Among all of the sports, boxing consistently produces the most gripping stories. Rod Serling’s portrayal of one battered gladiator of the ring, Requiem for a Heavyweight, was originally written for live production on “Playhouse 90” in 1956 and became one of the most acclaimed works of the era. If you see the superlative production by […]
Archives for January 2011
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The Helen Hayes Awards, which certainly knows their way around great musicals and glamorous parties – each year they throw a lavish cast party following the Helen Hayes awards – have created a new monthly event, a chic piano bar singalong and everyone is invited.
Washington is full of hidden treasures, especially when it comes to culture and entertainment. You know – the concerts at many of the city’s museums and cultural institutions, from the National Gallery of Arts concerts, to the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center to the Tuesday performances at the Church of the Epiphany. Things like […]
I’ll be frank with you – I didn’t know much about Lumina Studio Theatre until I read a ‘rave’ for Lumina’s The Comedy of Errors … at Colonus?. by DCTS reviewer Leslie Weisman in which she called the production “a remarkably inventive and accomplished effort by the young company.”
Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights, now being given sweet and vigorous voice at Arena Stage, could be with perhaps more justice called How the Mad King Shahryar Recovered his Humanity, so astutely does it measure the healing power of storytelling. We all know the tale of the brilliant Scheherezade (Stacy Yen), who forestalled her execution […]
What dreams may come for young Naomi is a matter of which pills, vitamins, sleeping aids and supplements she’s taking that night. With no parents around, and faced with a wave of existential blues, the lonely sixteen-year-old self-medicates and ponders her proper place in the universe. Pills are often a playwright’s gateway into dysfunctional satire […]
Before there was “Toy Story 3”, there was the beloved tale about the Velveteen Rabbit – a loyal toy that provided hours of fun and play, but then over time loses its appeal and usefulness. The tale is simple and ageless, and quite befitting for the most basic story-telling of all. In the Applause Unlimited […]
The Greatest Star of All: Ed Dixon on playing Max Von Mayerling in Sunset Boulevard. It’s rare when an actor gets a chance to reprise a role he loves, and that’s what happened to Ed Dixon when Eric Schaeffer asked him to play the mysterious Max Von Mayerling in Signature Theatre’s popular production of Andrew […]
Even the genius Eugene O’Neill, the only American playwright to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, had a learning curve. And Director Kathleen Akerley, who has the courage to think outside the box and take humongous risks, tackles his great but flawed, three-act play.