No heads will roll at the Folger this month. Ian Merrill Peakes strikes a brooding tone on the promotional art for Henry VIII, with an unbuttoned tunic and a smoldering stare to rival the one summoned by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. But unlike that actor’s fiery exploits on Showtime’s drama “The Tudors”, Peakes must act his […]
Archives for October 2010
What happens to a young woman whose childhood is a funhouse mirror chamber of horrors and who grows up with no sense of self and no grasp of the value of human life? Meet Lisa (Mary Myers), a 16 year old Southern girl, the heartrending anti-heroine of Rebecca Gilman’s play The Glory of Living.
Constellation Theatre Company’s staging of Women Beware Women, while described by its 15th century playwright Thomas Middleton as a tragedy, is a wonderfully entertaining farce as boldly adapted by Jesse Berger. It’s a crazy, wild ride of a play where the terrific cast of morally depraved characters and their sly, knowing winks to the audience […]
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” These words, penned (in French) during the Second World War by writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, will immediately ring a bell with children of all ages and nationalities.
While the current revival of one of Jerry Herman’s greatest musicals has many things to enjoy in person, the two greatest of these come through loud and clear in the recording just released on PS Classics – the performances of Kelsey Grammer and A. J. Shively.
An interesting alternative method of raising seed money for new arts projects will debut in DC this Saturday, October 23rd, when Kitchen for Innovation (KOI) holds its first event at St. Stephens Church in Columbia Heights catered by Sweetgreen.
I have delayed my review of Bay Theatre’s production of this Terrence McNally play for nearly a week, for two reasons. The first is that, despite my great admiration for McNally’s work, I did not like what I saw on stage. The second is that McNally himself, along with the work’s director and actors, were […]
Blood Sweat & Fears III – The Red Velvet Curtain This latest collaboration between Molotov Theatre Group and Shawn Northrip is designed with a particular type of audience in mind. You know who you are. You’ve just come back from the pleasures of “Jackass 3-D” and you’ve not quite exhausted your taste for the startling, […]
In the last three months, there were many performances that moved me, made me laugh, and made me stand up and cheer at the final curtain. Here are my favorites. Bravo to all of you!
Primary Stages is continuing its policy of bringing new works, straight and musical, to the New York stage with In Transit, a small musical with not a lot on its mind. Seven appealing performers sing out its message, which is that we must not worry too much about past or future,
After eight years of working on it, and a lifetime of thinking about it, he finally had a musical ready for prime time, but needed $6,500 to showcase it. She had a once-in-a-lifetime invite to bring her Denver company’s vaudeville-meets-Cirque show to an Off-Broadway theatre but needed money to build a juggling machine for the […]
Part 1 in a series on Philadelphia directors from Curtains, SilverHill, Macbeth, and The Three Penny Opera. It’s one of my favorite Kander and Ebb musicals and I’ll be seeing the final performance of Curtains at the intimate Walnut Street Theatre on October 24th. Last year I loved Walnut’s production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and […]