Souvenir purports to be one big gag about bad opera singing – and of course some people would say all opera singing is appallingly funny– so a comedy based on the life of an historic, horrendously bad soprano would be like aiming at the side of a barn. Any joke, or should I say note, […]
Archives for February 2014
While Imagination Stage has produced a top-notch show—ingenious set, magical ambiance, quirky costumes, music and excellent actors—its decision to perform this “old as old” tale without taking modern liberties to turn the script of this straw fable into a true pot of gold disturbs me.
For more than 20 years, Holly Twyford has distinguished herself as a go-to actress for directors in the D.C. area, as the stage vet has piled up a list of Helen Hayes nominations and awards that are a mile long. Whether a comedy, drama or a mix of both in a Shakespeare production, the actress […]
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 each screening of Coriolanus by William Shakespeare as recorded live from Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden on January 30, […]
Unless you’ve been following the DC theatre scene for more than a decade, Stan Kang may not be an actor you’re familiar with. Although he starred in numerous productions around town at places like Washington Shakespeare Company, Studio Theatre, Horizons Theatre and the Kennedy Center, he took a hiatus from the stage in 2002 to […]
The first time I saw STOMP was back in New York City’s Orpheum’s Theatre in 1995, when people all around Manhattan were buzzing about the unique production that combined percussion-minded “instruments” with an assortment of every-day items to create sound. It was astounding, loud (but in a good way!) and one of the most original […]
The Piano Teacher, next up at Rep Stage, may unsettle you, but mum’s the word about just what it’s going to unsettle you about. “You think the play is going to go one place,” says Kasi Campbell, “and because it’s a chiller, it goes a place you don’t expect it to go.”
Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang is a soul searching romp raising questions about racial identify, profiling, radical self-acceptance and more. Hwang’s writing is direct and sincere as he unveils his reactions to events that unfolded in his life while exploring his own intentions and motives as a playwright, an Asian American, and dutiful son.
If music is a universal language, why not add comedy and the use of household objects to the mix? That is pretty much what Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas did in the early 1990s when they originated STOMP, the live show that combines percussion, movement and improvisation to the delight of audiences around the world. […]
In times of pain, needless violence, and gunshots, glimpses of circus-like brilliance and pathos carry us to different (and more whimsical) dimensions. Impossible! A Happenstance Circus performed by Happenstance Theater at Round House Theatre entertains, sneaks up on you, and snaps you awake.
This is the fairy tale story of the whirlwind romance between a lonely, lyrical young script and the scrappy theater company that swept her off her feet. Such is the tale of Rorschach Theater’s production of Glassheart, currently in the midst of a hot-selling run at The Atlas Performing Arts Center.
This past weekend the Kennedy launched its first annual International Arts Leaders Forum. It was a grand vision with as grand a title. The stated goal was that big institutional leaders would come together and tackle some of the performing arts industry’s “most difficult questions and chart the course to a more sustainable future.”