Witty and perverse, scary and heart-warming, lofty, and yet wholly accessible. Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is one of my favorite musicals. Period.
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 […]
Shakespeare once wrote “if music be the food of love, play on.” Another wordsmith, who doubled as a tunesmith, boiled that sentiment down to the even more succinctly stated “Say it with music.” And did he ever!
What can I add that has not already been said about Signature Theatre’s end of the year triumph, Titanic? My editor says the highest rating we can offer is five stars. Titanic deserves a few more.
In the spirit of whimsy, my small gift to you, I have wrapped up my thoughts in a Seuss-like review. I arrived at the National in a whirlwind of traffic And was greeted forthwith by a colorful graphic: The playhouse was there, with marquee a-glow Heralding a furred one, the star of the show. The […]
For youngsters growing up in the DC area, chances are the Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol was one of the shows they experienced. Since this year marks the 35th anniversary of the perennial offering at the historic theatre, that means an entire generation of theatre-goers have been introduced to the magic of Christmas […]
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 […]
In the Ruthless! world where little girls break out into song when strangers pay a visit, and show business aspirations are passed down through the genetic code of some wacky dames, hilarity ensues. A sharp, funny and tuneful mash-up of all things show-biz and camp, Ruthless! The Musical is a hoot.
Alan Paul’s direction of Shakespeare is brilliant. As familiar as I am with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, upon viewing this vibrant production, I felt as if it had been written today. The passion, the romance, the inevitable tragedy – all wrapped in Shakespeare’s delicious verse – gains an immediacy under Paul’s fresh approach to the tale […]
You might want to hit the bar before you take your seat for The Pirates of Penzance as performed by the Chicago-based theatre company The Hypocrites, now ensconced in the Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center. Luckily the bar is part of the set and is open throughout the show, as cast members remind the audience […]