Copenhagen at Theater J (review)

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Two people locked in a pivotal contest of ideas and ideologies, steeped in international espionage, with the fate of millions hanging in the balance. If you guessed “European physicists discussing electrons in 1941”, you’re a better student of history than I.

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.

Lucas Hnath’s powerful The Christians holds church at Theater J (review)

You are in Church. The magnificent voices of the choir (opening night was the Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ James E. Jordan Jr. Choir) rise in song. You see them, in Theater J’s balconies, clapping, swaying, moving with the grace of God. They are in service (as all artists are) of something greater than […]

The Last Schwartz won’t be his last time on a DC stage, Billy Finn hopes

When Adam Immerwahr was asked to make his D.C. directorial debut with The Last Schwartz as the new artistic director for Theater J, he knew the actor he wanted to cast as Gene, the youngest son in the absurd, yet thoughtful Jewish comedy. He called Billy Finn and the actor was happy to sign on board.

The Last Schwartz at Theater J (review)

Family – just because you love them, doesn’t mean you have to like them. Theater J’s alternately side-splitting and emotional production of The Last Schwartz follows the dysfunctional Schwartz family as they struggle against the current of ever-changing values, priorities, and geography. It asks a tough question: What holds a family together, when shared traditions […]

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.

Another Way Home at Theater J (review)

Back in the day in the French Quarter of Louisiana, there was a custom among the upper crust: when a boy reached the age of fourteen or so, he moved from the family manse to an outbuilding, where a muscular servant would oversee him until he was deemed fit to return to civilized company. Here […]

Eric Hissom’s a wonder in The Body of an American at Theater J (review)

Paul Watson is, by all evidence, a fascinating man. Best known for a famous photograph of the corpse of a UN soldier being desecrated on the streets of Mogadishu, the Pulitzer Prize-winning war reporter and photographer seems a fascinating contradiction. All manic energy and deep, haunted guilt; a man whose work has had a measurable impact on […]

Theater J’s new season: Jewish family life, Evangelical christianity, Neil Simon, Arthur Miller and more

Theater J, long a dominant company in Jewish theater throughout America, will offer a 2016-17 season full of plays about dominance under attack — including a perhaps surprising choice: Lucas Hnath’s The Christians.

Falling Out of Time at Theater J (review)

Among the pivotal works of modern literature, novels like “Infinite Jest” and “Finnegan’s Wake” have proven so dense, so abstract, so impenetrable as to be nearly adaptation-proof. You can add to that list David Grossman’s genre-defying “Falling Out of Time,” a dense meditation on loss and grief that blends poetry, prose, and drama. Theater J accepted the […]

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