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BWW Review: HENRY V at We Happy Few BWW Review: HENRY V at We Happy Few
by Pamela Roberts - April 25, 2017

Shakespeare's HENRY V gains new perspective with a retelling by We Happy Few Productions that takes a closer look at the stories and stakes of the everyday foot soldiers. It is a fascinating, resonant, and important new take on a known work that's only around for another week, so make plans now to t... (more...)
BWW Review: Energetic and Passionate Spanish Adaptation of IN THE HEIGHTS Makes Its U.S. Premiere At GALA Hispanic Theatre BWW Review: Energetic and Passionate Spanish Adaptation of IN THE HEIGHTS Makes Its U.S. Premiere At GALA Hispanic Theatre
by Vanessa Michaud - April 23, 2017

Directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado, the U.S. premiere of the Spanish-adaptation of IN THE HEIGHTS reminds audiences of the importance of family and to celebrate who they are. Universal themes of hope and pride are exemplified in the music and lyrics expertly crafted by Lin-Manuel Miranda and... (more...)
BWW Review: SMART PEOPLE Uses Comedy to Tackle Race at Arena Stage BWW Review: SMART PEOPLE Uses Comedy to Tackle Race at Arena Stage
by Barbara Johnson - April 21, 2017

As topics go, you couldn't pick a more immediate one than race in America. And as cities go, Washington is an apt location for a production of Lydia R. Diamond's SMART PEOPLE. It's set during the Obama era and takes on the topic of race with biting comedy. Seema Sueko directs a new run at Arena Stag... (more...)
BWW Review:  Stellar Touring Production of FUN HOME Plays the National Theatre BWW Review: Stellar Touring Production of FUN HOME Plays the National Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - April 21, 2017

I witnessed a stellar and - dare I say - pretty flawless production that completely and utterly immersed me into Alison Bechdel's world.... (more...)
BWW Review: BALLET ACROSS AMERICA at The Kennedy Center BWW Review: BALLET ACROSS AMERICA at The Kennedy Center
by Hannah Landsberger - April 21, 2017

Ballet is always beautiful, but too often it also feels inaccessible and outdated. With Ballet Across America, The Kennedy Center banishes these concerns with a program full of relevance and joy. Misty Copeland has brought together three diverse companies who differ in style but share an impressiv... (more...)
BWW Review: Raucous OR, at Round House Theatre BWW Review: Raucous OR, at Round House Theatre
by Roger Catlin - April 19, 2017

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BWW Review: Stars Shine for Lyrical Tribute to Music and Legacy of Pete Seeger at Kennedy Center BWW Review: Stars Shine for Lyrical Tribute to Music and Legacy of Pete Seeger at Kennedy Center
by Jeffrey Walker - April 18, 2017

For one night, folk music legend Pete Seeger's legacy in song was celebrated by a diverse array of musical talent. The Kennedy Center Concert Hall stage held a who's who including multiple Grammy winners, living legends and up-and-coming artists performing in tribute to the singer and activist Pete ... (more...)
BWW Review: Strut and Hustle to Riverside To Catch SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER And You'll Feel Like Dancing BWW Review: Strut and Hustle to Riverside To Catch SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER And You'll Feel Like Dancing
by Jeffrey Walker - April 14, 2017

While not landmark piece of musical theatre, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER delivers a few hours of escapist fun and a slew of 1970's disco tunes that will likely take some audience members back to their days in bell bottoms, platform shoes, and hustling the night away. With strong leading performances, a st... (more...)
BWW Review: Pointless Theatre's .d0t:: A ROTOPLASTIC BALLET Brings Futurism to Life BWW Review: Pointless Theatre's .d0t:: A ROTOPLASTIC BALLET Brings Futurism to Life
by Barbara Johnson - April 14, 2017

If you've ever dreamed of seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda collaborate with Daft Punk, Pointless Theatre's .d0t:: A ROTOPLASTIC BALLET may be the closest you'll get. Heavily inspired by Italian futurist artist Fortunato Depero, the show incorporates masterful puppetry, visuals like a pop-up book brought to... (more...)
BWW Review: Mosaic Theater's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT BWW Review: Mosaic Theater's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT
by Roger Catlin - April 14, 2017

The riveting, ready-made drama of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings animate a new production at the Mosaic Theater Company of DC.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP at Adventure Theatre BWW Review: ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - April 11, 2017

Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) companies have it more difficult than companies that present theatre for adults in some respects. If they set out to present a story that's already been adapted by a certain big entertainment company – you know, the one that all started with a mouse – audiences are ... (more...)
BWW Review: Coming of Age with Heart and Humor in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Theater J BWW Review: Coming of Age with Heart and Humor in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS at Theater J
by Jeffrey Walker - April 11, 2017

