War Horse

Oct. 23—Nov. 11 $25–$175
Kennedy Center Opera House
2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566
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202-467-4600
The Kennedy Center's massive production of War Horse—a touring version of the staging seen first in the U.S. at New York’s Lincoln Center—doesn’t stint on the carnage. But at its heart, it's still a children’s story, and there’s a lyricism to it that makes the darkness easier to bear. It’s been noted that many of the human characters in War Horse are thinly drawn, but Andrew Veenstra makes a good case for young Albert, as does Angela Reed for his much-put-upon mum. And it’s a particular pleasure to see John Milosich, a veteran of D.C.’s Synetic Theater, commanding the Opera House stage as the ballad singer whose melodies knit the show’s scenes together. You see War Horse for the war horses, though, and they are majestic things indeed, cleverly designed and operated with minute attention to the details of how the real creature listens and breathes and moves. And feels—for make no mistake, this is a story about not just animal intelligence, but animal emotion, and it’s utterly convincing on both accounts. (CK)

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