New from The Welders: happiness (and other reasons to die) Review

We are in darkness.  A shatteringly loud gunshot explodes.  The lights go up.  There is a body under a cover, and a gruesome splattering of blood all over the room.  Particularly disgusting: a huge splotch of gore on the refrigerator.  Several people rush into the room.  They are confused, then upset, then angry.  Octogenarian Ella […]

Commedia-styled Our Town from Faction of Fools (review)

The endearingly minimalist Our Town by Thornton Wilder gets a Commedia dell’Arte treatment from Faction of Fools. Does a Commedia troupe have anything special to bring to the Pulitzer Prize winning play? Indeed they do.

Puppet Co’s charming version of Cinderella (review)

Having seen the movie, the Royal Ballet, and even the opera, it just makes sense to finish off my Cinderella fixation with the puppet version. In my case, no matter how many renditions I see, the story never feels old, especially in the hands of the creative team at The Puppet Co in Glen Echo […]

The Letters at MetroStage. Masterful performances (review)

On the surface, The Letters refers to communications written by the beloved Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky to his male lover – letters so full of explicit “degenerate” material that the government gets involved to “purge” and clean them up.

The Blood Quilt by Katori Hall, a must-see at Arena Stage (review)

The Blood Quilt, being given its world premiere at Arena Stage, is a loving portrayal of sisters battling their way through deep-seated, sometimes painful memories to get to a better, brighter reality.  Four sisters return to their old homestead off the Georgia coast, and work their way through the fabric of life, chance, and their […]

Sinbad: the Untold Tale at Imagination Stage (review)

Sinbad: the Untold Tale is based on the errant adventures of a mild mannered, even trepidatious porter, who just happens to have the same name as the famous sailor. The two Sinbads cross paths when the Porter is selected to deliver a cherished box to the Sailor, guarding it with his life, since death will […]

Brack’s Don’t Die in the Dark reveals Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth

There’s probably not a more perfect time to get inside of the head of John Wilkes Booth than now, the 150th commemoration of Lincoln’s death and Joe Brack smokes him out in his Don’t Die in the Dark.

2015 Helen Hayes Awards celebration, reflections on legacy

There is something mysteriously wonderful about Theater Alliance’s Black Nativity sweeping the Helen’s Outstanding Musical, Musical Direction and Ensemble Awards with the cast standing on the stage that meant so much in our cultural history. 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – indeed!

Adventure Theatre tackled L. Frank Baum’s epic story and brought it to life with a playful script by Jacqueline E. Lawton that highlights key messages of appreciating the wonderful world at one’s own fingertips.

GW psychiatrist develops Tangles, a new musical about Alzheimer’s

Don’t try to make GW’s Dr. Charles Samenow choose between his two passions, theater and medicine, because his plate is full with both currently, almost to overflowing. That’s because his dream of presenting health issues in the context of theater attended by the general public is about to happen.  

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