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  The Children at Studio Theatre

The Children

Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. NW Washington

In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple's equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. A hit in London and New York, Lucy Kirkwood's latest is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility and reparation - about what one generation owes the next. Enjoy The Children at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.

Thru - Jun 2, 2019

Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Box Office: 202-332-3300

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  The Children Reviews
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Washington Post - Recommended

"...The pleasure of the performance lies in all the little details that accrue in the storytelling, the acting and the design - the practical reason for that healthy-looking salad Hazel tosses, for instance, and the rationale behind those deadly-looking cigarettes Rose puffs. Muse's cast moves around Tom Kamm's cottage set with familiar ease, and Kamm and Muse devise a substantial visual surprise to punctuate Kirkwood's plot. The foible-riddled human scale is Kirkwood's chief focus here, but her implications land with force."
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Nelson Pressley

BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Studio Theatre's current production of Lucy Kirkwood's contemporary play The Children benefits greatly from a strong director (the company's Artistic Director David Muse) guiding three exceptionally talented actors that work together as a singular unit to present the story. Strong production values - most notably Tom Kamm's set depicting a small cottage on England's east coast and Broken Chord's sound design which evokes sounds of the wind and water - enable the cast and audience alike to immerse themselves in the story."
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Jennifer Perry

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Lucy Kirkwood's The Children is a captivating masterpiece of small-cast theater that's actually about the stage that is our planet. Perhaps its most urgent and disquieting aspect is the way its three very intelligent characters come to realize what they cannot know about what they have done."
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John Stoltenberg

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...In the final segment of this short production, Kirkwood shifts from a sentimental examination of aging and past love to a stark contemplation of the duties that we owe to the next generation, and the debts we have accrued as a society. Director David Muse finds the right balance between tension and humor, and Kirkwood (like Rose) has not wasted a word. She has introduced us to three very real characters, making their ultimate choices seem both noble and tragic."
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Peter Orvetti

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...The Children is sincere and provocative in its wind-up but seems to fizzle out in its last third once Rose finally discloses why she's come. The motion she puts to Hazel and Robin-stand-ins for the Baby Boomer generation and its boundless appetites-makes for an intriguing impasse, but I was much more fascinated and moved by the presentation on marriage, aging, retirement and the confrontation with the disruptive power of the past."
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Roy Maurer

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