I know what you’re thinking: is Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya just like Life Sucks, except with a bunch of Russian guys? Let me turn the question around for you: do you think that Uncle Vanya could be set in Argentina, or in medieval Turkey, or in the Wild West, with a few adjustments? I do, […]
In the final five minutes of her life, a nameless hot corn girl (Tia Shearer) shivers in the cold winds off the Atlantic, argues with her pimp, Eddie Farrell (Michael Kevin Darnall), and worries about coyotes. And then, the night suddenly fills with creatures far more dangerous than any coyote. She feels the cold sharp […]
Folger’s gorgeous, sumptuous Mary Stuart is a bodice-ripper for the brainy, distilling a life-and-death moment to its constituent elements of pride, resentment, entitlement and loss. It is a dissection – not bloodless but full of torrential passion – of human values on the stage of history. On the one side is God-ordained righteousness, and the […]
America is engaged in an agonizing public discussion of the roles, and prerogatives, of our police force in light of recent deaths in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Does American Century Theater’s doubleheader, Terry Curtis Fox’s Cops and William Saroyan’s Hello Out There, advance that discussion, and enlighten the way we think about law […]
The Great Divorce is a story about the bus ride from Hell – literally: the Redemption Express from the bad section (there is no good section) of “the gray town” to the verdant fields of the much larger and denser Heaven. Like Sartre and Camus and also like Dante Alighieri, whose work this recalls, C.S. […]
In an electrifying conclusion to the December 18th production of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism, with a Key to the Scriptures, members of the cast read a letter from Kushner praising former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth and denouncing the theater’s decision to fire him.
Someone has stormed the Capitol, looted the Treasury, eviscerated the Judiciary, and declared sex illegal. No, no, not Ted Cruz. This happened thousands of years ago, and the culprit was Lysistrata. But no crime is so ancient that it cannot attract the attention of Washington lawyers, and thus on November 24th Lysistrata was brought before […]
Has this ever happened to you? It is 1963. You’re Charlie “the Duck” Clench, career criminal, and you’re played by Steve Beall. You’ve pledged the hand of your daughter, Pauline (Megan Graves) – who has the IQ of a toaster – in a marriage of convenience to the gay gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in order to […]