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Review: ‘Bud, Not Buddy’ at The Kennedy Center

Last night, The Kennedy Center presented an inspiring world premiere commission of Bud, Not Buddy. Kirsten Greenidge created the fast-paced and touchingly funny script, based on the book from award-winning children’s literature author, Christopher Paul Curtis. It’s the story of an orphan boy’s journey to find his father, in Michigan during the Great Depression. Interwoven with […]

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Review #2: ‘Charm’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Just opened at Mosaic Theater Company in a thrilling and vibrant production directed by Natsu Onoda Power is a play that puts on stage some of what National Geographic just called the gender revolution. But this is no anthropological field trip. Charm is so funny and poignant, and so pure of heart, that it elevates […]

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Review: ‘Charm’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

If you think teaching manners to a group of outcast runaways sounds like a joke—ridiculous at best, and irrelevant or possibly dangerous at worst—then think again. Because the idea of offering lessons in uplifting behavior to people who see themselves as undeserving is neither new nor hard to believe. Of course, it helps to have […]

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Review: ‘The Conference of the Birds’ at Montgomery College

Lots of ‘fowl’ play was displayed at Montgomery College during their stunning intimate production of The Conference of the Birds, passionately directed by KenYatta Rogers, during the weekend of April 20-24, 2016. Written by Farīd ud-Dīn Attar Abū Hamīd bin Abū Bakr Ibrāhīm in the 12th Century, it illustrated the Islamic doctrine of Sufism –  about the search […]

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Magic Time! ‘Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)’ at Round House Theatre

The production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ acclaimed three-part saga now having its regional premiere at Round House Theatre is some of the most amazing storytelling I’ve seen on stage. Amazing on account of the stories themselves, and equally amazing on account of how they are told. In an essay titled “Possession,” Parks gives this provocative inkling […]

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Review: ‘Father Comes Home from the War (Parts 1, 2 & 3)’ at Round House Theatre

Round House Theatre has crafted a formidable artistic statement for Suzan-Lori Parks’ inventive, no make that commanding, Father Comes Home from the War (Parts 1, 2 & 3). It is a quietly scorching production that will leave evident marks; a provocative fusion of uncomfortable factual American racial history and vivid dramatic fictionalized flair set in […]

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‘King Hedley II’ at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Make no mistake about it. August Wilson is one of America’s greatest dramatists. Authentic, historically rich, and dramatically insightful — few playwrights have the gifts and the talent to create work that resonates with all three qualities. Arena Stage’s new production of King Hedley II, the 1980’s representative of his century long Pittsburg Cycle, is […]

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‘Colossal’ at Olney Theatre Center

In his curtain speech prior to the opening night performance of Andrew Hinderaker’s Colossal at Olney Theatre Center, Artistic Director Jason Loewith mentioned ‘past, present, and future,’ and that tonight’s performance would focus on these three things. Loewith was absolutely correct, because at the core of Hinderaker’s emotionally gripping and corporeally inspiring play is the […]

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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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Topdog/Underdog at Everyman Theatre by Amanda Gunther

Watch the cards closely. Pick a red card you pick a loser. Pick another red card you pick the other loser. But pick a black card and you pick a winner. And picking to see the Baltimore area of premier of Susan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-Winning Topdog/Underdog at Everyman Theatre is certainly a winning card in […]

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Part 1: ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ at Round House Theatre: Meet Director Mitchell Hébert by Joel Markowitz

This is the first of a series of interviews with The director and the cast of Round House Theatre’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross. Meet Director Mitchell Hébert. Joel: Why did you want to direct David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross? Mitchell: The characters are sharply drawn, the stakes are very high, and language is electric. What are some of […]

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‘Holly Down In Heaven’ at Forum Theatre by Jessica Vaughan

Forum Theatre successfully takes on religion, teenage pregnancy, and Chucky’s slightly milder cousins in Holly Down in Heaven – their new work by Resident Playwright Kara Lee Corthron. Forum Theatre has a mission to ask big questions and build community with the pieces they choose. They were founded in 2003, and have grown their reputation for taking […]

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