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What’s Beneath the ‘Sea’ at Scena Theatre?

"It feels unknown. This is nowhere somehow," says a character in this intriguingly cryptic poetic play by the acclaimed Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse. Indeed, where...

Uplifting ‘Veils’ at Restoration Stage honors Black women in mourning

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,...

‘Camp Blue,’ an affecting play about men surviving enlistment in the...

Dispatch from the front. “Greetings: You are hereby ordered for induction in the Armed Forces of the United States.”   For those in the audience of...

Signature Theatre’s “A Chorus Line” is a singular sensation

In the theater world, a performer who is a true triple threat - one with the ability to perform at the highest levels as...

A powerhouse ‘Protest’ and a vague ‘Vaněk Unleashed’ from Alliance for...

In honor of the Czech dissident, political prisoner, and playwright Václav Havel, Alliance for New Music-Theatre has served up a two-course theatrical repast in...

‘The Willard Suitcases’ unpacks the re-imagined voices of psychiatric patients at...

First, dear reader, a confession—for which I fully expect to be pilloried, drawn and quartered, then maybe burned at the stake:  I’m not a...

Cleopatra rules the stage in American Shakespeare Center’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’

Of all of Shakespeare’s history plays, Antony and Cleopatra is the most complicated and thankless to stage. You’ve got shifting alliances, battles won then...

American Shakespeare Center delivers a fresh take on ‘Julius Caesar’

You know you’re in for a new take on Julius Caesar when the famous Soothsayer (“Beware the Ides of March!”) doesn’t enter upstage right...

Rainbow Theatre Project’s ‘Blue Camp’ shows its lavender heart

This world premiere comic drama about gays in the military takes us back to July and August of 1964 when LBJ was ordering American...

A seamless ‘Magic Flute’ at Washington National Opera

The opening night performance of Washington National Opera’s production of Wolfgang A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute was perfectly pleasing, even if the show as...

A thrilling ‘Tosca’ by Annapolis Opera at Maryland Hall for the...

Annapolis Opera’s production of Tosca, performed at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, is a thrilling work of theater, combining beautiful music, singing, and...

‘E2’ – Whipping up a royal froth of glitz and tragedy...

At Rep Stage in Howard County, Bob Bartlett’s new play E2 certainly proves it can make a head-turning entrance. This bold and sensuous take...

Haunting world premiere by Ally Theatre Company of ‘Dhana and the...

The email popped into my box from my editor. To paraphrase: “Is it too far for you to go cover Ally Theatre’s new theatre...

From these ‘Rags,’ riches at George Mason University

Congratulations DC-area theatergoers! A new version of a major musical is being performed at George Mason University this weekend. It has legs and there...

Wolf Pack’s ‘Rocky Horror Show’ seduces Brentwood

If you are into corsets, fishnets, glitter, high heels, bold makeup, sexual innuendo and cussing as art, Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s (WPTC) rendition of...

‘Port Authority,’ Conor McPherson’s tale of lust and loss, returns to...

Storytelling is a gift. And Conor McPherson—the Irish playwright, screenwriter and long-time ‘bad boy’ of the British stage--is one of the most gifted tale-tellers...

A tragic ‘Otello’ at Washington National Opera

The crowd cheered.  We were on the Kennedy Center jitney to the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. I had just read aloud a text from my...

On tour in DC with ‘What to Send Up When It...

Editor's note: Woolly Mammoth Theatre, in conjunction with its staging of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview, has brought to DC a show produced by the...

Spektral Quartet lets audiences explore the space ‘in-between’

There was a time when I needed the cash, so I substitute taught high school. Turns out I had a knack for helping resistant...

Mosaic’s brazenly brainy ‘Theory’ is both a treatise and a treat...

Academia has inspired several thematically penetrating plays featuring female protagonists—the two teachers falsely accused of being lesbian lovers, for instance, in Lillian Hellman's 1934...

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