A groundbreaking Roe at Arena Stage (review)

The opening night of Lisa Loomer’s Roe was the evening of January 18—a mere two days before the inauguration of a President who now unifies the federal government under a party that places its hostility to abortion rights front and center.

Pinky Swear rocks out Lizzie at Anacostia Playhouse (review)

Imagine a Victorian parlor where music is played and shared very much as it was in a bygone era, with songs and stories ripped from the headlines and whispers of a folk legend. Now, place yourself in a darkened club, where decibels assault the ears, where an edgy band pumps out tunes for a gutsy […]

[gay] Cymbeline from Theatre Prometheus (review)

If you’ve never seen—or even heard of—Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, you’re in good company. One of the Bard’s least-produced works, the synopsis of the play’s plot would take up at least the length of this entire review, and that would only scratch the surface. Theatre Prometheus gamely tackles this challenge and offers the audience just enough of […]

Copenhagen at Theater J (review)

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Two people locked in a pivotal contest of ideas and ideologies, steeped in international espionage, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance. If you guessed “European physicists discussing electrons in 1941”, you’re a better student of history than I.

Scena’s Someone is Going to Come: smart, compelling theatre (review)

Monday night, Jon Fosse’s play felt like a blast of early Pinter with some hoary frost of Edward Munch thrown in for good measure.  You know: a threesome locked for eternity in jealous triangulation, an alienated figure on a bridge captured in a silent scream, and even perhaps the hint of a lascivious vampire-woman hovering, her […]

Women of a Certain Age, Play Three of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (review)

Here we are again on Election Day 2016, a day many Americans would be loath to relive, except for the obvious.

What Did You Expect?: Play Two of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (review)

It is September 2016 and like many Americans who slogged through an endless, brutal summer of presidential campaigning, the Gabriel family seems frayed around the edges.

Hungry, Play One of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (review)

Right now, “the room where it happens” happens to be the Kennedy Center Theater Lab, where Richard Nelson’s achingly prescient and intimate trilogy of plays The Gabriels pays a different sort, but equally electrifying tribute to the American ethos and spirit as the hit musical Hamilton. 

Charm cuts to the heart of gender issues at Mosaic Theater (review)

Mosaic Theater Company sharpens its reputation for cutting edge theatre yet again with Charm by Philip Dawkins, now getting national attention and acclaim for spotlighting gender fluidity issues and showcasing transgender and transsexual performers.

In Series delivers infectious Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody (review)

Shakespeare once wrote “if music be the food of love, play on.” Another wordsmith, who doubled as a tunesmith, boiled that sentiment down to the even more succinctly stated “Say it with music.” And did he ever!

Reprint Policy Our articles may not be reprinted in full but only as excerpts and those portions may only be used if a credit and link is provided to our website.
DC Theatre Scene is supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.