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

The Producers wowing them at Olney Theatre Center (review)

producerstop

Among the many lines quoted from the films of Mel Brooks, one gem is the one the producer/director/actor himself uttered impersonating King Louis XIV while ogling a voluptuous lady of the court: “It’s good to be the king.” During the 2001 Broadway season is was certainly good to be Mel Brooks when his stage adaptation […]

Source Festival: Blue Straggler – engaging and sexy

Jenny Donovan and Heidi Fortune (Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

Could a feeling send a jolt through the fabric of time and space and make the universe shiver? And is the material that weaves our past, present and future merely and illusion?

Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, comedy gold at Theater J (review)

allergisttop

“I am the greatest loser of the world!” So claims Marjorie Taub in the twisted comedy The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. But she is such a lovable loser.

Paula Vogel’s The Oldest Profession (review)

oldesttop

Years ago, when Storyville, the famous red light district of New Orleans was closing down, Mayor Martin Behrman said this about prostitution: “You can make it illegal, but you can’t make it unpopular.” Whores with hearts of gold, noble courtesans, and clever “dance-hall hostesses” have been strutting their stuff on stage to the delight of […]

MET gives Good People an outstanding production (review)

goodtop

How does the old song go? “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” That sums up Margaret Walsh, whose hand to mouth existence is as normal for her as breathing. Margie (that’s a hard “g”) is from Southie, or South Boston, where the working class residents scrape by and make […]

A Man for All Seasons at NextStop Theatre (review)

Todd Huse, Lyle Blake Smythers, and William Aitken in "A Man for All Seasons" at NextStop Theatre - (Photo: Traci J. Brooks Studios)

One thing I will say about Robert Bolt’s political drama A Man for All Seasons – it is a lot funnier than I remembered. Perhaps it is our changing sensibilities but I think it also speaks to the sensitivities NextStop Theatre Company brings to their current production.

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

rosen2

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

elephanttop

“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 […]

Reprint Policy Our articles may not be reprinted in full but only as excerpts and those portions may only be used if a credit and link is provided to our website.
DC Theatre Scene is supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.