DC Theatre Beat recently visited Rorschach Theatre to see their production of A Bright Room Called Day. After being mesmerized by tremendous acting and a near perfect marriage of live theatre and video effects we had the chance to sit down with Helen Hayes nominated actress Lindsay Allen and discuss her character in the show, […]
Archives for April 2006
Chief Ike’s Mambo Room was the venue for Solas Nua and Forum’s Beckett 100 year birthday party on Tuesday night. I arrived around five thirty just in time to find the Solas Nua crew blowing up the balloons. Our staff writer Tim Treanor and his wife Lorraine Treanor arrived shortly thereafter and our reporting crew […]
Manicures and Monuments, the latest offering from Journeymen Theater, has some very funny passages but it is not simply a comedy. It is, instead, that rarest of things – a play for grownups, composed of the small epiphanies and simple pleasures that ordinary people have to comfort them against the relentless buffeting of life.
Silent Partners is a play which examines the relationship between radical playwright Bertolt Brecht and his English-language translator, Eric Bentley. In a profound and compelling way, it measures the moral price people are willing to pay for greatness, or for closeness to it. DCtheatrereviews.com, in its first podcast ever, interviews Charles Marowitz, the playwright […]
Verfremdungseffekt translated from the German is estrangement effect and it is one of the defining principles of Epic Theatre, the stage theory Bertolt Brecht wanted audiences to realize. He wanted them to distance themselves from the production.
When Greg Kotis backpacked through Europe one summer, he was annoyed to discover that most of the public restrooms were coin-operated. Under similar circumstances, many people would have complained to the American Embassy or their friends back home. Kotis wrote a musical about it.
Godzilla is a product of pop culture; some say the birth of pop culture. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your point of view, he has never become a part of my sphere of knowledge. Sure I laughed at the movie clips along with my friends and I even found the whole sci-fi scene rather (How […]
The Helen Hayes After Party, 2006
A musical about the price of peeing was the toast of Washington last night, as Signature Theater’s Urinetown won eight Helen Hayes awards for 2006, including the award as best resident musical.
Words only go so far in being able to describe The Gigli Concert. The descriptions and abstracts don’t prepare you for the incredible transformation of character in the piece. As such, descriptions do not do justice to the heart and soul of the play. It really has to be experienced.