Archives for October 2012

Sandy forces schedule changes at Arena and Rep Stage

Rep Stage’s PWYC first preview for the made-for-Halloween play Mary Rose, scheduled for tonight, has been canceled. Instead, the play will open for previews Thursday, Nov 1 at 7pm.

The Completely Fictional—and Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a Sunday dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Will this latest Poe play rate high or very poor? Will I nod, nearly napping, or will my synapses be a-snapping As I watch Poe’s tortured writhing, writhing at death’s door? “’Tis some play,” I muttered, “Tapping pain and horror at the core— Only […]

Campaigning may be on hold today, but Election Day Plays is a go

“The show must go on”, Brett Abelman of Beltway Drama Series just told us. Their final reading of Election Day Plays 2012:  Fresh Plays For People Left Out of the Two-Party Race is tonight, Oct 30th at Busboys and Poets 5th & K, in DC. Here’s more: “The young, the old, the poor; soldiers and […]

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Can there ever be too many recordings of Gershwin musicals? For that matter, can there be too many Gershwin musicals? There’s a new Original Broadway Cast album being released today on Shout Factory records even though George died 75 years ago which might have you thinking that you’ve seen the last Gershwin show. Not so. […]

The Conference of the Birds

“Nothing in the world is as amazing as something that is neither clear nor unclear,” marvels a member of director Aaron Posner’s dervish ensemble in The Conference of the Birds, now playing at the Folger Theatre. The production puts this claim to the test, leading audiences on a whirling, shape-shifting journey through the 12th century […]

Chesapeake Shakespeare announces Hurricane Sandy-related performance changes

Chesapeake Shakespeare, which was to have concluded its outdoor performance of Richard III last night, has announced that, due to the impending storm and the closure of PFI Historic Park, they have re-scheduled the final performance to  Sunday, Nov 4 at 6pm. The theater informed us this morning that there will be tickets available. Reservations […]

War Horse

At its core, multiple Tony-winner and critical darling War Horse rests upon an otherwise unremarkable premise: “Boy befriends horse; Horse gets taken away; Boy and horse struggle to reunite against all odds”. Now open at the Kennedy Center, this simple tale of enduring friendship takes flight thanks to groundbreaking puppetry, an atmospheric score, and spectacular […]


Dirt. It’s in us, around us. We spend time, money and effort to reduce it or get rid of it. We also produce it. Heaps of trash crowd landfills, and serve as both food and an environment for rats, bugs and other dirty things.

Cartas de las Golondrinas (Letters From the Swallows)

The play’s title is allegorical. Emigrants, like the migratory birds, the swallows, move away from their native birthplace but carry within a deep instinctive longing for their homeland. Even though this production ran only4 performances in Teatro de la Luna’s 15th International Hispanic Theater Festival, the show’s indelible images linger. 

Broadway’s Parker Esse at Catholic helming Finian’s Rainbow this weekend

– Best known in our area as the choreographer of those show-stopping numbers at Arena Stage for Oklahoma! and The Music Man, Parker Esse returns to give back to the talented students at Catholic University. – Looking to feel something sort of grandish?  Look no further than Finian’s Rainbow, the 1947 musical that introduced such […]

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