The abrupt dismissal of Ari Roth, Artistic Director of Theater J on December 18th by Carole R. Zawatsky, chief executive of the DC Jewish Community Center (first reported by Peter Marks of The Washington Post) has been followed by reactions of outrage from around the country, including this from playwright Tony Kushner. Nearly a week […]
Archives for December 2014
In support of theatreWashington. An actor defends push for living wage
I am a professional actor in favor of wage increases for artists, and I am at a crossroads. I believe many people in our theatre community are. It has been a tumultuous week that has brought many of our core values into question, and the debate is heated to say the least. I am, however, […]
Eric Ruffin, finding the divine in Black Nativity
When I first spied Theater Alliance’s 2014/2015 season, I was intrigued by their Christmas show: Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. Hughes was one of the most celebrated poets from the Harlem Renaissance, but I had no idea that he wrote plays. I wanted to dig a little deeper, so I sat down with Eric Ruffin, […]
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Kennedy Center
Sometimes, you get to see a play where the expectations are all laid out for you. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, now playing at the Kennedy Center, is that type of show, setting up expectations with its mere description then fulfilling those expectations with almost scary accuracy.
Washington National Opera’s The Little Prince
Hitching a ride through the galaxy with The Little Prince last week, the audience discovered magical delights in the opera and such truths that grown-ups never are capable of telling, perhaps, as the story tells us, because they are so strange. So, I went straight to the children.
Helen Hayes wage rules put small theatres at a crossroads
There’s a huge takeaway for small theatre companies in DC following the revised Helen Hayes eligibility requirements and the removal of Ari Roth from Theater J: In DC, at least, theatre is first and foremost a business. Each of us needs to decide what to do with that uncomfortable fact.
Kushner and Intelligent Homosexual’s cast denounce Roth firing
In an electrifying conclusion to the December 18th production of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism, with a Key to the Scriptures, members of the cast read a letter from Kushner praising former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth and denouncing the theater’s decision to fire him.
Lucie Arnaz is a standout among the extraordinary cast of Pippin
I loved Lucie. In fact, the highlight of the touring production of Pippin, coming to us from a Broadway run that nabbed a few Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, is “No Time at All.” That’s the show-stopping Act One number delivered by Berthe, the wise and eternally youthful grandmother of the show’s […]
Broadway’s original Pippin, John Rubinstein, is back in the show. Pippin: then and now
If you are old enough and lucky enough to have seen Bob Fosse’s original run of Pippin when it first premiered on Broadway from 1972-75—a run of 1,944 performances—you may have seen a boyish looking John Rubinstein—complete with an unforgettable ’70s perm—playing the title role.
Movie review: Annie
Leapin’ Lizards! “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow” have been auto-tuned to the point where the lyrics sound like they’re being sung by a toaster oven rather than by the optimistic moppet Annie.
Movie review: Into the Woods: Disney gets it right. Almost
My God…they’re actually getting this right! There is no more terrifying emotion to experience than hope, and, within the opening moments of Disney’s long-awaited film version of Into the Woods, hope was gushing through me faster than in any viewing experience I can remember to date.
Helen Hayes Awards’ new compensation requirements – what they are and what companies fear they will lose
This summer, Washington, DC passed The Minimum Wage Amendment Act raising the minimum wage standard to $9.50 per hour. By 2017, that hourly wage will be $11.50, figures well below what some theatre professionals are paid. theatreWashington has just issued professional compensation guidelines which apply to the Helen Hayes Awards, effective as of 2016.