Kings Score 80%

Kings

A deep dig into the financial interests and power grabs of DC’s elected officials and the lobbyists who love them. Well, love is too sympathetic a term. The interactions between the icy characters we encounter here are not so much emotional as they are mutually parasitic.

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Party Face Score 90%

Party Face

Isobel Mahon has written a funny agile play about what and how women manage their way through life and friendships. and how, in the managing and navigating of others, we often find that we have lost ourselves along the way.

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John Lloyd Young – Heart to Heart at Café Carlyle

Well is THIS a pleasant surprise.  I suppose I am the only one on the planet who didn’t know who John Lloyd Young is.  THAT’s over.  The original Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, Lloyd Young has cashed in on his talent and good fortune to built himself a castle in the sky.  He knows his niche, his music and his audience.  His voice is rich, his style is smooth and reminiscent of the Rat Pack.  His tuxedo is never unbuttoned.  Unlike the Rat Pack, however, Lloyd Young is secure in his skin and generous to both his musicians and his audience.

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Josh: The Black Babe Ruth Score 95%

Josh: The Black Babe Ruth

Michael A. Jones has written a stirring chronicle of the life of Josh Gibson, widely recognized as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, if not the greatest, whose talents were never displayed on the stage they deserved because of an accident of time — the color of his skin.  For this reason, the drama has reverberations that go well beyond baseball, yet it remains a baseball story through and through, with draw and delight for fans of theater, fans of history and baseball fans more used to taking a seat in a stadium than a theater.

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The Hangmen Score 70%

The Hangmen

Bet that title makes you wonder what the play is about, right?  Well The Hangmen is about a lot more than hangmen – but not by much.  Is it also about being careful of the irreversible quality of your actions – let’s say hanging someone, for instance – because those actions may be the very ones that some sniveling back years later to take a piece out of your behind.

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He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box

Kennedy haunts her characters with the thundering violence of history.  Kay is bedeviled by her mother’s end.  She will never know if her 15 year-old mother, impregnated by a white man, killed herself or was murdered.  Chris, a white boy of relative privilege, lives with the ghosts of his father’s Negro women and their children.  His mother tells him his daddy loved them more.

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[Porto] Score 70%

[Porto]

Sometimes a sausage is just a sausage and sometimes a sausage is more than the sum of its parts. In her quirky quasi-comedy, Kate Benson tries to have it both ways.

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