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Magic Time!: On Acting with a Conscience: A Q&A with Lianne...

The character Lianne Harvey plays in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls, Sheila Birling, really fascinated me. Sheila stands out as no ordinary ingenue. During the...

Magic Time!: ‘How to Keep an Alien’ by Solas Nua

I can't recall seeing another play by someone who came to playwrighting from standup, but I'll not soon forget how I laughed my feckin...

In the Moment: ‘Indecent’ at Arena Stage

“Why must every Jew on stage be a paragon?” A key question asked without bombast by one of the fictional characters created by playwright...

Magic Time!: ‘An Inspector Calls’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

J. B. Priestley's classic An Inspector Calls—a drawing-room drama set in England in 1912 and written there in 1944—has landed in DC with uncanny...

Magic Time!: Mike Daisey’s 18-Part, 30-Hour ‘A People’s History’ at Seattle...

I remember being so bored by my high school American history class that I got a D in it. This was not normal. My...

Magic Time!: ‘Cry It Out’ at Studio Theatre

Cry It Out—an exhilaratingly funny and touching comedy about new parenthood—is a joyous reminder that when a playwright of Molly Smith Metzler's skill and...

In the Moment: Looking Forward to ‘A Night of Suffrage Theater’...

It has been 100 years since suffrage pickets began in front of the White House for women to have the legal ability to vote...

In the Moment: Sound Design Enriches ‘King John’ at The Folger...

Folger’s rendering of the seldom-produced King John is more than impressive Shakespearean rhetoric and the checking off on a bucket list of plays to...

Magic Time!: ‘The Fever’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

If you've ever been in an acting class, a group-encounter session, a sensitivity training, or  kindergarten, you'll feel right at home in The Fever....

Magic Time!: ‘Actually’ by Theater J at Arena Stage

The vexing concept of consent in sex gets a seductively smart parsing in Anna Ziegler's Actually. Now playing in an electrically well-acted Theater J...

Magic Time!: ‘The Fall’ at Studio Theatre

There is so much to be blown away by in The Fall, the powerful and thrilling performance piece devised and performed by seven South...

Magic Time!: ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at Round House Theatre

I've been wary of this play since it was first produced in 1997. I remember hearing that it was about a pedophile and his...

Magic Time!: ‘Chocolate Covered Ants’ by Restoration Stage at THEARC

When three hours in the theater elapse faster than many a 90-minute performance, it's a good bet you've been in the thrall of a...

Magic Time!: Actor Michael Kevin Darnall Opens Up About Being Open...

When Michael Kevin Darnall plays a character who is the focus of a long scene and we can watch every nuance and shading of...

In the Moment: ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at Round House...

The latest data from the Child Welfare League of America indicate that in Maryland in 2015, there were over 51,000 referrals for child abuse...

In the Moment: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ at Synetic Theater

As if inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness or even Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Synetic’s highly original production of Sleepy Hollow, performed without...

In the Moment: ‘Heisenberg’ at Signature Theatre

With notes at the top of his work Heisenberg, playwright Simon Stephens gives undecorated, clear direction to theater companies for his expectations when producing...

Magic Time!: ‘Safeguards’ by Brave Soul Collective at Anacostia Arts Center

Brave Soul Collective is a hidden gem of theatrical truthtelling about black men who are LGBTQ. Periodically the collective surfaces with a one-night-only showcase...

In the Moment: ‘Lincolnesque’ at the Keegan Theatre

Separating a theater company’s production from the playwright’s script is crucial when evaluating a performance. After all, an engaging full production can do the...

Magic Time!: ‘How to Win a Race War’ at The Klunch

I know from my feminist antipornography activism that there is plenty of misogynist hate literature around. (The hard-core stuff is brutal, sadistic propaganda marketed...

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