My heart was pretty pumped when I received the assignment to cover one of my favorite musical revues. And then, it sank. Years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing a first class tour of the Louis Jordan jukebox musical revue Five Guys Named Moe and was blown away by the energy and musicality of […]
The dark genius of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and poetry can be enjoyed on your own, reading by flickering candle light just to add to the experience. Another way to enjoy a selection of Poe’s most popular tales is to let the fine folks at Molotov Theatre Group bring the nightmarish tales to life.
During the turbulent years of the Civil Rights Era, two men forged an unlikely friendship. Former movie star Lincoln Perry was better known in his heyday as the comical, stereotypical caricature of a black man, Stepin Fetchit. By the mid-1960s, Perry was hardly remembered and if he was, it was with derision or as the […]
Driving Miss Daisy is a lovely play. And it’s a magnificent family album. Look at the cover: Simple and understated, Uhry’s award-winning script was inspired by his own car-wrecking 72-year old grandmother for whom the family hired a chauffeur. It is a play about an uneasy friendship that builds over 25 years. Even more, Driving […]
A tiny revolution has been going on for a couple of years in the Northeast DC’s Stronghold neighborhood. A patch of alley space was transformed into a thoughtful, self-contained community of minimal proportions, with three tiny houses. With the help of architects and others, Brian Levy, Lee Pera, Jay Austin reformed the Evarts Street alleyway […]
There is a scene in Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark drama A Raisin in the Sun where the troubled, young husband and father Walter Lee Younger feels he has lost any chance of finding his dream. But his loving, lioness of a mother, Lena, looks him in the eye and tells him she never stopped trusting him […]
The triumph and courage seen in Colossal, now onstage at Olney Theatre Center, is played out in a manner unlike most well-made plays. It’s not only centered on a former college football player; the guts and glory of the gridiron also serves as the basis for the play’s structure. According to actor Joseph Carlson, “It’s […]