“Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy tonight!”
And with that opening refrain comes one of the clearest promises in musical theatre history, and perhaps even theatre history. Tonight, you will laugh. Tonight, our only goal is to throw everything we have at you and make you laugh as loudly, as heartily, and as frequently as possible.
As a reviewer, it’s nice to occasionally cover a show so good that it makes my job easy. Theater J’s return engagement of Woody Sez is just such a show, brimming with toe-tapping music, rich emotion, and powerful messages that illuminate the life and works of American folk music giant Woody Guthrie.
When Jennifer Frankel takes the stage as courtesan Gymnasia in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, she’s following in her mother’s own sandal-clad footsteps, as Diane Coupé was in the original Broadway production of the show back in 1962.
With A Civil War Christmas, playwright Paula Vogel affectingly achieves her ambitious goal to create an American, non-Anglo worshipping Christmas Carol. There are no figgy puddings, Cratchits or Scrooges, and dancing sugarplums. The halls are barely decked but there are plenty of ghosts.
We’ve just been through Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Now it’s time to set aside the sales, and celebrate the second annual holiday of thankfulness known as #GivingTuesday. It’s the time when we all take a few minutes to express our gratitude to those who, throughout the year, make a difference in our lives.
A Family Reunion, a mesmerizing modern opera by the late Christopher Patton, a composer of avant-garde new music, hits home where the heart is, but doesn’t hit you over the head with guilt trips for benign neglect. The libretto written by William Moses is about a debilitating illness that comes uninvited and raises the question: [...]
Some interviewees, once seated, need a bit of a prod to get talking. But Maurice Hines has left them all in the dust by the time I hit ‘Record.’ The renowned director, singer, and choreographer is supremely excited about Tappin’ Thru Life at Arena Stage, and our afternoon conversation at the theatre plays at high [...]
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