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  • The Power of Charisma

    As written, Gore Vidal's The Best Man ultimately intends viewers to root for William Russell over Joseph Cantwell in their knock-down, drag-out fight to become...

  • Taking Courage

    With a charisma that roars like a coal-fired furnace, Arena's Mother Courage and Her Children, begins and ends with Kathleen Turner in the title role....

  • Serial Mother

    ''When I got the script for Serial Mom, I couldn't believe it,'' Kathleen Turner says. ''I kept picking it up and throwing it down. And...

  • The Past in Two Parts

    I searched in vain to find a saving grace in Olney Theatre's new production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Initially, I...

  • Wilde at Heart

    A late-Victorian romp filled with Oscar Wilde's relentless wit and merciless jabs at high society, the Shakespeare Theater Company's The Importance of Being Earnest may...

  • Jazzed

    Freda Payne has absolutely no trouble channeling the big voice of Ella Fitzgerald, and it's actually quite remarkable. Payne, who had a pop hit in...

  • Sounds of Silence

    He's not gay, but members of the LGBT community will identify straightaway with the character Billy in Studio Theatre's arresting production of Nina Raine's Tribes....

  • Coming Up Roses

    Last year it was Dreamgirls. The year before, Hairspray. And now Signature Theatre has staged another holiday season treat, what you might call the mother...

  • Shiny Apple

    As one of the country's top theater towns, Washington is awash with superb actors. But what makes many of them extraordinary is their seeming dedication...

  • Fabulous Forums

    ''For us there can be no happiness,'' Hero says, direly, to the woman he loves, Philia, in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to...

  • Sketchy Season

    ''D.C.'s so wound-up and uptight,'' Mark Chalfant says. ''Improv classes are really doing a world of good for the people who find us.'' And people...

  • Hear Them Roar

    ''And that's the time I bought the gun.'' Rita Lyons drops that hysterical bombshell in the midst of recounting a sordid family story in Nicky...

  • Conditional Success

    The creators of the new musical If/Then have given D.C. theatergoers many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. The most obvious three: a grand return...

  • Southern Man

    In an extraordinary combination, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Appropriate is funny, unflinchingly honest, and awful in the best possible way. Somewhere in the neighborhood of Tracy Lett's...

  • Magic To Do

    Of all the adjectives you could use to describe Beaches, the maudlin movie from 1988 starring Bette Midler as C.C. Bloom, it's doubtful ''inspiring'' would...

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