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Review: ‘King Charles III’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

The Ghost in the Machine Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III premiered in 2014, at London’s Almeida Theatre. Both the original production and the Broadway production won numerous awards. This new version, presented by the Shakespeare Theatre Company, is a breathtaking achievement. When the magical name of Diana is first invoked, a hush comes over the […]

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Review: ‘The Three Penny Opera’ at Spotlighters Theatre

Ever-willing to mount bold musicals with large casts you’d never expect to see in such an intimate, cozy space (remember last year’s gorgeous Evita?), Fuzz Roark at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre (“Spotlighters”) has done it again. Spotlighters’ first show of 2017 proves once again that you really can fit a big Broadway musical into a […]

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Capital Fringe Preview #31:’Oral Histories’ by Ward Kay

Sometimes it starts with the title. While taking a graduate research class on qualitative methods, playwright Ward Kay learned about oral histories and thought “That would make a great title!” He already had written a monologue with the opening line “A blow job saved my life.” To complement the existing monologue, he wrote two additional […]

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In the Moment: A Look at Synetic Theater’s ‘As You Like It’

Synetic Theater continues to winningly upend The Bard’s canon with its 12th production in the speechless, though far from silent, series that had its start in 2002 with Hamlet…the rest is silence. This time it is As You Like It, based upon Shakespeare play, that receives the Synetic treatment of stimulating physical movement flair and striking musical […]

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‘As You Like It’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic Theater’s As You Like It is what W.H. Auden called an “inverted pastoral”—the outlaw theme of Shakespeare’s play is enhanced by the transformation of the Forest of Arden into a dystopian urban landscape where a bohemian community struggles to survive. Taylor Robinson’s Rosalind is tough, elegantly sexual, and ferociously inventive. Her cousin Celia, in […]

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‘Rothschild & Sons’ at The York Theatre Company

Who doesn’t have great respect and admiration for the musical team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick? Certainly no one who has seen and heard the great body of their work which includes She Loves Me, Fiorello! (Pulitzer Prize) and their master work Fiddler On The Roof which in its day was the longest running […]

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Globe Theatre’s ‘King Lear’ at Folger Theatre

The power of Shakespeare’s tragedies lies in their ability to speak to both the political and the personal. King Lear is an exemplar in this regard. Not only does the empire collapse and the royal family disintegrate, but the king himself moves rapidly from fit to feeble to funeral pyre. Globe Theatre on Tour has brought its […]

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‘Young Robin Hood’ at Round House Theatre by Anne Tsang

The world premiere of Young Robin Hood, written by Jon Klein, at Round House Theatre, is a multi-faceted show. At first look, the production, directed by Derek Goldman, seems to be a simple story of the ever-familiar legend of Robin Hood, but on deeper reflection, the show is something so much more – a swashbuckling […]

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