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Theater picks: 'Every Tongue Confess,' starting in November at Arena Stage

(Helayne Seidman For The Washington Post)
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Few plays will materialize in Washington this fall with a more potent sense of occasion and anticipation than "Every Tongue Confess." The up-and-coming playwright Marcus Gardley brings a hybrid narrative style, a fusion of allegory and realism, mixed with the music of blues and gospel, to a story set in 1990s Alabama, where a series of church burnings is unsettling the populace. Kenny Leon ("Fences") directs Tony winner Phylicia Rashad, left, in this world premiere, which in November christens Arena Stage's bracingly innovative new third stage, the 200-seat Kogod Cradle. Begins Nov. 9 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Visit http://www.arenastage.org or call 202-488-3300. -- Peter Marks


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