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Dangereuse: The Women of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Richard the Third’

An embittered wife. A “painted queen.” A virago who curses all who have crossed her. At first glance, the women of Shakespeare Theatre Company's Richard...

In the Moment: Impressions on STC’s ‘Richard the Third’

Complex villains are irresistible on stage and screen. They can be so magnetic. Their restlessness and shadings of evil keep my brain’s neurons firing....

Magic Time!: ‘The Brothers Size’ at 1st Stage

"You fucked up! You fucked up! You fucked up!" rails the older brother, berating the younger. "You fucked up! You fucked up! You fucked...

Magic Time!: ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at Ford’s Theatre

Cross-racial casting can be totally wrongheaded—as when white actors impersonate characters of color. It can also be speciously universalizing—as when actors of color play...

In the Moment: ‘The Baltimore Waltz’ at the Keegan Theatre

How any of us deal with the death of a loved one is so very personal. With the passing of her beloved brother Carl,...

Magic Time!: ‘Admissions’ at Studio Theatre

"Some of my best friends are white men," says Sherri, the very liberal white woman who handles admissions at a small New England prep...

Magic Time!: ‘Jeffrey’ at Rainbow Theatre Project

If there's such a thing as gay wit, Paul Rudnick's got a load of it. Imagine Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward if they could...

In The Moment: ‘Image China: Xuanzang’s Pilgrimage’ Makes U.S. Premiere at...

A far-reaching cultural exchange production from China by the China Performing Arts Agency (CPAA) is making its United States premiere at The Kennedy Center....

Local Favorite Margo Seibert Comes Home for Signature Theatre Concert

Fans of Margo Seibert - the Broadway star of Rocky and In Transit - may face some unusual competition for tickets to her upcoming...

Magic Time!: ‘Washington Magic’ at the Arts Club of Washington

When I was a kid, magic tricks and puppet shows were forerunners to my love of theater. They were like my gateway drug. I...

‘Miss Saigon’: Time To Say Goodbye?

A blunt assessment: It’s time to move on. It is time to retire Miss Saigon as the seductive, out-of-touch, museum piece that it is. Miss...

Magic Time!: ‘Kings’ at Studio Theatre

"Laws are like sausages," goes the adage. "It’s better not to see them being made." As it happens, I have a good mental picture...

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...