A Time for Singing as Musicals in Mufti approaches its 100th


The 100th Musical in Mufti is about to open at the York Theatre, which is a gem of a small space buried under St. Peter’s Church on 54th Street and Lexington Avenue. This very useful series, which was started in 1994 under the aegis of its genial artistic director James Morgan, has now offered us […]

Rage from Ambassador Theater


What do you expect when you see a play called Rage? Yelling? Violence? Gunshots? Ambassador Theater’s US premiere of Rage by Canadian playwright Michele Riml definitely delivers there. But the play also delivers a philosophical discussion from two characters with polar opposite opinions on violence, two characters who are familiar in the DC area.

Sylvia at NextStop Theatre

Sherry Berg and Gayle Grimes (Photo: Rebekah Purcell VSION)

There are some great pop-culture rivalries that can’t be resolved. Coke vs. Pepsi, Cowboys vs. Redskins, Apple vs. Samsung, Sega Genesis vs. Super Nintendo… the list goes on and on. But cat people and dog people? That’s one that can tear a family apart. Or maybe it’s the divide between true dog-lovers and everyone else. […]

Loca La Juana/That Crazy Joan


Women who make trouble make history. Once there was a female pope who turned the Vatican upside down, or so the legend goes, only one of the women Ecuadoran actress Joan Estrella came to celebrate in her sensational, stand-up comedy show.

Our War at Arena Stage, a resounding success

(l-r) Our War(L to R) John Lescault and Tuyet Pham in Our War (Photo: Teresa Wood)

“Doesn’t the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in an American theater make everything else that’s ever happened in an American theater before or since seem kinda trivial?”

1960’s Hedda Gabler at Quotidian Theatre


I was all ready to declare Quotidian Theatre Company’s boldly imagined if awkwardly self-conscious reworking of Hedda Gabler as a fatal misstep in transference. But after revisiting Henrik Ibsen’s original script, I found that director Michael Avolio’s adaptation is in fact an astute, if not penetrating, revamp. I’m now not so sure what to declare […]

Visible Language from WSC Avant Bard

(l-r) Mikey Cafarelli
(Rep. Joseph Cannon), Miranda Medugno
(Helen Keller), Sarah Anne Sillers (Anne Sullivan), Emily Stemper (Laura Redden Searing). (Photo: C. Stanley Photography

In recent years there has been a marked uptick in collaborations between the DC professional theater community and Gallaudet University, the famed local school for the deaf. I’ve been a proponent and something of a cheerleader of this trend, even previously writing a feature on Faction of Fools’ production of sign language-infused Shakespeare commedia adaptation […]

“It’s a helluva” On the Town


I was apprehensive when I entered the central lobby of the vast Lyric Theatre on 42nd Street to see the latest revival of Bernstein-Comden and Green’s On the Town. I have to be one of the few left who vividly remembers the original production, and the mid-WWII lift it gave us when it opened in […]

The Belle of Amherst

Joely Richardson as Emily Dickinson
(Photo: Carol Rosegg)

In 1976 Julie Harris, at the peak of her onstage career, brought this one woman play to Broadway. She managed to keep it afloat for over 100 performances at the Longacre Theatre where the revival of You Can’t Take It With You is currently enjoying an equally successful run. Joely Richardson, best known for her […]

The Wolfe Twins at Studio Theatre

Birgit Huppuch as Dana, Jolly Abraham as Raina and Tom Story as Lewis (Photo: Igor Dmitry)

Travel is a magnifying lens. Our personalities expand, our behaviors exaggerate. We do things we wouldn’t consider at home. We confide in strangers, we make risky and terrible decisions in the name of adventure, we speak our most biting truths.

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