The Second Shepherd’s Play from Folger Consort (review)

In a season full of holiday spectacle, the rarely performed The Second Shepherds’ Play stands out for its sweet simplicity. With only a small three-piece band of expert musicians and modest, yet effective, staging and design, director and adapter Mary Hall Surface and her cast create a gentle bit of Christmas magic that is uniquely […]

A high spirited Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre (review)

Are you an Elinor or a Marianne? We’d probably prefer to think of ourselves as Elinor (Maggie McDowell), gracious, restrained and noble in her suffering. But let’s face it, we probably more closely resemble Marianne (Erin Weaver), spontaneous and emotional, flinging herself higgledy-piggledy into everything from reading Shakespeare to romance.

Eric Tucker on his off-the-wall production of Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre

Eric Tucker is the Artistic Director of Bedlam, a theatre company in New York City “committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience,” creating works that “reinvigorate traditional forms” of theatre.  They brought their four-actor, repertory versions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Shaw’s Saint Joan to Olney Theatre Center in 2013. […]

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.

Aaron Posner on District Merchants, his irreverent spin on Merchant of Venice

Aaron Posner is everywhere this season. With productions of Stupid Fucking Bird popping up in theatres all across America, and a few Helen Hayes and Barrymore Awards in both writing and directing categories, there’s a pun or two to be made about the playwright being a feather in the cap of the Washington theatre community. 

District Merchants at Folger Theatre (review)

I had simple plans this Sunday. Laundry. Chores. Shopping for a small dinner party I’m hosting. And finishing off my review of District Merchants, the latest classical adaptation from local rising star Aaron Posner, which I largely enjoyed.  

DCTS free ticket giveaway: District Merchants at Folger Theatre. Closes Friday morning

Update:  We have our winners. Next week we’re doing our popular Goldstar giveaway. For this week’s giveaway, we have two pair of tickets to Aaron Posner’s District Merchants at Folger Theatre.  

DCTS ticket giveaway: Reduced Shakespeare at Folger. Contest closes Wednesday

Update: Congratulations to Eileen Leahy, who won the tickets. This contest is closed. But we’ve got another good one for you next Monday. ——————– We guarantee you’ll have laughs coming your way, if you are the winner of this week’s ticket giveaway. We have a pair of tickets to William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged), […]

Folger sent RSC out to find the Grail. Found it! Shakespeare’s long lost first play

Here’s a fun game: Stop someone on the street and ask them to name a play – any play.  I’ll give you 10-1 odds that they name one of the works of Shakespeare. The reason? They’re everywhere.

Folger Theatre to include rarely produced Shakespeare play in its new season

A new adaptation of an old story and a successful adaptation of an even older story will join two Shakespeare plays (one of which is produced quite rarely) in Folger Theatre’s 2016-2017 Season, the company has announced.

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