Archives for November 2016

A small town, southern-style Silver Belles at Signature Theatre (review)

After the recent political season we have all just made it through, the song “We Need A Little Christmas” has never seemed more apropos. So you won’t find this guy bemoaning yet another holiday-themed offering on area stages, already populated by Ebenezer Scrooge, dreamy little Clara, and even the Grinch. I have been playing Christmas […]

Now more than ever.

In 2017, we will head into a social and political time unlike any other in our modern history. Theater, far from being superfluous, will be essential to helping all of us understand our lives and our world.

Black Nativity at Theater Alliance – a joyful noise and then some! (review)

Is there a roof left in Anacostia? Doubtful, now that Black Nativity is back in the community for a third time. A joyful noise is made—and then some—in Theater Alliance’s soulful, soul-stirring revival of Black Nativity, Langston Hughes’ 1961 “Gospel Song-Play” that, as one character says, “puts the Christ back in Christmas.”

The Secret Garden at Shakespeare Theatre Company (review)

When a garden is neglected “you clear away the dead parts / so the tender buds can form,” sings the character Dickon at the beginning of Act 2 of The Secret Garden. That’s exactly what Shakespeare Theatre and co-producer, The 5thAvenue Theatre, have attempted to do with the 1991 Tony-Award winning musical. Streamlined and refined for contemporary […]

Soft Revolution: Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah at Venus Theatre (review)

In Alana Valentine’s Soft Revolution, Meera Narasimhan as Aunt Sarrinah cooks a feast of Afghani foods for herself and her niece Shafana (Nayab Hussain). After the production you will find a dish waiting for you. It is delicious; Narasimhan has an excellent touch. Regrettably, Valentine’s play remains undercooked.

A brilliant Moby Dick from Lookingglass Theatre, now at Arena Stage (review)

This may be the best thing you’ll see in theater all year, so hold on — to your hat, to your significant other, to your life.

Remembering DC actor/director Richard M. Mancini, whose memorial is this Sunday at Keegan

So many of the benchmarks from my almost forty years working in the small professional theatre scene in Washington, DC were shared with my dear friend Richard Mancini.

Black Friday theatre deals for the DC area

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A View from the Bridge at The Kennedy Center (review)

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge was an experiment. Miller wanted to take the elements of Greek tragedy and focus them on a protagonist who is not a ruler or a great warrior, but instead is a common man. Ivo van Hove’s award-winning production (three Olivier awards in London, two Tony awards on Broadway) […]

TAME./Shrew: Three women talk about facing the Bard’s troubling play head on

WSC Avant Bard is presenting a world premiere and critics have lavished praise on its playwright. “Jonelle Walker’s vivid, artfully unnerving TAME. is a retort to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,” raved Celia Wren in The Washington Post. (The title of the play, by the way, is all caps and ends with a full-stop.) […]

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