One of the most recognizable faces in Washington D.C.’s theater scene isn’t an actor, isn’t a high-profile writer or even an artistic director—it’s fan and patron Barbara Bear, who regularly sees more than 100 productions a year and has totaled over 5,000 theater performances since moving from Newport News to Arlington in 1961.
Kimberly Gilbert is starring in David Adjimi’s Marie Antoinette, running through October 12th at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Alan Katz had a chance to talk with her a few days before opening night. AK: I’m going to start this off the way I start off all of these interviews; who are you and what have you […]
The triumph and courage seen in Colossal, now onstage at Olney Theatre Center, is played out in a manner unlike most well-made plays. It’s not only centered on a former college football player; the guts and glory of the gridiron also serves as the basis for the play’s structure. According to actor Joseph Carlson, “It’s […]
It had been more than three years since Greg Twomey last took to a stage—a much acclaimed performance as Xanadu’s Sonny in Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Baltimore location—so the actor admits, he was somewhat off his game when he was cast as Huey in Toby’s current production of Memphis, playing at Toby’s Columbia location.
Nearly every generation and geographical region interprets the plight of the outsider in its own way. The end result is a literary canon of outliers and misfits, counting in their ranks Holden Caulfield, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, Ralph Ellison’s unnamed narrator, and–perhaps most notably–Gregor Samsa, the traveling salesman who woke one morning in his family home […]
Despite growing up in what he called a “big time catholic family,” Marcus Kyd had lots of questions about what was being taught to him, especially about the Devil. “The Devil was always confusing to me. My big question was, ‘Why would a creature like this exist?’ It’s scary when you are a kid,” he […]
Last week, in the Molly Smith Library, a high-ceilinged first-floor room at Arena Stage looking out onto Maine Avenue, Jayne Houdyshell and Delaney Williams spent their lunch break talking to me during a day of rehearsal for the world premiere of The Shoplifters. Williams is familiar to DC audiences, having performed at nearly every major […]
Barbra Streisand, her hair cropped boyishly close, singing “Papa, can you hear me?” It’s a memory that takes people back to the early 1980s. As we watch her character now, disguising as a man in order to avail herself of religious studies from which women were precluded, it provokes thoughts about gender that resonate differently […]
“A performance just ended. We just finished a matinee —in the sunshine.” Joseph Marcell had stepped off the stage after playing what is certainly one of the most demanding roles in the Shakespearean canon. He wasn’t being treated to a little rest or to some down time. He was being rewarded for his efforts by […]