October 31, 2014
“I don’t always agree with my fellow critics, but I still value what they have to say – it balances against my own views. …we’re the start of the critical conversation around the theatre, not the end.” Mark Shenton . The Stage (UK)
Closes Nov 9
Rebecca Evans . DCTheatreScene Every fifteen minutes of Luigi Pirandello’s absurdist play brings a new comical gimmick
Doug Rule . MetroWeekly . might as well be called TMZ, since nearly everyone acts as employees do at that modern-day media tabloid
Riley Coghan . DCist pretty enough to look at and funny enough to be well worth your time. Definitely. Maybe
Pamela Roberts . BroadwayWorld Ashley Ivey as Lamberto Laudisi propels the play forward with great fun and flair.
Terry Ponick . DigiNews a farcical, fun, obsessional fusillade of half-truths, one-liners, faux profundities and outright lies
Chris Klimek . City Paper the lasting impression is of a joke with a long, convoluted setup and a slender, confusing punchline.
Roger Catlin . MDTheatreGuide this fun and fast-moving kaleidoscope of color and cunning fills the bill absolutely (and not just perhaps).
Jane Horwitz . Washington Post eye-catching but frustrating
Michael Poandl . DCMetroTheaterArts fast paced, colorful, and cheesy in the best way.
Closes November 1
Ryan Taylor . DCTheatreScene I had a hell of a lot of fun zombie-slaying my way through my old Fringe haunts. So much, in fact, that I’m already gathering a team for a return trip. Maybe I’ll even make it out alive this time.
Riley Coghan . DCist You really feel like Will Smith or some other action hero Chris Klimek . City Paper “The stairs up to Redrum”—one of Fort Fringe’s stifling second-story theaters—“are like the Exorcist stairs. We knew wouldn’t have to do any set-dressing.”
Jamie McGonnigal . BroadwayWorld for thrills and screams – make sure DC Dead moves to the top of your list.
Closes Nov. 9
Tim Treanor . DCTheatreScene The first Act is easy to take, if a little light; and the second Act packs a real wallop
Chris Klimek . City Paper Pollock’s slinky athleticism and his seductive way of down-tuning the last word of a line make it feel like Matthew McConaughey’s part.
Charles Shubow . BroadwayWorld just plain heavenly
Missy Frederick . Washingtonian Signature Theatre is doing everything it can to make Elmer Gantry sing; there just probably should be a little less singing.
Iain Armitage (video review) Miss Nova, to hear her sing, is like a wonderland for your ears.
Keith Loria . Theatermania Pollock shines in the title role of the Depression-era evangelist who has trouble balancing religion and sopranos.
Peter Marks . Washington Post a smooth and confident ride, especially when it’s cruising along on the Bible-thumping vocal power of a cast 20 strong.
Brian Bochicchio . MDTheatreGuide sprinkled with faith, ambition, and unbridled passion
Bessel and Brasswell . DCMetroTheaterArts the musical numbers are the highlight of the show
FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN
Closes Nov. 2
Tim Treanor . DCTheatreScene Power has not simply written a history play (and believe me, Fetch Clay is as much a history play as Richard II.) He has brought history to life.
Susan Berlin . TalkinBroadway Orman brings dignity and self-possession—as well as a dark sense of humor—to his portrayal of Fetchit.
Peter Marks . Washington Post an interesting undercard to history.
Chris Klimek . City Paper a pair of extraordinary lead performances that meet the challenge of inhabiting two of the most famous men of the 20th century.
Sydney-Chanele Dawkins . DCMetroTheaterArts has race politics on its mind but at its heart this knockout of a story is about identity.
Roger Catlin . MDTheatreGuide an exhilarating night at the theater that, dare I say it, could also be considered a knock out.
Lorna Mulvaney . BroadwayWorld the over-ambitious script and unexciting scenic design fail to live up to their subject matter.
Closes Nov 16
Charles Shubow . BroadwayWorld it’s Anderson and the wonderful work by Director Goldman who brings this story to life.
