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Getting a hometown kick out of ‘Kinky Boots’

Sizzle sells, or as Kinky Boots proved on Broadway in 2013, “The Sex Is In the Heel.” Why was the musical named Kinky Boots? Maybe...

‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ at Folger Theatre: stellar comedy and...

There are moments when art and life are so wittily and intimately entwined, you can feel the vibe without a word being said. Given...

Channeling chutzpah in ‘Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World’...

Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World—the award-winning play now enjoying its DC debut at Mosaic Theater—is as delicious a romp as any...

Mosaic goes rom-com with ‘Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New...

This thoroughly delightful offering from Mosaic Theater Company has all the makings of a lighthearted rom-com. Boy picks up girl. He invites her to...

In the ‘Pipeline’ at Studio Theatre, a Black son’s legacy of...

The set for Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline at Studio Theatre could not be any whiter. Its white walls of freshly painted concrete blocks span the...

Mother and son fight to stay afloat in ‘Pipeline’ at Studio...

The pipeline in the title of Dominique Morisseau's play is the “school-to-prison pipeline” affecting young African-American men. Fueled, as Studio Theatre’s dramaturgical notes explain,...

Comedic twist on Hamlet, John Barrymore, and theater archetypes in ‘I...

I Hate Hamlet invites the audience to spend an evening with a young man plagued by indecision in a marvelous modern re-telling of Hamlet’s...

American Pops Orchestra cleverly re-imagines ‘The Pied Piper’ at Arena Stage

The weather outside was surely cold and cranky. But the outside world could be quickly forgotten as the American Pops Orchestra (APO), led by...

Jazzmeia Horn makes her return in the new jazz club at...

Jazz vocalist, Jazzmeia Horn, returned to her home at the Kennedy Center on Saturday evening to deliver the first performance in the REACH’s jazz...

4615 Theatre’s gripping ‘A Measure of Cruelty’ rips open three men’s...

The casual cruelty that constructs men's certainty they're real men—and the cost of that violence to others and to themselves—comes under scathing scrutiny in...

Songs of love and war in UrbanArias’ brilliant ‘Glory Denied’

If your parents taught you that opera is the ultimate blend of words and music, where both elements are dependent on the other and...

Pianist Yefim Bronfman dazzles, while NSO disengages under guest conductor Gemma...

Nature, nuance, or its lack thereof, were central themes when the National Symphony Orchestra welcomed fledgling conductor Gemma New, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and the...

‘Sheltered’ at Theater J hits home in America right now

A gathering stormcloud looms over this exquisitely wrought play by Alix Sobler. "How bad is it going to get?" a character wonders aloud. No...

Theater J examines world history, good and bad, in ‘Sheltered’

Alix Sobler's play Sheltered, based on real-life characters, is a rarity. It is a history play that doesn't fall into the trap of portraying...

MLK’s final evening is imagined in NextStop Theatre’s ‘The Mountaintop’

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall is a remarkably affecting play full of humanity, faith, unexpected humor, and the Almighty. Strikingly directed by two time...

‘Grease’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts rocks and rolls

Grease is a musical that celebrates the changes born of the late 1950s era of rock n’ roll, drive-in movies, and James Dean--an era...

Old dogs and new tricks: the Hermès Quartet and guests in...

Here’s a thought: Older virtuosi are boring. That’s not original to me, but to an audience member who offered his views during a concert intermission...

A Black boxing champion battles racism in ‘The Royale’ at 1st...

Black early 20th-century celebrity heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson has had as irresistible a pull on subsequent playwrights and filmmakers as he did on the...

Uplifting ‘Veils’ returns to Restoration Stage by popular demand

Four African American women address the audience as if speaking to a department store clerk. Each is shopping for a dress—a dress, they stress,...

WNO’s American Opera Initiative 2020 is an essential take on opera...

“It’s a ridiculous thing to sing at the top of your lungs about your vulnerability,” American composer Laura Kaminsky observed to this year’s Washington...

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