All The Ways To Say I Love You review: Judith Light in new Neil LaBute monologue

Those of us who have followed her splendid career since Judith Light returned to the New York stage in 2010 welcomed the news that she would be appearing in a new solo play written by Neil LaBute.  As expected, Light is the best thing about it. What’s less expected is how slight the play is.

Marsha Norman’s ‘Night Mother at Highwood Theatre (review)

It has been 31 years since this reviewer previously saw a live production of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama ‘NIGHT, MOTHER, yet it remains an indelible theatre experience.  The fine production mounted by Your Theatre at The Highwood Theatre conjures up the power and pathos of this excellent play.

Othello at Chesapeake Shakespeare (review)

Othello is one of the crown jewels of Shakespearean plays. The tragedy of Othello, a black general in the ranks of the Venetian army, is one of an eminent outsider who falls in love and marries a white noblewoman, Desdemona. His right hand man Iago dupes him into believing Desdemona has been faithless, and leads […]

Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Secret Journey at Compass Rose (review)

All right. Let me get to the hard part first. Had Rhoda Lerman’s play, now being given a vigorous and effective production at Compass Rose Theater, simply been called A Secret Journey it would be a boffo tale of the timid wife of an aspiring politician who learns about the horrors of war and breaks […]

Nat Turner in Jerusalem review

Nat Turner in Jerusalem, a new play by Nathan Alan Davis at New York Theatre Workshop, is yet another retelling of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave insurrection, a story that has been told and retold for nearly two centuries – and will be told again in The Birth of a Nation, a film by Nate Parker […]

Flying V’s ‘Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90’s’ is, well, Awesome (review)

If you’re over twenty years old, chances are you remember the lost art the mix tape. And yes, it’s a lost art. Don’t tell me you can still make a Spotify mix and send it to someone on Facebook, because that whole process lacks the AV Club-masochism of getting the songs to match up correctly, […]

brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Theater Alliance (review)

In recent years, turning on the TV or radio, or even just logging in to Facebook, can often feel like a feat of the will.  The barrage of stories of unspeakable violence, pain and anguish is staggering. Some days, it feels as if the human race is trying to tear itself apart.  I am often […]

The Marriage of Figaro from Washington National Opera (review)

  As the dimming lights turned the deep red walls of the Kennedy Center Opera House into darkness, the spiky celestial chandeliers seemed to glow with unusual brilliance, welcoming us into another season of Washington National Opera.

The Diary of Anne Frank at Olney Theatre Center (review)

It is a daunting challenge to perform as Anne Frank. Not only is she an historical figure whose face is known worldwide, but she is also one who went through puberty during the events that made her famous. Anne received her diary for her thirteenth birthday and died almost three years later at Bergen-Belsen concentration […]

A high spirited Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre (review)

Are you an Elinor or a Marianne? We’d probably prefer to think of ourselves as Elinor (Maggie McDowell), gracious, restrained and noble in her suffering. But let’s face it, we probably more closely resemble Marianne (Erin Weaver), spontaneous and emotional, flinging herself higgledy-piggledy into everything from reading Shakespeare to romance.

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