ACE Book and Lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker Music by Richard Oberacker Directed by Eric Schaeffer Produced by Signature Theatre Reviewed by Gary McMillan ACE, Signature’s latest premiere (East Coast) musical directed by Eric Shaeffer, is a rambling mix of multigenerational, dysfunctional family saga and Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang heroic fighter pilot flash […]
Archives for September 2008
Thanks to everyone who voted for the DCTS Audience Choice Awards. This year, audiences had the chance to vote for their favorite nominees in 8 categories: Touring Show, Family Show, Play, Actor and Actress in a Play, Musical and Actor and Actress in a Musical. And after 6,086 votes we have winners. Who are they?
Resurrection By Daniel Beaty Produced by Arena Stage in collaboration with Hartford Stage Directed by Oz Scott Reviewed by Tim Treanor The gifted poet/playwright Daniel Beaty here presents us with a meditation on the self-empowerment of men, and in particular African-American men, which is earnest, perceptive and – dare I say it – a little […]
Oz Scott on Directing Daniel Beaty’s Resurrection Interviewed by Joel Markowitz Recorded August 21, 2008
Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted By Christopher Trumbo Produced by Rep Stage Reviewed by Leslie Weisman The colorful title “Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted” is a playful verbal lure that is true to the spirit of its subject. With a forthrightness that pays tribute to the blacklisted writer’s award-winning screenplays (The Brave One and Roman […]
Peace By Callie Kimball Produced by Washington Shakespeare Company Directed by Alexander Strain Reviewed by Tim Treanor This, this is why Washington theaters need to produce Washington playwrights – because Washington playwrights understand what Washington audiences want to see from their theaters. We don’t want plays about politics. We work in politics all day, and […]
1984 Adapted from a novel by George Orwell by Christopher Gallu Directed by Jim Petosa Produced by Catalyst Theater Company Reviewed by Tim Treanor War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. And Catalyst is in the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street, rather than its old digs at the Capital Hill Arts Center. I know this […]
In the final day of Page-to-Stage, artists continued to work in the key of new – even when representing the work of some of the most established authors of all. Our correspondents report: From Debbie Minter Jackson Daughter/Concubine by Danielle A Drakes with Danielle Martin The first act of this promising new play is a […]
Last month, we saw a play written by Kathleen Akerley; this month we’ll see one by Callie Kimball, and Washington theaters are everywhere exploding with the excellent work of Karen Zacharias. Washington writers are finally getting their props.