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.

Tom Story and cast give Studio’s Moth their best shot


There is a good story within Moth’s eighty minutes, and director Tom Story and his two-actor cast tell it in bold, powerful strokes. It is a story of compassion, bullying, and betrayal, and the moment of truth hits with the impact of a Manny Pacquiao body punch.

Criticism in the crosshairs at Humana New Play Festival

Steaks and bourbon the specialty at Down One, located directly across from Actors Theatre

Louisville was the home of Hunter S. Thompson, the Lord of gonzo journalism until he blew himself up in 2005. For Thompson, every story about the world was really a story about himself. Thompson wrote about the Hell’s Angels, the Kentucky Derby, Las Vegas and the 1972 Presidential campaign, but what could compete with his […]

Gunderson’s I and You wins $25,000 Steinberg/ATCA Award at Humana Festival


Lauren Gunderson, whose I and You played at Olney Theatre Center to significant critical and audience success, has won the prestigious Steinberg/ATCA award for that play, the American Theatre Critics announced Saturday night at the Humana Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. The award identified I and You as the best new play produced by regional theater […]

Morning, Miranda


It’s a little freaky, brothers and sisters, to see Stephen Spotswood’s Morning, Miranda only a few days after viewing Ann Randolph’s excellent Loveland in Arena. It is a rare thing to see two plays about women hauling their mother’s ashes across the country during the course of a single season, let alone in a single […]

Six plays in progress shared by Playwrights’ Arena at Arena Stage


In July of 2010, Arena Stage announced a revolutionary idea: five promising young playwrights would receive a regular salary from the company, including health insurance, and access to company resources so that they could work on their art without the distraction of the wolf at the door. Three and a half years later, the jury […]

The Dresser

Carl Schurr as Sir and Bruce Randolph Nelson as Norman. (Photo: ClintonBPhotography)

Most adults can dress themselves, and so when we hear these days that someone has been engaged as a dresser by a theater company we assume that his job is principally to assist cast members who need to change costumes quickly and get back on to the stage. It was not always that way, though.

I and You


There is an astonishing turn of events toward the end of I and You, but let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about Walt Whitman instead. Whitman was a revolutionary who overthrew poetry. He trashed the self-conscious, hyperstylized European tropes which had dominated the art and substituted something purely American: a rough, colloquial, muscular free […]

Richard III at NextStop Theatre

(center) Ethan Sinnott as Richard of Gloucester, Bill Fleming as Cardinal Ely and Sun King Davis as Buckingham (Photo: Photo by Rebekah Purcell, VSION)

NextStop Theatre Company’s production Richard III is a rare instance where the operation is a failure, but the patient lives. Look, Shakespeare’s comedies and dramas offer a fertile field for the artistic imagination, and are constantly reinvented and reimagined. I loved WSC Avant Bard’s nude Macbeth; Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Hamlet, in which the title character […]

Signature, Shakespeare, Woolly, dominate Helen Hayes nominations

Next year, theatreWashington President Linda Levy promises, the Helen Hayes Awards will be bifurcated, with separate awards going to productions based on the number of Equity cast members. It couldn’t come soon enough, one suspects, for Washington-area small theaters, who saw this year’s nominations dominated by the big theatre companies.

Monty Python’s Spamalot at Toby’s Dinner Theatre


We Americans have no creation myth (although sometimes we mythologize our creation) but Britain, having staggered forth fifteen hundred years before we did, does, and it is the legend of Arthur. In the legends of Arthur, this fifth-century King, having united the Britons in their battles against the Saxons, is thereafter charged with recovering the […]

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