Tim Treanor

About Tim Treanor

Tim Treanor Senior Writer, member, DCTS Board of Directors. Since 2005, Tim has written over 500 reviews and numerous news articles, features and interviews for DCTS. He is a member of the American Theater Critics Association and sits on its New Plays committees. He is also a fellow of the National Critics Institute, run by the O’Neill Theater Center. His interactive murder mystery, Murder in Elsinore, enjoyed a brief run in 2003; another play, Dracula. A Love Story. ran in the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. His novel, The Seduction of Braulio Jules, is available on Amazon. By day he is a trial lawyer for the Federal government. He lives with his dear bride, Lorraine, in a log house in the woods of Southern Maryland. For more Tim Treanor, go to www.timtreanorauthor.com.

In the battle over the Constitution, The Originalist emerges the winner

Kerry Warren as Cat and Edward Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

The business of judges is to understand and interpret statutes, and in order to do that they commonly try to uncover the intention of the legislature which passed that law. When your job, like Antonin Scalia’s, is to interpret the Constitution, you are divining the intentions of men (and they were all men) who wore […]

Source Festival play among six Steinberg Award finalists


For the second year in a row, a play which debuted at DC’s Source Festival is in line for a playwriting award. Last year, Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement received the American Theatre Critics Association’s $1,000 M. Elizabeth Osborne Award for top play by an emerging writer.

Puppet gets major role in classic horror Doctor Caligari


What keeps you up at night, little brother? Is it that seemingly random tax audit notice you received in the mail yesterday? Perhaps your spouse has become distant, or else developed a disconcerting interest in someone who is not you. Did your boss forget your name at work yesterday? Or is it that odd-looking fellow […]

A near victory for Kander and Pierce’s Kid Victory

Jeffry Denman as Michael, Bobby Smith, Ensemble, Jake Winn as Luke, Parker Drown and Laura Darrell, Ensemble in Kid Victory (Photo: Margot Schulman)

At its best, Kid Victory is a secular high mass, both sacred and profane, with insight as sweet as its music, and music as sweet as honey from the Garden of Eden. And then, there are other times.

Uncle Vanya at Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre

Kevin J. Costa and Lizzi Albert as Vanya and Sophia (Photo: Teresa Castracane)

I know what you’re thinking: is Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya just like Life Sucks, except with a bunch of Russian guys? Let me turn the question around for you: do you think that Uncle Vanya could be set in Argentina, or in medieval Turkey, or in the Wild West, with a few adjustments? I do, […]

The Pirate Laureate and the King of the Sea


That the pen is mightier than the sword is the dream of every English major, and also the theme of the Zachary Fernebok’s “Pirate Laureate” series, of which this is the second exemplar. It is also the dream of diplomats and lovers of peace everywhere, although its truth remains undetermined.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a bloody good time

Megan Dominy and Thomas Keegan (Photo: Stan Barouh)

Quick quiz: who would you most like to give you their cat for safekeeping after first making you pledge your life to its well-being: (a) Tony Soprano (b) Satan or (c) the Irish rebel Padraic (Thomas Keegan), titular character in Martin McDonagh’s play now being staged at Constellation?

Last of the Whyos, a time traveling tale of Coney Island


In the final five minutes of her life, a nameless hot corn girl (Tia Shearer) shivers in the cold winds off the Atlantic, argues with her pimp, Eddie Farrell (Michael Kevin Darnall), and worries about coyotes. And then, the night suddenly fills with creatures far more dangerous than any coyote. She feels the cold sharp […]

Norris and Twyford are brilliant in Mary Stuart

(l-r) Kate Eastwood Norris as Mary Stuart and Holly Twyford as Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Teresa Wood)

Folger’s gorgeous, sumptuous Mary Stuart is a bodice-ripper for the brainy, distilling a life-and-death moment to its constituent elements of pride, resentment, entitlement and loss. It is a dissection – not bloodless but full of torrential passion – of human values on the stage of history. On the one side is God-ordained righteousness, and the […]

Cops tops American Century double bill

(l-r) Anthony van Eyck as Bob Barberson; Dan Alexander as Gene Czerwicki; Bruce Alan Rauscher as Jack Rolf (Photo by Johannes Markus )

America is engaged in an agonizing public discussion of the roles, and prerogatives, of our police force in light of recent deaths in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Does American Century Theater’s doubleheader, Terry Curtis Fox’s Cops and William Saroyan’s Hello Out There, advance that discussion, and enlighten the way we think about law […]

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