Washington, DC Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Theater J's Impactful BROKEN GLASS BWW Review: Theater J's Impactful BROKEN GLASS
by Benjamin Tomchik - June 22, 2017

How do we identify ourselves? What role does fear play in shaping our lives? Do we ever confuse what we see in the news with what is actually happening in our daily comings and goings? In an era when news, be it real or fake, is omnipresent, Theater J's timely, well-acted production of Broken Glass ... (more...)
BWW Review:  RENT Returns to the National Theatre BWW Review: RENT Returns to the National Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - June 21, 2017

The cast and the rocking band pour every ounce of energy into everything they do.... (more...)
BWW Review: National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Dazzles and Delights at Kennedy Center BWW Review: National Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC Dazzles and Delights at Kennedy Center
by Jeffrey Walker - June 21, 2017

Is this a rave? You bet your favorite things it is! Refreshing, revived, and ridiculously entertaining, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, now playing at the Kennedy Center through July 16 is a dream come true. Director Jack O'Brien has breathed new life into this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic with vibrancy, an ... (more...)
BWW Review:  HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Rocks the Kennedy Center BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Rocks the Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - June 18, 2017

Simply put, get thee to the Kennedy Center to experience it for yourself.... (more...)
BWW Review: Tense, Engrossing THE RETURN from Mosaic Theater BWW Review: Tense, Engrossing THE RETURN from Mosaic Theater
by Roger Catlin - June 15, 2017

The Mosaic Theaatre Company closes its second season with a perfectly realized and humane play about real life in the Middle East precisely 50 years after the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Round House Theatre's HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED a Brilliant Celebration of August Wilson BWW Review: Round House Theatre's HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED a Brilliant Celebration of August Wilson
by Andrew White - June 14, 2017

How I Learned What I Learned was originally intended as a way for August Wilson to share the many colorful, real-life characters that informed his work. With Wilson's passing, others have stepped up to represent on his behalf; and Roundhouse is blessed to have Eugene Lee, a veteran of many of Wilson... (more...)
BWW Review: Creative Cauldron Soars Down Yellow Brick Road for Magical WIZARD OF OZ in Falls Church BWW Review: Creative Cauldron Soars Down Yellow Brick Road for Magical WIZARD OF OZ in Falls Church
by Jeffrey Walker - June 14, 2017

The beloved children's classic and vintage film musical THE WIZARD OF OZ has been enthralling audiences for decades. Creative Cauldron is doing its part to keep the magic of L. Frank Baum's story and the tuneful adaptation we all know and love alive with a magical production that puts a spell over t... (more...)
BWW Review: Riverside Center Presents Tuneful SOME ENCHANTED EVENING of Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites BWW Review: Riverside Center Presents Tuneful SOME ENCHANTED EVENING of Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites
by Jeffrey Walker - June 14, 2017

A starry night, with a huge moon looking down, is the perfect setting for an evening of songs that have become part of musical theatre history. This is the look and the sound of SOME ENCHANTED EVENING, now running through July 16, 2017, at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, just south of ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Flying V Theatre's THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE UNKNOWN WORLD a Fantastical Evening of Stage Combat BWW Review: Flying V Theatre's THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE UNKNOWN WORLD a Fantastical Evening of Stage Combat
by Andrew White - June 13, 2017

Flying V has become the premiere forum for stage fights in the DC area, and the creativity in their 'Flying V Fights' series has never been more awesome or delightful. This year's entry, 'The Secret History of the Unknown World,' sees co-directors (and co-founders) Jason Schlafstein and Jonathan Ezr... (more...)
BWW Review: Experimental STILL LIFE WITH ROCKET at Theater Alliance BWW Review: Experimental STILL LIFE WITH ROCKET at Theater Alliance
by Roger Catlin - June 13, 2017

At its core, Mollye Maxner's 'Still Life with Rocket' is one of those complex, emotional theatrical dramas that grow out of an uneasy reunion, where cracks in the family unit become increasingly and tragically clear. After its secrets are revealed, there's a climax from which no one can return.... (more...)
BWW Review: In Series Revives Opera OBERON BWW Review: In Series Revives Opera OBERON
by Roger Catlin - June 12, 2017

For three decades, the In Series has been presenting intimate, small scale works - what it calls 'pocket operas' on a variety of stages in the city.... (more...)
BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at 1st Stage BWW Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at 1st Stage
by Jenny Minich - June 12, 2017

Important content and several exceptional performances outweigh 1st Stage's flawed production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET at The Kennedy Center BWW Review: THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET at The Kennedy Center
by Hannah Landsberger - June 09, 2017

