Archives for January 2016

Lynn Nottage’s Sweat at Arena Stage (review)

There’s a certain irony in watching Sweat, a play about the annihilation of the American working class, in corporate-sponsored palatial theater charging $80+ a pop for full-price seats, not to mention a lobby table from notoriously anti-union and universally-despised cable giant Comcast.

UpClose: Gassan Abbas on performing I Shall Not Hate

Palestinian-Israeli actor Gassan Abbas carries I Shall Note Hate, produced by Mosaic Theater Company of DC in residence at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, alone on  his shoulders.

Agents of Azeroth from Washington Rogues (review)

  The past few years have seen a boom of plays trying to tackle the digital age. It’s an interesting prospect for theatre, a medium that in so many ways is diametrically opposed to the technological trends that the contemporary world is having growing pains over. It almost seems an impossible feat sometimes to create […]

OLIVERio: Felicia Curry takes on role reversal for Dickens’ character

Despite being one of the area’s go-to talents for mature-themed productions—netting her four Helen Hayes nominations in the process—Felicia Curry has always had a soft spot in her heart for children’s theater. That’s why for every Les Miserables or Color Purple role she takes on, she makes sure to add a Willy Wonka or Barbie: […]

Under the Skin at Everyman (review)

  Organ donation may not be something you automatically associate with comedy, but playwright Michael Hollinger attempts to find the zanier side of bum kidneys and dysfunctional family dynamics in his new play Under the Skin.

I and You Review: Teenagers Facing Life and Death Through Walt Whitman

I and You, Lauren Gunderson’s two-character play that now has opened in New York, has been produced in some 20 theaters around the country (including Olney Theatre Center), receiving awards and much publicity, yet nobody has revealed the twist at the end. The twist is not just shocking; it makes the play. The acting and directing […]

Announcement of the Helen Hayes Awards nominees moved to February 1

With the city of Washington still cleaning up from the weekend’s historic storms and even the Federal government closed for Monday, January 25, the Washington theatre community will need to hold its collective breath for another week.

As You Like It? Yes, very much (review)

Let Snowzilla 2016 do its worst. We’ve got sunshine right here in Charm City, where the pure magic of director Wendy C. Goldberg’s production of As You Like It stirs the summer of love inside us.

BroadwayCon, Day 1: stars turn out to talk with thousands of fans

On Day 1 of Year 1 of BroadwayCon, being held for three days at the Hilton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, we learned: “It’s like Comic Con but with more jazz hands and green face paint.” “Cosplay” means dressing up as characters, and among the thousands of attendees, there were many who wore costumes. I counted […]

Happily ride out the blizzard with these theatre streams – more shows added

It’s official. The snow is here, and by tonight (Friday) will be of  blizzard proportions.  How can we be so sure? The Kennedy Center, along with every other venue in town, has canceled shows for Friday and Saturday. And Metro is shutting down tonight, and doesn’t plan to be up and running til Monday morning.

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