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.

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.

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.

GALA review: Mariela in the Desert / Mariela en el desierto

Roberto Colmenares as José and Luz Nicolás as Mariela. Photo courtesy of GALA Hispanic Theatre.

Women who behave rarely make great artists. Local D.C. playwright Karen Zacarías and a well-polished GALA Hispanic Theatre cast and technical team present us with a strange, tragic-comic masterpiece that introduces us to outsiders living in the desert, where characters are up against vast open spaces and nothingness. This is a complex play about the […]

Tyger burns bright at Mead Theatre Lab (review)

Rachel Hynes, Annalisa Dias and Gregory Ford. (Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

Tyger, an original interactive and immersive production, starts at the door: “Do you know Gabby?” All are asked. None do. You are invited in for dinner but, instead, stay to watch a group of artistic/poetic renegades called “No Ingles” prepare a protest to honor their missing fearless leader—Gabby.

Review: Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage at Quotidian

(l-r) Jane Squier Bruns and Leah Mazade
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The colorful history embellisher Lettice Douffet is poised to charm the husk right off of the corn of unsuspecting tourists visiting Britain’s most lackluster stately home. Douffet should also offer a stark contrast to Charlotte Schoen, the rigid and colorless civil servant attempting to thwart the truth-stretching tours.

Rorschach’s ‘very still & hard to see': a horror fan’s dream. (review)

The cast of very still & hard to see (Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

In the jarring very still & hard to see, playwright Steve Yockey injects dark Japanese folklore into Stephen King’s mold of creeping horror, set far too close to home. Rorschach Theatre’s production leads the audience through a maze of darkly funny and just plain dark tales of ordinary people whose secrets take on terrifying lives […]

Review: MET’s insightful Elephant Man

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“Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams,” John Merrick offers to an attractive visitor, one of the first women he ever encountered who did not recoil in horror at the sight of him. The soul-bearing insights of a poetic spirit are revealed throughout Bernard Pomerance’s touching play […]

Sinbad: the Untold Tale at Imagination Stage (review)

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Sinbad: the Untold Tale is based on the errant adventures of a mild mannered, even trepidatious porter, who just happens to have the same name as the famous sailor. The two Sinbads cross paths when the Porter is selected to deliver a cherished box to the Sailor, guarding it with his life, since death will […]

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