Featuring a cast of seasoned veteran actors working beside some of the DC-area's most gifted young performers, Theater J offers a sublime take on Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical look at growing up poor and horny in Depression era Brooklyn. Through the lens of nostalgia, Simon's 34 year-old play i... (more...)
BWW Review: DOUBT: A PARABLE  at Quotidian Theatre Company BWW Review: DOUBT: A PARABLE at Quotidian Theatre Company
by Jenny Minich - April 10, 2017

Director Stevie Zimmerman's Doubt is a somber, fast-moving production.... (more...)
BWW Review: BOEING BOEING at NextStop Theatre Company BWW Review: BOEING BOEING at NextStop Theatre Company
by Rebecca Maynard - April 10, 2017

Just outside the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC, high quality theater is found at the NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon. BOEING BOEING, a delightful comedy, runs in the 114 seat theater through April 30.... (more...)
BWW Review: Arena's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Shines BWW Review: Arena's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Shines
by Benjamin Tomchik - April 10, 2017

Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun is making Arena Stage its home for the next five weeks and it should not be missed.... (more...)
BWW Review: University of Maryland Explores the Underworld in THE ORPHEUS ADVENTURE BWW Review: University of Maryland Explores the Underworld in THE ORPHEUS ADVENTURE
by Keith Tittermary - April 10, 2017

The Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland's School of Music is a two-year program for graduate students in Opera Performance. Their ambitious The Orpheus Adventure is a gorgeous endeavor between the School of Music, along with the Theater and Dance Departments.... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO at Kennedy Center BWW Review: CHICAGO at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - April 10, 2017

John Kander and Fred Ebb's murderess musical Chicago is back in town at the Kennedy Center's Opera House. The score is still as good as it ever was, but overall this current tour is missing some of the spark it needs to be totally satisfying.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Urban Bush Women's WALKING WITH 'TRANE a Brilliant Celebration of Dance as Jazz BWW Review: Urban Bush Women's WALKING WITH 'TRANE a Brilliant Celebration of Dance as Jazz
by Andrew White - April 10, 2017

There is be nothing on the stage more exhilarating, exasperating and joyful than the sight of an entire company completely committed, all on the edge-dancing literally on the edge of success, on the edge of failure. "Walking with 'Trane (2015)" reminds us what a vital contribution Urban Bush Women ... (more...)
BWW Review: BLOOD KNOT at Mosaic Theater Company BWW Review: BLOOD KNOT at Mosaic Theater Company
by Pamela Roberts - April 05, 2017

BLOOD KNOT is an apartheid-era Cain and Abel tale of half-brothers, Morris and Zachariah, who share a mother and a history, but have been separated by color and opportunity. Morris, whose light skin has allowed him to pass as white within South Africa's codified racial stratification, has benefited ... (more...)
BWW Review: 'TIS A PITY SHE'S A WHORE Brings Love, Gore and Incest BWW Review: 'TIS A PITY SHE'S A WHORE Brings Love, Gore and Incest
by Hannah Menchhoff - April 04, 2017

A dark, tragic, comedy creates a surprsing mix... (more...)
BWW Review: Brave Spirits Theatre Presents A KING AND NO KING BWW Review: Brave Spirits Theatre Presents A KING AND NO KING
by Barbara Johnson - April 03, 2017

In keeping with Brave Spirits Theatre's commitment to producing overlooked works from Shakespeare's contemporaries, the company's staging of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher's A KING AND NO KING marks a DC metro area professional premiere. An excellent cast and a modern approach by director Cassie... (more...)
BWW Review: Masterful PIKE ST. at Woolly Mammoth BWW Review: Masterful PIKE ST. at Woolly Mammoth
by Roger Catlin - April 03, 2017

Nilaja Sun sits in the chair, absorbed in herself as the audience at Woolly Mammoth takes its seats for her electrifying one-woman 'Pike St.'... (more...)
BWW Review: Moody MIDWESTERN GOTHIC Premieres at Signature Theatre BWW Review: Moody MIDWESTERN GOTHIC Premieres at Signature Theatre
by Barbara Johnson - April 03, 2017

My expectations for the premiere of MIDWESTERN GOTHIC at Signature Theatre were so high that the musical itself was bound to fall short, no matter what. Billed as a darkly funny thriller, it's got atmosphere in spades and boasts laudable performances from a cast of committed actors. But that isn't e... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Kennedy Center BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - April 01, 2017

Most of us know the story of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid from the Disney animated feature and subsequent stage musical adaptation. What people forget is how dark the original story is and how a Caribbean crab and an absent-minded bird are not elements of the original story.... (more...)
BWW Review: BATTLEFIELD at Kennedy Center BWW Review: BATTLEFIELD at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - March 31, 2017

Sometimes a theatrical presentation doesn't need much to make its statement. In the case of world-renowned Director Peter Brook's Battlefield, all you need to make an impact is a strong acting company and some bamboo pieces placed strategically on the stage of the Kennedy Center's Family Theater as ... (more...)