Back in the day in the French Quarter of Louisiana, there was a custom among the upper crust: when a boy reached the age of fourteen or so, he moved from the family manse to an outbuilding, where a muscular servant would oversee him until he was deemed fit to return to civilized company. Here […]
The Arlington-based WSC Avant Bard announced today that it will devote its upcoming three-play season to the kind of theater for which it is best known: original spins on classic plays.
Have things become so grim in our political life that we’ve lost the capacity to laugh at ourselves? Granted, we have managed to nominate the two most despised candidates for President since we started measuring this sort of stuff. Hell, I’ll go farther than that: Hillary and the Donald are the most disliked candidates for […]
Crisp, lively, funny and full of life — although not always perfectly successful — the six ten-minute plays in the Source Festival’s Secrets and Sound cohort is a mood elevator…not only in the immediate sense, but in the promise they hold for DC’s future playwrights, actors and directors. C’mon and take a look with me.
A member of his Cabinet asked President Woodrow Wilson how long it took him to prepare his speeches. “It depends,” he said. “If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”
The secret to writing a play which grabs you by the heart is to ask a narrative question and then answer it at precisely the right moment. Answer it too quickly, and you have a story which deflates like a badly-made cake, leaving the characters in a morass of recrimination and explanation. Take too long […]
The principal territory which the Artistic Blind Date lost&SOUND explores is secrets. This it holds in common, at least in part, with Static, the full-length play to which it is bonded, and it should have a particular resonance in this town.
Like a 1950s cellar, the room is festooned with clothes-lines, which are, in turn, draped with fabrics, and also photographs and notes, all attached by clothespins. There is a ball of fabrics, a big one, on the floor in the middle of the room. Three women (Claire Alrich, Maryam Foye, and Britney Mongold) meander among […]
The old adage is that a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, but, as Jennifer Fawcett’s Buried Cities shows, things are more complicated than that. In Buried Cities, which along with the artistic blind date Entanglement kicked off CulturalDC’s Source Festival last night, the initiating incident happens offstage. Maya (Yesenia Iglesias) and Louis (McCaul Baggett), […]
So — all right, you missed All the Way at Arena Stage and you are forced to your TV as a consolation prize. I’m here to tell you that as consolation prizes go, this is a pretty good one. In the HBO version of the play, to which they are giving non-subscribers free access for a […]