A groundbreaking Roe at Arena Stage (review)

The opening night of Lisa Loomer’s Roe was the evening of January 18—a mere two days before the inauguration of a President who now unifies the federal government under a party that places its hostility to abortion rights front and center.

Made in China Review: bawdy, political puppet musical comedy

Wakka Wakka, the theater company behind Made in China, says the show is “inspired by true events.” I suspect the true part doesn’t include Mary and her neighbor getting sucked down her toilet and winding up in the People’s Republic of China, where a dragon eats them.

Stoppard’s The Hard Problem at Studio Theatre (review)

The opening scene of The Hard Problem, Tom Stoppard’s latest play since 2006’s Rock and Roll, reminds you of the opening scene from Stephen Sondheim’s musical Passion. Two half-naked beautiful young people loll in bed, all aglow in afterglow and up for a chat.

Pinky Swear rocks out Lizzie at Anacostia Playhouse (review)

Imagine a Victorian parlor where music is played and shared very much as it was in a bygone era, with songs and stories ripped from the headlines and whispers of a folk legend. Now, place yourself in a darkened club, where decibels assault the ears, where an edgy band pumps out tunes for a gutsy […]

The Dictator’s Wife at Washington National Opera (review)

Watching an opera take its first life breath is witnessing a high-risk birth. There were some serious devotees on hand at Kennedy Center’s Family Theatre to support Washington National Opera’s fifth commission of a new hour-long opera.

[gay] Cymbeline from Theatre Prometheus (review)

If you’ve never seen—or even heard of—Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, you’re in good company. One of the Bard’s least-produced works, the synopsis of the play’s plot would take up at least the length of this entire review, and that would only scratch the surface. Theatre Prometheus gamely tackles this challenge and offers the audience just enough of […]

Bud, Not Buddy, this weekend only at The Kennedy Center (review)

There’s a great jazz band in residence at the Kennedy Center, featuring lively, poppy, soulful original music by Terence Blanchard. It alone is enough to recommend a glance at Bud, Not Buddy, a concert-style performance of a new Theatre for Young Audiences project commissioned by the Kennedy Center and receiving a stylish debut this weekend […]

Copenhagen at Theater J (review)

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Two people locked in a pivotal contest of ideas and ideologies, steeped in international espionage, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance. If you guessed “European physicists discussing electrons in 1941”, you’re a better student of history than I.

Scena’s Someone is Going to Come: smart, compelling theatre (review)

Monday night, Jon Fosse’s play felt like a blast of early Pinter with some hoary frost of Edward Munch thrown in for good measure.  You know: a threesome locked for eternity in jealous triangulation, an alienated figure on a bridge captured in a silent scream, and even perhaps the hint of a lascivious vampire-woman hovering, her […]

Women of a Certain Age, Play Three of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (review)

Here we are again on Election Day 2016, a day many Americans would be loath to relive, except for the obvious.

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