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BWW Dance Review: High Energy BOWIE & QUEEN at The Washington BalletBWW Dance Review: High Energy BOWIE & QUEEN at The Washington Ballet
Posted: May. 9, 2016


BWW Review: STREB EXTREME ACTION Brings Power and Artistry to Movement at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: STREB EXTREME ACTION at Kennedy Center
Posted: Nov. 7, 2016


BWW Review: DISTRICT MERCHANTS a Thought-Provoking Retelling of Shakespeare at Folger TheatreBWW Review: DISTRICT MERCHANTS a Thought-Provoking Retelling of Shakespeare
Posted: Jun. 13, 2016


BWW Review: U.S. Premiere of COOLATULLY at Solas NuaBWW Review: U.S. Premiere of COOLATULLY at Solas Nua
March 13, 2017

In the American premiere Fiona Doyle's COOLATULLY, Kilian (David Mavricos)is stuck in the village of Coolatully and has few prospects. Once the powerful champion of the hurling team, Kilian has watched so many of his generation leave for opportunities abroad that the tiny town no longer has enough young people left to field a hurling team. The garda station is closed and the post office shuttered. When an opportunity to leave presents itself, Kilian must decide if there is enough to tie him to Coolatully when so much seems to indicate that he cannot afford to stay.

BWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS at Theater JBWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS at Theater J
November 25, 2016

'What voice is God, and what is your own wishful self?' THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath playing at Theater J examines religion's power to unite or divide us. It delves into what bonds a community in faith. The play looks at houses of worship as institutions guiding faith formation and as businesses.

BWW Review: STREB EXTREME ACTION Brings Power and Artistry to Movement at the Kennedy CenterBWW Review: STREB EXTREME ACTION Brings Power and Artistry to Movement at the Kennedy Center
November 7, 2016

With pure kinetic energy and abounding bravery to boot, it is no wonder the performers of STREB Extreme Action are billed as Action Heroes. The company's three performances of the new work SEA (SINGULAR EXTREME ACTIONS) on November 4-5 at the Eisenhower Theatre marked STREB Extreme Action's Kennedy Center debut.

BWW Review: Fun and Irreverent URINETOWN at Constellation Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Fun and Irreverent URINETOWN at Constellation Theatre Company
September 9, 2016

Who knew ecological adversity and failed policy could be so much fun? It's a grim world in Urinetown where a dire water shortage has made it a privilege to pee anywhere but the corporate amenities. Yet the zany humor and high energy of Constellation Theatre Company's URINETOWN (The Musical!) offers a hilarious lampoon of corporate greed, corrupt politics, and earnest populism complete with zingy songs and jazz hands.

BWW Review: DISTRICT MERCHANTS a Thought-Provoking Retelling of Shakespeare at Folger TheatreBWW Review: DISTRICT MERCHANTS a Thought-Provoking Retelling of Shakespeare at Folger Theatre
June 13, 2016

DISTRICT MERCHANTS, Aaron Posner's new adaptation of Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, explores the 'other-ness' of being outside the white male stations of power. Setting the work in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., the premiere takes a uniquely American look at race, religion, class and gender. DISTRICT MERCHANTS at the Folger Theatre is an important and compelling work that deftly balances humor among weightier, thought-provoking moments.

BWW Review: WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER at Mosaic Theater CompanyBWW Review: WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER at Mosaic Theater Company
May 25, 2016

Mosaic Theater Company of DC completes its whirlwind inaugural year with WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER, a play that is relevant, engaging and sweetly funny.

BWW Dance Review: High Energy BOWIE & QUEEN at The Washington BalletBWW Dance Review: High Energy BOWIE & QUEEN at The Washington Ballet
May 9, 2016

Like the musical icons who inspired the work, The Washington Ballet's program BOWIE & QUEEN toys with the art form - respectful of classical roots yet pushing forward. The pieces innovate, celebrate and they have fun. While BOWIE & QUEEN is full of heart and poetry, the irreverent and humorous moments remind us all to lighten up and enjoy.

BWW Reviews: Stunning and Inventive JOURNEY TO THE WEST at Constellation Theatre CompanyBWW Reviews: Stunning and Inventive JOURNEY TO THE WEST at Constellation Theatre Company
April 29, 2016

JOURNEY TO THE WEST is visually stunning and highly inventive production that features an expert ensemble of actors bringing both humor and humanity to an epic story.

BWW Review: Intense and Compelling IN A WORD at The Hub TheatreBWW Review: Intense and Compelling IN A WORD at The Hub Theatre
April 7, 2016

For a brief moment when the opening night performance of IN A WORD ended there was quiet. A stillness fell as the audience collected itself, took a breath, and processed the intensity of the experience. Then, after a beat, the well-deserved applause began.

