A series of beautifully drawn vignettes, Circle Mirror Transformation is a clever and smart season opener for Studio Theatre and provides an excellent opportunity for David Muse to make his debut as the theater's new artistic director. With Circle Mirror, Muse has taken full advantage of the opportunity, building on playwright Annie Baker's melancholy tinged comedy (meaning it's a play that has the feel of real life) to create something quick, engaging and brilliantly executed. The cast is a collection of actors whose remarkable sense of collaboration and ensemble is clear from the play's opening moments. The whole enterprise signals great things ahead for the theater's audiences. To Oct. 17. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Tickets are $35 to $65. Call 202-232-7267 or visit studiotheatre.org.
Read Tom Avila's full FOUR STAR review here.