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BWW Review: MYSTERY SCHOOL at The Edge of the Universe Players 2 PhotoBWW Review: MYSTERY SCHOOL at The Edge of the Universe Players 2
by Elliot Lanes - October 31, 2017

The pint size dynamo known as Nora Achrati is one of the area's most dynamic actresses so a show where it's just her and the audience should make for a great night of theatre. Achrati portrays five different characters in Paul Selig's ethereal and spiritual script Mystery School.
University of Virginia Department of Drama presents: SEVEN GUITARS PhotoUniversity of Virginia Department of Drama presents: SEVEN GUITARS
by Andrew Burrill - October 26, 2017

The University of Virginia Department of Drama presents SEVEN GUITARS by August Wilson, directed by Theresa M. Davis, Professor of Cross-Cultural Performance, in the Ruth Caplin Theatre!
BWW Review:  THE PRICE at Arena Stage Offers Up Wonderful Acting in a Classic America PhotoBWW Review: THE PRICE at Arena Stage Offers Up Wonderful Acting in a Classic American Drama
by Jennifer Perry - October 14, 2017

BWW Review: WILDERNESS at the Kennedy Center Disappoints PhotoBWW Review: WILDERNESS at the Kennedy Center Disappoints
by Jennifer Perry - October 14, 2017

BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Pallas Theatre Collective PhotoBWW Review: ASSASSINS at Pallas Theatre Collective
by Elliot Lanes - October 10, 2017

Any musical theatre geek knows that Stephen Sondheim's central subjects for musicals are rarely light and fluffy individuals. Sweeney Todd has a barber who slits people's throats and Sunday in the Park with George has a painter who is a perfectionist and egomaniac.
BWW Review: THE EFFECT is an Intense, Riveting Experiment at Studio Theatre PhotoBWW Review: THE EFFECT is an Intense, Riveting Experiment at Studio Theatre
by Hannah Wing - October 10, 2017

Studio Theatre's production of The Effect explores love and mental health with heart-racing, gut-wrenching gusto.
 BWW Review: NIGHT TRAIN 57 at Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: NIGHT TRAIN 57 at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - October 6, 2017

Laundry night in our house doesn't garner much excitement. However, in the world of Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza and Yuriana Sobrino, hanging your socks out to dry leads you on a magical, musical, mystical journey up in the heavens, courtesy of a magic train. That is the basic premise of Night Train 57, Kennedy Center's latest co-commission with VSA, and trust me, this is one journey your whole family will want to take together.
BWW Review: CABARET at Shenandoah Conservatory PhotoBWW Review: CABARET at Shenandoah Conservatory
by Andrew Burrill - October 4, 2017

BWW Review: CABARET at Shenandoah Conservatory, a brilliantly relevant and commanding journey that engages from beginning to end.
BWW Review: WIDOWERS' HOUSES at Washington Stage Guild PhotoBWW Review: WIDOWERS' HOUSES at Washington Stage Guild
by Elliot Lanes - October 3, 2017

DC's little jewel, known as the Washington Stage Guild (WSG), has always presented pieces that you can't see elsewhere in the area. With its current offering Widowers' Houses, WSG gives area theatregoers a chance to see a lesser known work by esteemed playwright George Bernard Shaw. While this script is not a center piece of Shaw's canon (a la Pygmalion or Heartbreak House) WSG, true to form, delivers a high-end production of it featuring a top-notch group of performers.
BWW Review: Arena Stage Goes Local with NATIVE GARDENS
by Jennifer Perry - September 20, 2017

Good cast, good technical work, some funny jokes, but there's something missing.
Shenandoah Conservatory presents CABARET during the Musical's 50th Anniversary!
by Andrew Burrill - September 8, 2017

Shenandoah Conservatory's production of CABARET runs from Friday, September 29th through Sunday, October 2nd, in the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre on the campus of Shenandoah University!
BWW Review: Whipping, or the Football Hamlet Goes for the Touchdown at Callan Theatre
by Hannah Wing - August 14, 2017

