Ireland 100: Alarm Will Sound’s The Hunger (review)

Alarm Will Sound presented a concert version of the opera The Hunger by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy at the Kennedy Center Wednesday night. It is a most curious mash of video interviews with esteemed contemporary economists and historians, biographical records from the mid-1800’s, singing in English and Gaelic, a 16-person orchestra on stage, and a pulsating […]

Abbey Theatre’s Plough and the Stars (review)

It is one hundred years almost to the month since the Easter Rising, the insurrection that began the armed struggle of Irish Nationalists against British occupation. It is ninety years almost to the month since the premiere at the Abbey Theatre of Seán O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars, inarguably the most significant play written […]

Ryan Taylor’s Top 10 shows of 2015

10. The Last Burlesque Produced by Pinky Swear Productions I’m partial to the work of prolific DC playwright Stephen Spotswood (I’ve produced and directed his work myself), and his story of an old-school burlesque troupe struggling to save their theatre features some of the sharpest characters and most layered storytelling of his career. It’s also […]

Steven McKnight’s Top 10 shows of 2015

10. Murder Ballad, Studio Theatre   Recent explorations of “immersive theatre” received a boost with this rock musical about a scorching love triangle headed for trouble. The four performers careened through the realistic bar setting (featuring full service drinks for patrons before and after the show), making special use of the pool table for the […]

Terri White says farewell with special Kennedy Center concert (review)

You might not expect a highlight of a cabaret concert to include the singer passing off her mic to the piano player, revealing a row of variously filled Makers Mark bottles, pulling out a pair of spoons, and accompanying a version of “Under the Sea” with a calypso-sounding percussion turn. But that happened Friday night […]

Flowers Stink (review)

There’s so much great free art in this town. Smithsonian’s out the wazoo. Free performing arts are a little tougher to find, with one of the major providers being the good people of The Kennedy Center. This fall,  The Kennedy Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden have crossed creative streams, producing two new flora-themed plays for […]

Seuls, briefly at the Kennedy Center (review)

After years of being performed around the world, Seuls, the riveting solo performance written, directed, and performed by Wajdi Mouawad, makes its U.S. premiere in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. The semi-autobiographical piece follows Mouawad’s constructed self – a grad student working on his thesis examining the solo performances of Robert Lepage – as he […]

Kennedy Center and U.S. Botanic Garden team up to plant inspiration

“The great thing about kids is that they will tell you in real time how your show is when they see it during previews,” said David Kilpatrick, manager of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences program. “They don’t hold back on what they think at all. I just love that interaction.”

Page-to-Stage readings that made Rosalind Lacy’s don’t-miss list

On Labor Day weekend, Kennedy Center plaza level entry was pandemonium, noisy with skate boarders, who zigzagged and snaked in and out of a recessed pit and across a cordoned-off area.  The skateboarders’ passion connected us to the 14th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival, a rich offering of short free trailers, script readings and open rehearsals of […]

It’s a big season ahead: tips on how to see more and save

This article is based, in part, on research done for DCTS’ presentation at the Smithsonian Museum on Aug 20, 2015. You can see a play in this town for nothing or next to nothing. You can also pay over a hundred bucks. Mostly it depends on what you want to see, where you want to […]

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