Begin coded transmission: A raucous, brainy spy mystery is unfolding at 111 K Street NE. Like James Bond on acid, Solas Nua’s production of Improbable Frequency mixes highbrow witticisms, bawdy physical comedy, and a whimsical, multi-cultural score to deliver a mind-bending journey into the underbelly of WWII-era Ireland. [Read more...]
If you are one of the millions of Broadway fans who have already seen Jonathan Larson’s brilliant musical Rent (like me!), I can guarantee that you have never seen it done like this. If you missed seeing Rent when it occupied New York City’s Nederlander Theatre from 1996 through 2008 (over 5,000 performances), or during the numerous national tours, then I highly recommend seeing this amazing musical, winner of the 1996 Tony for Best Musical, now marvelously presented by Toby’s Dinner Theater of Columbia. [Read more...]
The visual artistry and athletic prowess of Synetic Theater gets kicked up a few notches with King Arthur, which takes place on a watery stage. Normally, the audience gasps at the leaps and balletic contortions executed by the troupe on a wooden stage, but watching them pull off these feats in water is even more astounding. [Read more...]
A good trophy Navaho is hard to find.
Henry Carson (Christopher Rutherford), a nebbishy curator of indigenous people at an Orlando theme park, discovers this the hard way in Eric Coble’s ironic comedy Natural Selection. This area premiere is given a rousing production at Single Carrot Theatre under the skilled direction of Nathan Fulton. [Read more...]
Some cast recordings sound almost as good as the show sounds live in the theater. The Decca recording of The Addams Family sounds better.
In the Lunt-Fantanne Theatre on New York’s 46th street, the sound system emphasizes the keyboards – of which there are two – at the expense of the brass and reeds. It also is heavy on the bass, resulting in the thumping rhythm line dominating even when the tune requires either a light or a lush touch. [Read more...]