BWW Review: Ambitious ANTIGONE NOW at Scena Theatre Falls Short of its PotentialBWW Review: Ambitious ANTIGONE NOW at Scena Theatre Falls Short of its Potential
March 30, 2016

ANTIGONE NOW is based on the nearly 2,500-year-old Sophocles drama, but in Scena Theatre's hands it could use even more time to gel. From missed lines to erratic pacing, ANTIGONE NOW squanders its interesting potential and never hits its stride.

BWW Review: DREAM LOGIC: Aura Curiatlas at the Atlas Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: DREAM LOGIC: Aura Curiatlas at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
March 8, 2016

Combine strength and humor, a dash of curiosity, a pinch of whimsy, and a generous dose of inventiveness, mix thoroughly and you have Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's compelling brand of storytelling and movement.

BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET at Synetic TheaterBWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET at Synetic Theater
February 22, 2016

Shakespeare's iambic pentameter, the rhythm of his words, echo the human heartbeat: ba-BUM, ba-BUM. But Synetic Theater gets to the beating heart of ROMEO AND JULIET without a single utterance of any of the Bard's famed words. In its innovative merging of drama and movement, Synetic's silent exploration of the classic work is an extraordinary vision of wonder and passion.

BWW Reviews: PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE  at Keegan TheatreBWW Reviews: PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at Keegan Theatre
January 22, 2016


BWW Review: Fresh and Exuberant WEST SIDE STORY at Signature TheatreBWW Review: Fresh and Exuberant WEST SIDE STORY at Signature Theatre
December 19, 2015

Signature Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY brings freshness and exuberance to the classic work. The exceptional production in an intimate space allows us to consider anew the songs and scenes that have been part of our lives for half a century.

BWW Reviews: Moving and Powerful PERICLES at Folger TheatreBWW Reviews: Moving and Powerful PERICLES at Folger Theatre
November 23, 2015

PERICLES, on stage at the Folger Theatre, is a gorgeous and focused production - this from a work that travels through decades and around the Mediterranean in a plot that layers incest, mistaken death, pirates, murder plots and selling a woman into prostitution. But in director Joseph Haj's capable hands the lighter moments bring balance and relief so in the end PERICLES reminds us of both the deep challenges and moments of beauty and light in the human experience.

BWW Review: Big-Hearted and Irreverent AVENUE Q at Constellation Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Big-Hearted and Irreverent AVENUE Q at Constellation Theatre Company
October 30, 2015

AVENUE Q is an irreverent and big-hearted look at life once you've graduated from Sesame Street and from college but Real Life hasn't quite kicked in quite the way you'd envisioned. Constellation Theatre Company's production is full of fun, featuring a magnificent ensemble of talented and appealing actors.

BWW Review: Stunning and Provocative SALOME at the Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Stunning and Provocative SALOME at the Shakespeare Theatre Company
October 17, 2015

SALOME is a visually stunning world premiere that brings us deeply complex characters struggling for command and dignity in one of history's most highly contested strips of land. Yael Farber, the award-winning adaptor-director, returns to the Shakespeare Theatre Company. With SALOME she has shaped a compelling work of power and contradiction. This production upends the traditional view of Salome, considering her as principled and calculated rather than a monstrous harlot. Here, Salome uses the tools she has - access, sensuality, brains - to effect change. Even within the limitations society placed on her, Salome sees opportunity.

BWW Review: UPRISING Premieres at MetroStageBWW Review: UPRISING Premieres at MetroStage
September 23, 2015

UPRISING, premiering at MetroStage, is a powerful and engaging work that asks what choices we make to ensure freedom and for what would we sacrifice it.

BWW Review: NIGHT FALLS ON THE BLUE PLANET Mapping A New WorldBWW Review: NIGHT FALLS ON THE BLUE PLANET Mapping A New World
September 11, 2015

As the wheel spins and two sisters clomp around the board with their plastic cars playing the game of LIFE, we recognize Renee's own life has much higher stakes ... and she is not necessarily winning at her attempt. She has recently lost custody of her young son and has had to face her ex- at a school disciplinary meeting. The tumblers of whiskey clue us in to deeper problems. Yet Renee herself is oblivious to how pain has marked her, how relationships shaped her, and how opportunities eluded her.

BWW Reviews: IMPOSSIBLE! A HAPPENSTANCE CIRCUS Impossibly InventiveBWW Reviews: IMPOSSIBLE! A HAPPENSTANCE CIRCUS Impossibly Inventive
July 2, 2015

Happenstance Theater's IMPOSSIBLE! is impossibly inventive, whimsical, and tender. The tribute to classic Depression-era circus life uses period music, a clever costume choice or the arch of an eyebrow to convey far more than mere words are able. IMPOSSIBLE! is a family-friendly production that hits just the right tone - funny not ridiculous, kindhearted not cloying, smart not pretentious. The original piece of physical theater was devised by the Happenstance ensemble. We venture both under the big top and behind the scenes to witness the camaraderie, loneliness, frustrations and foibles of the band of performers.



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