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  • Going Mental

    Probing for answers: Mendenhall, Roy and Brown. Photo by Stan Barouh      Existential farce.      Now there's a couple of words to strike terror in...

  • Shore to Please

    On the halfshell: Redmond as Luther Billis. Photo credit: Scott Suchman For all the familiarity such a hit-laden musical theatre warhorse brings with it, Arena...

  • Winter Blunderland

    An off-the-wall, casual approach to tried-and-true Shakespearean comedy can certainly work wonders. I still feel a surge of giddy delight whenever I recall last season's...

  • Frustrating and Timid

    Scena Theatre introduces Washington audiences to the controversial 1996 British play Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill, and the company comes frustratingly close to an...

  • Grounded Lyricism

    Edward Sanchez's new play Icarus strives to be a lyrical, surreal meditation on dreams and beauty, fueled by the tale of a physically disabled young...

  • Willy-nilly

    In the flesh: NBS! cast (Photo by Christopher O. Banks ) There's nothing particularly novel about nudity these days, right? You get a hunkering for...

  • Epic Experience

    I love Les Misérables. Even after seeing two touring productions in the '90s and the Broadway production in 2000, the prospect of seeing Boublil and...

  • Toilet Humor

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: LaForce, Murray and Painter (Photo by Ian Armstrong ) There's a lot to be said for taking a taboo subject...

  • Garden Grub

    Olney Theatre Center reminds us of what a lovely and sublime Broadway musical The Secret Garden is. If only the company's production could adequately match...

  • Blah Humbug

    Signature Theatre playwright Norman Allen has taken Dickens's A Christmas Carol, updated it to 1911 New York City, illustrated it with ragtime-era songs, and re-christened...

  • Home Run

    The Studio Theatre Secondstage has emerged for its new season in outstanding form with Bat Boy The Musical, the ultra-quirky off-Broadway hit inspired by the...

  • Bottom Less

    Rainey Days: Fabrique (Photo by Scott Suchman) By design, playwright August Wilson's work is never going to move at anything even resembling breakneck speed. His...

  • Perfect Shape

    Love hurts: Twyford and Barrow (Photo by Carol Pratt)      I think I've now seen the best stage production of 2002.      Of course, it'll...

  • Old Hat

    Office politics: Church and Clarke (Photo by Kathleen Akerley) Politics and religion are riddled with hypocrisy, and moral conservatives who rail against sexual content in...

  • Very Bad Man

    Dream on: Mitchell as Cervantes/Quixote (Photo by Joan Marcus)      It's just wrong.      There's no better way to sum up the revival of Man...