Most adults can dress themselves, and so when we hear these days that someone has been engaged as a dresser by a theater company we assume that his job is principally to assist cast members who need to change costumes quickly and get back on to the stage. It was not always that way, though.
I’ve gotta hand it to Signature Theatre – they sure know how to put on a show. Going to see a musical at the Shirlington company’s home will offer you certain guarantees. Cleanliness. Polish. A cadre of the region’s best musical theatre talent at every rung of the ladder. A few shiny gems of the […]
There is an old French proverb that translates into “the more things change the more they stay the same.” The Bridges of Madison County, the romantic musical drama at the Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, is proof of it once again. Its book by Pulitzer Prize playwright Marsha Norman is fashioned from the best selling American […]
I believe that every diet needs the occasional spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff directly out of the jar. I have a fond memory from a few years ago. I’d never seen Mamma Mia! and was about to see the movie for the first time. Now, this was right in the throngs of my musical theatre conservatory training, […]
When show folk put their minds (and hearts) into it, they can raise any roof. On January 28th of last year, the roof that couldn’t contain their touching contributions to a benefit concert was that of the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut. The theater is seventy-five miles from New York’s Palace Theater on Broadway, but […]
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 […]
Donny and Marie would not approve. But South Park lovers and fans of filth will no doubt herniate themselves chortling at The Book of Mormon, the shibboleth-shattering Tony and multi-award-winning musical about the Mormon faith and the chowder-headed attempts of missionaries to sell religion to third-world villagers.
With Washington Stage Guild’s gusty production of Back to Methuselah, less is more, and, also, more is more. Less is more: The set is appealingly minimal, the blocking clear and simple, the plot both minimal and simple. All the better to leave plenty of room for more ideas and personalities. More is more: Every time […]