Caroline, Or Change at Round House Theatre (review)

Caroline, or Change continues the momentum of a powerhouse season at Round House Theatre.  Drawn from the personal reflections of Tony Kushner, it encompasses racial and societal pressures of the 1960s in a story of a youngster dealing with the loss of his mother who finds comfort and solace in the care of a sullen […]

Dawn Ursula played in 7 productions in 2016. How did she manage it?

In our look back at 2016, we tallied the number of roles played by area actors. One of the surprises was that 68 actors were cast in between 4 and 6 shows. Dawn Ursula, however, surpassed that. Last year, she appeared in 7 productions: Dot at Everyman Theatre, Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2 at Round House Theatre, Redder Blood at […]

A giddy holiday distraction, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Round House Theatre (review)

Does your heart go pitter-pat at the very mention of the name Mr. Darcy? Is Yuletide your favorite season? Jane Austen fans and lovers of holiday cheer will clink their tea cups to Round House’s rolling world premiere production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a fanciful sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Lauren Gunderson […]

Mitchell Hébert on the challenge of playing Roy Cohn

“You have to get to a place where you can just get out of your own way to play this guy.” “This guy” is the infamous Roy Cohn, who is the real-life antagonist in Tony Kushner’s epic, two-evening Angels in America, on-stage through October 30th in a collaborative production between Montgomery County’s two largest (and […]

Kushner’s Angels in America: Perestroika at Round House (review)

The standard take on Perestroika, the second part of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, is that it is not of equal quality to the masterful first. Perhaps this is why there’s a slight sense of trying too hard in this Round House Theatre-Olney Theatre Center production, where director Ryan Rilette occasionally overuses back-wall projections and […]

Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches at Round House (review)

Recent reports of the death of Angels in America’s relevance are greatly exaggerated. If anything, the recession of the AIDS crisis in America (or, at least, in the mainstream American consciousness) and the gay marriage victory allow Tony Kushner’s masterwork to leap out of its epoch and become truly timeless. As with the English monarchial […]

Jason Loewith and Ryan Rilette team up to direct Angels in America

Twenty-five years ago at the small Eureka Theatre in downtown San Francisco, Tony Kushner pushed forth the first iteration of a play that would become what many feel is not only a great American play but one of only a handful of theatre works which thoroughly captured the zeitgeist of its time. This week Angels […]

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.

The Who & The What at Round House Theatre (review)

“For you to be happy is all I’ve ever wanted…” Pretty words. Funny how often the subtext is “as long as you’re happy how I want you to be happy.”

Honoring the Helen Hayes nominees: Craig Wallace, actor and director

It is an extraordinary thing to commit yourself to work in theater despite the long hours and low pay. Why do people do it? This is the third in our series highlighting this year’s Helen Hayes nominees: their work, their life, their art, their passion.

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