Benjamin Tomchik

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BWW Interview: Arena Stage's SWEAT Aims to be the Salesman for a New GenerationBWW Interview: Arena Stage's SWEAT Aims to be the Salesman for a New Generation
Posted: Jan. 12, 2016


BWW Review: Kennedy Center's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is Great FunBWW Review: Kennedy Center’s A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Posted: Jan. 18, 2016


BWW Review: Exceptional Acting Fills Theater J's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIGBWW Review: Theater J’s THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016


BWW Interview: Arena's THE CITY OF CONVERSATION Explores DC's Other Permanent GovernmentBWW Interview: Arena’s THE CITY OF CONVERSATION
Posted: Jan. 27, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: An Adrift FLYING DUTCHMAN Makes Port at Washington National OperaBWW Reviews: FLYING DUTCHMAN at Washington National Opera
Posted: Mar. 9, 2015


BWW Reviews: Leads Shine in Kensington Arts Theatre's CHESSBWW Reviews: Kensington Arts Theatre’s CHESS
Posted: May. 11, 2015


BWW Review: Abby Mueller Rocks the Kennedy Center in BEAUTIFULBWW Review: Abby Mueller Rocks the Kennedy Center in BEAUTIFUL
Posted: Oct. 12, 2015


BWW Reviews: A Colorful CINDERELLA Enchants Washington National OperaBWW Reviews: CINDERELLA at Washington National Opera
Posted: May. 14, 2015


BWW Interview: Arena's THE CITY OF CONVERSATION Explores DC's Other Permanent GovernmentBWW Interview: Arena's THE CITY OF CONVERSATION Explores DC's Other Permanent Government
January 27, 2016

It is a lost era of civilization, the dinner party, which Arena Stage will conjure up starting this week in The City of Conversation.
BWW Review: Exceptional Acting Fills Theater J's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIGBWW Review: Exceptional Acting Fills Theater J's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG
January 20, 2016

While aspects of Wendy Wasserstein's play come off as dated, it nevertheless brings comfort to those wrestling with societal expectations and struggling to discover their true identity and purpose.
BWW Review: Kennedy Center's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is Great FunBWW Review: Kennedy Center's A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER is Great Fun
January 18, 2016

There are few musicals I can say I enjoyed more on tour then when I saw the original cast on Broadway, but A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is an exception. Clever, ingeniously witty and hysterical, it's the perfect show to beat the winter doldrums and you don't have to be a gentleman to enjoy it!
BWW Interview: Arena Stage's SWEAT Aims to be the Salesman for a New GenerationBWW Interview: Arena Stage's SWEAT Aims to be the Salesman for a New Generation
January 12, 2016

In 1949, Death of a Salesman explored the disillusionment of the American dream. Arena Stage's new play Sweat will expand on that theme and the adversity experienced by one community as rumors of layoffs swirl at a local steel mill.
BWW Review: Elaine Paige Dazzles in A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS at LisnerBWW Review: Elaine Paige Dazzles in A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS at Lisner
December 18, 2015

Christmas came early this year for Washingtonian theatregoers and it came in the form of Elaine Paige.
BWW Review: Signature's Heartwarming CHRISTMAS WITH NOVA Y. PAYTON AND FRIENDSBWW Review: Signature's Heartwarming CHRISTMAS WITH NOVA Y. PAYTON AND FRIENDS
December 9, 2015

Much like the lighting of the National Christmas Tree or the Boat Parade of Lights, Signature's holiday cabarets have become a welcome DC tradition. Fortunately for us, this year's edition stars the incomparable Nova Y. Payton in a heartwarming show that celebrates friends, family and the holiday standards we love.
BWW Review: MOTOWN Moves and Grooves at the National TheatreBWW Review: MOTOWN Moves and Grooves at the National Theatre
December 4, 2015

The ultimate question with Motown the Musical is not whether you'll like it, but how many songs it takes before you're moving and grooving in your seat at the National Theatre. With an abundance of classic hits, the answer is not too long.
BWW Review: WNO's APPOMATTOX Struggles to Capture the Civil Rights MovementBWW Review: WNO's APPOMATTOX Struggles to Capture the Civil Rights Movement
November 17, 2015

