Two one acts from Flying V: All Apologies and Me and the Devil Blues In an ethereal forest between heaven and hell, rigid rules govern the day-to-day of the heroin loving, hard-drinking 27 Club: Janis (Katie Jeffries), Jimi (David Samuel), and Jim (Christopher Herring). All Apologies takes you to an “after party” with the most […]
Archives for September 2013
You have to hand it to Synetic’s Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili. It took courage to turn his back on the basic ‘wordless’ formula that has won the company many accolades with its invented physical theatre style and to set out boldly to discover a new sound, a new style of movement, and, most importantly, a […]
Do you know who wrote “Blue Suede Shoes”? I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t Elvis Presley. No, that honor belongs to Carl Perkins. (known to all as Mr. Phillips), the founder and owner of Sun Records out of Memphis, TN., famously promised a Cadillac to the first musician on his label to score a […]
Romeo and Juliet are back in town, but in David Leveaux’ stark new production, it’s difficult to tell just what town it is. The Prologue, as spoken here by Friar Lawrence instead of Chorus, tells us we are still in Verona, but from the look of things, it would appear to be closer to Verona, […]
Measure for Measure is not a play that deals in easy answers, but Jonathan Munby’s new production at the Shakespeare Theatre makes no problem of losing yourself in a night of spectacle. When a pair of strippers in nun’s habits open their robes and spin their tasseled breasts, it’s hard to think about your groceries.
The movie adaptation of the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods began shooting on Wednesday in England. Already promotional stills and footage are appearing on the web to promote what Disney hopes will be the big hit of the 2014 Christmas season.
How’s this for an actor demonstrating stunning range: Bruce Randolph Nelson’s next project is playing the driven, intense (eventually suicidal) artist Mark Rothko in John Logan’s Tony-winning play Red. He jumps into that shortly after finishing up his current gig, playing Capt. Jeffrey Spalding, the Groucho character, in the Marx Brothers’ comedy Animal Crackers.
For someone who plays a suicide bomber every night, Estelle Parsons keeps an awfully sunny disposition. The Oscar-winning actress, 85, is in DC to play Alexandra, the headstrong protagonist of Eric Coble’s new play The Velocity of Autumn, in what may turn into a pre-Broadway run but can be seen now at Arena Stage. Alexandra’s […]
Special Agent Galactica, a regular on the DC club scene, seen here at the Black Fox Lounge. Special Agent Galactica sashays up to the stage and looks out at the narrow cavern of the Black Fox Lounge. It’s go time. For her first act, Galactica delivers American standards with a mix of irony and earnest […]
Absurdism, or as playwright Joseph White chooses to label his brief plays Sandra and Salvador Rosa “oxy-moronic”, is a hard theater genre to get right. The layering of meaning and futility beneath facades of outrageous circumstances and over-the-top characters requires a solid grasp of theatrical rules and a lot of chutzpah to break out of […]
Artful. Brilliant. Irreverent. Simple, yet genius. Everything—from the writing to the stage direction and the acting itself—is a marvel to watch in the Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s salute to Vaclav Havel, a poet, playwright, dissident, and former president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.
In Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit, Woolly Mammoth faced overlapping challenges to bring the show together. The play calls for a set in which two houses face each other across a shared back yard: One household well-maintained, but perched precariously on the brink of ruin, and another that has already begun a descent into decay.