Prodigal Son Review: John Patrick Shanley’s portrait of himself as adolescent rebel

  Robert Sean Leonard was 20 years old when he portrayed one of the boarding school students inspired by teacher Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society. In Prodigal Son, John Patrick Shanley’s autobiographical new play, Leonard now portrays an inspiring boarding school teacher and Timothee Chalomet, 20 years old, his student.

Talley’s Folly from Peter’s Alley (review)

Some plays are like symphonies or pops concerts, with many players, working in sync to tell a grand story. Others are like chamber music, smaller affairs where the ensemble has to be even more finely tuned. As a play, Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly  is like a niche within a niche.

Len Piper’s Pinocchio at the Puppet Co (review)

Puppetry as a family affair takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to the Pipers in this historical rendition of Pinocchio, the boy puppet who yearns to be a real boy.  This version remounts the story as well as the actual puppets created fifty years ago by Leonard Piper, Christopher Piper’s Dad, who […]

The City of Conversation at Arena Stage (review)

The City of Conversation fits Arena Stage like a glove. The play itself brims with intelligence, bristles with conflict, and presents the fine art of political discourse in a town where such talk is as common as traffic on the Beltway.

I Shall Not Hate from Mosaic Theater (review)

How do you distinguish between “liking” a piece of art and “respecting” it? Is it even possible to like something if it completely devastates you? If thinking on it too deeply causes physical pain? Under those conditions, then I say that yes, I liked I Shall Not Hate quite a lot. While not perhaps the […]

Cabin in the Sky Review: jazzy, corny all-black musical restored at City Center

Five years after the Gershwin brothers debuted Porgy and Bess, a Gershwin protégée born Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dukelsky (aka Vernon Duke) composed the all-black musical Cabin in the Sky, which lasted longer on Broadway. Its restoration by the Encores concert series shows why it was a hit — and why it has since virtually disappeared.

When the Rain Stops Falling at 1st Stage (review)

When the Rain Stops Falling, the startlingly complex multi-generational family drama now getting its regional premiere at 1st Stage Tysons, shows the inextricable ties between even estranged family over nearly a century and thousands of miles of distance through the curious transmission of memes (think idiosyncratic turns of phrase, repeated gestures, and even tendencies toward […]

Guards at the Taj at Woolly Mammoth (review)

Two actors on an austere stage plus director John Vreeke equal nirvana in Woolly Mammoth’s revelatory production of Rajiv Joseph’s tough, funny, poetic play Guards at the Taj.

Monsters of the Villa Diodati at Creative Cauldron (review)

The inspirations that ignited Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s mind are alive and perfectly shady in this world premiere musical.

GALA’s Señorita y Madame: The Secret War of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein (review)

Venezuelan playwright Gustavo Ott thrusts us into a 1960’s press conference. Two iconic  feminists, obsessed with eternal youth, anti-ageing makeover creams and Marketing, with a capital M, are near the end of their lives.

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