Three shadowy figures stand on a scaffold high above the stage, looking down on a tangle of eight foot strings and contorting themselves in and around each other to bring inanimate blocks of wood and celastic creatures, most no larger than three feet in height, to life.
Archives for February 16, 2012
If you think furs, Fabergé eggs, ballet when you think about 20th century Russia, Les Justes is here to remind you that for every lithographed Russian noblewoman traipsing around St. Petersburg in the latest Parisian fashions, there were hundreds of thousands of unseen serfs living on moss and wild roots in the countryside. For most […]
Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman is a story of black-on-black bigotry, parental abuse, internalized self-loathing, and alcoholism. In other words, just another fun night at the theatre.
Mary Zimmerman, the MacArthur Genius Grant recipient whose adaptations of Candide and The Arabian Nights played here to critical acclaim and box-office success, will bring Metamorphoses, her interpretation of the myths of Ovid, to Arena Stage next February as part of the company’s eight-production 2012-2013 season, Arena announced yesterday.
Most dedicated theater music fans are well aware that there was a momentous shift in the evolution of what we now think of as a “musical” in 1915 when Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton, in the cogent description of Steve Suskin, “concentrated on making comedy and song spring directly from situation and character” with their […]