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Reality Chekhov: Life Sucks, or the Present Ridiculous, reviewed.

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I was excited to see Life Sucks, writer-director Aaron Posner‘s new variation on Anton Chekhov‘s Uncle Vanya, because my love for Stupid Fucking Bird, Posner’s 2013 gloss on The Seagull, was mean and true. And because I tend to like … Continue reading

Do You Want to Blow a Secret? Washington Stage Guild’s In Praise of Love and Studio’s Choir Boy, reviewed.

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My reviews of Washington Stage Guild’s sturdy revival of Terence Rattigan‘s In Praise of Love and Studio Theatre’s gospel song-inflected production of Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s Choir Boy are in this’s week’s Washington City Paper. Go find a copy; they’re free! Or read them here.

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On Around Town, talking In Praise of Love and Diner

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New year! Lightly refurbished attitude! Same old trouble smiling when announced and speaking in complete sentences!I am always happy to be invited to join host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz to talk theatre on WETA’s Around Town. Continue reading

DC Theatre: Five Plays to See in 2015

Holly Twyford and Luigi Sottile in Signature Theatre's "Sex with Strangers."

Holly Twyford and Luigi Sottile in Signature Theatre’s “Sex with Strangers.”

In the Washington City Paper, I highlight a few of the plays I saw in 2014 that linger in my mind at year’s end and choose five I’m excited about for the first half of 2015. Happy New Year, Theatregoers.

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On Around Town, talking Beauty and the Beast and Famous Puppet Death Scenes

For further evidence of  how hopeless I am at looking into a camera and smiling when someone says my name, we take you once again to the studios of WETA, where I was delighted as always to join Around Town host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz last week for ultra-concise discussions of two shows I recently reviewed for the Washington City Paper. We covered Synetic Theatre’s fresh adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and Old Trout Puppet’s Workshop’s surreal Famous Puppet Death Scenes.

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Loose Fur: Synetic Theater’s Beauty and the Beast, reviewed.

Renata Veberyte Loman as Narrator:Emmeranne in Synetic Theater's new adapation of "Beauty and the Beast." (Johnny Shryock)

Renata Veberyte Loman narrates Synetic Theater’s new adaptation. (Johnny Shryock)

My review of Synetic Theater’s fresh and frightening new adaptation of the 275-year-old French fairy tale Beauty and the Beast is in today’s Washington City Paper. Grrrrrr.

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On Around Town, discussing Theater J’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide and Arena’s Fiddler on the Roof

We take you once again to the studios of WETA, where I was delighted as ever to join Around Town host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz for on-message discussions of two shows I recently reviewed for the Washington City Paper. We covered Theater J’s production of Tony Kusher’s latest play, the exhausting (deep breath) The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, as well as Arena’s square and satisfying production of Fiddler on the Roof my first. That’s the one I’ll be sending my folks to see for Christmas. Continue reading