The Tony-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company will present a “future history” fresh from Broadway, a musical, a new adaptation by the delightfully eccentric Elevator Repair Service, a Jacobean play and two of the Bard’s finest for its 2016-2017 season, Artistic Director Michael Kahn has announced.
The play’s final words sum it up best: “This heavy act with heavy heart relate.” The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s Othello is decidedly heavy on the heavy, sonorous and austere.
The critic Sneer (Robert Dorfman) is an argumentative, dyspeptic man with a heart of rubble, who is never more happy than when he is in distress and telling you about it. His colleague Dangle (John Ahlin) is — well, let’s just say it: a pompous horse’s behind, who is bored witless by newspaper stories about […]
Shortly after my twins (now three and a half) were born, I approached DCTS about writing for the site. Since I had been so closely associated with WSC Avant Bard and a few other local companies, I never wanted any reader to perceive a conflict of interest, so I requested that I focus on features. […]
I continue to celebrate the voices and the productions that were heard in Washington this Fall as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Frankly, I’m also still mulling over the questions and the challenges that surfaced then and continue to send ripples through the community.
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 […]
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; […]
Hispanic theatre bonds me to my family heritage. I was born in Los Angeles, California, with Latino roots that date back to Spain through the American southwest. I grew up in a decade on the brink of the Civil Rights movement in America. It was a time when it wasn’t cool to be Spanish or […]
1. Most Emotionally Devastating Deaths by Inanimate Objects in A Play – Famous Puppet Death Scenes – Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Feel free to kick yourself if you missed this horrifyingly hilarious (or hilariously horrifying?) series of vignettes with various topics like domestic abuse, ecological disaster, failed romance, and German children’s television, but one commonality. […]