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Review: BROADWAY IN THE PARK at Wolf Trap Photo Review: BROADWAY IN THE PARK at Wolf Trap
by Elliot Lanes - June 28, 2022

What did our critic think? This past weekend Signature Theatre and Wolf Trap teamed up for the second annual edition of Broadway in The Park which like last year featured some of Signature Theatre’s best performers, two Broadway headliners and a 25, yes, 25-piece orchestra. The result was a truly lo...
Review: IN HIS HANDS at Mosaic At Atlas Performing Arts Center Photo Review: IN HIS HANDS at Mosaic At Atlas Performing Arts Center
by Mary Lincer - June 28, 2022

What did our critic think of IN HIS HANDS at Mosaic At Atlas Performing Arts Center? The world première of Benjamin Benne's In His Hands has opened at the Atlas Performing Arts Center while it's still Pride month. But this fine script's universal notions hold true from Jan. to December; the play is ...
Review: MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS at Imagination Stage Photo Review: MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS at Imagination Stage
by Roger Catlin - June 28, 2022

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Review: SOPHISTICATED NEW ONES at Unexpected Stage Company Photo Review: SOPHISTICATED NEW ONES at Unexpected Stage Company
by Martrese Meachum - June 27, 2022

What did our critic think? Sophisticated New Ones, written by well versed television actor, writer and show creator Keith Powel is not a throw away play. Set in the time leading up to President Barack Obama's first election, this story centers an antique repair shop owned and operated by a divorce' ...
Review: JOHN WILLIAMS 90TH BIRTHDAY GALA CONCERT at Kennedy Center Photo Review: JOHN WILLIAMS 90TH BIRTHDAY GALA CONCERT at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - June 27, 2022

109 film scores, lots of symphonic music, and the music you hear during the Olympics doesn't even begin to properly describe a true living musical legend like John Williams. His 50 years and 29 film association with Steven Spielberg is the longest relationship in film between a director and a compos...
Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Kennedy Center Photo Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Kennedy Center
by David Friscic - June 27, 2022

Harper Lee’s classic book To Kill A Mockingbird has a legion of fans and so does the 1962 film but it would be best to forget the source material and simply savor the theatricality of the play To Kill A Mockingbird now playing at the Kennedy Center.  Playwright Aaron Sorkin has written a stage...
Review: RED VELVET Captivates on Opening Night at Shakespeare Theatre Company Photo Review: RED VELVET Captivates on Opening Night at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Morgan Musselman - June 25, 2022

The Shakespeare Theatre Company wraps up its 2021/2022 season with a brilliant production of Red Velvet, directed by Jade King Carroll, playing now at the Michael R. Klein Theatre through July 17, 2022....
Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at The Keegan Theatre Photo Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at The Keegan Theatre
by Rachael F. Goldberg - June 21, 2022

'Shakespeare in Love' may appeal to fans of the movie, but its convoluted plot and awkward presentation make this production one that is unlikely to earn new admirers. It can make for a fun night out, but isn’t a production I’d actively recommend prioritizing over others....
Review: JERSEY BOYS at the Kennedy Center Photo Review: JERSEY BOYS at the Kennedy Center
by David Friscic - June 19, 2022

A group of streetwise guys from Jersey sing about the everyday battles of daily life that so many people can relate to in the emotionally direct and hard -hitting smash hit tour of Jersey Boys now playing at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater.  Romance, heartache, family ties, financial w...
Review: FIRES IN THE MIRROR: CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN AND OTHER IDENTITIES at Theater Photo Review: FIRES IN THE MIRROR: CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN AND OTHER IDENTITIES at Theater J
by Rachael F. Goldberg - June 16, 2022

'Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities' is an intense, but fascinating portrait of community and identity, with a powerhouse creative team on and off the stage....
BWW Review: MAZ AND BRICKS at Solas Nua Is Fiery, Sharp, and Timely Photo BWW Review: MAZ AND BRICKS at Solas Nua Is Fiery, Sharp, and Timely
by Elizabeth Seablom - June 15, 2022

Fiery, sharp, timely. Those are the words that first come to my mind after attending Solas Nua's production of Maz and Bricks. As a woman it is easily one of the most relatable pieces of theater in DC right now and the production seems to draw on the very energy of the protests taking place just dow...
Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at The Kennedy Center Photo Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at The Kennedy Center
by Elizabeth Seablom - June 15, 2022

What did our critic think of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at The Kennedy Center?...
BWW Review: NOLLYWOOD DREAMS at Round House Photo BWW Review: NOLLYWOOD DREAMS at Round House
by Roger Catlin - June 15, 2022