Appomattox is being presented as a world premiere of a revised version. For those unaware, the opera started out as an opera in 2007, was transformed into a play and now is an opera again. After Saturday night's opening, it would appear that more rewrites are needed.
BWW Review: Studio Completes The Apple Family Cycle with the Poignant SORRY and Exquisite REGULAR SINGINGBWW Review: Studio Completes The Apple Family Cycle with the Poignant SORRY and Exquisite REGULAR SINGING
November 10, 2015

The Apple Family has triumphantly returned to Studio, where the final two installments of the cycle are being staged in repertory with the poignant Sorry and exquisite Regular Singing.
BWW Review: Solid Performances fill Scena's THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAANBWW Review: Solid Performances fill Scena's THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
November 3, 2015

The Cripple of Inishmaan features solid performances. However, you can't help but feel that the material is rather fruitless. Many of McDonagh's works have been featured in DC over the past few seasons. Unfortunately, this isn't one of his better ones and Scena deserves credit for giving it their best.
BWW REVIEWS: Tracy Lynn Olivera's HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR at Signature is More Treat than TrickBWW REVIEWS: Tracy Lynn Olivera's HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR at Signature is More Treat than Trick
October 29, 2015

Halloween Spooktacular is perfect for those who enjoy the lighter side of Halloween or those looking for a funnier way to celebrate the ghoulish holiday.
BWW Interviews: For Eleasha Gamble OLIVER! Is Where It All StartedBWW Interviews: For Eleasha Gamble OLIVER! Is Where It All Started
October 29, 2015

For Eleasha Gamble, who plays the role of Nancy in Arena Stage's new production of Oliver!, Nancy is the role that started it all.
BWW Review: Kennedy Center's SANCHO Struggles to Balance Personality and CharacterBWW Review: Kennedy Center's SANCHO Struggles to Balance Personality and Character
October 26, 2015

It is not often that we see stories about slavery from a non-American perspective. Theater is meant to broaden our horizons and Sancho, with its flaws, does just that.
BWW Review: Abby Mueller Rocks the Kennedy Center in BEAUTIFULBWW Review: Abby Mueller Rocks the Kennedy Center in BEAUTIFUL
October 12, 2015

Even though Beautiful may not be a perfect show, it's still a fun night out and a reminder that Carole King is as a part of the American songbook as is Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.
BWW Review: The Queen Reigns in Folger Theatre's Fascinating TEXTS&BEHEADINGS/ELIZABETHRBWW Review: The Queen Reigns in Folger Theatre's Fascinating TEXTS&BEHEADINGS/ELIZABETHR
September 28, 2015

It's not easy being Queen. And if you need any evidence look no further than the Folger Theatre's fascinating new documentary-style play texts&beheadings/ElizabethR.
BWW Review: Signature Theatre's THE FIX Rocks DC!BWW Review: Signature Theatre's THE FIX Rocks DC!
August 24, 2015

The Fix has exactly what it takes to be a smashing production! Clever, dazzling and perfect for a Washington audience, The Fix is a must see at Signature.
BWW Review: Capital Fringe's Tempered BOND: AN UNAUTHORIZED PARODYBWW Review: Capital Fringe's Tempered BOND: AN UNAUTHORIZED PARODY
July 13, 2015

While the spy genre is no stranger to parody, Bond: An Unauthorized Parody can best be described in the words of another iconic superhero as rather 'mild-mannered.'
BWW Reviews: Capital Fringe's AT YOUR SERVICE, MR. PRESIDENT! Makes History PersonalBWW Reviews: Capital Fringe's AT YOUR SERVICE, MR. PRESIDENT! Makes History Personal
July 13, 2015

This charming one-man show at Capital Fringe is perfect for history and political buffs, fans of celebrity gossip or anyone wanting a peak into what life is like behind the iron gates at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
BWW Reviews: Capital Fringe's UP FOR DEBATE Wins Over the AudienceBWW Reviews: Capital Fringe's UP FOR DEBATE Wins Over the Audience
July 10, 2015

Imagine an America where the Democratic and Republican Parties cease to exist and Mad Magazine and Monty Python administered our political system. The result would be the satirical Up For Debate which is lampooning a time-honored electoral pastime and endearing itself to voters and theatergoers at Capital Fringe.
BWW Reviews: Source Festival's Enthralling SCIENCE AND SOULMATES is Not to Be MissedBWW Reviews: Source Festival's Enthralling SCIENCE AND SOULMATES is Not to Be Missed
June 10, 2015

Science and Soulmates may sound like the subject of a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode. It's also the title of a riveting play cycle at Cultural DC's Source Festival.


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