The name Dennis Kelly didn’t register with me when I noted it in the playbill to his play Taking Care of Baby, which the Manhattan Theatre Club is currently presenting off Broadway. I should have known it for he is the author of the book of the musical Matilda, which is the reigning Broadway hit […]
Archives for November 2013
DCTS has partnered with Angelika Mosaic Film Center in Fairfax, Virginia to offer you free tickets to the latest screenings of opera, ballet and theatre from around the world. We have 3 pairs of tickets to the next screenings of the 2010 production by the National Theatre of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art, starring […]
Oscar Wilde remarked in A Woman of No Importance that “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” The dysfunctional Apple family in Studio Theatre’s intimate That Hopey Changey Thing certainly fits Wilde’s sentiment, as they navigate a rocky reunion one home-cooked dish at a time.
50 million people are expected to watch the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, including 3.5 million seeing it in person. That group includes many lovers of Broadway since the parade usually features some current theatre productions among the 30 floats, 52 balloons, 900 clowns, and countless marching bands. Theatre lovers will have to choose between the […]
As I observed master class after master class across the spectrum of vocal music that was represented this past weekend in American Voices, I learned that the format is more comfortable for practitioners in some styles (opera and musicals) than others (pop and country.) Sure, the American public gets to sit in front of their […]
If there’s one thing we can be sure of in DC Theatre, it’s that each season we’re going to see something by William Shakespeare. According to Washington Post critic Peter Marks, that’s becoming a bore and reeks of security over artistry. But no matter how many times you’ve seen a particular play, you’ll never see […]
For the first time in its history, the Royal Shakespeare Company has recorded a production from its famed Stratford-Upon-Avon theatre for live broadcast. The production is Shakespeare’s Richard II with David Tennant (of BBC’s “Dr Who” fame) in the starring role. First live streamed to the UK on November 13, the broadcast has now been […]
There’s never a shortage of productions of A Christmas Carol this time of year, but for those looking for something a little different, MetroStage continues its popular holiday tradition of making things a little less ordinary—and a lot more fun. One thing’s for sure: This is not your grandparent’s Dickens.
The In Series Pocket Opera Company continues its season with another bold and juicy double bill. Last spring, Love and Money, a surprise hit, featured Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s last opera (written in 1918), Gianni Schicchi, the saucy, hilarious satire, laced with realism. In contrast, The Spirits (Le Villi), a dark one-act fantasy, is the […]
Ask yourself which theatre company in our area is the most responsive to changing cultural demands. Perhaps a few come to mind, but if Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is on that list, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation would agree with you. Just announced: Woolly Mammoth have been awarded an $800,000 “Change Capital” grant by the […]
You know the story by Mark Twain. You know a lot of music by Maury Yeston – composer/lyricist of Nine, Titanic, Goya, Death Takes a Holiday, many songs from Grand Hotel and the more-beautiful-than-that-other-guy’s Phantom. Put the two together and you have the new two-disc recording on PS Classics. But it is different than other […]
Last Friday evening, the premiere jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves ran a Jazz Master Session in the Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center. Renée Fleming moderated the event as part of a weekend she had spearheaded called American Voices, a celebration of our many vocal traditions and styles. This was followed up by a panel discussion […]