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Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Prince William Little Theatre by Tamela J. Ritter

It’s probably helpful to be well versed in Chekhov and Greek tragedies to understand many of the in-jokes and allusions in Christopher Durang’s 2012 Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike now being performed by Prince William Little Theatre at George Mason’s Hylton Performing Arts Center; but it’s not essential. After all, […]

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Review: ‘No Sisters’ at The Studio Theatre

A shout-out to Studio Theatre co-founder Russell Metheny, who designed the complex on 14th Street, for installing a backstage stairway connecting the dressing rooms of the second-floor Milton and the ground-floor Mead. Were it not for that architectural passageway, there could be no No Sisters, and DC would be deprived of Writer-Director Aaron Posner’s latest […]

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Review: ‘Uncle Vanya’ at Hedgerow Theatre

A group of people are seated at a dinner table. They discuss the weather. Meanwhile, their lives are falling apart. With the revealing use of subtext like this, Anton Chekhov and others introduced modern theatre to the world. Uncle Vanya is one of Chekhov’s most revered works. The quiet desperation of this group of poor […]

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Review: ‘The Seagull’ at EgoPo Classic Theater

Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is one of the most durable of all 19th century plays. But it’s a play that producers, directors, and playwrights love to tinker with. In the last few years, audiences in Philadelphia and New York have been presented with updated rewrites of the work (including a musical version) rather than the original. EgoPo […]

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Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Castaways Repertory Theatre

Blue Herons and Other Good Omens Come to Roost in the Castaways Repertory Theatre’s Current Comic Delight If you aren’t familiar with Christopher Durang’s popular comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, don’t fear. The Castaways Repertory Theatre’s production, directed by Director Terri Caretti, has you covered. When I first walked into the theatre at […]

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Review: ‘The Present’ at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre

In the beginning there was a play by Anton Chekov that was simply called “a long play without a title”. He’d written a first draft of it in 1878, later called it Fatherlessness. He gave it to his older brother Alexander who told him he found it untruthful, and suggested he give up playwrighting altogether. […]

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Review: ‘Stupid Fucking Bird’ at Silver Spring Stage

Stupid Fucking Bird is Aaron Posner’s inspired and irreverent takeoff on Anton Chekhov’s 19th Century play The Seagull. Stupid Fucking Bird follows the plotline of its predecessor, while simultaneously poking fun at it. It became something of an instant classic in its own right when it debuted at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in 2013 and […]

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Review: ‘Stupid F**king Bird’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Written by Aaron Posner and “sort of adapted from Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull,” Stupid F**king Bird is a highly imaginative and humorous depiction of the love triangles and life lessons between younger and older actors and artists on vacation at the lake shore. At the heart of the story, playwright Con loves his starring actress Nina, […]

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‘The Good Doctor’ at Upcounty Theatre

The Good Doctor is a play written by famed playwright Neil Simon. First produced on Broadway in November of 1973, this show is not widely produced by Community Theatre. Undaunted, Upcounty Theatre and Director Michael Abendshein conquers it admirably. The Good Doctor takes several short stories of renowned writer Anton Chekhov and whittles them down into […]

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‘Stupid Fucking Bird’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Stupid Fucking Bird, Aaron Posner’s 2013 adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s late 19th century The Seagull, returns like the phoenix to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company with its stellar cast and crisp direction. The production entertains with its tongue-through-cheek perspective, particularly if you aren’t too sensitive to suicide jokes and existential despair made light. Think extended Jerry Seinfeld […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: Playwright Aaron Posner Talks About Inspiration, Adaptations and That ‘Stupid Fucking Bird’

Aaron Posner is a director and playwright whose impact is nationwide, and he is one of the hardest working men in theatre. Posner’s Award-wining play Stupid Fucking Bird (Helen Hayes – Outstanding Resident Play, Outstanding New Play) made its stunning World Premiere last year at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The production returns to Woolly reuniting […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Tragical Mirth of Marriage & Love: Short Scenes by Anton Chekhov’ by Christina Frank

Fans of Chekhov rejoice. Pallas Theatre Collective has come to lift your spirits and make you laugh. Long have people tried to convince me that Chekhov is funny. After falling asleep in more than one version of a three hour Cherry Orchard I refused to believe them; I’m finally starting to understand. Under the helm of director […]

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2013 Capital Fringe Show Preview: ‘The Tragical Mirth of Marriage & Love: Short Scenes by Anton Chekhov’

Pallas Theatre Cordially Invites You to… The Tragical Mirth of Marriage & Love: Short Scenes by Anton Chekhov Some marriages are tragical.  Some farcical. All are challenging!   Marriage. So hot right now. Whether we’re redefining it through our court system, advocating on its behalf with opinion pieces and dialogue, mixing it up to include […]

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