King Henry IV, Part I


One thing I’ve always wondered about Shakespeare’s Henry plays is why do Hal and Falstaff like each other so much? I understand that Falstaff sees a younger version of himself in Hal, with better chances, and that maybe Hal sees Falstaff as a different kind of king, the ruler of indecent people. But their bond […]

Tom Story and cast give Studio’s Moth their best shot


There is a good story within Moth’s eighty minutes, and director Tom Story and his two-actor cast tell it in bold, powerful strokes. It is a story of compassion, bullying, and betrayal, and the moment of truth hits with the impact of a Manny Pacquiao body punch.

Once on This Island

(center) Aisha Jackson as Ti Moune and Theresa Cunningham as Asaka, Mother of the Earth. (Photo: Stan Barouh)

Once on this Island, the diverting Caribbean-themed musical running at Olney Theatre Center through May 4, is more than just a pastel-colored stroll through island culture to a calypso beat. Of Calypso there is plenty, and the strong cast delivers the musical’s 19 numbers, ranging from upbeat, Broadway-style ensemble pieces to solo ballads, with soul […]

Scene stealers galore in Shrek the Musical

Russell Sunday as Shrek and Calvin McCullough as Donkey (Photo: Kirstine Christiansen)

There’s a moment in Shrek the Musical when the featured green ogre tells his faithful sidekick Donkey that ogres, like onions, have many layers. That’s also true of Toby’s Dinner Theatre’s staging of the musical itself, which delivers plenty of comedy, heart…and farts? Yes, the story is not afraid to get a little juvenile in […]

MET’s Lieutenant of Inishmore is brutal beauty

(Photo: Dan Brick)

Irish theatre and Irish music sometimes make me wonder if the Irish people have taken liberty with the English language in requital of the liberty that the English people took from them. What better way to give the finger to the country that took away your country’s freedom — and its language — than to […]

Feldshuh is brilliant in Golda’s Balcony

Tovah Feldshuh as Gold Meir in Golda's Balcony (Photo: Aaron Epstein)

For the next couple of weeks, we in DC have the chance to experience something special:  Tovah Feldshuh’s truly remarkable performance as Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony, William Gibson’s solo play about the woman who led Israel through a tumultuous period in its history.

Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet

(l-r) Robert Manzo, David Lloyd Olson, Rachel Menyuk, Ruth Watkins, Madeline Key, Devin Mahoney, Scott Whalen (Photo: Gene Carl Feldman)

The words “puppet show” and “groundbreaking” don’t often share the same sentence, but DC’s Pointless Theatre Group is out to change that, one performance at a time. Pointless is building upon its outside-the-box legacy with the fantastical Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet, which stretches the confines of the intimate Mead Theatre Lab with dazzling artistry […]

Cinderella: The Remix

Paige Hernandez as Cinderella and Mark Hairston as Chocolate Ice (Photo: Margot Schulman)

“Change the rules!” the audience of parents and young children shouts. Cinderella proclaims, “I do this in the spirit of woman and girl power.” Cinderella: The Remix at Imagination Stage is a children’s musical with layers – themes of sexism, racism, and intersectionality (the intersection between different forms of oppression) mixed with a cutting critique […]

Criticism in the crosshairs at Humana New Play Festival

Steaks and bourbon the specialty at Down One, located directly across from Actors Theatre

Louisville was the home of Hunter S. Thompson, the Lord of gonzo journalism until he blew himself up in 2005. For Thompson, every story about the world was really a story about himself. Thompson wrote about the Hell’s Angels, the Kentucky Derby, Las Vegas and the 1972 Presidential campaign, but what could compete with his […]

Adventure Theater’s Jungle Book – pretty, but somber


Here’s a tip for you: if you’re going to see a piece of children’s theater, bring a child with you. It seems obvious, but these things have a way of getting away from you.  My 9 year old stepson was supposed to accompany me to Adventure Theater’s production of The Jungle Book, but ran late […]

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