The explosive Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. Possibly Fugard’s last look at South Africa (review)

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In what he says may be his last play, South African playwright Athol Fugard explores his characters’ fear, humiliation and desperation, as he has in such well-known anti-apartheid works as Blood Knot and MASTER HAROLD … and the Boys. But this time, a white woman, post apartheid, shares those emotions.

What show changed your life? Tony Award nominees respond

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We probably all have an answer to ‘What show changed your life?’  For DCTS editor Lorraine Treanor, her path to being an English teacher changed the day she saw Elaine Stritch perform in Sail Away.

Why one Tony Award nominee won’t give up his day job

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While it’s not hard to find an actor or writer waiting tables or bartending in New York to make ends meet, we found one Tony Award nominee who doesn’t plan to give up his day job. Here’s why.

Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz talks about American in Paris

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The morning after the 69th Annual Tony Award nominations were announced, Tony Award nominee, Brandon Uranowitz, nominated for creating the role of Adam Hochberg in An American in Paris, sat down with DC Theatre Scene’s Jonathan Mandell at the Tony Awards’ Meet the Nominees session.

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 […]

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.”

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 […]

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 […]

The King and I Broadway Review: A ravishing revival starring Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe

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From the very first moments of Lincoln Center’s ravishing The King and I, it feels like a privilege just to be sitting in the audience. First the 29 musicians play Rodgers and Hammerstein’s lush overture in an orchestra pit that looks to be in the middle of the auditorium. Then suddenly a magnificent ship slides […]

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