Side Show lets its freak flag fly with a glorious production that combines astounding visual artistry, a ripping yarn and a tingly emotional score, stirringly sung by the company, which is as heart-stopping as a high-flying aerialist act.
Archives for June 20, 2014
Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea at Source Festival
We are two hundred years or more in the past, in the hold of a slave ship during the Middle Passage. An African man (Rashard Harrison), bound for slavery, slips his bonds and tiptoes quietly deeper into the hold. He sees a beautiful woman (Tracey Farrar), held in a tiny pen. Silently, with exquisite care […]
It’s been a very good year for actress Erin Driscoll
The 2013-14 DC theater season has been something of a whirlwind for Erin Driscoll. Theatergoers have been treated to one amazing performance after the next from the beautiful and talented actress, whose operatic soprano and rich vocals have been lighting up area stages.
Avenue Q, another hit musical at Olney
In one of the most shocking and controversial Tony results ever, Avenue Q took home best musical in 2003, defeating the much flashier, more star-studded and much larger-scale production of Wicked. The outcry from people wondering how Jeff Whitty’s little show (with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx) about puppets could take […]
Andrew Potter on his crazy journey on The Road to High Street
— a guest article written by Fringe artist Andrew Potter — The Road to High Street is the live, multi-media, musical, storytelling performance of my days as a guitar-playing, unicycle-riding, rubber chicken-juggling street performer with my longtime fire-eating friend, Wheeler Cole. We called our act The High Street Circus. Wheeler and I met in college […]
We Forget, We Never Forget at Source Festival
We generally do not grade art on the curve, but if anyone ever deserved it, the two artists who staged this artistic blind date do. Nineteen hours before We Forget, We Never Forget was about to launch, Layne Garrett and Rick Westerkamp learned that the third member of their trio, Jessica Solomon, was pulling out […]
Memorial celebration for Jerry Manning at Arena Stage on Monday, June 23
From Arena Stage — A celebration of Jerry Manning’s life will take place at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Monday June 23 at 6:00pm. The gathering, organized by Gary Phillips—a longtime friend of Manning—will be in the Mead Center’s grand lobby. Those in the D.C. area theater community and any others who might like to say a few […]
Menzel fans rightfully flock to If/Then
The new musical If/Then, by the same creative team that brought us the prize winning Next To Normal five years ago, is once again an imaginative and impressive piece of work. Written by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics), directed by Michael Greif, it once again tells the story of a woman […]