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BWW Review: LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO at the Kennedy Center BWW Review: LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO at the Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - March 23, 2017

It's a long way from a cramped second-floor loft in lower Manhattan to the splendors of the Kennedy Center Opera House with a full orchestra.... (more...)
BWW Review: THREE SISTERS AND NO SISTERS  at Studio Theatre BWW Review: THREE SISTERS AND NO SISTERS at Studio Theatre
by Jenny Minich - March 22, 2017

Staged in tandem, playwright and director Aaron Posner's contemporary original No Sisters and Anton Chekhov's modern classic Three Sisters (1901) fuse the classic and the contemporary in a power move that is calculated to attract theatregoers of all persuasions.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANTIGONON, UN CONTINGENTE EPICO at Kennedy Center BWW Review: ANTIGONON, UN CONTINGENTE EPICO at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - March 22, 2017

With the United States reopening its relations with Cuba, it only seems natural that the Kennedy Center would host a top Cuban theatre company, and its ambitious director, as part of its ongoing internationally-oriented Spotlight on Directors series.... (more...)
BWW Review: Scena Theatre's THE NIGHT ALIVE is Supernaturally Good BWW Review: Scena Theatre's THE NIGHT ALIVE is Supernaturally Good
by Barbara Johnson - March 22, 2017

"May lost souls find salvation" is the tagline of Scena Theatre's production of Conor McPherson's modern Irish play THE NIGHT ALIVE. Any lost souls wandering into this production will find it worth seeing for its superb Irish actors, Barry McEvoy and Brian Mallon, alone. They're also likely to find ... (more...)
BWW Review: Forum Theatre celebrates #NASTYWOMENREP BWW Review: Forum Theatre celebrates #NASTYWOMENREP
by Keith Tittermary - March 21, 2017

“Men are like weapons. Women are like wounds.” That is a poignant line and an apt summation of the first part of Forum Theatre's #NastyWomen ethos. The first piece in this horrifying, yet deeply moving, work is Monica Byrne's What Every Girl Should Know, which takes place in 1914 and follows four... (more...)
BWW Review: MNEMONIC Leaves a Deep Impression at Anacostia Playhouse BWW Review: MNEMONIC Leaves a Deep Impression at Anacostia Playhouse
by Hannah Wing - March 21, 2017

Theater Alliance's production of Mnemonic, directed by Colin Hovde, is not just a story of migration, but of who we are as humans.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jay Leno Tells Jokes at the Kennedy Center BWW Review: Jay Leno Tells Jokes at the Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - March 20, 2017

What would have happened if Jay Leno were still hosting 'The Tonight Show' today?... (more...)
BWW Review: Keegan Theatre Presents Masterful PARADE, A Must See Production BWW Review: Keegan Theatre Presents Masterful PARADE, A Must See Production
by Jeffrey Walker - March 18, 2017

Co-directed with precision by Christina A. Coakley and Susan Marie Rhea, Keegan's PARADE keeps the staging simple and imaginative, cutting away clutter and using only the barest of props and scenic elements to help the story unfold. No one who has seen previous Keegan musicals, such as HAIR, CABARET... (more...)
BWW Review:  NEEDLES AND OPIUM Showcases High Level of Creativity at Kennedy Center BWW Review: NEEDLES AND OPIUM Showcases High Level of Creativity at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - March 18, 2017

As there are two more performances, I won't spoil the myriad of illusions that Lepage and his team include in the production, but suffice it to say that - production-wise, this show is unlike any other I've seen come through this illustrious arts center in years.... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater by Palestinians: TAHA at the Kennedy Center BWW Review: Theater by Palestinians: TAHA at the Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - March 17, 2017

As part of the the Kennedy Center's springtime spotlight on international directors, the first of three works by Palestinian playwrights opened at its Terrace Theatre Wednesday.... (more...)
BWW Review: GRUG AND THE RAINBOW at Kennedy Center BWW Review: GRUG AND THE RAINBOW at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - March 16, 2017

Kids are bombarded with big flashy images in pretty much every form of entertainment nowadays. Those of us that grew up with theatre for young audiences (TYA) companies such as New Jersey's Pushcart Players remember how storytelling used to drive the production as opposed to spectacle driving the st... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre BWW Review: RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre
by Heather Nadolny - March 16, 2017

RAGTIME, currently playing at Ford's Theatre, hits a number of current, resonant themes across multiple notes with powerful ballads and a stellar cast. DC audiences, this is the show we need right now.... (more...)
BWW Review: U.S. Premiere of COOLATULLY at Solas Nua BWW Review: U.S. Premiere of COOLATULLY at Solas Nua
by Pamela Roberts - 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 y... (more...)
BWW Review: MRS. MILLER DOES HER THING at Signature Theatre BWW Review: MRS. MILLER DOES HER THING at Signature Theatre
by Roger Catlin - March 13, 2017

