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‘Are We at War Yet?’ at University of Maryland captures a...

Written by antiwar Russian exile Mikhail Durnenkov, the play's 12 scenes have the feeling that they could happen anywhere. By HANNAH ESTIFANOS

‘Pippin’ powered by Mask and Bauble and nomadictheatre at Georgetown

The actors grab the show by the horns and fully commit to telling this story. By LUCILLE RIEKE

A lesbian deity gets earthy in ‘Hurricane Diane’ at Georgetown

This exceptional production is equal parts hilarious, sobering, pulpy, and poignant. By AILEEN JOHNSON

Creepy and comic ‘Ride the Cyclone’ takes a leap at BSU

The cast in the solid Bowie State University production throw themselves into their roles with enthusiastic abandon. By JENNIFER GEORGIA

‘Our Songs’ at GW offered original take on the musical revue

Fourteen undergrads sang Broadway show tunes about five personal questions. By ALEXANDRA BOWMAN

Desire is deadly in American University’s ‘Spring Awakening’

The performance of this musical feels more powerful than ever, and the production is filled with stellar performances all around. By HALEY HUCHLER

‘Slime’ glistens and glows in U.S. premiere at UMBC

In this emotionally powerful play performed by students and puppets are profound nature metaphors and ecology commentary. By MEGAN WILLS

‘The House That Will Not Stand’ gets a standing O at...

Bolstered with humor, Marcus Gardley's period play follows seven women as they fight for their idiosyncratic interpretations of freedom. By TENIOLA AYOOLA

Self-discovery and Black joy in ‘When Two Hands Meet’ at GU

Written by Georgetown University senior Shakeer Hood, the world-premiere play with dance has much to admire. By LISA TRAIGER

Two Asian American mean girls get Macbethian, in ‘Peerless’ at GW

In a production featuring talented George Washington University students, the drama of college admissions takes on Shakespearean proportions. By DANIELLA IGNACIO

At UMD, cross-gender-cast ‘Men on Boats’ sail wonderfully into the new...

This University of Maryland ensemble was truly strong. There were beautiful and heartbreaking moments, and they tackled each one with grace. By BRITTANY PROUDFOOT GINDER

New musical ‘Sonnets and Soul’ resonates deeply at Howard University

Co-creators Dell Howlett and Michael McElroy tell a heartfelt story of a queer Black boy's coming of age, and a talented cast conveys every ounce of its passion. By ISAAC WELCH

Satirical ‘Urinetown’ sparkles like new at American University

The Tony-winning musical sendup demands a lot of its cast, and the accomplished players at AU are more than up to the task. By AMY KOTKIN

Vibrant ‘Twelve Ophelias’ at GMU is a feminist spin on the...

A talented cast shines in Caridad Svitch's revisionist retelling of 'Hamlet' at George Mason University. By HALEY HUCHLER

Three indelible one-acts from Mask and Bauble at Georgetown

The 38th Annual Donn B. Murphy One-Acts Festival is a dazzling love letter to the power and promise of university theater. By HAILEY WHARRAM

Fearless new writing in ‘Damn Things Will Kill Ya’ at American...

Playwright Olivia Luzquinos, an AU alum, seeks out the conversations that characters need to have but avoid, and plunges right into them. By GREGORY FORD

Grief tests Black women’s friendship in ‘Long Time Since Yesterday’ at...

Wrestling with themes of love and sense of self, the entire Howard Players cast surrenders to the story. By WHIT DAVIS

Students share the power of community in new show ‘Buy Black!’...

Voices from the creative team of an original production at Bowie State University about protecting Black businesses. By MALEAH DIGGS

A gift of beauty runs through ‘Bicycle Country’ by Nilo Cruz...

The play takes place in Cuba at a time of deprivation, but director Fatima Quander makes sure that beauty and comfort share center stage. By GREGORY FORD

Masqueraders present prescient 1920 play about robots, at U.S. Naval Academy

'R.U.R.,' a dramatic adaptation of Karel Čapek’s classic sci-fi tale, is a powerful reminder that technological advances can have unintended consequences. By CHARLES GREEN