Jeffrey Walker

About Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker has written for DC Theatre Scene since 2012 and is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association. He appreciates the opportunity to write about the rich variety of theatre in the DC-MD-VA area. Jeff lives safely below the Beltway where he is a theatre educator, novice playwright, husband and father. He is also an experienced director and actor and has performed in musicals, Shakespeare, classics, operettas, and contemporary works. He is a graduate of Roanoke College. Follow him on Twitter: @jeffwalker66

50 years later, why see Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead?


For a couple of guys for whom death is inevitable, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are having a pretty good time. Prince Hamlet’s school chums are of course the title characters in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a comic riff on Shakespeare’s tragedy where minor characters in Hamlet are thrust in to the spotlight.

Birth of a nation: 1776 at Toby’s Dinner Theatre (review)

(l-r) John Stevenson as Ben Franklin, MaryKate Brouillet as Martha Jefferson,  and Jeffrey Shankle as John Adams. (Photo: Jeri Tidwell)

The founding fathers are looking spry and lively at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia right now as they once again fight for independence in the musical 1776. It’s a masterpiece, I say, and I cheered every word and every letter. I hope you will feel that way, too.

Review: Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage at Quotidian

(l-r) Jane Squier Bruns and Leah Mazade
(Photo:  St, Johnn Blondell)

The colorful history embellisher Lettice Douffet is poised to charm the husk right off of the corn of unsuspecting tourists visiting Britain’s most lackluster stately home. Douffet should also offer a stark contrast to Charlotte Schoen, the rigid and colorless civil servant attempting to thwart the truth-stretching tours.

Review: MET’s insightful Elephant Man


“Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams,” John Merrick offers to an attractive visitor, one of the first women he ever encountered who did not recoil in horror at the sight of him. The soul-bearing insights of a poetic spirit are revealed throughout Bernard Pomerance’s touching play […]

Simply Sondheim at Signature is simply spectacular


Simply Sondheim is a match made in musical heaven. The pedigree alone is promising. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the famed composer known as Signature Theatre’s signature, has provided fodder for numerous musical revues, including the bio-revue Sondheim on Sondheim that played Broadway several seasons back, and Side By Side By Sondheim which has been around since the 1970s […]

NextStop’s instant box office hit: Love, Loss and What I Wore


The late Nora Ephron said in an interview once, “What you wear and what happened to you are indelibly connected.” The writer of such films as “Julie & Julia,” and “When Harry Met Sally.” For this, Ephron worked with her sister and frequent collaborator Delia Ephron (also a novelist in her own right) to fashion […]

The Addams Family at Toby’s, kooky and terrific


How fitting to share an evening with the kooky, creepy and lovable Addams Family on one of their cherished holidays, Friday the 13th. The night was as cold as a tomb but Toby’s Dinner Theatre was warmed by the passion shared by Mr. and Mrs. Addams, Gomez and Morticia. Their hot-blooded romance – and how […]

T. S. Eliot’s Becket play, Murder in the Cathedral


Faith and politics. God and king. Those are the weighty affairs teetering in the balance of T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral. Compass Rose Theater recently turned its intimate space into a feline playground when it produced another work featuring the verse of the American-English poet, Cats. Now, the Spa Road location stands in for […]

Irish Carol opens as construction continues on new Keegan theatre


Keegan Theatre’s Church Street home may be still under construction but the show must go on. The show is Keegan’s annual seasonal offering An Irish Carol. Thanks to a generous partnership, Keegan can present the show at Theater J with the proceeds going to their ongoing capital campaign.

A Revolutionary Christmas at Maryland Ensemble Theatre


The holidays are certainly a time for theatre to tap into the spirit of the season. There is always a chance (or four) to see Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemptive journey of self-discovery, of course. Usually, there are several little girls named Clara dreaming of Sugar Plum Fairies and the Mouse King’s battle with the heroic Nutcracker. […]

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