Director Shirley Serotsky’s touching Broadway Bound at 1st Stage is a captivating mix of coping humor and tragic poignancy, borne aloft by Teresa Castracane’s soaring performance as Kate Jerome, a stoic, mid-20th century working-class mother and wife.
Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Andy Brownstein has been absent from the DC stages since his 2012 performance as Michael in the pitch-black comedy God of Carnage at Signature Theatre. However, this week he makes his return in 1st Stage’s production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, a fragile, tender comedy dealing with divorce, pain, family tension and […]
Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero is a rare work that is, at once, a drama, a comedy, a romance, a mystery, and a modern morality play. It is an outstanding work that makes for equally outstanding theatre in 1st Stage’s excellent production.
If you’re like me, you’ve already done your Christmas shopping, filled out your budget for the next fiscal year, and made arrangements for your final repose after The Event Which Awaits Us All occurs. Now it’s time for something much more difficult: planning your theater season.
There are a trio of beautiful moments in Floyd Collins threading through 1st Stage Tysons’ newest musical offering. In the first of these moments, Harrison Smith (who plays a small cameo role in the rest of the musical) stands downstage center, suddenly downstrokes on his six string, and sings “Deep in the land of the […]
I’ll get right to it: For all the big-time awards bestowed upon it and its marketing promising profound discoveries at the end of an artful journey, David Auburn’s Proof is puzzlingly flat.
When the Rain Stops Falling, the startlingly complex multi-generational family drama now getting its regional premiere at 1st Stage Tysons, shows the inextricable ties between even estranged family over nearly a century and thousands of miles of distance through the curious transmission of memes (think idiosyncratic turns of phrase, repeated gestures, and even tendencies toward […]
10. Murder Ballad, Studio Theatre Recent explorations of “immersive theatre” received a boost with this rock musical about a scorching love triangle headed for trouble. The four performers careened through the realistic bar setting (featuring full service drinks for patrons before and after the show), making special use of the pool table for the […]
Harvey, a great classic of the American theater (it won the Pulitzer in 1944, beating out The Glass Menagerie) now at 1st Stage in McLean, is a story in which the hero, Elwood P. Dowd (Jonathan Lee Taylor), is a dipsomaniac who has as a best friend a pooka — that is to say, a […]
Learning to let go, whether of a friend or a traumatic experience, is one of life’s greatest challenges. In Now Comes the Night playwright E.M. Lewis explores both in the story of a journalist recently returned from a lengthy hostage experience in Iraq. It is a gripping story receiving its world premiere at 1st Stage […]