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Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Denzel Washington in Broadway’s resonant new “A Raisin in the Sun”

Denzel Washington in a new Broadway revival of “Raisin in the Sun.“

By Peter Marks  |  09:00 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Taylor Mac’s ‘Hir’ Won’t be here, at Studio Theatre

Conflict over director causes playwright to pull play from Studio season.

By Peter Marks  |  05:48 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2014

Next Season Preview: Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre’s new season will feature two world premieres by female playwrights.

By Peter Marks  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 03/20/2014

“Aladdin” opens on Broadway

“Animated” doesn’t begin to describe the frantic, screwball version of Disney’s “Aladdin” that opened Thursday night on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

By Peter Marks  |  09:00 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Next Season Preview: Signature Theatre

By Peter Marks  |  06:00 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Next Season Preview: Ford’s Theatre

By Peter Marks  |  06:00 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Next Season Preview: Round House Theatre, “Fetch Clay, Make Man”

Round House Theatre’s 2014-15 season.

By Peter Marks  |  05:45 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014

Next Season Preview: Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center’s theater lineup for 2014-15

By Peter Marks  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Next Season Preview: “The Originalist” at Arena Stage

Nine productions, five of them world premieres, including this sure-to-be talk-of-the-town entry: “The Originalist,” a new play about conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

By Peter Marks  |  10:14 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 02/20/2014

Broadway’s ‘Bridges of Madison County’ opens

Kelli O’Hara adds emotional crescendos to a far sexier telling of “Bridges of Madison County” than was illuminated in the 1995 movie.

By Peter Marks  |  09:00 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Next Season Preview: Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Woolly Mammoth announces new season

By Peter Marks  |  06:10 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:19 AM ET, 02/03/2014

Next Season Preview: Shakespeare Theatre Company

Shakespeare Theatre unveils its new season with something for everybody.

By Peter Marks  |  06:19 AM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Dramatists Guild Decries Campaign Against “The Admission”

Dramatists Guild Decries Campaign Against “The Admission”

By Peter Marks  |  09:55 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 01/24/2014

D.C.’s companies band together to showcase women’s plays

DC companies to present world premieres by women in 2015

By Peter Marks  |  11:36 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Janis Joplin fades as Carole King ascends on Broadway

‘A Night with Joplin’ closes on Broadway

By Peter Marks  |  12:16 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 01/08/2014

The Intriguing Developments of 2013 in D.C. Theater

Peter Marks on the best of DC theater in 2013

By Peter Marks  |  10:36 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/11/2013

The Battle of “Rent” in Trumbull, CT

Backlash to principal’s decision to cancel high school production of ‘Rent’

By Peter Marks  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Everyone’s comparing notes on ‘If/Then.’ I can’t.

“If/Then” is the most entertaining musical I haven’t seen. Reviewers are not invited to see it until Sunday, Nov. 24.

By Peter Marks  |  11:34 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Mark Rylance’s arresting performance in Broadway’s ‘Twelfth Night’

Mark Rylance’s arresting performance in Broadway’s ‘Twelfth Night’

By Peter Marks  |  11:33 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Theater, Theatre

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Mark Twain Prize gets it right with Carol Burnett

The pioneering comedienne was honored in a heart-warming ceremony at the Kennedy Center.

By Michael Cavna  |  04:08 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Theater, TV

Posted at 03:20 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Complete list of Tony Award winners

By Michael Cavna and Caitlin Moore  |  03:20 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Watch live: The 29th Helen Hayes Awards ceremony

Watch the red carpet arrivals, get a peak backstage and see the winners of the 2013 Helen Hayes Awards announced live here.

By Veronica Toney  |  05:52 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 10/18/2012

‘Hello Dolly’ casting announced for Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre co-production

Veteran Broadway actress Nancy Opel has been cast as the meddling matchmaker from Yonkers.

By Peter Marks  |  05:51 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 10/05/2012

The long, woolly path to Broadway for Craig Wright’s ‘Grace’

Paul Rudd shows his darker side with this religion-meets -real estate tale.

By Peter Marks  |  03:34 PM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 07/25/2012

Capital Fringe Festival: Reviews for ‘Stopgap,’ ‘Singlemarriedgirl,’ and more

Reviews for ‘Stopgap,’ ‘Singlemarriedgirl,’ and more.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:02 PM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Capital Fringe reviews: July 19

With #fringereviews of “Planet Egg,” “Jesus le Momo,” and “I <3 Hummels.”

