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BWW Review: Brave and Memorable SOLDIER POET at Theatre PrometheusBWW Review: Brave and Memorable SOLDIER POET at Theatre Prometheus
Posted: Dec. 16, 2017


BWW Review: Thought-Provoking, Site-Specific THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT at Solas NuaBWW Review: Thought-Provoking, Site-Specific THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT at Solas Nua
Posted: May. 14, 2018


BWW Review: Skillful and Fun THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Constellation Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Skillful and Fun THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Constellation Theatre Company
Posted: Jan. 16, 2018


BWW Review: Poignant World Premiere Musical LIGHT YEARS at Signature TheatreBWW Review: Poignant World Premiere Musical LIGHT YEARS at Signature Theatre
Posted: Feb. 18, 2018


BWW Review: Thought-Provoking and Stunning KING JOHN at Folger TheatreBWW Review: Thought-Provoking and Stunning KING JOHN at Folger Theatre
Posted: Nov. 1, 2018


BWW Review: DC-Area Premiere of Fugard's THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK at MetroStageBWW Review: DC-Area Premiere of Fugard's THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK at MetroStage
Posted: Sep. 4, 2018


BWW Review: Fun and Richly Stylized CABARET NOIR at Happenstance TheaterBWW Review: Fun and Richly Stylized CABARET NOIR at Happenstance Theater
Posted: Apr. 4, 2018


BWW Review: Thought-Provoking and Stunning KING JOHN at Folger TheatreBWW Review: Thought-Provoking and Stunning KING JOHN at Folger Theatre
November 1, 2018

Political legitimacy and enduring human connections are at the forefront of a gorgeous and spare King John at the Folger Theatre. In the assured hands of Helen Hayes Award-winning director Aaron Posner, and with a dynamic and gifted cast, the production makes a powerful case for bringing King John off the shelf and onto the stage far more often.

BWW Review: SING TO ME NOW at Rorschach TheatreBWW Review: SING TO ME NOW at Rorschach Theatre
October 25, 2018

Sing to Me Now, produced by Rorschach Theatre, is a beautifully rendered and promising new work, carefully balancing weight and humor, performed by a steady and engaging cast. Director Jenny McConnell Frederick capably brings out the best in the world premiere work by Iris Dauterman. Sing to Me Now was first developed thorough Rorschach's inaugural Magic in Rough Spaces New Play Lab last April, and is now more fully-and beautifully-realized.

BWW Review: Spooky SUMMERLAND at Washington Stage GuildBWW Review: Spooky SUMMERLAND at Washington Stage Guild
October 1, 2018

October is the ideal time to delve into the afterlife and commune with disquieted spirits. Washington Stage Guild presents the DC-area premiere of Summerland, the story of a post-Civil War "spirit photographer" to whom distraught mourners turn for images of their dead loved ones, and of the New York City police officer who is committed to prove he's a fraud.

BWW Review: DC-Area Premiere of Fugard's THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK at MetroStageBWW Review: DC-Area Premiere of Fugard's THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK at MetroStage
September 4, 2018

For more than 60 years, Athol Fugard has helped us explore South Africa through his complex, flawed, and empathetic characters. He is one of the most significant voices of our time. Fugard's most recent work, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, makes its DC-area premiere at MetroStage. When Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin slated The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek as MetroStage's season opener, little did she know that an August tweet would thrust South African farm ownership and race relations firmly back into the world spotlight.

BWW Review: Bootleg Shakespeare HENRY VI, PART 3 at Taffety Punk is Theater Without a NetBWW Review: Bootleg Shakespeare HENRY VI, PART 3 at Taffety Punk is Theater Without a Net
July 19, 2018

Taffety Punk Theatre Company's Bootleg Shakespeare production HENRY VI, PART 3 is performance without a net - exciting, dangerous, riveting, and raw. Bootleg Shakespeare isn't designed to be polished or perfect, it's designed to be fresh and immediate. And it delivered. What's more amazing? The actors arrived at 10:00 am Monday with roles assigned and lines memorized. That's it. Working together under the direction of Taffety Punk Artistic Director Marcus Kyd, over the next few hours the 32 actors DIY'ed the production and were on stage in front of an audience at 7:30 pm. There were minimal props, lights, and costumes-but the red and white paper lapel flowers told us exactly what we needed to know when every epic battle scene and every word of Shakespeare's text was performed.

