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.
Archives for August 2012
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 […]
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.
Despite draconian financial cuts in arts funding in 2011, the Hispanic theatres have had the most terrific of all possible seasons ever!
The Shakespeare Theatre Company announced today that it is adding three additional productions, including the National Theatre of Scotland’s well-received Black Watch, to the 2012 portion of its 2012-2013 season.
Marvin Hamlisch died on August 7th, and left the world of music diminished by much. He was only 68 years old, and was, as always, neck high in the preparation of new works.
Forget all that you may have heard about August: Osage County. It is not a dark comedy where an Estelle Parson-ish virago grandmother skewers her pampered children with her acid tongue. It is instead a voyage into the land of the living dead, whose human weaknesses have led them into inhuman acts. It is fascinating […]
“It’s a big warehouse, basically empty with a nice tall ceiling, a little over 5,000 sq feet plus a small second floor that’s been built along one end, adding a nice amount of office space so we don’t have to eat up the playing space.” That’s Adele Robey, co-founder of H Street Playhouse, enthusing over […]
DVDs of old movies can serve a variety of purposes. Of course, they can simply offer entertainment, but they can also fill in the blanks in some of our knowledge of theater of the past.