The Dealer of Ballynafeigh at Keegan Theatre (review)

Farce gets a bad rap as a genre. Pundits will call a sporting event or a political campaign a farce when they want to denigrate it, but in the theater, sometimes there’s nothing more enjoyable than fast-moving scenes held together with physical comedy.

“Ireland’s Chekhov” Brian Friel. A Washington DC remembrance

It was sad to wake this morning to the news that the wonderful playwright Brian Friel has died. Tributes have been quick, effusive, and plentiful, and ranging from the Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland (“One of the giants of Irish literature, and a great Irishman”) to Meryl Streep (“We’ve lost a tender dramatist, an […]

Keegan’s Passek & Paul musical Dogfight a showcase for young talent

The Tony-nominated composing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have been the talk of DC of late, getting oodles of attention for the buzz-worthy Dear Evan Hansen, playing Arena Stage, before heading to New York’s Second Stage theatre next spring. Another of the duo’s shows is heading to our area this month with Keegan’s staging […]

Dear Evan Hansen, now at Arena Stage, is heading to New York

In Spring, 2016, another musical first debuted at Arena Stage will open in New York. It was just announced that Dear Evan Hansen will be produced at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street). With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story), book by Steven Levenson (Showtime’s […]

Keegan Theatre reopens with powerful Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (review)

“There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity.” This one line offers up the theme of Tennessee William’s renowned Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in ten simple words. But, as evidenced in the Keegan Theatre’s sparkling production, there is nothing simple about the relationships on this Mississippi estate.

First look at the new Keegan Theatre, opening June 27

After a spectacular $4.4 million renovation, the historic Keegan Theatre will reopen on June 27 for the first preview of Tennessee Williams classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. “When theatergoers enter Keegan’s new space, I think they will be impressed that the intimacy, warmth and character of the building have remained,” says Mark Rhea, […]

DC Theatre Scene celebrates its tenth year

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 […]

Keegan Theatre reveals plays for its first year in the new theatre

Even as construction continues on schedule for the opening of their newly renovated theatre, Keegan Theatre staff have been working out details on their upcoming season, with more announcements yet to come.

Irish Carol opens as construction continues on new Keegan theatre

Keegan Theatre’s Church Street home may be still under construction but the show must go on. The show is Keegan’s annual seasonal offering An Irish Carol. Thanks to a generous partnership, Keegan can present the show at Theater J with the proceeds going to their ongoing capital campaign.

Midsummer Night’s Riot, another hit for Keegan

The great Northern Irish golf pro Rory McIlroy, who drove a golf ball forty yards at the age of two and thereafter slept with a golf club, fingers interlaced so that he could memorize the proper grip, had his marriage proposal to Danish tennis pro Carolyn Wozniacki interrupted when a loud drunk wandered on to […]

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