Kathleen Turner is not afraid to speak her mind, as any observer of her lengthy streak of strong female roles can tell you. At the Newseum last Wednesday night, Turner held forth with her trademark brassy wit on her upcoming role in Arena Stage’s production of Red Hot Patriot: The Kickass Wit of Molly Ivins, […]
Archives for August 2012
Extended runs at Keegan, Olney and Studio
Theatregoers are liking what they’ve seen this summer. Not only was Capital Fringe a success, box office demand at three theatres this August have earned their shows extended runs. You have just one more week to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Studio Theatre. The company has announced its second, and final extension for the […]
Cirque du Soleil has done it again with its particular brand of entertainment magic. Conceived in 2010, TOTEM has kept the company’s commitment to delivering a “no animals circus” by having simians and other beasts played by some pretty specialized homo sapiens.
The theatre community comes together for Taking Care of Our Own
Taking Care of Our Own was created to assist Washington area theatre professionals experiencing personal emergency situations.
Routine can be both comforting and confining, offering stability while constructing artificial walls that silently guide our daily lives. In their jaw-dropping production of Rob Handel’s A Maze, Rorschach Theatre explores the depths of our own prisons in an arresting portrait of obsession, addiction, and fear of the unknown.
DVD’s: Dearest Enemy, Chocolate Soldier and The Mikado
Each of three new DVDs of 1955 and 1960 televised musicals has its own charms, but one stands out as the most delightful of the bunch. It is the 1955 black and white television adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s first successful book musical, Dearest Enemy.
Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote
It’s always nice to have Horton Foote’s people around, particularly in Manhattan, to which they bring color, wisdom and wit of a different sort than that usually doled out in our town.
Audience Choice voters boost Arena, Keegan, Signature and Shakespeare Theatre offerings
Finalists just announced for the Audience Choice Awards
Favorite contemporary plays from the 2011-2012 season
It’s time once again for my annual tribute to new plays and playwrights . These are the relatively recent original plays which made their area debut in the DC area during the 2011-2012 theatre season. Each of these plays brought me joy as an audience member and envy as an occasional writer.
DC’s Shear Madness turns 25
Comedy is serious business. And for a little production tucked away in the Kennedy Center for the last 25 years, the serious business of making people laugh has been instrumental to the success of Shear Madness.
The end of days strikes close to home in Impossible Theater Company’s new devised piece, [missed connections] at The Fridge, a snug but supercool gallery space near Eastern Market. The play follows four DC residents’ lives over three months after they learn that the end is nigh. The science behind this particular apocalypse is intentionally […]
Hamlet at the Dupont Circle fountain
Groundlings gathered in Dupont Circle Saturday night to watch Empty Chair Theatre Company juggle skulls and, eventually, die all over the fountain’s north steps in a swashbuckling and free public production of Hamlet.