Tim Treanor

About Tim Treanor

Tim Treanor Senior Writer, member, DCTS Board of Directors. Since 2005, Tim has written over 400 reviews and numerous news articles, features and interviews for DCTS. He has been a member of the American Theater Critics Association since 2009 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. 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.

The Fever

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On days when I’m seeing a Fringe show, I generally put my button on when I get dressed in the morning and leave it on all day. It’s more convenient that way. Yesterday I was riding the Metro and a lady of a mighty age squeezed in next to me. She looked at my button. […]

Gidion’s Knot


Gidion’s Knot is a story of irredeemable grief. It is a story about the fragility of childhood, and whether it is the duty of parents to protect their children or to let them flower. It is a tale about artistic freedom, and whether it can have limits, and if so, what those limits are. In […]

The Capital City Showcase

Capital City host Christian Hunt. Click for tickets

Since the entertainers who make up The Capital City Showcase change from production to production, the only useful thing a review can do is address broad themes. The broad themes to The Capital City Showcase are this: DC’s got funny, and DC’s got music. My review is: yeah.

Cabaret XXX: Everybody F*cking Dies

XXXs Allyson Harkey, Karen Lange, Anderson Wells and Toni Rae Salmi. Click for tickets

I know what you’re thinking, brothers and sisters. “If everybody f*cking dies, why is he writing this f*cking review? They’re all dead!” I have a single-word answer for you, my friends: replacements.

Empress of the Moon: The Lives of Aphra Behn

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We know so little about the remarkable Restoration-era novelist/playwright/spy Aphra Behn (1640?-1689) that her life can serve as a tabula rosa upon which other artists project their own ideas and issues. In Empress of the Moon, playwright Chris Braak has done exactly that. The ideas are not particularly new or startling, but in the slenderized […]

Rodney King


This video is pretty disturbing. But if you’re unfamiliar with the Rodney King story, you should probably watch it. In 1991, after being pulled over for reckless driving and x-treme speeding (100 mph +) King got out of his car and flashed the finger at a police helicopter flying overhead. For this, police hit him […]



“I am your spaniel,” Helen averred in Midsummer Night’s Dream, “and, Demetrius,//The more you beat me, I will fawn on you// Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,//Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,//Unworthy as I am, to follow you.//What worser place can I beg in your love,–//And yet a place […]


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Here, let me tell you what I saw on opening night. It won’t spoil it for you, since each rendition of Persephone will tell a different story, with a different artist in control*. So as I give my report, keep in mind – your results will vary.

The Matty Mathews Foundation

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There is a clever idea behind The Matty Matthews Foundation. But as Mies van der Rohe said, God is in the details, and playwright John McGrath and his cast will need a couple of come-to-Jesus meetings before this play is all that it can or should be.

Walken in His Shoes

The cast of Walken in His Shoes from Tuscon, AZ: (l-r) Brandon Howell, Michael Howell, Stephanie Howell, Ruben Rosthenhausler and  Luke Howell

Okay, this show is better than it sounds. Four pathetic misfits – the squeaky-voiced Jerry Lipkin (Brandon Howell), the odiferous misogynist Spider Chavez (Ruben Rosthenhausler), the effete, self-absorbed Preacher Sanders (Luke Howell) and Hi Gronowski (Michael Howell) – I don’t know what he is – induct the newest member, Chris Ronald (Stephanie Howell) into the […]

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