Most memorable moments on DC area stages in 2016

As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their most vivid memories. We hope you will share your own as comments for us all to savor.

American Hero at Rep Stage (review)

Fast food, even with artisan bread, is a dead-end job for most people. Low hourly pay, part-time hours to exempt the “sandwich artists” from getting any benefits and brutal expectations—ever try to make and wrap a sandwich in under 20 seconds?—what a way to make a living, or more accurately, non-living.

The Other Place at Rep Stage (review)

How fitting in this season of remembrance to see a play about the nature of memory. Sharr White’s The Other Place, currently receiving a haunting, heartbreaking production under the intelligent direction of Joseph W. Ritsch, is a play about the reliability of memories, and what truth and what we may have blurred and reshaped to […]

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.

Hunting and Gathering at Rep Stage (review)

Have you ever mocked how TV characters of modest means live in apartments way beyond their means (e.g., NBC’s Friends)?  Rep Stage has a play for you.  The regional premiere of Brooke Berman’s clever Hunting and Gathering features young New Yorkers facing the challenges of transience in a difficult real estate market and an equally […]

Rep Stage’s four show season includes a new musical about a drag queen with a mummy in her closet

Rep Stage will present a four-production season of stories about strange things, but doubtlessly none will be stranger than the story of Dorian’s Closet, a musical about the life of famed female impersonator Dorian Corey, featured in the documentary Paris is Burning. The Richard Mailman-Ryan Haase musical documents Corey’s rise through the drag circuits of […]

Antigone Project at Rep Stage (review)

Whether ancient Greece or modern megalopolises, women get a raw deal. The classic Greek playwright Sophocles wrote about this human predicament enduringly in his Oedipus plays, which charted a family curse cruelly played out from generation to generation. One of them, Antigone, shows a young woman defying capricious laws and politics to do what is […]

Shows from 2015 I’d pay top dollar to see again

I’m retired now as a critic and when I see a play it is generally as a civilian. In days of old, I might see upwards of a hundred fifty plays a year, and the experience was as commonplace for me as swatting mosquitoes or filing lawsuits. It became like going to an art gallery; […]

Jayne Blanchard’s Top 10 shows of 2015

10. Macbeth Not a stage production per se but a movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s brutal tragedy directed by Justin Kurzel whose extraordinary clarity of vision brings this tale of cruelty and revenge to savage life. Intensely atmospheric, the film is almost entirely shot in the Scottish countryside—full of mist and fog and fen—and shows us […]

Technicolor Life at Rep Stage

In Jami Brandli’s Technicolor Life, Maxine Hunter (Isa Guitan) is a precocious ninth grader with a passion for SAT words and troublemaking friends, but she has more on her plate than the typical highschooler: her philandering father is marrying his much-younger girlfriend, her cheerfully dying grandmother has moved in, her sister has returned from Iraq […]

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