Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kennedy Center (review)

Big News at the Kennedy Center. Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater rocked the place last night.. And no one rushed to exit the Opera House auditorium (as they often do at the KC) until the last bow was taken.

Rinde Eckert performs RIN: Tales from the Life of a Troubador at The Kennedy Center (review)

To the degree that a creative artist can draw you into his world and make you follow him regardless, to merge with his very humanity, that is the measure of his worth. By this measurement, Rinde Eckert is pure gold.

Mariinsky Ballet’s The Little Humpbacked Horse at The Kennedy Center (review)

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has created a dance-theatre piece that is part ballet, modern, and Russian folk dance with plenty of comical pantomime to share the much-beloved folktale of his country, The Little Humpbacked Horse.  

American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake at The Kennedy Center (review)

As I walked up the steps into Kennedy Center’s Opera House for the season’s opening of American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake, my heart was fluttering as if for a first love. As indeed it was; classical ballet was my earliest passion. No other performance art form promises such a sweet anti-gravitational lift. How we need […]

Kirsten Greenidge on adapting the beloved Bud, Not Buddy for the stage

When Christopher Paul Curtis wrote the children’s book, Bud, Not Buddy, in 1999 it quickly became a darling among book critics and beloved by families everywhere. The cherished book won two prestigious awards: the 2000 John Newbery Medal for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Bud, Not Buddy, this weekend only at The Kennedy Center (review)

There’s a great jazz band in residence at the Kennedy Center, featuring lively, poppy, soulful original music by Terence Blanchard. It alone is enough to recommend a glance at Bud, Not Buddy, a concert-style performance of a new Theatre for Young Audiences project commissioned by the Kennedy Center and receiving a stylish debut this weekend […]

Women of a Certain Age, Play Three of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (review)

Here we are again on Election Day 2016, a day many Americans would be loath to relive, except for the obvious.

What Did You Expect?: Play Two of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (review)

It is September 2016 and like many Americans who slogged through an endless, brutal summer of presidential campaigning, the Gabriel family seems frayed around the edges.

Hungry, Play One of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (review)

Right now, “the room where it happens” happens to be the Kennedy Center Theater Lab, where Richard Nelson’s achingly prescient and intimate trilogy of plays The Gabriels pays a different sort, but equally electrifying tribute to the American ethos and spirit as the hit musical Hamilton. 

Review: A dazzling Confucius makes its American debut

The strength of Confucius, a 90-minute dance piece featuring 60 performers from the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater, is not found in its efforts to present Confucian philosophy and biography, nor even Chinese history and culture, none of which are especially illuminating. The show’s strength lies in its visual splendor and gymnastic choreography.

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