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Author Archive | Mark Dewey

Joey Collins (F. Scott Fitzgerald) and Angela Pierce (Miss Montaigne). Photo by Seth Freeman.

Contemporary American Theater Festival Review: ‘Scott and Hem Imagines Private Lives of Famous Writers’ by Mark Dewey

Mark St. Germain’s new play Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah, which was commissioned by The Contemporary American Theater Festival, is the sort of historical fiction that gets its thrust from our desire to peek between the curtains that celebrities have drawn across their windows, or that time itself has drawn. Its premise […]

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Penny Hauffe and Phil Erickson. Photo courtesy of Run Rabbit Run Theatre.

‘The 39 Steps’ at Run Rabbit Run Theatre by Mark Dewey

The 39 Steps: a Whirlwind Comes to Purcellville Playwright Patrick Barlow calls The 39 Steps “an adaptation,” and I would assert that every production of it is an adaptation of that adaptation, which may account for the show’s popularity: it begs to be designed and redesigned. The show’s original designer was John Buchan, who first […]

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Viola’s (Emily Trask), Duke Orsino (Michael Brusasco), Sebastian (William Vaughan), and Olivia (Rachel Pickup). Photo by Scott Suchman.

‘Twelfth Night’ at Folger Theatre by Mark Dewey

Folger’s Twelfth Night is Beautifully Conceived It’s a disk, or a lens, or giant kaleidoscope, thirty feet high and thirty feet wide. Or a big round stained-glass window, maybe, slanted like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A few of the pieces of glass at the bottom have been stolen, or they melted, or somebody licked […]

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(l-r) Spencer Trinwith (Henry), Michael Kramer (Don), and Anne Kaneneiser (Janna).Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

‘The Personals’ at No Rules Theatre Company by Mark Dewey

Searching for Mr. and Mrs. Right in “The Personal(s)” There’s been an accident. We don’t know exactly what happened, but we know that Janna was driving, and we know that Don was making Janna laugh, and we know that someone didn’t make it through the accident alive. Twelve long years have passed since then, but […]

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The cast of 'Into the Woods.' Photo courtesy of Shenandoah Conservatory.

‘Into the Woods’ at Shenandoah Conservatory by Mark Dewey

Into the Woods Showcases Shenandoah Talent Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, must pose a tempting challenge for directors. The musical interweaves the plot lines of four familiar fairy tales, distorting them in the first act and subverting them in the second in a way that flips the bird at conventional expectations, many of which […]

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(L to R) Johanna Day as Margie, Francesca Choy-Kee as Kate and Andrew Long as Mike in Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of Good People February 1-March 10, 2013.  Photo by Margot Schulman.

‘Good People’ at Arena Stage by Mark Dewey

Arena Stage Makes Good People Great The pivotal character in David Lindsay-Abaire’s new play Good People, directed at Arena Stage by Jackie Maxwell, has no lines and never comes onstage. All she does is fiddle with the TV in a room behind the kitchen, sometimes turning up the volume until it’s so loud that we can’t hear […]

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‘Henry V’ at The Folger Theatre by Mark Dewey

Appelman and Cisek Plumb the Depths of Henry at the Folger Theatre For a long time I’ve associated Shakespeare’s Henry V with men who go to war to come of age, or men who start a war to come of age, and since war is non-sense to me, Henry alway seems a little shallow. “We […]

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