BWW Review: Thought-Provoking, Site-Specific THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT at Solas NuaBWW Review: Thought-Provoking, Site-Specific THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT at Solas Nua
May 14, 2018

THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS PROJECT is an innovative and ambitious world premiere musical commissioned by Solas Nua. The production blends two fresh and significant dramatic voices, each with a unique perspective on the same time and themes. Staged on a pier jutting into the Anacostia River, the production gains added resonance in the shadow of Douglass' historic home at Cedar Hill and the bridge that bears his name. The site-specific staging heightens the drama and creates a memorable theater experience.

BWW Review: Fun and Richly Stylized CABARET NOIR at Happenstance TheaterBWW Review: Fun and Richly Stylized CABARET NOIR at Happenstance Theater
April 4, 2018

"A film noir inspired theatrical montage"- the subtitle of Happenstance Theater's CABARET NOIR perfectly encapsulates the richly stylized and wonderfully varied experience. Scandals, pistols, foggy streets, soft shoe, sweet harmonies, and red herrings - this production vividly captures the mood and the moment of those dark, smoky movies. Devised and performed by the Helen Hayes Award-winning ensemble, CABARET NOIR highlights the artistic strengths of the company of six.

BWW Review: Poignant World Premiere Musical LIGHT YEARS at Signature TheatreBWW Review: Poignant World Premiere Musical LIGHT YEARS at Signature Theatre
February 18, 2018

LIGHT YEARS, a world premiere musical at Signature Theatre, is a moving performance with a beautiful score and an introduction to touching and endearing characters. LIGHT YEARS is a deeply personal story of son and father attempting to understand each other. The relationship is firmly grounded in love and respect. Yet the two have profoundly different ideas about pursuing artistic passion versus creating a stable and consistent life. LIGHT YEARS is a production of great heart and promise that deserves to continue to evolve. It is exciting to be privy to new work in creation.

BWW Review: Skillful and Fun THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Constellation Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Skillful and Fun THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Constellation Theatre Company
January 16, 2018

THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Constellation Theatre is a thought-provoking, skillfully-rendered reminder that chaos and uncertainty are not unique to our time or to any single time. In the sure directorial hands of Mary Hall Surface, Thornton Wilder's masterpiece is a wild time-traveling, allegorical tragicomedy, without the Pepperidge Farm and Hallmark overtones we've now come to associate with the OUR TOWN playwright.

BWW Review: Brave and Memorable SOLDIER POET at Theatre PrometheusBWW Review: Brave and Memorable SOLDIER POET at Theatre Prometheus
December 16, 2017

Theatre Prometheus' world premiere, SOLDIER POET, is a compelling work, richly rendered. In an intimate theater space with fresh and compelling actors, a persuasive script, and inspired scenic design, SOLDIER POET aptly and successfully reminds us of our shared responsibilities and human connections.

Elisa Paloschi's Award Winning Documentary DRIVING WITH SELVI Now Touring Across IndiaElisa Paloschi's Award Winning Documentary DRIVING WITH SELVI Now Touring Across India
November 27, 2017

Director Elisa Paloschi's multiple award winning documentary DRIVING WITH SELVI tells the remarkable true story of Selvi South India's first female taxi driver.

BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare Theatre Company
November 23, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's TWELFTH NIGHT is a fresh look at a familiar story a bit darker with less over-the-top mirth. It is well worth revisiting Shakespeare's comedy for a new take on the familiar story.

BWW Review: THE ORIGINALIST Provokes at Arena StageBWW Review: THE ORIGINALIST Provokes at Arena Stage
July 14, 2017

THE ORIGINALIST at Arena Stage introduces Antonin Scalia as "the most polarizing figure in American civic life." When a liberal Harvard Law grad ("I fall in the flaming category") clerks for the justice, she encounters both maddening combatant and sage mentor.

BWW Review: Gripping and Beautiful HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Synetic TheaterBWW Review: Gripping and Beautiful HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Synetic Theater
May 17, 2017

Synetic Theater's 'beautifully disturbing' HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is gripping storytelling at its best. The wordless production conveys the epic tale with movement, spectacle, connection, and artistry.

BWW Review: HENRY V at We Happy FewBWW Review: HENRY V at We Happy Few
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 take it in.

BWW Review: BLOOD KNOT at Mosaic Theater CompanyBWW Review: BLOOD KNOT at Mosaic Theater Company
April 5, 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 from opportunities unavailable to his darker-skinned brother.

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.



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