When Jennifer Frankel takes the stage as courtesan Gymnasia in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, she’s following in her mother’s own sandal-clad footsteps, as Diane Coupé was in the original Broadway production of the show back in 1962.
Some interviewees, once seated, need a bit of a prod to get talking. But Maurice Hines has left them all in the dust by the time I hit ‘Record.’ The renowned director, singer, and choreographer is supremely excited about Tappin’ Thru Life at Arena Stage, and our afternoon conversation at the theatre plays at high […]
Sondheim music without lyrics? Two jazz musicians uncover a new sound for Sondheim lovers. DC jazz bassist Tommy Cecil tells of the time a few years ago when he was playing a gig supporting New York pianist Bill Mays. He asked what songs they might play, and for the first time in Cecil’s over thirty […]
Dael Orlandersmith will be bringing her provocative work Black ‘n Blue Boys/Broken Men to Reston’s CenterStage for its DC area premiere. It is for one performance only, on Friday, November 22, 2013. It is an intense one-actor work that aims to disrupt a silence about male victims-survivors of abuse; including their unexpected adult aggressors.
Rebooting a five hundred year old play for a modern audience is hard. Keeping a play fresh when it’s as well-known as Romeo and Juliet might be even harder. And let’s be honest: we’ve probably all seen some bad Romeo and Juliet interpretations. Maybe you saw a version set in samurai-era Japan that turned into […]
Check out the latest run of dog and pony dc’s Beertown, at Round House Silver Spring through Oct. 19th. Read the actor bios in the program. When you do, you will read one that might be a little light on previous acting credits. In fact, there will be none. Making his professional acting debut in […]
Diane Coburn Bruning, Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Dance Project, is an award-winning choreographer who has worked with dance, theatre and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, two fellowships New York Foundation for the Arts, the McKnight […]
An accomplished teacher and educator as well as a talented director, Stevie Zimmerman has become rather adept at bringing out the creative potential in people. So it’s fitting to have her at the helm of The Pitmen Painters, Lee Hall’s 2007 play about the unlikely rise of an art movement among a largely untrained group […]