There is a good story within Moth’s eighty minutes, and director Tom Story and his two-actor cast tell it in bold, powerful strokes. It is a story of compassion, bullying, and betrayal, and the moment of truth hits with the impact of a Manny Pacquiao body punch.
Louisville was the home of Hunter S. Thompson, the Lord of gonzo journalism until he blew himself up in 2005. For Thompson, every story about the world was really a story about himself. Thompson wrote about the Hell’s Angels, the Kentucky Derby, Las Vegas and the 1972 Presidential campaign, but what could compete with his […]
Lauren Gunderson, whose I and You played at Olney Theatre Center to significant critical and audience success, has won the prestigious Steinberg/ATCA award for that play, the American Theatre Critics announced Saturday night at the Humana Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. The award identified I and You as the best new play produced by regional theater […]
It’s a little freaky, brothers and sisters, to see Stephen Spotswood’s Morning, Miranda only a few days after viewing Ann Randolph’s excellent Loveland in Arena. It is a rare thing to see two plays about women hauling their mother’s ashes across the country during the course of a single season, let alone in a single […]
In July of 2010, Arena Stage announced a revolutionary idea: five promising young playwrights would receive a regular salary from the company, including health insurance, and access to company resources so that they could work on their art without the distraction of the wolf at the door. Three and a half years later, the jury […]
There is an astonishing turn of events toward the end of I and You, but let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about Walt Whitman instead. Whitman was a revolutionary who overthrew poetry. He trashed the self-conscious, hyperstylized European tropes which had dominated the art and substituted something purely American: a rough, colloquial, muscular free […]
NextStop Theatre Company’s production Richard III is a rare instance where the operation is a failure, but the patient lives. Look, Shakespeare’s comedies and dramas offer a fertile field for the artistic imagination, and are constantly reinvented and reimagined. I loved WSC Avant Bard’s nude Macbeth; Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Hamlet, in which the title character […]
Next year, theatreWashington President Linda Levy promises, the Helen Hayes Awards will be bifurcated, with separate awards going to productions based on the number of Equity cast members. It couldn’t come soon enough, one suspects, for Washington-area small theaters, who saw this year’s nominations dominated by the big theatre companies.
We Americans have no creation myth (although sometimes we mythologize our creation) but Britain, having staggered forth fifteen hundred years before we did, does, and it is the legend of Arthur. In the legends of Arthur, this fifth-century King, having united the Britons in their battles against the Saxons, is thereafter charged with recovering the […]