Kiss Me, Kate at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Cole Porter is clearly one of the best lyricists in the history of musical theater, and Kiss Me Kate is by far one of his best works. The words jump and skip across the page and meet his music midair.

Sons of the Prophet at Theater J (review)

Perhaps you’ve noticed that the onstage language used to portray “real life situations” (think plays anywhere from Ibsen to Neil Simon to recent Tony winner All the Way) bears little resemblance to the language you and I use in actual real life situations.

A Lump of Coal from Adventure Theatre MTC (review)

Adventure Theatre’s holiday offering, A Lump of Coal for Christmas, is as sweet as it is warm and will leave you feeling merry and bright.

Akeelah and the Bee at Arena Stage (review)

Those of us waiting anxiously for new work from playwright by Cheryl L. West can rest easy—she’s still got it and Akeelah and the Bee is worth the wait. Her adaptation of the screenplay by Doug Atchison soars with energy and possibility.

X’s and O’s at Center Stage (review)

Full disclosure:  I am a theater-loving football fan. It is in my blood. I was almost born at a Baltimore Colts game. I wasn’t supposed to be born until January so my Mom toddled off to a Colts game in early December as usual. Halfway through the game, she felt the beginning of labor pains […]

A lavish Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The National. (review)

In the theater, when something you love is done well, there’s a sense of euphoria as you leave: “thank goodness they didn’t mess it up.” That is indeed the case, I am happy to report, with Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, now at the National for an all-too-short run through November 29.

A magical Pericles at Folger Theatre (review)

Flute, fiddle, and guitar sounds emanate from a corner tucked in the wings of the Folger stage setting up a kind of folk music-and-theatre production style. Suddenly the stage world grows dark, and then an enormous spray of stars opens up to the vastness of the night sky.

Harvey at 1st Stage

Harvey, a great classic of the American theater (it won the Pulitzer in 1944, beating out The Glass Menagerie) now at 1st Stage in McLean, is a story in which the hero, Elwood P. Dowd (Jonathan Lee Taylor), is a dipsomaniac who has as a best friend a pooka — that is to say, a […]

Brilliant! Guys and Dolls at Olney Theatre Center

Guys And Dolls is playing at Olney Theatre Center!  Directing his first show at this venerable venue, the well-known Jerry Whiddon is raising the roof with a brilliant cast that radiates enough energy to light the Empire State Building. This must-see show promises to be a blockbuster hit.

Arthur Miller at 100.Two Revivals: A View from the Bridge

A View From The Bridge, one of Arthur Miller’s most popular plays, has been on Broadway four times before, most recently just five years ago, starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in an impressive Broadway debut.

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