Peter Marks

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Reviews (174)
The Washington Post

“Their [Adams and Toossi] collaboration is itself a textbook case of playwright and director communicating in a dynamic common language, one that, for lovers of potent theater, needs no translation.” Full Review

The Washington Post

"With this production, the dream of a great 'Merrily' has been caught." Full Review

The Washington Post

"Take a deep breath and try to ruminate calmly on the position playwright Bruce Norris takes in his scintillating new play...'Downstate' is proof positive that you can love a play that turns you inside out." Full Review

The Washington Post

“ 'Into the Woods' is freighted with so many ideas that it can get lost in its own cleverness. At two hours and 45 minutes including intermission, it overstays a bit." Full Review

The Washington Post

"After an evening on Broadway with Corey Hawkins, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and the electrifying theatrical crossfire of 'Topdog/Underdog,' you’ll never again think of three-card monte as a mere money-grubbing street hustle." Full Review

1776 (Broadway)
Midtown W
The Washington Post

"The delightful ensemble owns the script and score of this 1969 musical as if the story of the signing of the Declaration of Independence were written explicitly about them." Full Review

The Washington Post

"As the band strikes up and the singers open their throats in the hit Broadway revival of 'Into the Woods,' the audience realizes it is immersed in a blessed event. Saints (and sound designers) be praised: You can hear every word of the show." Full Review

Fat Ham
East Village
The Washington Post

"Unabashedly entertaining and one of a spate of enticing new plays that are destined to be seen on stages across the country, offering fresh hope to theaters and theatergoers who are willing the industry back to full health." Full Review

POTUS
Midtown W
The Washington Post

"Every player, in fact, gets funny moments: The laughs are doled out so judiciously that the actors’ contracts may have been drawn up with the equal protection clause in mind." Full Review

Suffs
East Village
The Washington Post

"The academic rigor with which Taub charts the progress and setbacks in the cause from about 1913 to 1920 might even earn her tenure somewhere; you wouldn’t be surprised if the program had come with footnotes. Much of the score — Taub wrote book, music and lyrics — is written in recitative, which confers on “Suffs” an operatic quality. But the melodic variation occurs in too narrow a range, which often has a dulling effect on the proceedings." Full Review

The Washington Post

"The amusingly humane stitching for “Take Me Out” is provided divinely by [Jesse Tyler] Ferguson, whose illumination of a new fan’s cerebral affection for baseball’s elegant choreography could not be better played." Full Review

The Washington Post

"That sordid history would not seem to have foretold a jukebox musical devoted to the upside of Jackson’s genius — and certainly not by artists of the caliber of two-time Pulitzer winner Nottage (“Ruined,” “Sweat”) and the celebrated ballet world fixture Wheeldon. The show’s decidedly selective memory may be off-putting to theatergoers appalled by the stories of Jackson’s alleged misdeeds. Nevertheless, the creative team’s painstaking work has resulted in a riveting, adrenaline rush of a show... Full Review

The Washington Post

"This offbeat premise — smartly realized only by Beowulf Boritt’s scenic designs and the projections by 59 Productions — has been turned into an entertainment about as scintillating as an Agriculture Department instructional video on crop irrigation. It’s as if Lincoln Center Theater and the accomplished creative team (with two Pulitzer Prizes among them) came to the creative juncture of delightful and tedious and took the wrong fork. Long-winded and impossibly earnest, the world-premiere ... Full Review

The Washington Post

"But McClure’s gifts — robustly on display in the musical that marks its official opening Dec. 5 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre — don’t include a radiant star element. It’s a wholly admirable, workmanlike performance: technically impressive if not charismatically embraceable. “Mrs. Doubtfire,” then, directed by Jerry Zaks — a pro with an innate sense of farcical mechanics — feels like an erratic musical-theater equivalent of a tribute band." Full Review

The Washington Post

"A sublime 3½-hour dash through the history of American capitalism that passes in what feels like no time." Full Review

The Washington Post

"The play instead comes across as the embodiment of an escalating frustration over how to make Black lives matter...The magnetic Hill and Smallwood infuse Moses and Kitch with exuberant physicality; though they create distinct characters, the ineffable, mutual dependence they conjure is their chief accomplishment." Full Review

The Washington Post

"It’s an illuminating exercise in both self-reflection and groupthink — and an example of how, as audiences emerge from personal hibernation, theater is seeking novel kinds of visceral engagement." Full Review

The Washington Post

"This gutsy new ‘West Side Story’ is unlike any you’ve seen — and it’s exhilarating" Full Review

The Washington Post

"Tried and true formulas work in ‘A Soldier’s Play’ and ‘Grand Horizons’" Full Review

The Washington Post

"Laura Linney, going it alone on Broadway as both a mother and her estranged daughter" Full Review

The Washington Post

for a previous production "You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical." Full Review

The Washington Post

for a previous production "As rock-star portrayals go, it doesn’t get any better than Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner" Full Review

Soft Power
East Village
The Washington Post

"Ever wondered how China sees America? ‘Soft Power’ offers amusing ideas." Full Review

The Washington Post

"Miranda and company devise raps on the spot. And you’re in your happy place." Full Review

The Washington Post

"‘Hercules’ proves strong enough to lift all of Central Park, but only for a few days." Full Review

