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Grammy-winning percussionists release an exceptional, ‘theatrical’ album

Can an hour-long album of something technically labeled “classical music” actually be the closest thing to musical theater’s tradition of an original cast recording? It...

In Mosaic’s darkly funny ‘Inherit the Windbag,’ an epic bickerfest (ep....

Mosaic Theater Company’s web series Inherit the Windbag is a darkly funny revisitation of a debate between two larger-than-life figures. During the 1968 Democratic...

A theater fan tests Synetic’s impressive new streaming service

The award-winning Synetic Theater is known for innovative interpretations of classic stories, most notably for their Wordless Shakespeare adaptations. As theaters pivoted to virtual...

‘A Boy and His Soul,’ heartwarming and buoyant, from Round House

Playwright Colman Domingo has no time for stereotypes. A Boy and His Soul, his one-man, autobiographical play, is a living, breathing example of real...

Woolly’s nifty ‘Rich Kids’ twits excess, whizzes by

You got a fast car I want a ticket to anywhere Maybe we make a deal Maybe together we can get somewhere Any place...

‘Cry It Out’ at Everyman Theatre airs real-life new-mom pressures

Award-winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler’s Cry It Out is a beautiful commentary on real life. The struggles of parenting in an age of never...

Studio Theatre’s raw, audacious ‘Cock’ is one big deal

Set me free why don't cha babe Get out my life why don't cha babe 'Cause you don't really love me You just keep me hangin' on These...

STC’s ‘A Winter’s Tale’ mock trial submits evidence that spring is...

Critic Marjorie Garber suggests that A Winter’s Tale is “a hall of mirrors” and that the main character, King Leontes, lives in a solipsistic...

Washington Stage Guild revives Shaw’s ‘Devil’s Disciple’ with simplicity and skill

Many well-made and renowned plays are rarely seen onstage. Extensive staging requirements, such as multiple locations or an expansive cast of characters, often give...

‘Genderosity’ by Gay Men’s Chorus is a lovely many-gendered sing

By now, you have likely seen a song performed by a “virtual choir,” a group of singers who recorded his/her/their part as a solo...

Hear Steven Banks on classical sax in exceptional free virtual concert

Every musical theater actor in town is familiar with the sight of some of the pit musicians lugging multiple instruments into the theater. Especially...

An enchanting ‘Little Mermaid’ from Ballet Theatre of Maryland

Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s production of The Little Mermaid is a beautiful celebration of dance and storytelling. Performed at the Westin Annapolis Hotel to...

In Matthew Bourne’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ the lovers are teens in...

“For never was there a tale of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Who doesn’t know the tragic ending of star-crossed lovers...

Imagination Stage strikes gold with ‘Spy Academy & the Lost Treasure...

There are jumping dogs, ninja fights, and double crosses. The story is fast-paced and offers many moments for kids to chime in on how...

GMU students have a winner in ‘Sing Happy! The Music of...

The joys of a new online musical await: Sing Happy! The Music of Kander & Ebb, an engaging, confidently performed, energy-filled one-hour revue performed...

TheSharedScreen’s ‘Tape’ unspools tense and scorching storytelling

TheSharedScreen's scorching new Zoom production of Tape — the 1999 play turned 2001 indie film starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman — is a...

‘Tape’ is tailor-made for Zoom but not to this critic’s taste...

Jon, a filmmaker just starting to make a name for himself, comes home for the premiere of his latest film at the Lansing Film...

‘Loveday Brooke’ audio play from We Happy Few is an entertaining...

Loveday Brooke is generally referred to as “the female Sherlock Holmes.” Author Catherine Louisa Pirkis first published her lady detective story in 1893 and,...

O villainy! Patrick Page slays in ‘All the Devils Are Here’...

“This rough magic I here abjure.” This phrase, from Prospero’s farewell in The Tempest, is among the most exquisite in Shakespeare. In All the...

Signature Theatre’s lovely ‘Simply Sondheim’ feels like a live performance

Signature Theatre’s production of Simply Sondheim is a lovely tribute to one of America’s best composers and lyricists for the stage. Co-conceived by David...