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 Vice-President of the American Theater Critics Association and sits on its Executive and 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.

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 […]

C. S. Lewis adaptation,The Great Divorce, is at times surpassingly funny

(l-r) Michael Frederic and Joel Rainwater in The Great Divorce (Photo: courtesy of Fellowship of Performing Arts)

The Great Divorce is a story about the bus ride from Hell – literally: the Redemption Express from the bad section (there is no good section) of “the gray town” to the verdant fields of the much larger and denser Heaven. Like Sartre and Camus and also like Dante Alighieri, whose work this recalls, C.S. […]

Kushner and Intelligent Homosexual’s cast denounce Roth firing

Tony Kushner speaking at Theater J benefit Nov. 13, 2014 (Photo: Roman Petruniak

In an electrifying conclusion to the December 18th production of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism, with a Key to the Scriptures, members of the cast read a letter from Kushner praising former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth and denouncing the theater’s decision to fire him.

Sex war showdown at Shakespeare’s Lansburgh Theatre

lysistrata trial 21

Someone has stormed the Capitol, looted the Treasury, eviscerated the Judiciary, and declared sex illegal. No, no, not Ted Cruz. This happened thousands of years ago, and the culprit was Lysistrata. But no crime is so ancient that it cannot attract the attention of Washington lawyers, and thus on November 24th Lysistrata was brought before […]

One Man, Two Guvnors. 1st Stage brings London and Broadway hit to Tysons


Has this ever happened to you? It is 1963. You’re Charlie “the Duck” Clench, career criminal, and you’re played by Steve Beall. You’ve pledged the hand of your daughter, Pauline (Megan Graves) – who has the IQ of a toaster – in a marriage of convenience to the gay gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in order to […]

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