Lynne Menefee . MDTheatreGuide Megan Anderson keeps you captivated for 75 minutes as the character rides a roller coaster of human emotion.
Gina Jun . DCMetroTheaterArts an absorbing, emotionally-brimming, one-woman drama
Closes Nov 23
Roy Maurer . DCTheatreScene could be considered hip and spry, if digested in the right frame of mind.
Sydney-Chanele Dawkings . DCMetroTheaterArts This updated version of Hedda’s self-loathing, deeply flawed character and despicable actions appear too one-dimensional – and too easy to dismiss.
Madison Kaigh . BroadwayWorld intriguing and memorable, bringing new meaning to a classic drama
THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU
Closes Nov. 2
Jennifer Clements . DCTheatreScene theatre for the haunted house set—with heightened plot, characterization, and production values one would expect
Chuck Conconi . Washington Life this production never feels menacing even though it has its bloody moments.
Kate Wingfield . MetroWeekly the music and dance carry this production and they alone are more than enough to make this an exciting interpretation of H.G. Wells’ strange tale
Susan Berlin . BroadwayWorld a chilling story
Maya Oliver . MDTheatreGuide exhilarating to watch.
Chris Klimek . City Paper A sci-fi tale about an island of tragic monsters is ripe vessel for the choreographers and the design team to go nuts. They do.
Andrew White . BroadwayWorld Move over, Bela Lugosi: there’s a new smooth-talking villain in town, and he wants your flesh. Not to drink it mind you, he just wants to slice-and-dice it a bit.
David Siegel . DCMetroTheaterArts not yet an altogether satisfactory theatrical production. There is something missing; a deep emotional resonance to go along with the showmanship…
LA VIDA BREVE
Closes Nov 1
Rosalind Lacy . DCTheatreScene a tragic opera about an impassioned gypsy girl who loves too much and not well.
Jessica Vaughan . DCMetroTheaterArts The singers are impressive, the music is fun
Closes November 9
Alan Katz . DCTheatreScene moments that reach for power and soul, but never quite get there.
John Harding . DCMetroTheaterArts dazzles with performers rather than spectacle
Mark Beachy . MDTheatreGuide this musical is electrifying and a must see!
Jack L.B. Gohn . TheBigPicture fiery, precise dancing, tuneful belting of catchy songs, great period costumes.
Steve Charing . BaltimoreOutLoud should not be missed.
Mary Johnson . BaltimoreSun “Memphis” proves that no smash hit is too big for Toby’s to produce with pizazz.
Amanda Gunther . TheatreBloom it’s the dancing that turns heads.
NEXT TO NORMAL
Closes Nov. 16
Jayne Blanchard . DCTheatreScene affirms the manic magnificence of Kitt and Yorkey’s words and music in a visually stunning production
Tim Smith . Baltimore Sun
Anthony C. Hayes . Baltimore Post Examiner Less than lyrical rock musical meanders aimlessly at Centerstage
Charles Shubow . BroadwayWorld enjoyed it so much, I’m going to return to see it again!
Gina Jun . DCMetroTheaterArts Spectacularly daring, brilliantly unconventional and bittersweet,
Amanda Gunther . TheatreBloom The strongest performances were delivered surprisingly from the supporting characters
Closes Nov 9
Alan Katz . DCTheatreScene a resounding success
Terry Ponick . DigiNews is stubbornly single-minded when it comes to exploring history and thought. It’s a missed opportunity
Barbara Mackay . Theatermania successful at intelligently and sensitively offering new perspectives on one of the most important eras of American history.
Nelson Pressley . Washington Post the general collection doesn’t transcend the gimmick of the concept.
Susan Berlin . TalkinBroadway this audacious theatrical experiment is, for the most part, a success.
Jennifer Perry . BroadwayWorld nothing if not ambitious.
Sophia Howe . DCMetroTheaterArts an unforgettable production,
Closes Nov 16
Alan Katz . DCTheatreScene I was emotionally drained when I left the theater.