The New York City Ballet's technique, grace, and variety of programming is impeccable. The night feels like a quick tour through the dance and music of the past 100 years, starting with the jazz of George Gershwin and ending with the frenetic electronica of Dan Deacon. There's something for everyon... (more...)
BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET PROGRAM A at Kennedy Center BWW Review: NEW YORK CITY BALLET PROGRAM A at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - June 08, 2017

One of the finest ballet companies in the country is in town this week at the Kennedy Center for two programs that feature the work of some of the world's most famous choreographers.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at Shakespeare Theatre Company BWW Review: THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Jenny Minich - June 08, 2017

DC is a topsy-turvy, satirical farce; or so it seems this morning. Happily, so is The School for Lies. At least The School for Lies is fiction and man, it felt good to laugh.... (more...)
BWW Review: CRAZY MARY LINCOLN at Pallas Theatre Collective BWW Review: CRAZY MARY LINCOLN at Pallas Theatre Collective
by Elliot Lanes - June 06, 2017

New musicals are always a risky proposition for any theatre company, but Pallas Theatre Collective is rising to the challenge in a big way with its current production Crazy Mary Lincoln. The show is a product of the company's Table Read series, which puts the writers through a two year process of re... (more...)
BWW Review: Superb KING LEAR at Avant Bard is Fitting Swan Song for DC Acting Legend Rick Foucheux BWW Review: Superb KING LEAR at Avant Bard is Fitting Swan Song for DC Acting Legend Rick Foucheux
by Jeffrey Walker - May 31, 2017

Tom Prewitt, Avant Bard's current artistic director, knew who he wanted to take on this monumental role: Rick Foucheux. A 35-year veteran of stages large and small in the Washington, DC area, Foucheux has played everything from realism to the avant garde; modern and the classics. Capping off his sto... (more...)
BWW Review: JONAH Makes a Big Splash at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster BWW Review: JONAH Makes a Big Splash at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster
by Jennifer Perry - May 30, 2017

From now through October 14, visitors to the theatre can expect to be - like I was - impressed by how the creative team, its stellar cast, and some exceedingly talented technicians bring this well-known story to life on its massive stage.... (more...)
BWW Review: Audra McDonald at Strathmore BWW Review: Audra McDonald at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - May 30, 2017

In the pop music world there are certain artists who only need to be introduced by their first names. When you hear Cher, Madonna, or Barbara, there is instant recognition. The same holds true in the musical theatre world. When you hear the names Idina, Sutton, or Audra you know exactly who these pe... (more...)
BWW Review: URINETOWN is Satire at its Best at NextStop Theatre BWW Review: URINETOWN is Satire at its Best at NextStop Theatre
by Hannah Wing - May 30, 2017

NextStop Theatre's production of Urinetown is a musical that is certainly worth the wait in line…even if you have to hold your bladder.... (more...)
BWW Review: HIR at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company BWW Review: HIR at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
by Jenny Minich - May 28, 2017

HIR is the conscientious absurdist's guide to confronting 'the world order.' It's crazy watchable, like some kind of substantive, impactful, topsy-turvy sitcom. Mac's characters are flamboyant and talk very loud about all the things that our parents told us not to discuss in public. And it's wonderf... (more...)
BWW Review: Compelling, Timely SIDE EFFECTS at Taffety Punk BWW Review: Compelling, Timely SIDE EFFECTS at Taffety Punk
by Roger Catlin - May 27, 2017

As Capitol Hill seems to talking nonstop about the state of American health care at a time when it all might change, a couple of one-man plays at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop was breaking down the issues in terms that are immediate, emotional and human.... (more...)
BWW Review: REBIRTH OF A NATION at Kennedy Center BWW Review: REBIRTH OF A NATION at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - May 26, 2017

Sometimes things sound really good on paper, but never fully pan out in their final incarnations. Paul D. Miller's ( aka  DJ Spooky) Rebirth of a Nation is a prime example of this scenario becoming reality.... (more...)
BWW Review: ULYSSES ON BOTTLES at Moasic Theater Company BWW Review: ULYSSES ON BOTTLES at Moasic Theater Company
by Hannah Menchhoff - May 23, 2017

A powerful piece of theater that brings you into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.... (more...)
BWW Review: Oliver Sacks Adaptation THE MAN WHO at Spooky Action BWW Review: Oliver Sacks Adaptation THE MAN WHO at Spooky Action
by Roger Catlin - May 23, 2017

Half the fun of going to see plays at Spooky Action Theatre is seeing how they've transformed the basement of the Universalist National Memorial Church for each production. Sometimes they completely obscure its identity; other times they embrace very nook.... (more...)