Scena’s Someone is Going to Come: smart, compelling theatre (review)

Monday night, Jon Fosse’s play felt like a blast of early Pinter with some hoary frost of Edward Munch thrown in for good measure.  You know: a threesome locked for eternity in jealous triangulation, an alienated figure on a bridge captured in a silent scream, and even perhaps the hint of a lascivious vampire-woman hovering, her […]

Search for Tricia McCauley ends in tragedy

“Tricia is gone. They have found her body,” her brother, Brian McCauley, wrote in a Facebook post this morning. “Thank you for all your work, support and love. To all of her DC family, I know that she truly thought of you that way, thank you for being there for her all these years. Hang […]

War of the Worlds (review) from Scena Theatre

The storied 1938 CBS Radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air allegedly created a panic by individuals who believed that the dramatization of a deadly invasion by Martians was real.  That now famous Halloween week event helped establish the growing reputation of Orson Welles as […]

Scena’s Antigone Now at Atlas before European tour (review)

The title of this play is also its purpose – to show us what the ancient Greek tragedy of Antigone would look like in modern times, and locate its deeper meaning across the centuries. 

A stroke of bad luck: Director Gabriele Jakobi stricken

Friends and colleagues of the director Gabriele Jakobi were shocked and deeply saddened to learn that she suffered a massive stroke in June. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up with the goal of helping her cope with the enormous medical bills that she has incurred to date and will continue to incur during a […]

Possibly the funniest interview we’ll ever post: Robert McNamara and friends

War stories and insights from Hemmingsen, Ingvarsson, and McNamara — doing it together for decades Robert McNamara is Artistic Director of SCENA Theatre and Director of The Norwegians, the play by C. Denby Swanson receiving its D.C. premiere at Anacostia Playhouse through April 19th. The production reunites him with actors Nanna Ingvarsson and Brian Hemmingsen. […]

Theatre is like a cheeseburger: Brian Hemmingsen and Nanna Ingvarsson on The Norwegians and more

“We were trying to figure it out the other day,” Nanna Ingvarsson said after I asked her how many times she and her husband Brian Hemmingsen have worked together. I was talking to them in the dressing room at Anacostia Playhouse before a rehearsal of The Norwegians, their latest project. The SCENA Theatre production runs […]

The Norwegians. Funny? You can bet your Lutefisk

If Scena Theatre’s production of C. Denby Swanson’s The Norwegians was a food, it would be a chocolate mousse. It is a darkly delicious black comedy about two spurned women in Minnesota who consider hiring Norwegian professionals to kill the lovers who jilted them. Yet despite the murderous subject, it has an entertaining lightness that […]

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