In an innovative move, the creators and executive producers of Truth the musical are staging its world premiere here in DC with a three night run (Feb 26 – 28, 2015) at THEARC Theater in Anacostia and live streaming it worldwide for free Friday night, Feb 27th at 7:30pm.
Archives for February 2015
National tour of Anything Goes. Book aside, Porter’s still de-lovely
I remember reading a biography of one of the great British actors — Laurence Olivier, I think it was. He had been doing a tour of this country. He took back to England something that wasn’t immediately available there, something that his friends back home were wildly eager to have the chance to hear: recordings […]
Cops called on Kushner play
“It was a Tuesday night, our second full read thru, and we were at [producer] Aubri O’Connor’s house,” recalls Angela Kay Pirko, director of NuSass Productions’ spring show, Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day. “The play itself has some very – uh –active moments, and we were really getting into it, banging on tables […]
Synetic’s 50’s biker musical Much Ado About Nothing
Remember Eisenstaedt’s iconic victory photo, “The Kiss”? Taken in 1945, a sailor in white cap kisses a girl in white, a nurse, as she bends over backwards like a hairpin. You see the image in a flash as staged by two actors in the midst of Synetic’s frenetic opening scene. It’s a brilliant bit because […]
A wondrous Aladdin and his wonderful lamp at Puppet Co
The Puppet Co. uses all kinds of wizardry, creative projection design, and of course, terrific puppetry to bring the ageless tale of Aladdin to life. Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about the story, leave it to Christopher Piper and company to sneak nuggets of insight and awareness into the […]
Outside the Bachx: hip-hop in search of a story
Hip-hop is always hungry. Like the katamari of video game fame or the doubly insatiable hippos of the childhood tabletop game, hip-hop music and culture has absorbed (and remixed and made it’s own) every genre that it touches. From when it was born on the streets of New York City in the 1970’s, hip-hop has […]
Greg Pierce on creating Kid Victory with John Kander
“The impetus was from both of us,” Greg Pierce said about the new musical Kid Victory, currently in previews at Signature Theatre. Pierce wrote the book and lyrics, to music by John Kander. Kander is the Kander of Kander and Ebb, the prolific and successful team responsible for Chicago, the longest-running American musical in Broadway […]
A chilling Dialogues of the Carmelites from Washington National Opera
A Meditation on Fear and Mass Hysteria How the twist of a current event can bring a work alive. Far from being an opera about how faith put to the ultimate test offers a path to redemption, this Dialogues of the Carmelites feels like a difficult meditation on the power of fear, and not just […]
Snow cancellations Update: 9 shows so far. How to check before heading out
Most recent cancellations: Washington Stage Guild’s production of Back to Methusalah Kid Victory at Signature Theatre Bessie’s Blues at MetroStage – matinee and evening Much Ado about Nothing at Synetic Theater The Pirate Laureate… from Flying V Theater Last of the Whyos at Spooky Action Theater Love, Loss and What I Wore at NextStop Theatre […]
Last of the Whyos director goes big on Spooky Action’s small stage
When Richard Henrich, Spooky Action Theater’s Artistic Director, was looking for a new play by a woman playwright to run this season, he reached out to one of his favorite directors, Rebecca Holderness, to see if she had anything in mind.
At six, Intersections Festival packs in more discoveries than ever
Theater lovers will once again have lots to look forward to, as the 6th Annual Intersections Festival returns to the Atlas Performing Arts Center over the next three weekends. Of course, the festival offers more than just great theater; it also has performances in music, film, opera and dance—more than 100 in total gracing Atlas’ […]
Cherokee gets lost in the woods (review)
In roughly two hours, Cherokee packs in a man’s disappearance, sex in a tent, two slaughtered bunnies, a Native American wilderness guide, a midlife crisis, a pregnancy, bigamy, an improv theatre exercise, a case of amnesia, a fake accent, and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Not in that order.