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Spine: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Synetic Theater

The spectacle of movement has always been Synetic's star attraction. When those primal, emotional moments fuse with a strong narrative throughline, Synetic's brilliance shines...

Spine: ‘Three Sisters’ by the Maly Drama Theatre at The Kennedy...

With the Maly Drama Theatre's Three Sisters, playing through April 30 at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre, theatre lovers will feast on every slow...

Spine: ‘Or,’ not as in Either, at Round House Theatre

First of all, for theatre lovers, there is nothing as delightful as watching three top notch actors have fun on stage, and with Holly...

Spine: ‘A Human Being Died That Night’ at Mosaic Theater Company

About midway through Mosaic Theater's A Human Being Died That Night, Eugene de Kock, serving two life sentences for murder and assassination, turns to his interviewer,...

Spine: ‘King Charles III’ at The Shakespeare Theatre Company

They sure don't make kings like they used to. And maybe that's a good thing. Mike Bartlett's historical fantasy, King Charles III, based loosely (very loosely)...

Spine: Love and Wit in ‘As You Like It’ at the...

Now playing at the Folger Theatre, a new adaptation of Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch and produced in association...

Spine: ‘Mack, Beth’ a ‘Macbeth’ for the Cyber Age at Keegan...

Mack, Beth by Chris Stezin, now playing at The Keegan Theatre, is a Macbeth for the Cyber Age. Set in a world where death...

Spine: Consciousness, Conscience, and ‘The Hard Problem’ at The Studio Theatre

Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem isn't so much about consciousness and the existence of subjectivity, "the hard problem" elucidated by contemporary Australian philosopher David...

Spine: ‘Silent Sky’ at Silver Spring Stage

On occasion, a play comes along with a bit of history, a bit of uncovered history, and that history changes the nature of the...

Spine: ‘Charm’ at the Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Philip Dawkins' Charm takes on a high order: it wants to charm you. And to do that its lead character, Mama, has to be more...

Spine: Pointless Theatre’s ‘King Ubu’—No, That’s Not Donald Trump You See...

Ironically, and full of unintended consequences, while watching Pointless Theatre’s production of Alfred Jarry’s King Ubu  (yes, that's who wrote this play, translated afresh...

Spine: ‘Moby Dick’ Inside Jonah’s Whale at Arena Stage

"Jonah," I said to myself as soon as I laid eyes upon the set of Lookingglass Theatre Company's Moby Dick. Large, curved rib-bones thrusting upward,...

Spine: The Second City’s ‘Black Side of the Moon’ at Woolly...

"We are not a monolith! We are not a monolith! We are not a monolith!" chanted the six-member cast at the start of Woolly...

Spine: ‘Milk Like Sugar’ at Mosaic Theater Company

America is but an expensive iPhone. If you've got that, and its Pink with a sexy ringtone, then you're in, as in the "in" crowd. Now,...

Spine: ‘Rameau’s Nephew’ at Spooky Action Theater

The 18th century French playwright and philosopher Denis Diderot is known best among theatre folk for his theoretical writings: on the actor, the 4th Wall, and...

Spine: For the Love of ‘Angels in America: Perestroika’ at Round...

Part II of Tony Kushner's Angels in America opened last weekend at the Round House Theatre. A joint production with the Olney Theatre Center,...

SPINE: Theresa Rebeck’s ‘What We’re Up Against’ at Keegan Theatre

Theresa Rebeck's sharp-knuckled comedy, What We're Up Against, received its regional premiere at Keegan Theatre this week, and the laughs abound. An architectural firm hires...

Spine: Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ at Folger Theatre

Oh, what a difference 200 years make! Jane Austen's novel, Sense and Sensibility, was published anonymously in 1811. Folger's Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill...

Spine: Anguish, Angels, and the Reagan Revolution: ‘Angels in America’ at...

Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center have teamed up for a truly remarkable Washington event: Parts 1 & 2 of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-Prize...

Spine: ‘The Lonesome West’ and Other Motherless Places at Keegan Theatre

Not long ago, Washington was the Murder-Capital of the USA. Crack Wars. Drive-Bys. Domestic Violence. Police Brutality. And all on a daily basis. The Murder-Capital...

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