Archives for January 2017

Review:Tell Hector I Miss Him: Love Puzzles in Puerto Rico

Love puzzles, and messes up, the dozen characters in Tell Hector I Miss Him, a play wonderfully acted by a cast that includes veterans of Orange is the New Black. If the play itself sometimes puzzles, and shocks, it also marks a remarkable playwriting debut by 28-year-old Paola Lazaro. Lazaro’s work is reminiscent of that […]

Much Ado About Nothing at NextStop (review)

Any company approaching Much Ado About Nothing faces a number of difficult hurdles. It features one of the most passive, flat, one-note villains in any Shakespearean play. It threads slapstick farcical plot lines into an otherwise very serious story about betrayal, wrongdoing, and dishonor. And it features two characters, Beatrice and Benedick, who are so […]

A groundbreaking Roe at Arena Stage (review)

The opening night of Lisa Loomer’s Roe was the evening of January 18—a mere two days before the inauguration of a President who now unifies the federal government under a party that places its hostility to abortion rights front and center.

DC theatres step up for The Women’s March, January 21st

The Women’s March on January 21st is expected to draw hundreds of thousands to the Mall area for a demonstration which begins with activities at 8am, followed by the official rally at 10am. 

At 5:30 tonight, theatres nationally signal committment to inclusion and compassion

As hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on the Nation’s Capital for the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, over 500 theatres here and around the country will participate in The Ghostlight Project a collection of candlelit gatherings that will happen simultaneously around the nation on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Made in China Review: bawdy, political puppet musical comedy

Wakka Wakka, the theater company behind Made in China, says the show is “inspired by true events.” I suspect the true part doesn’t include Mary and her neighbor getting sucked down her toilet and winding up in the People’s Republic of China, where a dragon eats them.

How Mad Men inspired Chris Stezin’s Mack, Beth, debuting at Keegan Theatre

Chris Stezin cut his teeth professionally as an actor doing Shakespeare for about six years all over the country, which instilled in him a deep reverence for the work. “I started performing Shakespeare in college and then worked a lot as a professional,” he says. “I think there’s no better training for an actor. I […]

Stoppard’s The Hard Problem at Studio Theatre (review)

The opening scene of The Hard Problem, Tom Stoppard’s latest play since 2006’s Rock and Roll, reminds you of the opening scene from Stephen Sondheim’s musical Passion. Two half-naked beautiful young people loll in bed, all aglow in afterglow and up for a chat.

Pinky Swear rocks out Lizzie at Anacostia Playhouse (review)

Imagine a Victorian parlor where music is played and shared very much as it was in a bygone era, with songs and stories ripped from the headlines and whispers of a folk legend. Now, place yourself in a darkened club, where decibels assault the ears, where an edgy band pumps out tunes for a gutsy […]

The Dictator’s Wife at Washington National Opera (review)

Watching an opera take its first life breath is witnessing a high-risk birth. There were some serious devotees on hand at Kennedy Center’s Family Theatre to support Washington National Opera’s fifth commission of a new hour-long opera.

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