Max McLean on The Great Divorce, opening this week


It’s strange to say, about the components of a project called The Great Divorce, that they are a team that is returning. But they are — they’re back, they being C.S. Lewis, Fellowship for Performing Arts, and Max McLean.

In new musical Diner, Derek Klena plays Boogie. He has one question for Mickey Rourke


Looking at the names associated with Signature’s World Premiere of Diner, it’s easy to see why many expect the show to be heading to Broadway in the not-too-distant future. There’s a score by nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, a book by Academy Award winning screenwriter Barry Levinson and it’s being directed by Tony-award winning choreographer […]

Dickens’ Christmas Carol: Paul Morella does it solo


“My goal is that they [the audience] will never look at the story the same way again. This is not your Mama’s Christmas Carol.”

Look who’s delivering a ‘how-to’ on bringing the funny


Ok theater-goers, here’s a question: What type of theater do you think is the toughest for actors and directors to get right? Ask anyone and I’m betting, dollars to doughnuts, they’ll name the weighty, thought-provoking, tear-jerking dramas. “The Miracle Worker, Death of a Salesman, or any of the Shakespearean tragedies will likely be at the […]

Klingon language creator Marc Okrand plays Scrooge in WSC Avant Bard’s Klingon Christmas Carol


Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like the unearthly wolf grunts and throaty insistent howls of the Klingon species. In advance of WSC Avant Bard’s one-night-only staged reading of A Klingon Christmas Carol on December 15, DC Theatre Scene spoke with the man who created the Klingon language—who also happens to lead the theatre’s Board, and […]

Calarco is cracking an old nut: musical Nutcracker at Round House


When Round House Theatre’s Ryan Rilette approached Joe Calarco about directing The Nutcracker, visions of sugar plum fairies and toys come to life initially gave Joe pause. “I thought it was going to be this sweet, cute holiday play,” says Calarco, “with no center or meat to it. Just a whole lot of fantasy.”

Donny Osmond on the Donny and Marie Christmas show at the National


For millions of people growing up in the ’70s, spending the holiday season watching the “Osmond Family Christmas” with your loved ones was a tradition akin to watching a red-nosed reindeer or a snowman with magic in his hat. That’s why it was no surprise that when the legendary brother and sister team of Donny […]

John Vreeke on directing Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…

Tom Wiggin and Susan Rome (Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

When I first saw Theatre J’s season announcement, I knew I wanted to talk with John Vreeke, director of Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures, which is having its area premiere at Theatre J. Luckily for us, he was able to pull away from rehearsals for this 3.5 […]

As You Like It star Zoë Waites on Michael Attenborough and Edward Albee


“He wanted to do something strange and melancholic, but also very joyful.” Zoë Waites was speaking about Michael Attenborough and his choice of As You Like It, which he directed at Shakespeare Theatre Company. When I interviewed STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn at the time he announced his season, he indicated to me that Attenborough […]

Mike Nichols, a master class in living. Recollections from Richard Seff

Mike Nichols (photo courtesy of PBS)

When Mike Nichols passed away last Wednesday night at the age of 83, I found myself needing to hit the YouTube buttons to have another look at some of the sketches he and Elaine May performed when they were working together in the late 1950s. Watching two teenagers on their first date in the car […]

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