What did our critic think of NOLLYWOOD DREAMS at Round House? It's likely to be a crowd-pleaser, since it's from Jocelyn Bioh, who's earlier 'School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play' was a hit at the Round House when it reopened following renovations in 2019....
BWW Review: UNDER THE SEA WITH DREDGIE MCGEE at 1st Stage Photo BWW Review: UNDER THE SEA WITH DREDGIE MCGEE at 1st Stage
by Ken Kemp - June 09, 2022

The magical, whimsical world of Dredgie McGee will delight children and adults alike. Don't miss this wonderful romp under the sea....
BWW Review: VISIONARY VOICES at The Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: VISIONARY VOICES at The Kennedy Center
by Tavish Young - June 08, 2022

What did our critic think of Visionary Voices at The Kennedy Center? On June 7th and 8th, In the comfortable and open atmosphere of the Kennedy Center's Opera House Theater, the New York City Ballet Presented Visionary Voices, showcasing three contemporary choreographers; Jamar Roberts, Sidra Bell, ...
BWW Review: DRUMFOLK at Arena Stage Photo BWW Review: DRUMFOLK at Arena Stage
by Ken Kemp - June 07, 2022

Drumfolk is a feast for all of the senses, with an incredibly talented ensemble of artists.  ...
BWW Review: UNBREAKABLE performed by Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC at Lincoln Th Photo BWW Review: UNBREAKABLE performed by Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC at Lincoln Theatre
by David Friscic - June 07, 2022

“You Can’t Stop the Music” as the Village People say and this might have been the mission of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) as they sang their hearts out in esteemed composer Andrew Lippa’s original work entitled Unbreakable.  This East coast premiere by Mr. Lippa (composer of the mus...
BWW Review: SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER AND TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN AND LET ME LISTEN at Av Photo BWW Review: SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER AND TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN AND LET ME LISTEN at Avant Bard Theatre
by David Friscic - June 01, 2022

Suddenly Last Summer a terrible memory was embedded in the mind of a woman, and she must now face an assault on her brain. Her cousin, the fastidious poet Sebastian, was spending a summer to write what was to be his last poem------but I am getting ahead of myself!...
BWW Review: NSO POPS: LOVE: A JONI MITCHELL SONGBOOK Photo BWW Review: NSO POPS: LOVE: A JONI MITCHELL SONGBOOK
by David Friscic - May 31, 2022

The prolific, gifted, and influential artist Joni Mitchell has amassed a group of devoted followers and aficionados who have followed her genre-exploring career from folk, pop, rhythm and blues, jazz, and the romantic standards she has explored in her later years. Devotees of Ms. Mitchell often spea...
BWW Review: A MONSTER CALLS at The Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: A MONSTER CALLS at The Kennedy Center
by Pamela Roberts - May 30, 2022

A MONSTER CALLS, a powerful story of love, loss, truth and self-discovery, is beautifully rendered for the stage. The fantastical tale is highly physical, gorgeous to behold, and packs a potent emotional punch. The production, now touring to the Kennedy Center, was adapted for the stage by visionar...
BWW Review: DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF at We Happy Few Photo BWW Review: DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF at We Happy Few
by Rachael F. Goldberg - May 29, 2022

Overall, 'Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief' is a lackluster production. With so many better and more thoughtful options out there, this production doesn’t meet the standard I’ve come to expect of the DC theater scene’s forays into the Bard....
BWW Review: CARMEN at The Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: CARMEN at The Kennedy Center
by Rachael F. Goldberg - May 24, 2022

While this production of 'Carmen' is very traditional on its face, the thoughtfulness and sheer talent packed into this performance elevates it to something far more engaging, and absolutely enchanting. It’s more than worthy of audiences’ time, and hopefully WNO’s fresh interpretation will help audi...
BWW Review: LUCKY STIFF at NextStop Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: LUCKY STIFF at NextStop Theatre Company
by David Friscic - May 23, 2022

A corpse, dogs, a heart-shaped box, and diamonds are just a few of the plot ingredients in the merry mix of mayhem and misadventure in the zany musical Lucky Stiff now being presented at the NextStop Theatre Company.  An audaciously frenetic and chaotic sense of impending disaster fills the air as a...
BWW Review: OUR TOWN at Shakespeare Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: OUR TOWN at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Pamela Roberts - May 22, 2022

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Our Town is a triumphant production of vitality, and consequence. Thornton Wilder’s classic—a work that captures the universal experience of being alive—takes on new resonance and depth in the capable hands of an extraordinary ensemble. This play is immediate—one ...
BWW Review: Olney Theatre's THE JOY THAT CARRIES YOU a Touching Journey Towards Rene Photo BWW Review: Olney Theatre's THE JOY THAT CARRIES YOU a Touching Journey Towards Renewal
by Andrew White - May 21, 2022

'The Joy that Carries You' is a touching and touchingly thoughtful journey, one which many might recognize in their own. But Secka and Stoller also make this a celebration of the relationships which until (only) very recently were taboo. Thank goodness we're no longer at the stage where seeing two w...