Trevor at 1st Stage (review)

It’s not easy being a famous child actor struggling to stay in show business after passing puberty.  It’s even more difficult when that actor is a chimpanzee, Nick Jones imagines in his witty comedy Trevor, now playing at 1st Stage.

Broadway Bound sets another high point for 1st Stage (review)

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.  

Andy Brownstein returns to the stage in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound

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 […]

Lobby Hero at 1st Stage (review)

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. 

My won’t-miss shows for this season

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.

Floyd Collins (review) at 1st Stage

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 […]

David Auburn’s Proof at 1st Stage (review)

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 at 1st Stage (review)

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 […]

Steven McKnight’s Top 10 shows of 2015

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 at 1st Stage

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 […]

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