Maytag Virgin at Quotidian Theatre

Welcome to the neighborhood, here’s a pie. So begins our entry into the Alabama neighborhood of Maytag Virgin, or, more specifically, the shared grounds between two houses (one intricately decorated, one in disrepair). Quotidian Theatre Company produced this work for the Women Playwrights’ Festival, with playwright Aubrey Cefaly serving double-duty as director.

As One, transgender opera from UrbanArias (review)

Pulsing music from a string quartet becomes a cinematic soundtrack to footage of green water swiftly flowing. The images change to handlebars while on stage a seated man pedals the air, the baritone singing ecstatically “Like every other boy, I have a paper route!”

Can’t Complain from Spooky Action Theater Company

Christine Evans’ Can’t Complain is an exquisitely beautiful play that cuts to the bone. Luciana Stecconi brilliant set plunges us into an in-between world of gradations of gray and charcoal. Gray blankets and sheets, gray pillows, and cushioned arm chairs. A supposedly soothing atmosphere, but one that hurts to be there, like going to a […]

Old Times review: Clive Owen in a Pinter puzzle

In the lobby of the theater where Clive Owen is making his Broadway debut in a revival of Harold Pinter’s 1971 Old Times, a t-shirt on sale is printed with the single word “pause.”  That’s an inside joke for Pinter fans – which is also a good description for the play itself, although an inside […]

Animal at Studio Theatre (review)

Spoiler Alert: This review reveals plot points about the medical mystery Want to get inside a woman’s brain? The world premiere Animal, by British playwright Clare Lizzimore, part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, allows you to do just that. Staged in close quarters and in the round by director Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Studio Theatre […]

Dark imaginings in Alice in Wonderland from Synetic Theater

One of the gifts of Carroll’s Wonderland is that its world of illogical situations and creatures both provides the structure of a narrative while allowing plenty of space to imagine and interpret the absurdity in whatever way one may choose.

Tiny Island at Washington Stage Guild (review)

Michael Hollinger’s Tiny Island certainly fits the theme chosen for the Washington Stage Guild’s 30th year—“A Season of Past & Future.” The premise of estranged sisters reuniting after decades of stony neglect—in the movie house sanctuary of their childhood, no less—and finding their way forward by confronting the past is ripe for exquisite theater but […]

Bad Dog at Olney Theatre Center (review)

When Molly Drexler (Holly Twyford) pleads to her wife Abby (Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan) “Protect me from those people downstairs,” she isn’t just blowing smoke. The Drexlers are one whoo-whee, bat guano-crazy, toxic wonderland of a clan. Their idea of a family high-five is the ability to go to work after an all-night cocaine and booze […]

a bluegrass Hootenanny from Guillotine Theatre (review)

Part Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, part Agatha Christie mystery (your pick), and part ‘Strangers at a Bus Stop’ actor’s warmup, Hootenanny by Monique LaForce is a nice little ride into Scarytown.

The Guard at Ford’s Theatre (review)

Rembrandt’s “Self-Portrait,” (dated 1659), wearing a coat with upturned collar and crowned with a beret, looms out like an old friend on the Ford Theatre’s proscenium stage. It’s a reproduction of the original displayed in the permanent collection of Washington’s National Gallery of Art.

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