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Iconic boho musical goes symphonic in ‘RENT in Concert’ at KenCen

It's not a fully staged show, with all the intimate, raw emotions of the original, but Jonathan Larson's masterpiece endures and lifts the heart.

The enduring magnificence of ‘Les Misérables,’ now at Kennedy Center

It's one of the world’s greatest musicals and essential to see.

Right now at Shakespeare Theatre, Patrick Page is a Lear for...

Many actors excel in their portrayals of aspects of Lear — but Page brings us the whole man, in all his monstrous splendor.

Craig Houk’s near-perfect ‘Brute Farce’ skewers a theater critic

A report on a staged reading of a new comedy that could become a theater-laughs-at-itself classic alongside 'Noises Off.'

The woman who freed Frederick Douglass: a Q&A with Kristolyn Lloyd

Behind every great man is a great woman, and the actor who plays Anna Douglass in 'American Prophet' at Arena Stage reveals the power in that truth.

What it means ‘When Boys Exhale’: A Q&A with Anthony Green

The writer-director explains why his play about young Black gay men is titled after the movie about Black women friends.

Gen Z feminism is the hero in ‘John Proctor Is the...

The quality of the writing and the caliber of the performances at Studio are enthralling, but here's what impressed me most. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

Exegesis of a sexy Jesus: A look at love in ‘A.D....

A magnificently entertaining and beautifully profound new musical has opened at Olney. Here's what love's got to do with it.

What’s ‘Once Upon a One More Time’ doing at the Shakespeare?

There's got to be more to it than a cool chance to groove on the oeuvre of Britney Spears. | Column by JOHN STOLTENBERG

Explosively beautiful ‘Hadestown’ gets down at Kennedy Center

The music steals the show, but there is much, much more to enjoy.

How to be a hero: The lesson of ‘Remember This’ at...

David Strathairn's spectacularly affecting performance as Jan Karski becomes not only an emotional but a moral experience.

Whitney White on directing James Baldwin’s classic ‘The Amen Corner’ at...

A frank, in-depth interview about activating the actor, performance for the white gaze, the play's queer narrative, and much more.

Post-Play Palaver: A double take on ‘Blindness’ at STC

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it,...

Apropos Edgar Allan Poe: a reminiscence and a ringing listen

Growing up in Baltimore, it was impossible to avoid the story of Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849). He was conceivably our most famous resident. There...

Mike Daisey mansplains

The master monologist takes an unblinking look at Scott Rudin, Andrew Cuomo, and himself.

Trans Lives and Theater as Change Agent: A Q&A with Dane...

In observance of the the 12th annual International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31, 2021), we republish this in-depth conversation with two leading lights...

Tennessee Williams’s ‘Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers’ returns

Spooky Action Theater’s utterly charming production of The Lady from the Village of Falling Flowers—a recently discovered early work by Tennessee Williams directed for...

In Audrey Cefaly’s wistful ‘Story of Walter,’ a lonely dad and...

Social media once again proves invaluable to connect theatergoers with performance. This instance is courtesy of Signature Theatre’s SigWorks: Monday Night Play Readings. Not...

George Mason University to center Black voices in artist-activist conversations

As the DC-area theater community reckons with and takes steps to combat racism through open, heartfelt conversations and real-world actions to bring forth equity,...

Tom Teasley, Shu-Chen Cuff, Chao Tian to perform an inspired virtual...

The headlines tell us to stay put. To not travel so we protect ourselves, our loved ones, our communities and the Nation as a...