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Review: ‘Or,’ at Round House Theatre

Holly Twyford has a wonderfully blank expression she uses when taking in the madness all around her. She’s also very expressive when setting quill to paper in the rare wordless scene of “Or,” at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda. While busy with her pen, she chuckles at a witticism, begins to weep at a [...]

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Theatre Review: One-Woman ‘Pike St.’

Nilaja Sun sits in the chair, absorbed in herself as the audience at Woolly Mammoth takes its seats for her electrifying one-woman “Pike St.” Sun may be familiar from her many roles on TV from Juliet on “Madam Secretary” to Irene on “30 Rock” and roles in shows from “Nurse Jackie” to “Louie.” Or from [...]

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Stage Review: ‘Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing’

Bad singers make interesting stories. After Meryl Streep got an Oscar nomination for her role as the classical world’s “Florence Foster Jenkins,” last year, here comes Broadway’s Debra Monk, warbling the pop repertoire of a mid-1960s musical misfit in a new musical full of Great White Way pedigree. No less than Pulitzer Prize winner James [...]

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Theatre Review: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage

Living in Connecticut eight years ago when a chimp being kept as a pet ripped the face off a neighbor, it was tough to see anything but stark horror in the attack. But there was a wealth of absurdity in the case of Travis, who appeared in TV commercials, occasionally drove the car and liked [...]

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Review: Spooky Action’s ‘The River’

The theater space at the Spooky Action Theatre is so intimate you immediately feel you’re in the tiny cabin where all its action in Jez Butterworth’s play “The River” takes place. Not only do you watch the man rhapsodize about sea trout fly fishing on a moonless night from this old family-owned cabin, and witness [...]

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From Russia, Ballet’s Humpbacked Horse

If the current state of U.S. relations with Russia seems dark and murky, it’s opposite that in the Mariinsky Ballet’s current offering at the Kennedy Center. “The Little Humpbacked Horse” is sunny and simple, light-hearted and soaring. Presented by Russia’s oldest company, formed decades before the United States, there’s nothing heavy about the production at all, [...]

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Review: ‘The Second Shepherds’ Play’

Falstaff had the girth and beard to make for a decent Santa, but Shakespeare never wrote anything close to a Christmas play. Which might pose a problem for Folger Shakespeare Library hoping to present some holiday fare. But they’ve gotten hold of another text from the middle ages that involves the shepherds who followed the [...]

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Stage Review: New Austen Holiday Sequel

When every theater company feels compelled to do something Christmas-themed come December, it can lead to either overusing certain titles or creating fluffy trifles. One great addition to regional theaters, though, is the literate and witty “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. This season alone, it’s playing in Chicago, Milwaukee [...]

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Cincinnati Ballet Brings its ‘Nutcracker’

As expected this time of year as TV ads, wreaths and shopping center crowds, “The Nutcracker” has by now gone beyond being merely a beloved holiday tradition to possibly being the country’s most performed work of any type — dance, music or theater. Multiple productions of it appear in dozens of cities year after year [...]

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Stage Review: New Dimension for ‘Tommy’

“Tommy,” the groundbreaking 1969 set by the Who that it dubbed a rock opera, finds a new dimension in the Open Circle Theatre production in Silver Spring. While there’s still much puzzling in the plot of the piece by Pete Townshend, adapted and somewhat watered-down for Broadway in the mid-90s as “The Who’s Tommy,” the [...]

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