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‘Tiny Island’ at Washington Stage Guild

As the audience waits for the Washington Stage Guild's Washington premiere of Michael Hollinger's Tiny Island to begin, they look curiously at two humongous...

Big Changes at La-Ti-Do! New Venue and Partnering with Arena Stage...

La-Ti-Do’s Fall 2015 Season & Special Events Announcement Produced by La-Ti-Do DC A part of the weekly La-Ti-Do series from October - December 2015 FALL...

Spine: An Interview with Playwright Jennie Berman Eng on ‘Whenever You’re...

The Women's Voices Theater Festival, more than fifty world premiere plays written by women -- now that's a happening! I am as excited by the...

Spine: Review of ‘On Clover Road’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival

A mother has lost her child to a cult; its leader has taken her as his divine bride. A de-programmer, whose own child died...

Spine: Review of ‘We Are Pussy Riot’ at Contemporary American Theater...

Pussy Riot, punk truth tellers and guitar playing agitators and feminist rabble rousers who stood up to the Russian State and its Church affiliates...

Spine: Review of ‘World Builders’ at Contemporary American Theater Festival

We are all populated by the images of main stream culture. Whether you’re 80 and still want Sam to play it again, or 50...

Spine: Review of ‘Everything You Touch’ at the Contemporary American Theater...

Beauty culture is a mess; fashion culture is the messiest, starving the human body, while forcing it into impossibly harsh postures, all in the...

Spine: Review of ‘The Full Catastrophe’ at the Contemporary American Theater...

Michael Weller’s The Full Catastrophe, based on a novel by David Carkeet, is a comedy, a comedy about marriage and those longing for marriage....

Spine: ‘In Session’ by La Petite Noiseuse Productions

Mónica López-González's new play, In Session, now playing at Johns Hopkins' Swirnow Theatre, ripples with ideas -- rich ideas, fascinating ideas on such subjects as artificial...

SPINE: ‘Zombie: The American’ — the Citizen, the Government Official, the...

"Only dead men tell the truth," said Mark Twain. And Zombies. Robert O'Hara's Zombie: The American opened last night at Woolly Mammoth and, save for one...

Spine: ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ at Folger Theatre (Article)

I first read Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead back in 1974. It was but one of many plays I devoured as part...

Spine: ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ at The Studio Theatre

Life's endless struggles -- from the daily variety, like getting your mates to behave appropriately, to the emotionally cataclysmic, like the death of a...

Spine: ‘Closet Land’: “A Lie Told Often Enough Becomes the Truth...

Radha Bharadwaj's Closet Land is not for the faint of heart. At least, not how it is done by Rick Hammerly of Factory 449 at...

Spine: ‘The Revolutionists’: Women One and All (Article)

The coming revolution will truly be remarkable. True equality for all men ... and women; in fact, the woman's revolution, when that barbarous testosterone...

Spine: ‘Murder Ballad: Liquor and Love, with Child’ by Robert Michael...

There’s nothing like hot sex to get the blood pumping. There’s nothing like lasting love to swoon the heart. There’s nothing like a child to turn...

Post-Play Palaver: Robert Michael Oliver and John Stoltenberg Look at ‘Light...

Robert Michael Oliver and John Stoltenberg saw and wrote about the same opening night performance of Lights Rise on Grace at Woolly Mammoth Theatre...

Spine: ‘The Margins’ at Molotov Theatre Group by Robert Michael Oliver

David Skeele's The Margins opened this Saturday at Adams Morgan's DCAC with its own brand of intimate terror. Take the small theatre -- and I...

Spine: ’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

The Creation of Art. The Wrestle with Death. 33 Variations, Moisés Kauffman's Tony nominated play, juxtaposes those two turbulences. In one -- circa 1820 in Vienna, Austria...

Spine: The Enlightened World of Folger’s ‘Mary Stuart’

Frederic Schiller's historical drama, Mary Stuart (1800), gives us two potent, yet vulnerable women, Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. It gives us...

Spine: ‘In Love and Warcraft’ and all the Mythologies in Between

In the hit TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon, Howard, Leonard, and Rajesh regularly play the on-line fantasy role playing game World of...

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