eliot by Celia Wren

A director and a choreographer stage a landmark modernist poem.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

No shoo-in success for two new plays about female artists by Celia Wren

The play “#solestories” is flawed but displays ingenuity and vigor that are lacking in “Gwen & Ida.”

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

D.C. sniper case is the frame for ‘Forest Treás,’ an experimental show about media by Nelson Pressley

Sarah Ruhl’s “The Oldest Boy” gets an area premiere at Spooky Action.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: Seven things to know, from bathroom humor to Elaine May’s first win at 87 by Nelson Pressley

James Corden was a cheerleader on Broadway’s biggest night, but the show was uninspiring.

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Tony Awards 2019: ‘Hadestown’ wins best musical, and ‘The Ferryman’ snags best play by Peter Marks

Anaïs Mitchell’s bluesy show based on a Greek myth collects an evening-high eight awards.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Tony Awards 2019: The winners

Here’s who received the coveted trophies on Broadway’s biggest night.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

On ‘Pose,’ dancing isn’t just about self-expression. It’s a survival skill for trans women. by Sarah L. Kaufman

As the show about New York’s trans ballroom culture enters Season 2, here’s what the emphasis on self-presentation and voguing means.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Betty Buckley joins the ‘Hello, Dolly’ parade. And the pleasure of it doesn’t pass us by. by Peter Marks

The tour of the Tony-winning revival comes to the Kennedy Center.

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Hey, Tony Awards, lighten up! You should give more prizes to the funny stuff. by Peter Marks

Some choice comic work is nominated, but the voters tend to go for more dramatic turns.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘A Misanthrope’ brings Molière’s fabulous fakes into the 21st century by Nelson Pressley

The art of the takedown gets updated rhyming verse.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘We’re Gonna Die’ makes you feel okay about it by Nelson Pressley

Young Jean Lee’s play with songs is a rock-and-roll reflection on mortality.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

This Putin learns the power of lies in ‘Describe the Night’ by Nelson Pressley

Rajiv Joseph’s epic grapples with fiction as it spans decades of Russian history.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

In a Ballet Across America world premiere, even the piano dances by Sarah L. Kaufman

The surprisingly agile instrument is the focus of Pam Tanowitz’s charming “Gustave Le Gray No. 1,” for Miami City Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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Friday, May 31, 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

In Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America, a women’s movement by Sarah L. Kaufman

Dance Theatre of Harlem opened this series with works by female choreographers and musicians.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Greek tragedy continues to have its moment in fierce new keys by Celia Wren

‘Klytmnestra’ and ‘Fragments of Sappho’ riff anew on ancient tales.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Why Roger Federer is the most graceful athlete of our time by Sarah L. Kaufman

A dance critic on the pleasures of watching the elegant tennis star, who belongs equally to the realm of aesthetics as to sports.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘Sooner/Later’ weaves rom-com premise into bittersweet family portrait by Celia Wren

Local writer Allyson Currin’s play is often funny, ultimately moving and occasionally slack.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

My kingdom for a robot: Synetic Theater creates a dystopian, cyberpunk ‘Richard III’ by Nelson Pressley

It’s the latest in the troupe’s “Wordless Shakespeare” series.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Jubilee’ makes a star of the chorus at Arena Stage by Nelson Pressley

Tazewell Thompson’s new show at Arena Stage recalls the historic Fisk Jubilee Singers.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Produce a musical every year? Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner are your guys. by Peter Marks

Their ‘On Air’ for Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron fulfills an ambitious five-year plan.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘On Display’ movement installation examines body image by Celia Wren

“We make decisions together,” choreographer says of artists with and without disabilities.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘Mary Stuart’ gets a powerhouse cast at Olney by Nelson Pressley

A new adaptation streamlines the classic play, but doesn’t overhaul it.

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‘On Air’ at Creative Cauldron is a tuneful, engaging tour through little-known history by Celia Wren

The new musical is based on the real-life couple who launched America’s first radio station.

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