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Spine: Love in the Time of Big Pharma, ‘The Effect’ at...

Big Pharma is not only big, it’s growing bigger by the panic attack, by the back spasm, by the botched terrorist attack. We want that...

Spine: What’s Left of America’s Makers, ‘Skeleton Crew’ at Studio Theatre

Lord, in a bourgeois town It's a bourgeois town I got the bourgeois blues Gonna spread the news all around Any Washington theatregoer who craves a working class...

Spine: Bessie Smith and ‘The Devil’s Music’ at Mosaic Theater Company...

Fresh from World War I and a devastated Europe, The Roaring Twenties indeed roared across America. In the midst of a raging economic boom...

Spine: ‘When We Were Young and Unafraid’ at The Keegan Theatre

Stepping back 45 years, America is in the midst of a social revolution, and feminist consciousness-raising sessions are underway. Radical feminists, cultural feminists, and political...

Spine: ‘Ulysses on Bottles’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC, Part...

Last night, Gilad Evron's Ulysses on Bottles opened the Mosaic Theater Company's 2017 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival. Described as an allegory, Evron's...

Spine: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Synetic Theater

The spectacle of movement has always been Synetic's star attraction. When those primal, emotional moments fuse with a strong narrative throughline, Synetic's brilliance shines...

Spine: ‘Three Sisters’ by the Maly Drama Theatre at The Kennedy...

With the Maly Drama Theatre's Three Sisters, playing through April 30 at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre, theatre lovers will feast on every slow...

Spine: ‘Or,’ not as in Either, at Round House Theatre

First of all, for theatre lovers, there is nothing as delightful as watching three top notch actors have fun on stage, and with Holly...

Spine: ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ at Mosaic Theater Company

About midway through Mosaic Theater's A Human Being Died That Night, Eugene de Kock, serving two life sentences for murder and assassination, turns to his interviewer,...

Spine: ‘King Charles III’ at The Shakespeare Theatre Company

They sure don't make kings like they used to. And maybe that's a good thing. Mike Bartlett's historical fantasy, King Charles III, based loosely (very loosely)...

Spine: Love and Wit in ‘As You Like It’ at the...

Now playing at the Folger Theatre, a new adaptation of Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch and produced in association...

Spine: ‘Mack, Beth’ a ‘Macbeth’ for the Cyber Age at Keegan...

Mack, Beth by Chris Stezin, now playing at The Keegan Theatre, is a Macbeth for the Cyber Age. Set in a world where death...

Spine: Consciousness, Conscience, and ‘The Hard Problem’ at The Studio Theatre

Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem isn't so much about consciousness and the existence of subjectivity, "the hard problem" elucidated by contemporary Australian philosopher David...

Spine: ‘Silent Sky’ at Silver Spring Stage

On occasion, a play comes along with a bit of history, a bit of uncovered history, and that history changes the nature of the...

Spine: ‘Charm’ at the Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Philip Dawkins' Charm takes on a high order: it wants to charm you. And to do that its lead character, Mama, has to be more...

Spine: Pointless Theatre’s ‘King Ubu’—No, That’s Not Donald Trump You See...

Ironically, and full of unintended consequences, while watching Pointless Theatre’s production of Alfred Jarry’s King Ubu  (yes, that's who wrote this play, translated afresh...

Spine: ‘Moby Dick’ Inside Jonah’s Whale at Arena Stage

"Jonah," I said to myself as soon as I laid eyes upon the set of Lookingglass Theatre Company's Moby Dick. Large, curved rib-bones thrusting upward,...

Spine: The Second City’s ‘Black Side of the Moon’ at Woolly...

"We are not a monolith! We are not a monolith! We are not a monolith!" chanted the six-member cast at the start of Woolly...

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,...

Spine: ‘Rameau’s Nephew’ at Spooky Action Theater

The 18th century French playwright and philosopher Denis Diderot is known best among theatre folk for his theoretical writings: on the actor, the 4th Wall, and...

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