Elizabeth Bruce . BroadwayWorld rarely is the anguished reasoning of disaffected and marginalized youth presented as clearly and articulately as it is in RAGE,
Celia Wren . Washington Post sometimes feels like a thought experiment shoehorned into the limelight.
Robert Michael Oliver . DCMetroTheaterArts Both actors do a fantastic job navigating the emotional rollercoaster that is Rage
SEX WITH STRANGERS
Closes Dec. 7
Jayne Blanchard . DCTheatreScene a booty call with brains.
Lindsey Clark . Pamela’s Punch Twyford and Sottile are a strong match on stage, and give their characters a tangible, deep connection
Heather Hill . MDTheatreGuide Witty, full of crackling dry humour, amused stabs at generational differences, poetry,
Chris Klimek . City Paper It’s the sexiest show of the year, but you’ll love it for its mind.
Susan Berlin . TalkinBroadway serious yet funny and sexy play
Peter Marks . Washington Post a high-end bodice-ripper — albeit minus the purple prose.
Jennifer Perry . BroadwayWorld strong acting and the timely, provocative, and challenging script
David Siegel . DCMetroTheaterArts an easy crowd-pleaser on its polished comic surface, but, oh what a delicious depth it has!
Closes Nov 16
Jon Boughtin . DCTheatreScene Sherry Berg is a big presence with big energy, unafraid of outlandish and ridiculous performances, and Sylvia is no exception.
Andrew White . BroadwayWorld [Berg's] shameless, joyful romp is the highlight of the show,
Terry Byrne . DCMetroTheaterArts a frisky comedy that turns animal rescue on its head
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Closes Nov 2
Tim Treanor . DCTheatreScene Pallas Theatre Collective, as it has in the past, shows great ambition in tackling this formidable Shakespearian comedy,
Robert Michael Oliver . DCMetroTheaterArts not only funny and feisty but the play’s ethical conundrum is negotiated and transformed.
Closes November 9
Alan Katz . DCTheatreScene a high-tempo musical that does Anton Chekhov proud.
Susan Berlin . Talkin’Broadway The women drink wine, reminisce, toss recriminations at each other, and try to bridge the gaps between them—but the show only really comes to life when the women sing.
Celia Wren . Washington Post From the moment in which these splendid performers make their entrance, buoyantly parading down the aisle as they sing a gospel number titled “In My Father’s House,” you’re always on tenterhooks waiting for another song.
Brian Bochicchio . MDTheatreGuide a powerhouse show that rocks the house
Michael Poandl . DCMetroTheaterArts foot-tapping, gut-busting and tear-jerking family drama
Closes Nov 16
Ryan Taylor . DCTheatreScene The level of difficulty that director Tom Prewitt and the rest of the Avant Bard team is working with here is off the chart.
Chris Klimek . City Paper it would be disingenuous to say the artists have solved all or even most of the daunting problems they’ve assigned themselves.
Nelson Pressley . Washington Post Mary Resing’s script and Andy Welchel’s bright, jaunty songs (with lyrics by Resing) make plain how deep and personal the issue is.
Ellen Burns . BroadwayWorld lacks a certain polish, and is in need of editing and focus that I think the story requires and deserves, it is an important and enlightening work
Robert Michael Oliver . DCMetroTheaterArts Combining history with entertainment is never easy: it’s a balancing act, and Mary Resing has done an admirable job
Tina Ghandchilar . MDTheatreGuide on the whole there were many beautifully highlighted moments.
THE WOLFE TWINS
Closes Nov. 2
Jennifer Clements . DCTheatreScene No one in this play is without a secret, and twist by twist they come to light.
Rachel Kurzius . City Paper Making Dana likable is a huge challenge, and Huppuch nails the smile of a person who isn’t very happy
Barbara Mackay . Theatermania Rachel Bonds offers at once too much and too little information to make her characters into people an audience can care about.
Ellen Burns . BroadwayWorld Despite being too long, The Wolfe Twins is provocative and entertaining, and shows a great deal of promise.
Sophia Howes . DCMetroTheaterArts Small, surprising moments are the pleasures of The Wolfe Twins