Something is clearly rotten in the state of the DFL and perhaps America itself. Whipping, or the Football Hamlet, written, directed, and choreographed by Kathleen Akerley, is entertaining and humorous as it is stirring and thought-provoking.
Avant Bard Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - July 30, 2017

The exhilarating musical The Gospel at Colonus returns, Lauren Gunderson's fiery genius Emilie makes her DC debut, and Shakespeare's fantastical The Tempest takes the stage by storm
BWW Review: AN OCTOROON is Anything But Black and White at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
by Evann Normandin - July 23, 2017

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's stunning remount of AN OCTOROON by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Nataki Garrett reunites the principal cast and production teams from Woolly's sold out 2016 run. Boy, did I move to DC just in time. The Washington Post declares Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 'a national champion of the new-and frequently provocative-American play' and after laughing, crying, and thinking through Woolly's AN OCTOROON I would be hard pressed to find better descriptors. In the heart of the nation's capital, a stone's throw from The White House, AN OCTOROON is a living, breathing, vital dialogue about racial tension in America.
BWW Review: Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess Kick Off the District of Comedy Festival with the National Symphony
by Jennifer Perry - July 21, 2017

The concert delivered some great performances and is a wonderful example of how unique the Kennedy Center is within our national arts landscape. Where else, except for maybe Lincoln Center, could you hear some of Broadway's best sing with a top-notch orchestra and get a dose of comedy too?
BWW Review: TREY PARKER'S CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL presented by HalfMad Theatre at Capital Fringe
by Elliot Lanes - July 21, 2017

A couple of things intrigued me about HalfMad Theatre's entry into this year's Capital Fringe. First off, the name Trey Parker was attached to it. After all, he created the totally non-politically correct TV show South Park and the mega- hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon so it seemed interesting that a company would present the piece that started Parker on his meteoric rise to fame while in college. Second, the show is primarily performed with puppets with a few human characters. That just seemed like my kind of show. The show is the wonderful and slightly off-color extravaganza, Trey Parker's Cannibal the Musical!
BWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT presented by The Wandering Theatre Company at Capital Fringe
by Elliot Lanes - July 17, 2017

Anytime a company presents something I don't expect to see in a festival setting, it generally peaks my interest. The Laramie Project is one of those shows I never thought I would see performed in Capital Fringe. When The Wandering Theatre Company presents the piece and then disrespects the material by doing things to the show that are not needed it results in the following diatribe even if the production features some strong performances.
BWW Review: NIGHT SEASONS Embraces the Charmingly Quotidian at Quotidian Theatre Company
by Evann Normandin - July 16, 2017

Horton Foote's NIGHT SEASONS, directed by Jack Sbarbori at the Quotidian Theatre Company, examines the nature of a life defined by money and greed, and the notion that perhaps living is the greatest punishment of all. Foote, best known for his 1962 screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird, delivers a quiet critique of capitalist culture and asks us to consider what "home" means. NIGHT SEASONS places us in Harrison Texas, 1963 on Josie Weems' (Jane Squier Bruns) 93rd birthday, though the play deals in flashbacks and the setting easily slips back and forth through 1923-1963 and the years in between. Josie Weems (Jane Squier Bruns) is the manipulative glue that holds the rambling Weems family together by subtly managing finances and allowing and prohibiting marriages at her discretion.
BWW Review: Come to the CABARET at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - July 15, 2017

The current national tour, based on the recent Broadway revival at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54 and taking up residence at the Kennedy Center through August 6, does just that - explore and provide a unique take. While there's never been anything particularly cheery about the musical, this version wonderfully embraces its darkness and cold undertones more so than a few others I have seen.
by Jenny Minich - June 27, 2017

Unlike in your real life, there is someone onstage able to give voice to your concerns and make you laugh when you feel like you want to cry. The Second City wants you to know you're not alone!
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.
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.
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. 
BWW Review: THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Jenny Minich - June 8, 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.
BWW Review: CRAZY MARY LINCOLN at Pallas Theatre Collective
by Elliot Lanes - June 6, 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 readings to work on their show before it gets to full production. In this case, the process paid off in spades.

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