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 […]

Oliver Thornton, playing Bianca. What Taming of the Shrew says about love

“It was as if the audience was holding its breath” I said. “It’s like that every night” he answered. I was talking with Oliver Thornton who plays Bianca in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s all male The Taming of the Shrew. He had found a quiet room at the National Gallery of Art and was happily ensconced […]

Ed Sylvanus Iskandar tackles and conquers Taming of the Shrew (review)

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Taming of the Shrew is an extraordinary production, one of the most original and well thought out presentations of Shakespeare I’ve seen in years. Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar has been generating revolutionary theatre in New York, and you can clearly see what all the buzz is about with this all-male production.

DCTS ticket giveaway: STC’s groundbreaking Taming of the Shrew. Ends Thursday

Update:  This contest is closed, but we have another good one for you next week. You’ve probably seen Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew before. Maybe many times before. But we guarantee you’ll never seen it like it’s being staged at Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Next! Shakespeare Theatre Company’s upcoming season

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.

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