Singer/songwriter Ryan Link at home on the national tour of Once

Ryan Link

If one were to have asked Ryan Link what he envisioned for his life while in his early 20s, he would have never answered anything to do with Broadway or the theater, but here he is at an age he describes as “young enough to do it, but old enough to do it right” and […]

DC Theatre Scene celebrates its tenth year

American Century production of Emperor Jones, 2005

Ten Years and Counting, DC Theatre Scene is Still Going Strong One June evening in 2005, a woman named Noelle Wilson walks into the Gunston Arts Center’s Theater II to watch a production of The American Century Theater’s The Emperor Jones. She watches ATC’s take on the seldom-produced O’Neill play, notes the performances of Bus […]

Jason Schlafstein on Flying V’s new fight show: Heroes & Monsters


At this year’s Helen Hayes Awards, Flying V Theatre was awarded the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Beginning on June 11th, the troupe will unveil its first production since that award brought the five-year-old company onto the radar of some theatergoers who may not yet have been aware of them.

Liberating Madwoman of Chaillot: Laurence Senelick on his new translation at WSC Avant Bard


One curiosity of the theater – though it is being seen more and more in film as well – is a script that has been translated from another language. When we watch a play in translation, whether it’s one of the recent runs of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya that have come through DC or a 2000 […]

50 years later, why see Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead?


For a couple of guys for whom death is inevitable, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are having a pretty good time. Prince Hamlet’s school chums are of course the title characters in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a comic riff on Shakespeare’s tragedy where minor characters in Hamlet are thrust in to the spotlight.

The spooky action of Richard Henrich and Alfred Jarry


As the founder of Spooky Action Theater, Richard Henrich is always searching for unique works to stage at his 16th Street NW venue. For his season closer, he had to search no further than his desk drawer.

The Call playwright and TV writer Tanya Barfield: “It’s nearly impossible to make a living in the theatre”

Tanya Barfield

The Call by Tanya Barfield is one of those rare plays that puts the most intimate of situations into a compelling global context. It’s the story of a white couple in the U.S. who decide to adopt a child from Africa. The intersection of the couple’s personal struggles and the international implications of the transaction […]

It’s the best of times for Alex Mills, starring in Synetic’s Tale of Two Cities


“People are going to see a full drag transformation on stage. No smoke and mirrors.” Alex Mills considered this for a second, and then qualified: “Well, there will be mirrors.” He was speaking to me during a break from technical rehearsals at Synetic Theatre, where he will play the lead role in A Tale of […]

Censoring history. Lynskey and Russotto team up for provocative The Letters at MetroStage


An office in 1930’s Soviet Union is the setting for John W. Lowell’s The Letters, a play based on the real life Soviet efforts to edit the sexually frank letters of composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, on stage now at MetroStage in Alexandria, VA.

Jacqueline E. Lawton: adapting Wizard of Oz and what’s next

Playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton (Photo: Jason Hornick)

After a performance of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that my family attended, my daughter walked into the lobby where the actors were waiting to greet the audience. She walked up to one of them and embraced her. Sure, in my book, that is about the best review the show could get. The actual press […]

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