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Iconic musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ sings again at Kennedy Center

The youngest stars shine brightest in this showcase of rising talent. By D.R. LEWIS

In ‘Postcards from Ihatov’ at 1st Stage, a dazzling snapshot of...

Natsu Onoda Power’s loving tribute to author Kenji Miyazawa is an entrée to his work, not to mention a feast for the eyes. By JARED STRANGE

The inspiring triumph of Step Afrika!’s ‘The Migration’ at Arena Stage

Based on paintings by Jacob Lawrence, the dance work is a dynamic intersection of the visual and performing arts that is impossible to forget. By TENIOLA AYOOLA

Classic ‘Topdog/Underdog’ transfixes at Round House Theatre

Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer-winning play may never have been more gut-busting comedic nor more gut-punching tragic. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

Brutally beautiful ‘Long Way Down’ triumphs at Olney Theatre Center

The world premiere musical is challenging, chilling, and charged with emotion as if lightning might strike. By AILEEN JOHNSON

A matchless ‘Matchbox Magic Flute’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

There’s real magic in this production, the kind that happens when every element comes together to delight and amaze and enchant. By BOB ASHBY

‘Reefer Madness’ is ridiculously high on fun at NextStop Theatre

The slapsticky campfest is a fantastic show with impressive performances and a biting commentary with a striking resemblance to today. By KENDALL MOSTAFAVI

Unsung Black history and exceptional musicality in ‘Mexodus’ at Mosaic

The musical takes us on a sonically immersive sensory ride of sound and light with solid storytelling and performances. By WHIT DAVIS

Folger Theatre mounts a transcendent ‘Metamorphoses’

A singular cultural achievement you will remember for years. By SOPHIA HOWES

IN Series’ brilliant ‘Return of Ulysses’ sings of veterans’ homecoming

New opera tells a story with great power not only thousands of years ago in Greek legend but in today’s forever wars. By BOB ASHBY

Sisters as faux bros in ‘Problems Between Sisters’ at Studio Theatre

In the tension between them is some peak mammalian hormonal ferocity, unleashed to a perfervid pitch one rarely sees portrayed by women. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

Radical rethinking in WNO’s powerful ‘Turandot’ at Kennedy Center

The Washington National Opera production resonates for our times like hitting the sweet spot of a gong. By SUSAN GALBRAITH

‘Dua: The Monster’s Story’ at Theatre Prometheus is a masterwork of...

Caitlyn Hooper as the Medusa character delivers an unforgettable performance, projecting the full force of a rape survivor’s grief. By ALEXANDRA BOWMAN

Reflecting on his years as a critic, Peter Marks asks, ‘What...

In advance of his Helen Hayes tribute on May 20, an invigorating conversation about theater and theater criticism and what he wants to do next. By JOHN STOLTENBERG

Topical takes from a film shoot, in ‘Homeless Garden’ at Avant...

The audience becomes a participant-observer in this project-in-progress: live filming of a modern adaptation of Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard.' By JULIAN OQUENDO

Spooky Action’s frolicsome ‘Frontiéres Sans Frontiéres’ gets spoofy for real

Who knew poking fun at cultural imperialism could be so much fun? By JOHN STOLTENBERG

Prologue Theatre’s flawless ‘Marjorie Prime’ imagines an AI afterlife

A beautiful and definitive production of this Pulitzer-finalist play. By ALEXANDRA BOWMAN

Signature’s ‘Hair’ brims with talent and is an adventure in aural...

While the musical was once the poster child for anti-war entertainment, this awfully enjoyable production is decidedly more pro-love. By D.R. LEWIS

In musical fable ‘Islander’ at Olney, humans seek harmony with nature

The two-person show from Scotland has a unique soundtrack of haunting melodies and syncopated interludes mixed with the cries and calls of the sea. By DERYL DAVIS

In ‘The Last Drop’ at Scena, castaways from a catastrophe have...

For the survivors in this Beckettian dystopia imagined by Australian playwright John Shand, drinking water is scarce and so is civility. By JOHN STOLTENBERG