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.

An appreciation of theatre critic Brad Hathaway on his retirement

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It is 2004. As the lights dim in the auditorium, a tall, powerfully-built man of late middle years slips unobtrusively into a seat in a back row. He is a critic. The week previous, he had reviewed shows at Signature, Arena Stage, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Now he is watching a community theater perform […]

The Fall of the House of Usher


Edgar Allan Poe’s tale has grown so large in the literary imagination that we forget that the original was a short story, less than 7200 words in length and more atmosphere than incident. It is less a story than an invitation to the reader to create a story, and the Pallas Theatre Collective has accepted […]

Pol Pot & Associates, LLP

(l-r) Kira Burri, Daniel Vita Siefring and Seamus Miller (Photo

Kathleen Akerley’s Something Past in Front of the Light remains, in my view, the finest original work by a Washington-area playwright not named Posner. She has written other excellent plays – dense, howlingly funny, and wise – as well. This is why – let’s say it without the bark on – Pol Pot & Associates […]

The Campsite Rule

(Photo: Brian S. Allard)

Alexandra Petri, who writes a humor column for the Washington Post, has here written a sex comedy. By this I mean she has written a play in which people say witty things while, um, having sex. Also, while in the coffee shop talking about having sex. And in each other’s place of residence, getting ready […]

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 […]

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