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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wicked is one of the most loved musicals in history, regularly selling out Broadway’s largest theatre since 2003 and spawning several national tours, the most recent now in an outstanding production at The Kennedy Center.
Dickens—that stuffy purveyor of eternally drab tales—gets a refreshing and quirky upgrade in The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, the Kennedy Center’s merry holiday fare that will help you end this disturbing year with levity.
Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods has been the subject of numerous stage productions since its debut in 1986 and even a critically acclaimed film. As a result, the discerning theatergoer with a taste for original work might review the Kennedy Center schedule and perhaps pick something more original. That would be a mistake: Fiasco Theater’s […]
Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge was an experiment. Miller wanted to take the elements of Greek tragedy and focus them on a protagonist who is not a ruler or a great warrior, but instead is a common man. Ivo van Hove’s award-winning production (three Olivier awards in London, two Tony awards on Broadway) […]