Inspired comedy: A Tale of Two Cities at Synetic (review)

Alex Mills as Jerry and Vato Tsikurishvili  as Dorian in A Tale of Two Cities

Alex Mills in assless underwear. … … … I have been informed by my editor that “Alex Mills in assless underwear” does not constitute a sufficient review of Synetic Theater’s generally fabulous, if sometimes sluggish, production of Everett Quinton’s camp late-80’s take on the classic Dickens tale of Revolution-era France. I disagree, but fine!

Puppet Co’s charming version of Cinderella (review)


Having seen the movie, the Royal Ballet, and even the opera, it just makes sense to finish off my Cinderella fixation with the puppet version. In my case, no matter how many renditions I see, the story never feels old, especially in the hands of the creative team at The Puppet Co in Glen Echo […]

Comedy at its finest – Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (review)

(l-r) Craig Wallace as Claudius, Kimberly Schraf as Gertrude,  Romell Witherspoon as Rosencrantz and Adam Wesley Brown as Guildenstern Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Folger Theatre (Photo:  Teresa Wood)

Ninety-two coins spun consecutively have come down heads ninety-two consecutive times, all confirming that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, now onstage at the Folger Theatre, is one to see. For the linguistically inclined, banter and wordplay abound. For the Shakespeare aficionado, there’s more than a sprinkling of the Bard. For the philosopher, there’s that sticky […]

Arthur Miller’s The Price at Olney Theatre Center (review)


The Price is a slow-burn, a meticulous unwrapping of truth and consequences that erupts when past and present collide. The result is a magnificent look into family—the drama, the dynamics, and the dysfunction—well-worth the wait through an almost leisurely first act.

The Letters at MetroStage. Masterful performances (review)

Michael Russotto and Susan Lynskey in The Letters at MetroStage (Photo: Chris Banks)

On the surface, The Letters refers to communications written by the beloved Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky to his male lover – letters so full of explicit “degenerate” material that the government gets involved to “purge” and clean them up.

A smashing, trashy Cabaret at Signature (review)


The Kit Kat Club roars to life with trashy, Weimar-era decadent splendor in Signature Theatre’s smashing production of Cabaret, directed and choreographed by Matthew Gardiner.

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea – the most important play on DC stages (review)


There are dreams—and then there are Dreams. Small dreams spring from the random synaptic firing triggered by the stresses of the brain’s day: dreams of teeth falling out or playing the piccolo nude in front of a group of strangers. But then there are other kinds of Dreams: prophetic, true and real in the deepest […]

Pallas’ Major Barbara gets minor 30’s remake (review)


One great thing about theater is that it is iterative, constantly being forged and reforged so it has immediate relevance to our social realities and problems. Major Barbara from Pallas Theatre Collective, a slight redux of George Bernard Shaw’s classic, aims to do just that by setting the play in DC during the 1930’s Bonus […]

Cheers for Jumpers for Goalposts at Studio Theatre (review)


The talent of Tom Wells, regarded as one of Britain’s brightest young playwrights, is well-displayed in Jumpers for Goalposts on stage now at Studio Theatre. Wells has the rare ability to find humor in ordinary people and here he mines the comedy in the real-life difficulties of his characters with wit and affection. You might […]

Marley at Center Stage – righteous rhythms, spiritual power, potent message


The world premiere musical Marley, based on the reggae giant Bob Marley, is jamming with righteous rhythms, spiritual power and a potent message about love, justice and revolution.

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