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James Baldwin’s ‘Amen Corner’ bears witness to the Beloved Community

Corners can be safe spaces for hiding. There’s comfort in corners because they’re out of sight and out of danger. In The Amen Corner,...

Despite killer performances, ‘Shipwreck’s’ political message falters

Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017, the new play by Anne Washburn in its US premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, summons the dread...

In ‘Boy’ at Keegan Theatre, the anguish of a gender experiment...

"Oh, god. Maybe it didn't work," the mother exclaims in alarm. It's the moment in this hold-your-breath drama when she realizes the gender experiment...

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Mother Road’ brings powerful journey to Arena Stage

William Joad is a proud Oklahoma farmer with roots to the land as old and deep as the fields his family has tended for...

A fascinating rendering of ‘The King’s Speech’ at the National Theatre

Given that so many plays and films these days are based on, drawn from or inspired by each other, it is worth examining the...

DC theater community mourns passing of Victor Shargai

Update: February 13, 2020: The Washington theatre community remains in mourning over the loss of Victor Shargai, long-time theatreWashington board chair, theater lover, and...

Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz discusses his new play ‘Exquisite Agony,’ now...

In a particularly poignant scene in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’s Exquisite Agony, a heart transplant recipient named Amer has an intimate conversation with...

‘The 39 Steps’ at Constellation: a walk on the hilarious side

For an evening of dry wit and sophisticated, subtle humor, make your way…Oh forget it. Just come to Constellation Theatre’s The 39 Steps for...

Synetic Theater delivers visually stunning, ballet-driven adaptation of ‘Phantom of the...

As Synetic Theater races through its rowdy teenage years (not quite 20, yet), they have earned a reputation for finely-honed narrative dance, brilliant original...

Who is Black? Signature Theatre’s ‘Gun & Powder’ hits a national...

It may surprise you (as it did me) that the title of this melodic world-premiere musical does not refer to gunpowder. The word gun...

Signature Theatre’s commanding ‘Gun & Powder’ pulls no punches

Raw one moment, richly comic the next. Subtle in one scene, directly challenging the audience the next. The world premiere musical Gun & Powder...

Rorschach’s ‘The Toxic Avenger’ is the campy musical you didn’t know...

Poor Melvin Ferd the Third just can’t catch a break. The ladies shun him, the jocks harass him, and the pretty blind librarian he...

Beyond the script: Playwright Steven Dietz talks about ‘Bloomsday,’ a love...

You don’t have to read Ulysses—or, for that matter, know anything about James Joyce, its author, or Leopold Bloom, its hapless hero—to love Bloomsday. The...

2020 Helen Hayes nominations are announced

At a February 3, 2020 celebration honoring theatre excellence on stages across the Washington area, theatre artists, administrators, patrons, and special guests gathered in...

‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ at Dominion Stage rethinks how racist history...

Dominion Stage has given this rowdy, irreverent, and rollicking rock musical a remarkably woke production that is as rousing as it is reflective and...

The political becomes personal in Olney Theatre Center’s ‘Miss You Like...

At Friendship Park, on the US-Mexico border just south of San Diego, from 10 am to 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays, 10 people at...

‘Next to Normal’ makes a triumphant DC return at the Kennedy...

In 2020, isn’t all of DC just trying to get by with something “next” to normal? We’re going about our daily lives while there’s...

‘Silent Sky’ at Ford’s Theatre celebrates early female astronomers who reached...

Two generations before the African American space scientists immortalized in the film Hidden Figures propped up America’s nascent space program, another group of pioneering...

Round House’s ‘Spring Awakening’ captures the essence of teenage angst

With her green roots and sneakers that spout “fuck you,” Billie Eilish, who swept Sunday night’s pop Grammys, sings a new song for a...

‘The Royale’ Director Paige Hernandez talks boxing, hip hop, and the...

Multidisciplinary artist Paige Hernandez is not a fan of boundaries. Whether performing, directing or teaching, the Baltimore native has made a career out of...

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