Tim Treanor

About Tim Treanor

Tim Treanor is a senior writer for DCTS. He is a 2011 Fellow of the National Critics Institute and has written over 500 reviews for DCTS. His first novel, "The Seduction of Braulio Jules" is available from Amazon, and his second, "Capital City," with Lee Hurwitz, is scheduled for publication by Astor + Blue in November of 2016. He lives in a log home in the woods of Southern Maryland with his dear bride, DCTS Editor Lorraine Treanor. For more Tim Treanor, go to timtreanorauthor.com.

DC Theatre Scene celebrates its tenth year

American Century production of Emperor Jones, 2005

Ten Years and Counting, DC Theatre Scene is Still Going Strong One June evening in 2005, a woman named Noelle Wilson walks into the Gunston Arts Center’s Theater II to watch a production of The American Century Theater’s The Emperor Jones. She watches ATC’s take on the seldom-produced O’Neill play, notes the performances of Bus […]

Politicos get in on the act at STC’s Will on the Hill 2015

Brandon Uranowitz and  Samira Wiley with STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn (Photo: Kevin Allen)

We are all actors, but none more so than our public representatives. It is one thing to invite the wind to blow and crack its cheeks, but quite another to introduce legislation which would actually make the wind do that, in the name of climate change. Or: it takes a fine actor to play Proteus […]

Source Festival, opening June 5, hopes to grab third straight New Play Award


DC’s Source Festival of new plays will try to extend its two-year streak of award-winning plays when it opens Friday, June 5  at – this will surprise you – the Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street NW in DC. In 2013, the Source Festival debuted Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement, which won that year’s Osborne Award for […]

Congressional Chorus has Sondheim on its mind


OK, let’s say you work for a member of Congress. (Maybe you do work for a member of Congress. It’s hard for me to tell from here. But if you don’t, just pretend.) You work ten hours a day keeping American Democracy safe – sometimes from your member. You read tax legislation and budget reports […]

Shakespeare-appointed Supreme Court rules on the insanity of impossible dreams


So you run your lance full-bore at windmills, recruit a barber in your fight against the muleteers, believe a local prostitute to be your damsel of grace, and then fall into a coma. Should someone be appointed to take care of you? What will the Supreme Mock Court – the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s traditional gathering […]

One less critic: How Hedy Weiss and New Orleans changed my life.

Tim Treanor on the Louisiana bayou

When I was in law school I did some acting. I wasn’t very good but I was a big guy with a big voice and there’s always room for that in theater. Sometimes I got paid and sometimes I didn’t, but between what I did get paid and student loans and my parents’ generosity I […]

Rebecca Gilman wins Steinberg; Source Festival play is runner-up

Rebecca Gilman, author of Luna Gale

Luna Gale, Rebecca Gilman’s tale about a social worker struggling to place a newborn who has methamphetamine-addicted parents and a grandmother who belongs to an apocalyptic cult, last night won the $25,000 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award at the Humana New Play Festival in Louisville, ATCA Board Chair Bill Hirschman […]

Lights Rise on Grace at Woolly Mammoth Theatre

DeLance Minefee, Jeena Yi in Lights Rise on Grace (Photo: Stan Barouh)

There is not much of a story to Lights Rise on Grace, but what there is is told beautifully, and with – it must be said – grace. It begins like Romeo and Juliet, (an observation a character also makes): Large (DeLance Minefee), an African-American teenager, and Grace (Jeena Yi), a young woman of Chinese […]

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.

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