Watch on the Rhine at Arena Stage (review)

The problems that vexed Lillian Hellman’s “sound the alarm” play Watch on the Rhine at its debut in 1941 still apply to the handsome production at Arena Stage today. Worse yet, it’s likely that the play’s awkward structure, overwritten talkiness and reserved, bloodless drama have aged not like a velvety single malt Scotch, but rather like an […]

A groundbreaking Roe at Arena Stage (review)

The opening night of Lisa Loomer’s Roe was the evening of January 18—a mere two days before the inauguration of a President who now unifies the federal government under a party that places its hostility to abortion rights front and center.

Think you know Roe v Wade? What the two stars of Roe at Arena Stage learned about the women who made the landmark case

Although Roe v. Wade is considered one of the Supreme Court’s most landmark cases, and there’s probably been as much written and debated about the case as any other in history, aside from their names, many aren’t that familiar with the two women who changed history.

Most memorable moments on DC area stages in 2016

As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their most vivid memories. We hope you will share your own as comments for us all to savor.

Trailers that sell the live theatre sizzle. DC Theatre Scene’s picks for best video trailers

Turning a stage show into an enticing video is an art. There are three trailers which I think are among this year’s most outstanding. And, best of all, if they happen to convince you to see the show, tickets are still available.

A brilliant Moby Dick from Lookingglass Theatre, now at Arena Stage (review)

This may be the best thing you’ll see in theater all year, so hold on — to your hat, to your significant other, to your life.

Yummy holiday dessert idea: Lillian Hellman’s peach cobbler (video recipe)

For all of you not excited about serving a traditional pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, we suggest playwright Lillian Hellman’s peach cobbler, seen here being prepared by Executive Chef John Melfi of The Oval Room Restaurant in Washington, DC.  The video is the first of six in the “Cooking with Lillian” series, produced by Arena Stage as part of its […]

Director David Catlin on staging Moby Dick high in the air

In the annals of American literature, most agree that Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, written by Herman Melville in 1851, is one of the greatest masterpieces of all-time. The classic story follows Ishmael telling the tale of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler the Pequod, seeking revenge on the white whale that bit off his leg at […]

Carousel at Arena Stage (review)

When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high./ And don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky. And the sweet, silver song of a lark. Walk on through the wind/Walk on through the rain/Though your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on/With […]

The Year of Magical Thinking at Arena Stage (review)

Switching between mediums can be as difficult as telling someone about a dream. If the new version cannot deliver on everything the original does (next to impossible), it better bring some valuable contributions to the story rooted in the new medium’s strengths.

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