Shakespeare Theatre Company to present Pinter, Beckett, a Musical and a whole lotta Shakespeare next season

First to announce a look at their 2017-2018 season is Shakespeare Theatre Company which will open with two minimalist one-act plays by Harold Pinter and bookend them with the grand musical Camelot. In between: a visit from the Druid Theatre Company of Ireland and plenty of Shakespeare. (STC has not released specific dates and one production remains to […]

Robert Joy puts TV and film career on hold for role of a lifetime in King Charles III

“This role — and this play — lifts off the Earth. It flies in a certain way. It’s such a great role and a great play.” Robert Joy, who has had a remarkable career in theatre, film, and television, was talking to me about his title role in King Charles III.

Michael Kahn stepping down from Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2019

Michael Kahn, the Artistic Director, director and teacher whose work has dominated the theatrical landscape in Washington for thirty years and has had a national impact, will retire as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in July of 2019, the company announced Monday night.

King Charles III at Shakespeare Theatre Company (review)

It is a bold writer who writes a history of the future. It is a bold writer who bathes his play in high Shakespearean language, replete with iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets. For doing both, can we say that Mike Bartlett is a man of brass?

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.

The Secret Garden at Shakespeare Theatre Company (review)

When a garden is neglected “you clear away the dead parts / so the tender buds can form,” sings the character Dickon at the beginning of Act 2 of The Secret Garden. That’s exactly what Shakespeare Theatre and co-producer, The 5thAvenue Theatre, have attempted to do with the 1991 Tony-Award winning musical. Streamlined and refined for contemporary […]

A brilliant Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare Theatre Company (review)

Alan Paul’s direction of Shakespeare is brilliant. As familiar as I am with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, upon viewing this vibrant production, I felt as if it had been written today. The passion, the romance, the inevitable tragedy – all wrapped in Shakespeare’s delicious verse – gains an immediacy under Paul’s fresh approach to the tale […]

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 Tempest, STC’s free for all (review)

For the past 25 years, Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has memorably gifted our community by remounting one of its recent favorite productions in free performances.  These used to be performed at Carter Baron that offered a sylvan setting, opportunities for family pre-show picnics on the grass, and the happenstance adventures of actors sharing the staging with […]

Heavy Lies the Head in which STC’s Will on the Hill fills “the worst job in Washington”

Have things become so grim in our political life that we’ve lost the capacity to laugh at ourselves? Granted, we have managed to nominate the two most despised candidates for President since we started measuring this sort of stuff. Hell, I’ll go farther than that: Hillary and the Donald are the most disliked candidates for […]

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