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Review: ‘Our Town’ at Olney Theatre Center

Thornton Wilder’s New Hampshire creation, Grover’s Corners, sits on some of the oldest rock in the world: “a shelf of Devonian basalt” crossed with “vestiges of Mesozoic shale,” we’re told. The oldest headstones in the cemetery are from the late 1600s, and filled with names that still populate Grover’s Corners in 1901, when the play Our […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC, MD, and VA Are: Gassan Abbas in I Shall Not Hate at Mosaic Theater Company of DC. Lizzi Albert as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Megan Anderson as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre. Megan Anderson […]

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In the Moment: Scenic Designer Tony Cisek on his Scenic Design for Folger’s ‘District Merchants’

Over the past nearly two decades, I have always anticipated what multi-Helen Hayes Award Scenic Designer Tony Cisek will bring forth on the Folger Theatre’s intimate stage space with its two iconic, permanent pillars standing so straight and muscular. So, I looked forward to the wizardly Cisek’s scenic design for District Merchants, the new play using […]

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Review: ‘District Merchants’ at Folger Theatre

District Merchants, in its world premiere at Folger Theatre, is a tour de force that explores the complexity of race and identity in Reconstruction-era America. As part of Folger Theatre’s 2016 celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare and in tandem with its exhibition America’s Shakespeare, Folger commissioned this very fine reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Merchant […]

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In the Moment: ‘The Flick’ at Signature Theatre

Several years ago I read Annie Baker’s The Flick. For the life of me, I wondered how such a beautifully written, gutsy play about working-class heroes in their own ways could be turned into a living breathing stage production that audiences would care about, let alone pay money to see. As a long time script […]

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Round House Theatre Announces its 2016-2017 Season: A Celebration of Tony Kushner

NEW SEASON INCLUDES A CELEBRATION OF TONY KUSHNER, THE LARGEST MUSICAL IN ROUND HOUSE’S HISTORY, THE REGIONAL PREMIERE OF A SOLO SHOW BY AUGUST WILSON ROUND HOUSE THEATRE AND OLNEY THEATRE CENTER ANNOUNCE TWO-YEAR ARTISTIC PARTNERSHIP Round House Theatre and Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette are thrilled to announce the company’s 2016-2017 Season. The ambitious new […]

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Review: ‘The Flick’ at Signature Theatre

Like the seismic shift in the theatrical terrain that I experienced when I saw the Steppenwolf Theater’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead off-Broadway, or the excitement I felt when I saw Steppenwolf’s galvanizing production of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County with the original cast on Broadway, the Signature Theater’s production of Annie Baker’s […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Read a description of The Winter’s Tale, and you may think William Shakespeare imbibed a little too much while writing it. The absurdity of events seems outlandish, even for a man whose vast oeuvre runs the gambit from historical battles to a mad Danish prince to warring fairy kingdoms. The plot is problematic at best, […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Preview # 45: We Happy Few’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ by Kerry McGee

WE HAPPY FEW PRODUCTIONS Presents: THE WINTER’S TALE By William Shakespeare A Part of the 10​th ​Annual Capital Fringe Festival, July 9​​-August 2, 2015. I am a feather for each wind that blows THE WINTER’S TALE is a complicated story filled with impossible magic and preposterous plot points. Bears eat messengers but leave babies to be discovered by shepherds, […]

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‘Julius Caesar’ at Folger Theatre

Folger Theatre launches its 2014-15 season with a strikingly imaginative production of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, a play whose contradictions and cruelties mirror the bewildering politics of our time. On the eve of an important midterm election, it is well to be reminded of what politics can do, and what it can’t do, to […]

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Magic Time: ‘ We Happy Few Productions’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Capital Fringe by John Stoltenberg

Cross-gender casting of the classics can be sometimes a silly stunt, sometimes an earnest bemusement, and sometimes—as in Romeo and Juliet as staged for Capital Fringe by We Happy Few Productions—an astonishing fresh take for our times, a rereading that rewards us with resonance and relevance we were not aware of before. Academics have had […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Carolyn Kelemen

‘A Romeo to die for’ Be still my heart!  On a sultry summer night, just like Juliet (a feisty Raven Bonniwell), this writer fell in love with Romeo (Sean Huddock) in the We Happy Few production of Romeo and Juliet at the Capital Fringe Festival. My heart also skipped a beat or two for the tap-dancing, blonde Mercutio, (William Vaughan), plus […]

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