The Peanuts gang delivers the real meaning of Christmas at NextStop

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Whether you’re 3 or 83, it’s likely you have seen the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas on TV at least once in your life, as the Christmas special has been a ratings bonanza ever since it first aired back in 1965.

Terminus at Studio Theatre

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Trigger warning: this review contains references to a play containing linguistically graphic depictions of sexual assault, forced abortion, racism, misogyny of the violent sort, disembowelment, and sex with demons. And these are some of the lighter moments in Terminus.

A Revolutionary Christmas at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

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The holidays are certainly a time for theatre to tap into the spirit of the season. There is always a chance (or four) to see Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemptive journey of self-discovery, of course. Usually, there are several little girls named Clara dreaming of Sugar Plum Fairies and the Mouse King’s battle with the heroic Nutcracker. […]

Megan Hilty spreads holiday cheer at The Kennedy Center

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Holiday concerts…what do we want? My expectations for a holiday gig are certainly quite different than the usual fare in the Barbara Cook Spotlight Series. If a Broadway star is going to be singing “Jingle Bells”, I don’t guess I’ll be commenting, “wow, look at that emotional connection” or “S/he really landed all the jokes […]

Black Nativity: Joy to the World at Theater Alliance

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Want to see joy personified? Look no further than Black Nativity, now blazing the stage of the Anacostia Playhouse with light, love, hope and more joy to the world than any Scrooge could withstand.

The Invisible Hand, new play from “Disgraced” author, Ayad Akhtar

Usman Ally and Justin Kirk star in Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand (Photo: © Joan Marcus)

Playwright Ayad Akhtar has Disgraced running on Broadway. It’s found its audience, which responds to the play’s sparkling and insightful dialogue dealing with the complicated relationships among a black woman, a Jewish American, a Muslim Pakistani and a white Protestant, sharply spoken during an elegant dinner party on New York’s upper east side. In a […]

Synetic’s Beauty and the Beast

Vato Tsikurishvili as The Beast and Irinka Kavsadze as Belle (Photo by Johnny Shryock)

The first thing to know about Beauty and the Beast, Synetic’s newest fairy tale offering in Crystal City, is not what the production is, but what it isn’t. When buying your tickets, automated messages pop up twice confirming that you understand that this production is NOT a version of the 1991 Disney musical. Rather it […]

Deathtrap at Everyman puts the ho-ho-ho in homicide

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Holly’s poisonous, faulty lights can electrocute you, Christmas trees are firetraps, and watch out for salmonella lurking in that egg nog. The holidays can be murder.

Famous Puppet Death Scenes at Woolly Mammoth

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Spoiler alert: The whale dies. Edward Grue who dressed as a deer dies. The squattish bald man in his business tie dies. In Famous Puppet Death Scenes, produced by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop of Alberta, Canada, and presented at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, no puppet is spared the inevitable.

WIT’s Seasonal Disorder

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There’s a certain pleasure to watching death-defying stunts, seeing frankly insane people take huge risks that put their physical well-being in danger. I often think of improv in the same way, substituting fear of heights and death for the even more crippling fear of public speaking.

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