A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aaron Posner-style (review)

  When considering the new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream now weaving a spell of enchantment and romance at the Folger Theatre, three words come to mind: fun, sexy and magical.

Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) at Round House Theatre (review)

The most fun you can have at a three-hour epic about slavery.  A huge, sprawling play (with six more parts still coming!) that boils down to a few simple conversations.  A story that illuminates the African-American experience by way of Greek tragedy.  Verse on the plantation, prose on the battlefield, and blues guitar in between.  […]

Shake Loose at MetroStage (review)

If ever you feel that local talent can never be as good as what you’ll see and hear in New York or LA, consider this: sometimes people come here to see new stuff. ‘Local’ is relative.

Critics are up again in St. Nicholas at Washington Stage Guild (review)

A fascinating conversation about the fascinating story of an all-too-ordinary man, Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, at Washington Stage Guild, is theatre for people who like to laugh at, and think about, things they never expected.  As a replacement for the originally-scheduled third installment of George Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methuselah (postponed until the company’s 30th […]

Nu Sass’ Very Fun Haunted Drunken Lesbian Stone Tape Party: Remix (review)

Can you think of anything as emotionally dramatic or hilariously rambunctious as a party at a haunted drunken lesbian coke house? Me neither. Fortunately, you’ve got an invitation to the Stone Tape Party: Remix, produced by Nu Sass at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Glass Menagerie at Ford’s Theatre (review)

The narrator clues us in at the outset that what we’ll be watching are the shadows of memories. This “truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion” are Tom’s sheltered remembrances of the last days spent with his fragile sister Laura and desperately grasping mother Amanda before abandoning them to their wretched fate.

South Pacific at Toby’s Dinner Theatre (review)

  A friend of mine judges Asian restaurants solely on their sweet and sour soup: mess that up and not much else that follows will matter. But deliver a soup that evenly balances the sweetness of duck sauce with the sour of rice vinegar, and right away it’s a good sign that the kitchen knows […]

Grease Live Review: A New Genre of TV (but not Theater)

Grease Live was so smartly cast and so inventively staged — and so much communal fun — that it was easier to forgive the fact that it was still Grease, a dopey, dated, leather-deep show about the 1950’s manifestly inferior to such sharper, similarly-themed entertainments as Bye, Bye Birdie and American Graffiti. Danny Zuko (Aaron […]

OLIVERio: A Brazilian Twist at The Kennedy Center (review)

One of the joys of living in the DMV is that it is both a strong area for theatre, and a strong area for family theatre.  A case in point is the charming and clever production of OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist now playing at the Kennedy Center. 

Lynn Nottage’s Sweat at Arena Stage (review)

There’s a certain irony in watching Sweat, a play about the annihilation of the American working class, in corporate-sponsored palatial theater charging $80+ a pop for full-price seats, not to mention a lobby table from notoriously anti-union and universally-despised cable giant Comcast.

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