`Shenandoah': a musical at war with itself

Theater Review

March 28, 2006|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC

Producing Shenandoah at Ford's Theatre in Washington sounded like a good idea for several reasons.

The show is set during the Civil War, and Ford's is a major landmark of that era. In addition, when this 1975 anti-war musical debuted, the country was still reeling from Vietnam; three decades later, the nation is at loggerheads over our involvement in another foreign conflict. Finally, this revival is directed by Jeff Calhoun, whose Deaf West production of Big River - set just before the Civil War - was one of the finest shows this critic has ever seen at Ford's.

Shenandoah Through April 30 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington. $25-$52. 202-347-4833 or fordstheatre.org.

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