Right around grade school we’re reminded that kids are intelligent in different ways. Some will grow up to be great mathematicians, others great diplomats or chefs. And the few hanging out by the costume chest banging on pots and pans just might show up onstage at The Shakespeare Theatre.
Archives for May 2012
You think your family’s crazy? Compared to the purposefully pixilated Sycamore-Vanderhof clan — the characters, and I mean characters, populating George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s exuberant comedy You Can’t Take It With You — your relatives probably err on the side of prosaic. You get to hang out with these eccentric lovelies for nearly three, […]
Whatever there is to say about The Ice Child (and there’s a fair amount to say), no one can claim the play is spinning its wheels. To realize the tale of a girl captured and imprisoned in a basement freezer by her psychopath professor, the creative team has brought out as many bells and whistles […]
“It was a brave man,” Jonathan Swift once observed, “who first et an oyster.” Douglas Carter Beane is a brave man, and for much the same reason. He took Xanadu, a 1980’s flop-o movie musical – the one which ended the brief movie-star career of Australian songbird Olivia Newton-John—and audaciously turned it into a play. […]
The ACME theatre, which I’ve done a brief piece on, will be going up with a new version of the Three Sisters this weekend. But don’t expect mustached colonels in late 19th century Russian military attire.
Musical theatre lovers along the Eastern seaboard have begun to buzz about what’s been menacing the team over at 1st Stage in Tysons Corner, VA. On tap for the ambitious young company is a brand new, re-envisioned production of the rarely produced Flora the Red Menace, the very first theatrical collaboration of legendary songwriters Kander and […]
On May 7th, the Baltimore theatre world received some good news: the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, currently located in Howard County, announced its purchase of the downtown Mercantile Safe Depost and Trust Building, a classically designed brownstone built in 1885. What was born as a bank, and transfomed as an afterhours spot for Baltimore party people, […]
Many plays dealing with the heart of the AIDS crisis feature justifiable anger and fury. Yet Steven Dietz’s 1994 play Lonely Planet demonstrates that a gentle approach can be just as powerful and touching, as it is in the excellent production now playing at MetroStage.
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced that it is now accepting applications for its 2012 National Critics Institute to be held July 2-16, 2012 in Waterford, Connecticut. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 15, 2012.
Artomatic is the arts festival which, each year, moves into a vacant commercial building and invites the public in, without charge, to meet and celebrate the work of local artists.
“Do u no wot the hum is?” ask the cryptic ads for Hum, which had its world premiere on Monday night at the Atlas. Having seen the play, I now know what “the hum” is. But I’m still figuring out what Hum is – and that’s a point in the play’s favor.
It’s been an exciting few weeks for us. For the second time in four years, a DC metro company has been honored with the coveted Regional Theater Tony Award, this time going to The Shakespeare Theatre Company, which in my opinion was long overdue.