Bad singers make interesting stories. After Meryl Streep got an Oscar nomination for her role as the classical world's Florence Foster Jenkins, last year, here comes Broadway's Debra Monk, warbling the pop repertoire of a mid-1960s musical misfit in a new musical full of Great White Way pedigree.... (more...)
BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED at Gay Men's Chorus of DC BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED at Gay Men's Chorus of DC
by Christopher Castanho - March 13, 2017

How To Succeed has always been on my list of musicals to see, but hadn't gotten the opportunity to experience, until I saw the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC's production at the beautiful and ornate Lincoln Theater. The original Broadway show ran for fourteen hundred performances and picked up th... (more...)
BWW Review:  Young Artists of America Premieres THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: THE SONGS OF TIM RICE IN CONCERT BWW Review: Young Artists of America Premieres THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: THE SONGS OF TIM RICE IN CONCERT
by Jennifer Perry - March 12, 2017

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: THE SONGS OF TIM RICE IN CONCERT was nothing less than a case study in ambition.... (more...)
BWW Review:  INTELLIGENCE Premieres at Arena Stage BWW Review: INTELLIGENCE Premieres at Arena Stage
by Jennifer Perry - March 12, 2017

All in all, I certainly commend Arena Stage, including Artistic Director Molly Smith, for taking a chance on this new work. Unfortunately, there's a ways to go to ready it for an audience, particularly here in DC where there is bound to be at least a handful of people with a pretty good understandi... (more...)
BWW Review: FROM THE MOUTHS OF MONSTERS Makes Powerful Premiere at the Kennedy Center BWW Review: FROM THE MOUTHS OF MONSTERS Makes Powerful Premiere at the Kennedy Center
by Barbara Johnson - March 11, 2017

Inspired by (but not literally adapted from) Mary Shelley's 200-year-old novel Frankenstein, Idris Goodwin's FROM THE MOUTHS OF MONSTERS makes a powerful world premiere at the Kennedy Center's Family Theater. A two-actor play starring Shannon Dorsey and Tia Shearer in energetic, flexible roles, it s... (more...)
BWW Review:  WSC Avant Bard's THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS a Brilliant Revival BWW Review: WSC Avant Bard's THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS a Brilliant Revival
by Andrew White - March 10, 2017

Lee Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus took Sophocles' meditation on mortality, sin and redemption and brought it solidly into the American mainstream. This production of The Gospel at Colonus, revived by WSC Avant Bard under the inspired direction of Jennifer l. Nelson, is one of the most joyous experi... (more...)
BWW Review: Washington National Opera's CHAMPION is a Winner BWW Review: Washington National Opera's CHAMPION is a Winner
by Benjamin Tomchik - March 07, 2017

Who among us hasn't fought for acceptance and inner peace? That alone makes Champion a winner.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Elevator Repair Service's THE SELECT:  THE SUN ALSO RISES an Exuberant Celebration of Hemingway's Classic BWW Review: Elevator Repair Service's THE SELECT: THE SUN ALSO RISES an Exuberant Celebration of Hemingway's Classic
by Andrew White - March 02, 2017

Elevator Repair Service, a New York company with a decided literary turn, has brought its lengthy but satisfying staging of Hemingway's first novel, 'The Sun Also Rises,' to Shakespeare Theatre Company's Landsburgh stage for a healthy Washington run. For Hemingway fans, this is reason enough to make... (more...)
BWW Review:  Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS Celebrates Stephen Hawking BWW Review: Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS Celebrates Stephen Hawking
by Andrew White - March 01, 2017

It's especially gratifying to see companies like Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre return to Washington with a fascinating new work, A Life With No Limits, dedicated to the life and ideas of the Nobel physicist Stephen Hawking. Aura Curiatlas has developed a unique, intensely physical brand of perfor... (more...)
Review Roundup: Opera Lafayette's LEONORE, OU L'AMOUR CONJUGAL Review Roundup: Opera Lafayette's LEONORE, OU L'AMOUR CONJUGAL
by BWW News Desk - February 28, 2017

Opera Layfeyette presented LEONORE, OU L'AMOUR CONJUGAL in NYC at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater on February 23rd.... (more...)
BWW Review: BROTHER MARIO  at Flying V Theatre BWW Review: BROTHER MARIO at Flying V Theatre
by Jenny Minich - February 28, 2017

A mash-up between Super Mario and Checkhov's Uncle Vanya, Brother Mario is a weird little play and there is really no way around that. In Brother Mario, Flying V Theatre, Playwright Seamus Sullivan, and Director Paul Reisman deftly straddle the void between fringe and professional theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Washington National Opera Presents Bold and Haunting DEAD MAN WALKING at the Kennedy Center BWW Review: Washington National Opera Presents Bold and Haunting DEAD MAN WALKING at the Kennedy Center
by Barbara Johnson - February 27, 2017

Rooted in the moral conflict between society's thirst for justice and Christianity's tenet of forgiveness, the modern American opera DEAD MAN WALKING is an apt selection for the Washington National Opera this season. With a moving score by Jake Heggie and an honest, straightforward libretto by Terre... (more...)