Nelson Pressley

Theater criticWashington, D.C.

A parent-teacher meeting simmers with fury after a fifth-grader kills himself in Forum Theatre drama.

  • Jul 22, 2014

“Giant Box of Porn” earns laughs then gets serious as young marrieds ask what they really want.

  • Jul 21, 2014

San Francisco’s Charlie Varon returns to Washington with a literary tale of an old man’s crosstown trip

  • Jul 18, 2014

The New York-based Hunger & Thirst Collective presents the back story of Key and national anthem.

  • Jul 16, 2014

A classroom hamster dies, and a Capital Fringe play gently teaches kids about politics.

  • Jul 16, 2014

Unusual instruments and clever lyrics from a droll duo, vets of D.C. commedia troupe Faction of Fools.

  • Jul 14, 2014

Ron Litman’s in a lather about the fate of the world in the tuneful and energetic show.

  • Jul 14, 2014

Ensemble show with minimal settings documents random acts of kindness.

  • Jul 13, 2014

Don’t look for anything frisky and sharp in this gentle, conventional buddy dramedy at the Fringe Festival.

  • Jul 13, 2014

Show that’s part haunted house, part scavenger hunt stretches across two floors of an empty building.

  • Jul 13, 2014

Deaf actor Hector Reynoso tackles Hemingway novel as Fringe festival launches.

  • Jul 11, 2014

The actor and solo performer talks about how he got interesting in performing history.

  • Jul 8, 2014

Until the centrak home of the festival is established, many venues host the performances of the event.

  • Jul 3, 2014

The festival’s new space in the Trinidad neighborhood puts it in a spot for success

  • Jul 3, 2014

The popular perfomance arts event will centralize its operations in the venue on Florida Ave. NE.

  • Jun 24, 2014

This is only the second time that director Julie Taymor’s inventive staging has come to Washington.

  • Jun 22, 2014

He has bounced back from addiction and hard times and now stars in “Cloak and Dagger,” which he wrote.

  • Jun 21, 2014

The comedian, who stepped down as “Tonight Show” host this year, will be honored in an October ceremony.

  • Jun 18, 2014

The stars of “The Totalitarians” at Woolly Mammoth discuss the play and theater life in Washington.

  • Jun 13, 2014

It takes time to get airborne for No Rules Theatre’s ’60s sex farce about a cad juggling three stewardesses.

  • Jun 10, 2014
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About Nelson

Nelson has been writing about theater and other arts – but mostly theater – for the Post since 1999. (First love: movies. First piece for the Post: a hunt for romantic lessons in Woody Allen films.) He recently finished a PhD studying American political theater, and has a book forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan. Lately he has been keeping an eye (and ear) on Broadway-themed cabarets and concerts.