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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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

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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)

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“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

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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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