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.

A Kiss you’ll not forget at Woolly Mammoth (review)

American theater has been mucking about in the sandbox and, meanwhile, the playground, the school, and the entire world have been burning down around us. Those were my first thoughts after leaving Woolly Mammoth’s US premiere of Kiss – an enveloping feeling at once depressing and tantalizing.

DC playwright wins MacArthur Genius Grant

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the DC-born playwright whose Appropriate and An Octoroon astonished audiences at Woolly Mammoth, has won a MacArthur Fellows Award — also know as a “genius grant” — of $625,000.

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (review)

The wide-eyed, baby-faced babe with a bod known as Betty Boop is an icon—a 1930s cartoon character based on singer and dancer Helen Kane (and influenced by other ladies of the day) who became a sex symbol in the same era that a couple of mice took to the screen. A tweak here, some changes there […]

Mike Daisey plays The Trump Card (review)

“He’s very good at what he does.” Despite 100 minutes of blistering and savagely funny assaults on the mogul-turned-pitchman-turned-megalomaniac, monologist Mike Daisey still pays Donald Trump credit in his one-man performance of The Trump Card, now playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (review)

Daring to take on incendiary subjects of race and slavery is a risky move, but playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is not averse to controversy, and the awards and accolades keep coming – The play won an Obie and acclaim in New York, in addressing “…the complexity of American identities and their unresolvable connection to our legacy […]

Nataki Garrett directs provocative Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth

  Director Nataki Garrett remembers studying the script of Dion Boucicault’s 1859 antebellum melodrama The Octoroon in college. While working with playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins on Neighbors in 2010, she learned he had workshopped an updated version of the play in New York.

DCTS ticket giveaway: An Octoroon at Woolly Mammoth. Contest ends Thursday

Update: We have a winner. Look for another great giveaway coming soon. For this week’s giveaway, we have a pair of tickets to Woolly Mammoth’s season closer An Octoroon by award winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

The Nether at Woolly Mammoth (review)

The desires and dilemmas The Nether explores are as dark as they come, so the question for the potential audience member is: are you afraid of the dark?  Or do you find it contemplative? 

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company introduces wild slate for 2016-2017

Chaos, confusion, mystery and excitement will reign supreme in the 2016-2017 season which Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company announced yesterday, including Clare Barron’s controversial Baby Screams Miracle, the American debut of a new play by Chilean master Guillermo Calderon, the gender-mashing Hir, originally scheduled last year at Studio, and a Relentless Award semifinalist, Collective Rage: A […]

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