THEATER & DANCE

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ still casts a spell at Synetic Theater

A wordless take on the William Shakespeare tale of lovers bliss and magical meddling.

By Thomas FloydJuly 4, 2022

Peter Brook was a dazzling stage explorer of humankind’s complexity

An appreciation of the life and art of Peter Brook, who died July 2 at 97.

By Peter MarksJuly 3, 2022

This ‘Music Man’ wins us over in sign language

Olney Theatre Center production of the classic musical features Deaf and hearing actors

By Celia WrenJuly 1, 2022

Olney Theatre reimagines ‘The Music Man’ with a deaf Harold Hill

"Only Murders in the Building" actor James Caverly plays the slippery con man Harold Hill in a production of "The Music Man" performed in American Sign Language and spoken English.

By Thomas FloydJune 29, 2022

Gloria Allen, who ran a charm school for transgender youths, dies at 76

Her school inspired the play “Charm” by Philip Dawkins, who called her “the mother of queer Chicago.” She was also the subject of a documentary, “Mama Gloria.”

By Harrison SmithJune 27, 2022

In Mosaic premiere, Benjamin Benne’s ‘In His Hands’ muses on sex, faith

World premiere runs through July 17 at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

By Celia WrenJune 27, 2022

At a time of angry uproar, theater can still show us the way forward

An essay on the impact of the Supreme Court's abortion decision on how we view contemporary drama.

By Peter MarksJune 26, 2022

In Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Red Velvet,’ celebration is actually tragedy

Actor Amari Cheatom astounds as Ira Aldridge in this play within a play.

By Thomas FloydJune 23, 2022

A resonant ‘Mockingbird’ recalls American racism then — and now

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” comes to D.C. with Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch.

By Peter MarksJune 23, 2022

New Washington Ballet dances try to solve puzzles of life and death

Washington Ballet unveils world premieres by Jessica Lang, Brett Ishida and Mthuthuzeli November, and bids farewell to two longtime dancers.

By Sarah L. KaufmanJune 23, 2022

‘Fires in the Mirror’ crackles with renewed relevance at Theater J

January LaVoy inhabits numerous roles in Anna Deavere Smith's fact-based play, which was written in the aftermath of 1991's Crown Heights riot.

By Thomas FloydJune 21, 2022

Hooray for ‘Nollywood’! Jocelyn Bioh’s Nigerian satire is a pleasure.

A first-rate cast carries “Nollywood Dreams,” at Round House Theatre through July 3.

By Peter MarksJune 21, 2022

Keegan Theatre mounts regional premiere of ‘Shakespeare in Love’

The play 'Shakespeare in Love,' based on the Oscar-winning 1998 film, follows the literary and romantic travails of the Bard.

By Geoffrey HimesJune 21, 2022

‘Red Velvet’ spotlights a pioneering Black actor who played Othello

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production tells the story of Ira Aldridge, an American actor in 1833 London.

By Celia WrenJune 21, 2022

She played Scout in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Now she’s got a new role.

The 69-year-old actress, who earned an Oscar nomination for the 1962 film, plays Mrs. DuBose in Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation arriving at the Kennedy Center.

By Thomas FloydJune 16, 2022

For ‘1776,’ the casting of Founding Fathers is kind of revolutionary

History marches energetically onto Boston stages with a reimagining of the 1969 musical and a second play, ‘Common Ground Revisited,’ that examines the city’s past racial strife.

By Peter MarksJune 15, 2022

‘Maz & Bricks’ is a sharp, symphonic look at loss and resilience

Timely staging from Solas Nua of Irish playwright Eva O’Connor’s character-rich two-hander.

By Celia WrenJune 14, 2022

Philip Baker Hall, master of gruff and gruffly silly character roles, dies at 90

He won critical acclaim for his dramatic work and devoted fans as the library cop on “Seinfeld.”

By Adam BernsteinJune 13, 2022

Jennifer Hudson reaches EGOT status after winning Tony Award

Jennifer Hudson became the 17th entertainer ever to reach EGOT status after her Tony win for co-producing "A Strange Loop."

By Samantha CheryJune 13, 2022

Tony Awards 2022: ‘Strange Loop’ and ‘Lehman Trilogy’ take top honors

‘MJ’ star Myles Frost is among the winners in the first regularly scheduled Tony Awards since 2019.

By Peter MarksJune 12, 2022