Faced with the sad decline of the American soap opera, where can a hungry populace turn for their daily fix of melodrama and overblown romance? It’s Opera Alterna to the rescue, offering up a slice of daytime drama with a classical twist in their inspired musical farce, Gallantry: a Soap Opera in One Act.
Archives for July 14, 2011
Ken Johnson wants to teach you the secrets to his success. Unfortunately, he just isn’t that successful. This is the premise of Laura Zam’s play An Hour With Ken Johnson, which, just as unfortunately, is as unsuccessful as its main character.
Grubargs, an Eh, and a Berganoff, oh my! Unveiling a sequence of fairy tales peppered with the whimsical vernacular of Dr. Seuss, The Foo Fah Show celebrated the bare bones of the theatrical experience, where grandeur technical elements are replaced by human foley noises, a large Post-it pad covered in Crayola marker, and ultimately, the […]
Can you ever truly detach from the world? From emotions, like heartache, greed, love? From the mundane, the pettiness of every day existence? Is this truly liberation, or is renunciation of the world a different kind of bondage?
An interview with e-Geaux (beta)’ s Joseph Price and Amy Couchoud Believe it or not, groundbreaking technology is making its world premiere at Capital Fringe. And Steve Jobs is nowhere to be seen. When e-Geaux (beta) producer Joseph Price told us he and his team had developed a brand new audience interaction app, linked to […]
DC Will Always Love Dilla part of the DC Hip-Hop Theatre Festival July 12 – 2011 — Approaching the 9:30 Club for the DC Loves Dilla benefit concert, I can see the steady stream of people buying tickets and entering the venue, other small groups gather outside, hugs, handshakes, and the low rumble of conversation […]
Last night, four very fine actors lit up the stage with some magnificent acting for two hours in John William Schiffbauer’s new play, Live Broadcast. I was riveted to my seat for every second of those two hours.
Adventure Theatre’s production of Charlotte’s Web – an adaptation of the E. B. White classic – reflects the company’s ability to showcase what high ranking theatrical talent can do with beloved tales enjoyed by all ages.
At a time when US military presence around the globe falls under ever greater scrutiny, playwright Michael Silver begs the question “Can occupiers ever be truly accepted by the occupied?” Through the prism of a quiet Russian-occupied town in 1940’s-era Poland, Silver’s The Storehouse examines themes of national identity, forgiveness, and the utter futility of […]
The prospect of death doesn’t seem very funny. Fraught with complications and impending doom, most people try to ignore the topic. Joel Jones, however, walks the fine line of morbid comedy with delightful ease in his solo performance, Life Insurance. Jones explores one highway fatality – seen from three perspectives – with great care in […]
A true hero leads with great sacrifice. Jack Wassell, who plays Socrates in Socrates the Lover, epitomizes the character with a noble calling. His Socrates has a sharp, wielding power that is felt throughout the production. We gain a strong understanding for Socrates’ character in both the professional and personal realms.