Kwaidan, a moving production from Spooky Action

Kwaidan ensemble (Photo: Evy Mages)

Kwaidan, a collection of “stories and studies of strange things” is a journey through Ghostly Japan being presented by the appropriately named Spooky Action Theater. With text described as poetic, and dream-like, the stories are hauntingly beautiful, eerie, and some even downright, well, spooky.

Caroline, or Change

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Julia Nixon knows how to play weary. Her first sound as tired, weary Caroline before a song is sung or a word is spoken, is a melodic moan that comes from the depths of her soul grabs you and doesn’t let go. Listen closely and you can hear elements of a field holler, hurt, sorrow, […]

The Love of the Nightingale

Megan Dominy and Ashley Ivey (Photo: Stan Barouh)

Constellation Stage captures the multilayered stories from The Love of the Nightingale with full regalia and mythical epic bearing in the intimate Source space.  With the staging so beautifully rendered, it almost seems like an optical illusion of more square footage than what is actually there. Entering the stage flanked by lofty golden panels, you […]

Underneath the Lintel at MetroStage

Paul Morella as The Librarian in Underneat the Lintel (Photo: Chris Banks)

Underneath the Lintel is a deceivingly simple story of a librarian tracking down the patron who borrowed and returned a long overdue book which transitions into an unanticipated life journey. Paul Morella, date stamp hanging around his neck like a trophy or cherished medal of honor, is an absolute marvel as the lowly clerk.  

Two Trains Running

Ricardo Frederick Evans as Sterling and KenYatta Rogers as Wolf (Photo: Danisha Crosby)

In true August Wilson form, each character in Two Trains Running has a distinct style, function and purpose.  Set in 1969, the characters frequent a run-down diner, that might actually offer half its menu on a good day.  The rest of the time, the characters gather to get news, coffee, socialize and peer out the […]

red, black, and GREEN: a blues (rbGb)

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Some artists you can trust to bring their artistry to new heights, and that no matter what they do, it will be an electrifying and exuberant experience.  Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of those artists.  Featured as part The Kennedy Center’s Collaboration with the Hi-ARTS/Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Joseph’s red, black & GREEN: a blues  serves up […]

Hansel and Gretel

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Christopher Piper’s rousing welcome to the Puppet Co’s production of Hansel and Gretel opens floodgates of responses from little ones trained to sit still and be quiet.  With permission to giggle and laugh out loud at the antics, everyone sits back to enjoy what awaits. 

Happily Ever After

Doug Krehbel and Karin Rosnizeck (Photo: courtesy of Ambassador Theater

Ambassador Theater’s latest production has just opened at Mead Theatre Lab. Happily Ever After’s three scenes explore the landscape of loneliness and aloneness experienced in various stages of “relationships.”  Whether it’s a misunderstanding that causes a couple to inadvertently stand each other up, a one-night stand with emotional possibilities, or the inner turmoil of a […]

The Wedding Dress

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Only perfect-pitch direction and excellent casting could get this quirky expressionist work off the ground.  Luckily Spooky Theater has just what it takes to get juices flowing like you wouldn’t believe.

Sleeping Beauty

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The story of Sleeping Beauty gets a whimsical fun-filled touch at Puppet Co.  With its trademark sometimes snarky banter filled with modern references and sensibility, the company tells the timeless, age-old tale highlighting the unfortunate effects of uncontrolled anger. 

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