How can something so sumptuous also be so balanced? That’s the delicious riddle of Center Stage’s production of Amadeus, which, under the assured direction of artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah is both visually and aurally lavish, yet empathetic.
There is a scene in Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark drama A Raisin in the Sun where the troubled, young husband and father Walter Lee Younger feels he has lost any chance of finding his dream. But his loving, lioness of a mother, Lena, looks him in the eye and tells him she never stopped trusting him […]
Washington National Opera’s new production of Florencia in the Amazon carries us through many auditory and visual delights taking us on a trip up the Amazon with hints of magic as it “bathes us” in the atmosphere of its inspiration, the very special dreamworld-as-shape-shifter-of-reality of Columbian writer Gabriela Garcia Márquez.
We all do things that bend the rules. Sometimes we break them, sometimes we ceremoniously throw them out the window. In Arena Stage’s season opener, the world premiere of Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters, these bends and breaks are elevated to dizzying heights, until there’s nothing to do but laugh at dreary realities and their role […]
A.R.Gurney is a national treasure, who earned his sobriquet slowly and surely by writing over forty plays in the past 60 years, rivaling his contemporary Sir Alan Ayckbourn in productivity. Like his British colleague, Gurney chose to stick pretty close to home in writing about his own clan — the middle class WASPs and their […]
Have you ever watched an Apple, IBM, or Google commercial and wondered ”Why couldn’t I do that?” dog & pony DC asks would-be innovators to flex their mental muscles in Toast, an interactive, empowering production wherein quirky inventors guide the audience toward game-changing technological advances.
Baseball is the all-American blank slate, and Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out draws a dazzling array of ideas, jokes, poetry, meanings and tragedies large and small all over it. It celebrates baseball because people find something to celebrate in baseball, and it sees America’s triumphs and woes reflected in it because other people do. In […]