Edward Gero is in his sixth consecutive year of playing Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre. If you want to do the math, he’s played the part upwards of 300 times. That comes to more than 1,200 visitations from Marley’s Ghost and the various Spirits of Christmas, be they past, present, or […]
Currently in the United States there is a great debate over what constitutes minimum wage. Why should the Washington Theatre Community be any different? Many of us are working hard contacting our reps in Washington and at home to get the minimum wage to a point where people aren’t taken advantage of by their employers. […]
The abrupt dismissal of Ari Roth, Artistic Director of Theater J on December 18th by Carole R. Zawatsky, chief executive of the DC Jewish Community Center (first reported by Peter Marks of The Washington Post) has been followed by reactions of outrage from around the country, including this from playwright Tony Kushner. Nearly a week […]
I am a professional actor in favor of wage increases for artists, and I am at a crossroads. I believe many people in our theatre community are. It has been a tumultuous week that has brought many of our core values into question, and the debate is heated to say the least. I am, however, […]
When I first spied Theater Alliance’s 2014/2015 season, I was intrigued by their Christmas show: Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. Hughes was one of the most celebrated poets from the Harlem Renaissance, but I had no idea that he wrote plays. I wanted to dig a little deeper, so I sat down with Eric Ruffin, […]
Sometimes, you get to see a play where the expectations are all laid out for you. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, now playing at the Kennedy Center, is that type of show, setting up expectations with its mere description then fulfilling those expectations with almost scary accuracy.
Hitching a ride through the galaxy with The Little Prince last week, the audience discovered magical delights in the opera and such truths that grown-ups never are capable of telling, perhaps, as the story tells us, because they are so strange. So, I went straight to the children.
There’s a huge takeaway for small theatre companies in DC following the revised Helen Hayes eligibility requirements and the removal of Ari Roth from Theater J: In DC, at least, theatre is first and foremost a business. Each of us needs to decide what to do with that uncomfortable fact.
In an electrifying conclusion to the December 18th production of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism, with a Key to the Scriptures, members of the cast read a letter from Kushner praising former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth and denouncing the theater’s decision to fire him.
I loved Lucie. In fact, the highlight of the touring production of Pippin, coming to us from a Broadway run that nabbed a few Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, is “No Time at All.” That’s the show-stopping Act One number delivered by Berthe, the wise and eternally youthful grandmother of the show’s […]
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