The Washington Post

"In the spate of shows that ring out Broadway in 2022, Henderson and 'Between Riverside and Crazy' provide the deepest satisfaction." Full Review

The Washington Post

"Don’t get me wrong: I always crave the deeper communion with a musical that tells a story with songs made new. Like Juliet, though, I’m happy to bop to a well-produced, familiar beat." Full Review

The Washington Post

"You learn that, even if recovery is a milestone achievement, not everything in one’s life can be recovered." Full Review

The Washington Post

"In the end, all that these re-creations bring to mind is that imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery." Full Review

The Washington Post

"The mournful irony Miller built into 'Death of a Salesman' is especially potent now, when our world so often feels as if it’s hanging by a thread. " Full Review

The Washington Post

"Perhaps what moved me so was the pain layered on in delicate brushstrokes in this fictionalized account, which was deeply influenced by Stoppard’s later-in-life discovery of his own Jewish roots." Full Review

The Washington Post

"The show’s final sequences have been forced into a curious and not entirely persuasive moral; then again, a muddle of things may in the end be the best we mortals can expect. Still, Lapine and Sondheim create so many embraceable characters, and the score is so lovely, that any concerns about plotting become minor." Full Review

The Washington Post

"The composer-lyricist already has that Pulitzer, but now he deserves the Tony. Spivey should get one, too. Heck, give 'A Strange Loop' a lot of Tonys. That’s only just, for the best Broadway musical of the season." Full Review

The Washington Post

"You’ll be relieved to know Billy Crystal is still a stand-up guy — stand-up in the sense that the jokes in 'Mr. Saturday Night,' the 1992 film comedy he and other showbiz pros have turned into a slender but agreeable Broadway musical — are old-school funny, polished and impeccably timed." Full Review

The Washington Post

“Paradise Square,” directed by Moisés Kaufman and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, substitutes energy for enlightenment. It’s a dizzying thicket of dance breaks and choral numbers, patterned not particularly elegantly after other Broadway epics including “Ragtime” and “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon.” A more apt title might have been “Overkill: The Musical.” Full Review

The Washington Post

"This Professor Hill seems less a traveling salesman than a song-and-dance man on a second-class national tour. So ya got trouble in River City, and the miscasting of Jackman is hardly the only problem. Director Jerry Zaks has inexplicably opted for a cartoon version of the musical, with set and costume designer Santo Loquasto joining him as an over-the-top accomplice...Foster’s Marian has arrived, it seems, from a better production." Full Review

The Washington Post

"This compressed revival of “Long Day’s Journey” is produced by Audible, a company with the admirable mission of recording its productions at off-Broadway’s Minetta Lane Theatre for millions of listeners. (Audible is owned by Amazon, whose founder, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post.) But the genius of O’Neill’s masterwork, I’d argue, is in that endless torrent of words, the incessant rounds of barbs and complaints and accusations the Tyrones heap on one another. An optimal “Long Day’s Jour... Full Review

Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
The Washington Post

"The highs are so high in director Marianne Elliott’s gender-reversed “Company” that a Sondheim freak like me can live with aspects that don’t quite hit those lofty heights. We’ll get to those, but first, let’s dwell for a spell on the joys of a Broadway revival that had its official opening Thursday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre — pleasures that make this production a moving, and deeply funny, living memorial to the late Stephen Sondheim." Full Review

Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
The Washington Post

"A mesmerizing act of electronic ventriloquism...It’s hard to say which is more absorbing: Dana’s story or O’Connell’s uncanny portrayal, requiring her to reproduce in perfect alignment with the audiotape every cough, pause, giggle and slap of the chair in which she sits for much of the 75 minutes of the piece." Full Review

The Washington Post

"In this beautiful capstone work, though, the sense is not so much a resolution as a dissolving; the characters of “What Happened?” have become unmoored, as if the isolation of the pandemic has caused some permanent psychic dislocation." Full Review

The Washington Post

"Such an exercise could be invasive or cringe-inducing. But the cards guide participants so gently through the sessions lasting about 45 minutes, and the communication that they provoke can be so sweet and surprising that it all comes across as a joyful resetting of one’s bearings for being out in the world." Full Review

The Washington Post

for a previous production "Listen up, Bob Dylan fans: You’ll want to journey to Broadway’s ‘North Country'" Full Review

Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
The Washington Post

"Beware. This stylish ‘Medea’ adaptation offers no escape, for Rose Byrne or for you." Full Review

Grand Horizons
Midtown W
The Washington Post

"Tried and true formulas work in ‘A Soldier’s Play’ and ‘Grand Horizons’" Full Review

Greater Clements
Upper W Side
The Washington Post

"‘Greater Clements’ is the best new play of the year" Full Review

The Inheritance
Midtown W
The Washington Post

‘The Inheritance’ is epic in length, but not always in satisfaction" Full Review

The Washington Post

for a previous production "David Byrne brings his entertaining brain to Broadway in ‘American Utopia,’ and it’s totally dope" Full Review

The Washington Post

for a previous production "‘Slave Play’ is a funny, scalding, walk along the boundary between black and white in America" Full Review

The Great Society
Upper W Side
The Washington Post

"In ‘The Great Society,’ history marches numbingly on, and on, and on, and on" Full Review

The Washington Post

"Jake Gyllenhaal is a stage animal for sure. But he needs more feral turf in ‘Sea Wall/A Life.’" Full Review