Nelson Pressley

Washington, D.C.

Theater critic

Education: University of Delaware, BA in English (film studies); Catholic University, MA in theater history and criticism; University of Maryland, PhD in English (political theater)

Nelson Pressley covered theater for The Washington Post. He left The Post in August 2019.
Latest from Nelson Pressley

Terrence McNally, celebrated playwright who chronicled gay lives, dies at 81 from coronavirus

“Love! Valour! Compassion!” cemented Mr. McNally as a pivotal American dramatist, a clear-eyed chronicler of gay lives with a humane and lyrical style.

March 24, 2020

The ‘Legally Blonde’ musical snaps the movie’s charm

Elle Woods isn’t framed as stylishly in the bustling stage adaptation now at Keegan Theatre.

August 7, 2019

Harold Prince, consummate Broadway impresario, dies at 91

The visionary musical theater director and producer won 21 Tony Awards, more than anyone else.

July 31, 2019

‘American Spies,’ examining a Japanese American family in 1941, doesn’t quite find its footing

Hub Theatre debuts Sam Hamashima’s new play to mixed effect.

July 23, 2019

The whiz-bang ‘Aladdin’ at the Kennedy Center still has problems to solve

The high-octane show delivers the spectacle, at least.

July 21, 2019

‘Be More Chill’: The rare new musical you can see now on Broadway or on a small stage

“It was not an easy choice,” composer Joe Iconis says of bucking the usual licensing route.

July 20, 2019

‘The Band’s Visit’ settles in at the Kennedy Center

The national tour of the laid-back Tony winner is on pitch.

July 11, 2019

Mike Daisey scores big in an uneven ‘curated’ series at Capital Fringe Festival

Booking a genuine headliner is a twist for the grab-bag of acts staged around the city every July.

July 10, 2019

How Christopher Youstra helped tune up Olney Theatre Center’s musicals

‘I’m not a musicals fanboy. I’m a musician first,’ says the troupe’s associate artistic director of music theater.

July 9, 2019

A Q&A with Michael Urie, who seems to be everywhere in D.C. this month

The busy actor is playing Hamlet in STC’s Free for All and is also directing a play at Studio Theatre.

July 4, 2019