We tend to think of genius as fully formed. We see the end results of a truly sublime or original masterpiece – be it a play, a painting, or a theorem – and chalk it up to divine inspiration that the mere mortals among us could not hope to grasp.
An Irish Carol is a tale of Christmas redemption that tastes not of sugar cookies and eggnog, but salted peanuts and shots of Jameson. The spirits here are of the earthbound, liquid variety instead of spectral tour guides from beyond but they prove to be ever as potent and revelatory for Dublin pub owner David.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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.
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, […]
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 […]
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.