A Midsummer Night’s Dream at World Stages

Bristol Old Vic & Handspring Puppet Company (Photo by Simon Annand)

Rarely does a reviewer get to indulge in a second viewing of a production. In this case, director Tom Morris’ splendid production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is well worth multiple viewings. The Kennedy Center has made a tremendous contribution to D.C. audiences by bringing this production to its World Stages Festival after it was […]

Penny Plain at World Stages


The world is dying of a horrible virus, and nature is taking back what’s rightfully hers.  There’s no food, no running water and communication with the outside world has been cut off.   There are even reports that people are turning to cannibalism to stay alive. So…what’s the plan?

Savannah Bay at World Stages


Nothing quite prepares you for a Marguerite Duras play, so rarely is she done on this side of the Atlantic. As delicate as lace, as ephemeral as the foam on the waves that provide the aural landscape of Savannah Bay, as multi-layered as a Viennese torte and as playfully sweet as such a confection, and […]

Harmsaga at World Stages


World Stages, an International Festival offers three weeks of feasting on international theatrical fare at the Kennedy Center with twenty-two theatrical offerings from nineteen countries, including thirteen full-scale productions, four installations, and additional readings and forums. As a world-theatre lover, what could be more exciting and satisfying than to partake of as much as one […]

La Muerte y La Doncella – Death and the Maiden – at World Stages


Is justice contextual? Does it mean one thing for a nation recovering from decades of brutalizing dictatorship and another for the individual who suffered that brutalization? And how does that individual, and that nation, both face the specter of the past and move on from it?

Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Brian d’Arcy James


In every trip I make to a cabaret performance, I pay particular attention to the personal connection the performer wants to make with his or her audience. It’s the classic actor question: Ok, you’ve been given a stage, and an audience full of people here to watch you do whatever you want…and, go!

Kennedy Center showcases new works in 2014-15 Season


With more than 2,000 performances scheduled for the John F. Kennedy Center’s 2014-15 season, which runs from Aug. 30 to Aug. 16, 2015, there’s a little something for everyone, as new works and returning favorites highlight the season. “We are proud to present a diverse season with wonderful breadth and depth in all performing art […]

An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone (Photo: Joan Marcus)

In my other reviews, I’ve made mention of cabaret as a fascinating opportunity with a name artist. Tonight, it’s just artist and audience, me as me, you as you, and we will share something directly, it seems to promise. There is a sense of palpable excitement at the opportunity of receiving this vulnerability before the […]

Orphie and the Book of Heroes

(l-r) Lauren Du Pree, Samuel Edgerly, Evan Casey, Paul Scanlan. (Photo: Scott Suchman)

There has been a rise in the number of female heroes as the focus of children’s entertainment in recent years—be it the passionate and fiery Merida in Pixar’s Brave or the smart and determined Katniss of the Hunger Games, these characters are giving girls of all ages someone to root for.

The state of the arts: the Kennedy Center International Leaders Forum


This past weekend the Kennedy launched its first annual International Arts Leaders Forum. It was a grand vision with as grand a title. The stated goal was that big institutional leaders would come together and tackle some of the performing arts industry’s “most difficult questions and chart the course to a more sustainable future.”

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