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  • Delightful Dogs

    Sharp and accessible satire makes What Dogs Do highly recommendable to audiences of every stripe. A play about the inner workings of theatre can be...

  • Domestic Drama

    Maternal instinct: Coleman as BettyAnn (Photo by Carol Pratt) ''You don't have a family,'' says the successful R&B singer Paul (Sekou Laidlow) to BettyAnn (Rosalyn...

  • Stage

    Head of the Class: The Shape of Things (Photo by Carol Pratt) Another year, another hundred shows scrutinized. Luckily for local audiences, there was a...

  • Sorry Sunday

    Poor Alice Ripley. The Tony-nominated Broadway veteran made such a charming impression last summer in the Sondheim Celebration as the rattled bride-to-be Amy in Company....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...