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‘Boys Don’t Cry’ at Dance Place rejoices in macho detox

Boys Don't Cry made this boy cry. It happened near the end. I had been watching a performance by the French dance company Cie Hervé...

Theater Alliance’s heartrending ‘This Bitter Earth’ portrays two gay men in...

A poetic and politically charged same-gender-loving love story, This Bitter Earth by Harrison David Rivers—now playing in a powerfully moving production at Theater Alliance—strips...

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra explores connections between past and present

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s continuing Masterworks Series, as part of this season’s celebration of Beethoven’s two hundred fiftieth birthday, takes the theme, “Beethoven Discovers...

All under one roof in Signature Theatre’s ‘Easy Women Smoking Loose...

Marian’s cheery Florida home - an over-decorated retirement nest she shares with second hubby Richard - has become a tropical haven for two adolescents...

Opera Lafayette debuts sophisticated recreation of Beethoven’s ‘Leonore (1805)’

Thanks in part to the bold addition of a missing tenor aria, Opera Lafayette’s elegant production of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore (1805), last night...

Taffety Punk’s ‘suicide.chat.room’: A unique, haunting, and compelling dance play

Highly recommended. An unsettling dance play. The phrase “sorry you’re here” takes on new meaning. It is not typical for me to write “highly recommended”...

‘Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth’ returns to Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage brings back its Helen Hayes nominated show, Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth, written by Psalmayene 24. With the title character,...

Shakespeare Theatre stages a stunning ‘Timon of Athens’ for modern audiences

Among Shakespeare’s plays are a special few whose relevance waxes and wanes with the times. They disappear from the stage for years, only to...

A formidable production of ‘The Wanderers’ at Theater J

“Isn't it OK to sometimes be selfish?” asks a character in Anna Ziegler’s cunningly devised The Wanderers. With Amber McGinnis’ discerning, sympathetic direction, Theater...

Pianist Aaron Diehl cross-cuts jazz styles with a dive into their...

The easiest thing for many highly qualified, especially classically trained, musicians to try to do is to cross genres in an effort to be...

‘Ordinary Days’ at NextStop Theatre: Ah, to be young and tuneful...

Adam Gwon’s 2009 show Ordinary Days could serve as the prototypical Off-Broadway chamber musical: four young characters navigate the Big City in search of...

Caught between worlds in ‘Kill Move Paradise’

Don’t let those off-putting promos for Kill Move Paradise at Rep Stage stop you from turning out for its solid regional premiere at Howard...

Nu Sass’s world premiere of ‘Weep’ is an arresting, unflinching peek...

Trigger warning. Nu Sass’s world premiere of Weep is an arresting, unflinching peek into complicated lives with emotionally charged scenes and character collisions. It...

Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s gorgeous ‘Swan Lake’ pays tribute to artistic...

Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s production of Swan Lake is a gorgeous combination of dancing, costumes, and lighting. With choreography by Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto,...

Victorian Lyric Opera’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ elicits laughter, delight

There's no doubt that The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most beloved of Gilbert and Sullivan's works. Like most Gilbert and Sullivan...

NSO: Noseda’s homecoming mints the ‘NSO sound’ in spectacular Mahler’s Fifth...

Even though being a classical music reviewer often feels like a gig too good to be true, I don’t recall ever forgetting my purpose...

Creative Cauldron successfully “finishes the hat” in ‘Crowns’

“Hats reveal and they conceal,” Crowns playwright Regina Taylor states in an interview. Crowns is derived from a book of photographs and stories of...

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,...

The room where it happens: ‘Henry IV, Part 2’ at Brave...

The HBO hit Succession centers around a wealthy media family reportedly based on the Rupert Murdoch dynasty. Its central dilemma: who will succeed the...

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...

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