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Tag Archives | Dan Covey

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Spine: ‘Milk Like Sugar’ at Mosaic Theater Company

America is but an expensive iPhone. If you’ve got that, and its Pink with a sexy ringtone, then you’re in, as in the “in” crowd. Now, all you need is a baby. Or so seems the mind-set of Margie, Talisha, and Annie (Ghislaine “Gigi” Dwarka, Renee Elizabeth Wilson, and Kashayna Johnson), three young African-American high […]

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Review: ‘The Body of an American’ at Theater J

A true story that begins with the desecration of a dead body becomes, before our eyes and hearts, a living and breathing buddy story. Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American is an intimate two-hander about a unique friendship between two men. In the engrossing production just opened at Theater J, it is performed so poignantly […]

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Review: ‘Word Becomes Flesh’ & ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ at Theater Alliance

There is a critical conversation going on in Anacostia right now that may be one of the most  urgent and honest exchanges between black women and black men the American theater has ever known. The conversation is between two choreopoems, one composed and staged from a black man’s point of view (Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word […]

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Magic Time! ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Ford’s Theatre

What’s the best way to stage a modern classic that is both reverential and revelatory? How does one mount a production that is respectful of the author’s intent yet freshly insightful. How can a production that is both faithful to the text and plentiful with pleasant original surprise seem a coherent vision, a seamless whole? […]

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Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Ford’s Theatre

Possibly the most lyrical and sentimentally poignant of all the plays written by Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie still holds up as one of Williams’ most well-written plays. “delicately-wrought” is the adjective that come to mind when trying to describe this “tone poem” of a play. Frequently performed and revived as a staple of the […]

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‘Black Nativity’ at Theater Alliance

If it is true that theater originated as worship and ritual—as a healing form of human communion with sacred mystery—then that history is surely raising the rafters of the Anacostia Playhouse these days. The joyous occasion is the return of Theater Alliance’s acclaimed Black Nativity, Langston Hughes’ poetic “song play” based on Gospel narratives of […]

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‘Technicolor Life’ at Rep Stage

Three generations of women in one contemporary American family prove “ready for their close-up” in Technicolor Life, a world premiere at Rep Stage in Howard County. Don’t make a mistake thinking Technicolor Life will be some sort of Hollywood tell-all. The drama by Jami Brandli takes on divorce, wounded warriors, euthanasia, and the trials of […]

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‘Sunset Baby’ at Rep Stage

Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby is social realism with snap. It knows how to “unlock all that attitude,” as one of the play’s three characters puts it, and audiences attending the regional premiere at Rep Stage had best be prepared for it. First and foremost, there’s Nina, a bristling, red-hot bundle of African-American attitude who won’t […]

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‘The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures’ at Theater J

This is a big play,” the playwright Tony Kushner has said without understatement, and without an argument from anyone. It’s sprawling and sweeping and awesome in depth and breadth. It’s also long, about three and a half loquacious hours, with a title so discursive it has been foreshortened to “iHo.” But as Director John Vreeke’s […]

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‘Two Trains Running’ at Round House Theatre

“There are always and only two trains running. There is life and there is death.” – August Wilson Change is in the air. It’s 1969, a pivotal year of change and a turning point in American history when assassinations, racial riots, and antiwar protests marked the late 1960s. When we meet the seven affable characters in […]

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‘Yellow Face’ at Theater J by John Stoltenberg

If there was an open casting call for the role of you, who should get the part and who shouldn’t? Must the actor be descended from a gene pool that arose in the same area on the globe that yours did? Or could the actor’s family tree be traced back to some otherforest on the planet? Theater J’s […]

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‘Red Speedo’ at The Studio Theatre by David Friscic

The incendiary world of moral compromise, selfish justifications, and cut-throat competition where the “winner takes all” and “the end justifies the means” regardless of the cost is shown in the provocative world premiere of Lucas Hnath’s play Red Speedo, now running at The Studio Theatre. This extremely relevant production merits attention due to its’ controversial, […]

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‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at Round House Theatre Bethesda by David Friscic

Playwright Martin McDonagh’s bleak and dour black tragi-comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane is alive and well in its thrilling current production at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre. Under the superlative direction of Jeremy Skidmore (who directed what I considered the best production of the past season, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo again at Round House Theatre), this […]

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