Fun Home Broadway Review: Alison Bechdel’s moving memoir of her father


Fun Home is, yes, a musical about a lesbian cartoonist whose closeted father killed himself, but it is also about how we try to figure out the puzzle of our parents; about how we reassemble our childhood; about memory itself. It remains the inventive, entertaining, in places exhilarating, and almost inexpressibly heartbreaking show I saw […]

Review: TETRISplus, Netherland’s dance troupe perform at The Kennedy Center


I yelled “bravo” during a round of applause yesterday. I’ve never done that before. And it wasn’t even at the end of a show. It was during the act break. Of a children’s dance piece. Color me delightfully surprised.

Airline Highway Broadway Review: Lisa D’Amour’s community of misfits in a New Orleans motel


Airline Highway, Lisa D’Amour’s loving look at the makeshift family of misfits that hang out at a seedy motel along the old Airline Highway in New Orleans, is not a musical, but it is full of music. The characters often break out into song — and the play itself seems a lesson in jazz.

The Visit Broadway Review: Chita Rivera in Kander and Ebb’s grotesque parable of revenge


When the wealthiest woman in the world returns to her bankrupt hometown in The Visit, reactions range from “Her dress, her jewels…like a great film star!” to “half-Jewish, half-gypsy, 100% illegitimate: All her money won’t erase those stains” to “She’s come back to save us.”

Uncle Vanya at Round House: one for Chekhov (review)

(l-r) Ryan Rilette, Mitchell Hébert, Mark Jaster and Nancy Robinette in Round House Theatre’s Uncle Vanya.
(Photo: Danisha Crosby)

With several Vanyas to choose from this spring, Round House Theatre is celebrating its take on the Chekhov classic as one of the more authentic — a version of Uncle Vanya that would make the playwright happy.

Something Rotten Broadway Review: Shakespeare’s rivals create the first musical


There is a musical number early in Something Rotten that thoroughly delivers what the show’s title, cast, creative team, and poster art have promised — Monty Python subversive silliness; Mel Brooks coarse, extravagant entertainment; Forbidden Broadway parody. A desperate Elizabethan playwright named Nick Bottom (Brian d’Arcy James) wants to triumph over his rival, Shakespeare (Christian […]

There is Nothing Like a Dame, Edna (Review of her Glorious Goodbye)


“You couldn’t write that,” said the guy in the seat next to me at Tuesday night’s opening of Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye: The Farewell Tour, in town for a week (closing April 26th) at the National Theatre.

Doctor Zhivago Broadway Review: A Soapy Romance During the Russian Revolution


I had hoped that a major benefit of winning the Cold War would be no longer having to sit through a show like Doctor Zhivago, a musical adaptation of Pasternak’s novel that presents the Russian Revolution largely as the story of a good-looking couple’s long-simmering adulterous affair and the mean Communists who get in their […]

Review: Olney Theatre’s Carousel, dazzling

Tally Sessions as Billy Bigelow and Carey Rebecca Brown as Julie Jordan in Olney Theatre Center's production of CAROUSEL. (Photo: Stan Barouh)

The 70th anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel finds the musical in radiant fettle, thanks to a vital and deeply moving production at Olney Theatre Center under the direction of Jason Loewith.

Studio’s Murder Ballad rocks the cabaret experience (review)

(l-r) Cole Burden (Tom), Christine Dwyer (Sara), and Tommar Wilson (Michael). (Photo: Igor Dmitry)

Studio Theatre Artistic Director David Muse’s inspiration to “bring the 14th street nightlife” onto the stage and immerse its audience in a rock musical cabaret experience pays off big, making up for the weaknesses in the material itself.

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