The gods moved to New Orleans for the music. So goes the premise of Dan Dietz’s riff on an ancient Greek tragedy, Clementine in the Lower 9, the latest from Forum Theatre, opening May 23rd at Round House – Silver Spring.
Archives for May 2013
DC-7 closes early at GALA theatre
Due to an unforeseen circumstance, GALA Hispanic Theatre’s well received production of DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story has closed one week short of its planned run. GALA ends its season next week with Salvadoran comedian, Julio Ernesto Hernández Yúdice, appearing for 2 nights only (May 31 and June 1) with his latest creation, “Memorias de […]
theatreWashington’s piano singalong is tonight at Signature Theatre
This month, theatreWashington’s popular piano singalong Showtunes & Cocktails features Alex Tang at the piano with special guest, on her night off from Keegan Theatre’s The Full Monty, Helen Hayes Award recipient Priscilla Cuellar.
The Raisin Cycle comes full circle at CenterStage with Beneatha’s Place
Never thought I could welcome or anticipate meeting a character more than Aunt Ester Tyler, the 285-year-old matriarch and soul-cleanser of 1839 Wiley Avenue whose touchstone presence filled so many of August Wilson’s plays. When I finally met her in 2003’s Gem of the Ocean, everything I had imagined and dreamed about Aunt Ester paled […]
STC’s The Winter’s Tale is stunning
With its dizzying brew of tragedy, comedy, palace intrigue, pastoral tomfoolery, and cameos by a marauding bear and a living statue, The Winter’s Tale often gives the impression that Shakespeare is taunting earnest theater types from beyond the grave. Though the Bard’s tricky work can often defy adaptation, director Rebecca Taichman meets and exceeds the […]
Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife on Broadway
In 1949 Clifford Odets, after years of cashing in on his early successes with the Group Theatre, returned to Broadway with The Big Knife, which was to be his bitter comment on the price he paid for leaving the theatre to take Hollywood money for turning material into screenplays for the masses.
Where to next for Capital Fringe?
Last night, Capital Fringe held a “State of the Fringe” meeting. Jonathan Fischer was there for City Paper, and turned in an excellent update on the status of the Fringe which includes a discussion of how long might the organization be able to hold on to their Fort Fringe headquarters, and which neighborhoods are under consideration […]
Maybe Smash isn’t. But Slings and Arrows was, and we’re all watching it together this summer
Hello, dear readers! Over the last several weeks, I’ve been very moved by how many people have come up to me, or written, and said something along the lines of, “Well, Smash is doomed, but I’m sad! I enjoyed your recaps and I wish you could keep writing!” I should also note at this point […]
Ken Ludwig holds free discussion of Twelfth Night and his latest book at Folger June 8
One of the Washington area’s most famous playwrights, Ken Ludwig (Crazy for You, Lend Me a Tenor, Fox on a Fairway, Shakespeare in Hollywood), will be hosting an interactive discussion of Twelfth Night, onstage now at Folger Theatre, followed by a book-signing of his new book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. The event is free and open […]
Keegan extends The Full Monty to June 8
Good news for all of you who don’t yet have tickets to see Keegan Theatre’s production of The Fully Monty. Thanks to the enthusiasm in the press – Susan Galbraith calls it “unapologetically a crowd pleaser” – and at the box office, Keegan has extended the raucus musical an extra week, now planning to close […]
Empty pockets but plenty of laughs. Sketch comedy from Crash of Rhinos kicks off the new company
Crash of Rhinos, a new theater company in the process of being born, will hold a sketch comedy revue called the “Crash!” in The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts’ black-box theater on Saturday, May 18, at 8 pm. Tickets are $10. Proceeds from the performance will go towards funding the incorporation of the new company […]
A free Show Boat at Nationals Park this Saturday, May 18.
While the Nationals are away, the Washington National Opera will take to the field of Nationals Park for their popular live broadcast from The Kennedy Center. This year, on the jumbo screen, ball park audiences will see the Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein musical Show Boat, now playing through May 26th in the Opera House.