By Maura Judkis  |  02:04 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 07/18/2012

Capital Fringe reviews: July 18

Tonight may be one of the sweatiest nights of Fringe.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:16 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Capital Fringe Festival: Fringe-cabulary

What do Fringe performances have in common? Music, comedy, sex and science.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:29 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 07/13/2012

Capital Fringe: Break a leg on Friday the 13th

Plus, our first tweeted #fringereviews.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:35 AM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 07/12/2012

Capital Fringe 2012: It begins

Tonight kicks off the start of the Fringe festival, one of the quirkiest arts events in D.C.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:09 AM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 07/03/2012

‘3C,’ off-Broadway, brings tragicomic TV to the stage

The play, at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, is based on the ‘70s show “Three’s Company.”

By Peter Marks  |  04:30 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Shakespeare Theatre files lawsuit against landlord

The theater seeks to prevent its landlord from raising the Lansburgh Theatre’s rent by 700%.

By Maura Judkis  |  05:33 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 06/11/2012

The Washington Tony night that wasn’t

One win for the Shakespeare Theatre, but few mentions of the role Washington theater played in this year’s Tonys.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:51 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 05/14/2012

‘Punch and Judy,’ the commedia-influenced slapstick, turns 350

The puppets’ anniversary coincides with a commedia dell’arte revival.

By Maura Judkis  |  03:21 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Lynn Redgrave archive acquired by Folger Shakespeare Library

Redgrave’s papers document her family’s success on stage and her love of Shakespeare.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 04/24/2012

D.C. theater crowd lets loose at the Helen Hayes after party #HHAwards

Washington’s Tony Award-equivalent with better speeches and fewer red ropes, is always a riotous affair.

By Katherine Boyle  |  12:45 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Shakespeare, D.C., and the Helen Hayes Awards

On Shakespeare’s birthday, it’s likely that a big winner at the Helen Hayes Awards will be one of his plays.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Helen Hayes Awards to celebrate D.C. theater

The 28th annual Helen Hayes Awards get handed out at the Warner Theatre on Monday night.

By Nelson Pressley  |  12:05 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Giant marionettes in Liverpool, England, commemorate Titanic sinking (photos, video)

Puppets as large as 50 feet tall roamed the streets of Liverpool, England, in a story commemorating the doomed ocean liner.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 04/19/2012

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’: Gut-achingly good

Peter Marks is delighted by the “rhapsodically silly shenanigans of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors.’”

By Peter Marks  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/06/2012

‘Evita’ on Broadway: Ricky Martin’s charm as Che is misapplied

The Broadway revival of “Evita” is dull and second-rate.

By Peter Marks  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Kevin Spacey to receive Helen Hayes award

The actor will be honored for his theatrical work and arts advocacy in April.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Mike Daisey apologizes to everyone; announces public forum

The monologuist, who admitted to falsifying details in his show about Apple products, has apologized to audiences, colleagues and human-rights workers.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:55 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Mike Daisey scandal: Former theater marketer calls for boycott

Will theaters decide not to produce Daisey’s work after it was revealed to be partially fabricated?

By Maura Judkis  |  09:13 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 02/21/2012

‘Red’ becomes highest grossing non-musical in Arena Stage’s history

As of Saturday, the play about artist Mark Rothko has become the highest grossing non-musical in Arena Stage’s 61-year history.

By Jessica Goldstein  |  06:37 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arena Stage, Drama, Theater

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 01/28/2011

Memorial service to be held Saturday for Lou Stancari

Friends and colleagues of Lou Stancari, the award-winning Washington set designer, are holding a memorial service for him on Saturday at the National Museum of the American Indian. The service will be conducted from 2 to 5 p.m. in the...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:43 PM ET, 01/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  Lou Stancari, Washington theater, photo archivist, set designer

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 12/01/2010

Shakespeare Theatre reports a surplus

Lauren Molina as Cunegonde in Candide. (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post)Even with most arts groups still struggling to recover from the financial downturn, the Shakespeare Theatre reported Wednesday that its financial status has taken a positive turn. The theatre received its final...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  03:16 PM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Jennings, Shakespeare Theatre Company, arts and money, theater surplus

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 10/09/2010

Another show cancels performances

A mid-run change in casting has compelled Synetic Theater to cancel the remaining Wednesday performances of "King Arthur," its terrific new movement-drama, performed on a stage filled with water. Company officials say that Jodi Niehoff, who played the sorceress Morgan...

By Peter Marks  |  11:43 AM ET, 10/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Peter Marks, Peter Marks | Tags:  Synetic Theater King Arthur