I was fortunate enough to catch Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in the final years of their long running tandem Broadway careers. They were able to elevate lesser plays like O Mistress Mine, I Know My Love, Quadrille and The Great Sebastians with their magical teamwork, and illuminate more substantial works like Taming of the [...]
Last night, I watched something awful. And it wasn’t on TV. We’ll get to that later.
Reviewing the broadcast of Sound of Music LIVE! is actually pretty simple for me, so we’ll address that first. From top to bottom, we were treated to a gorgeously sung affair. Robust choruses, talented kids, dynamo supporting actors, and [...]
Olney Theatre Center has just announced an extended run for its holiday production of The King and I. Keith Loria talks with two of the reasons why audiences have so embraced this musical: Paolo Montalban and YoonJeong Seong.
The first time Paolo Montalban takes the stage as the titular King of Siam in Olney Theatre [...]
Whenever theatregoers see Jackie Hoffman on stage, they know laughs are coming. Whether it’s in her three scene-stealing roles on Broadway—Prudy Pingleton in Hairspray, Calliope, Aphrodite in Xanadu or Grandma in The Addams Family—or in any number of her cabaret comedy acts, the kvetching comedienne brings the funny like no other.
“Just because I yell, doesn’t mean I don’t love you,” my mother used to say. If that maxim holds true, then the Lyons must be the most loving—and hoarse–family in existence.
What could possibly be more exciting for a DC theatre-lover than this? Mikhail Baryshnikov, indisputably the best-known classical dancer in the world, has arrived in town. And it’s not a dance that he is bringing us, it’s theatre. And it’s a piece derived from short stories by that most beloved of Russian theatre writers, Anton [...]
Faced with an ailing actress unable to perform on Sunday night, Noises Off director Doug Wilder made the rather unusual decision to pull on a spare dress and play the role himself, venturing onstage with a copy of the script in hand. This turned out to be the best solution anyone could have found. The [...]
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