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Review: ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ at the Folger Theatre

All for Love Noted critic Harold Bloom once said, “We certainly can say that Cleopatra and Antony do not bore each other, and they are bored, erotically and otherwise, by everyone else in their world.” As characters, they are expansive and endlessly interesting. Director Robert Richmond’s production focuses on the love affair between these two […]

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Spine: ‘Ulysses on Bottles’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC, Part of the 2017 Voice From a Changing Middle East Festival

Last night, Gilad Evron’s Ulysses on Bottles opened the Mosaic Theater Company’s 2017 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival. Described as an allegory, Evron’s Ulysses challenges contemporary American and Israeli audiences to acknowledge some stark and painful national contradictions. In a nation obsessed by legal systems, how often does legality hide the grossest injustices? […]

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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, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, and says, in effect, that the privileged people of South Africa knew all along what he and the South African Special Forces were doing: the kidnapping, the torturing, the […]

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Review: The Great American Rep: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at Everyman Theatre

As the centerpiece of its 25th Anniversary Season, Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre has taken on the daunting task of mounting what are arguably the two greatest American plays ever written, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. What’s more, the plays are presented in rotating repertory, largely with the same actors, […]

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Review: The Great American Rep: ‘Death of a Salesman’ at Everyman Theatre

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its founding, Everyman Theatre is closing out its 2015-2016 season by doing something really special. After an already-impressive season of weighty pieces like August Wilson’s Fences and Michael Hollinger’s Under the Skin, Everyman has opted to take on the challenge of simultaneously producing Arthur Miller’s Death of a […]

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‘An Inspector Calls’ at Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre officially opened its 2015/16 season by reviving J.B. Priestley’s multi-Tony Award-winning play, An Inspector Calls,a classic English drawing-room mystery à la Agatha Christie – part melodrama and part psychological thriller – reframing its carefully plotted social critique against the backdrop of an increasingly changing world. Set in 1912, just before the onset of World War I, the Birling family […]

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‘Carousel’ at Olney Theatre Center

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (to the day:  April 19, 2015), Olney Theatre Center exquisitely reimagines and reinvigorates the classic epic musical, audaciously addressing timely issues of domestic violence and economic status, which still pervade our culture as it did many decades ago. Spearheaded by the Helen Hayes Award-nominated team behind last season’s How […]

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‘Awake and Sing!’ at Olney Theatre Center

Clifford Odets’ 1935 turbulent drama Awake and Sing! is a stark portrayal of a dysfunctional Jewish family in the Bronx, New York City in the mid-1930s. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, there are occasional moments of humor, sweetness, and expressions of love. However, these moments are frequently overshadowed by gritty reality and […]

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‘Henry IV Part 2′ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Henry IV Part 2 King for a Day Have you ever lived life without a superego? If so, you may have some notion of what it’s like to be Falstaff. The exhilarating feeling is one reason we are drawn to him, but it is the stuff of dreams. In Shakespeare Theatre Company’s spectacular Henry IV Part […]

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‘Henry IV Part 1″ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Henry IV Part One: Honor Among Thieves Falstaff, like Sherlock Holmes, is one of those characters who are so memorable they almost seem alive. He is at the center of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s magnificent Henry IV Part 1, and his bombastic charm vaults the play into the realm of Shakespeare’s finest. It is a privilege to […]

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Ranting With Cyle: ‘Collaboration’ by Cyle Durkee

F%#k you! (Not you, sorry! {I should probably have explained that statement a bit first]) The reason I said that is that it’s not something that you typically hear in a collaborative process (but you never know {I like to scream it at my cast mates on a regular basis just to keep them on […]

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Magic Time: ‘ We Happy Few Productions’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Capital Fringe by John Stoltenberg

Cross-gender casting of the classics can be sometimes a silly stunt, sometimes an earnest bemusement, and sometimes—as in Romeo and Juliet as staged for Capital Fringe by We Happy Few Productions—an astonishing fresh take for our times, a rereading that rewards us with resonance and relevance we were not aware of before. Academics have had […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Carolyn Kelemen

‘A Romeo to die for’ Be still my heart!  On a sultry summer night, just like Juliet (a feisty Raven Bonniwell), this writer fell in love with Romeo (Sean Huddock) in the We Happy Few production of Romeo and Juliet at the Capital Fringe Festival. My heart also skipped a beat or two for the tap-dancing, blonde Mercutio, (William Vaughan), plus […]

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