A must-see for Wolf Hall groupies (and HBO Tudors hoi palloi), the Washington Shakespeare Company’s Mary Stuart is spare, measured and unadorned. For director Colin Hovde, it is more about the language of faces than anything else. Whether caught in the bare-bulbed light of center stage or veering close to our seats, the emphasis here is on what face tells us of secret desire, fear and revelation. In this intimate space, it is like the theatrical version of HD — we don’t miss a flicker of emotion nor a moment’s loss of concentration. It’s demanding and highly effective in Hovde’s hands. In rep with Richard III to Dec. 12. Artisphere Black Box, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington. Tickets are $26.50 to $51.50. Call 703-875-1100 or visit artisphere.com or washingtonshakespeare.com.
Read Kate Wingfield’s full review here.