Neda wants to die, and if this play had worked as I think it was intended, you might have wanted to die a little, too. Regrettably, Luigi Laraia’s earnest, plodding script has a surfeit of rhetoric and a deficiency of story, so that despite some first-rate acting we feel not horror and revulsion but impatience […]
Archives for July 15, 2015
Barenaked Comedy brings together the “bar arts” of burlesque and standup comedy for an endlessly entertaining evening. This bawdy, adult showcase has a truly random assortment of talented performers, who prove that the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts.
I wouldn’t want to meet a Jacobean if The Bloody Banquet was their idea of drama. At the same time, I’m glad we have Brave Spirits Theatre to interpret and serve up this centuries-old cannibalistic romp for our oh-so-refined modern sensibilities.
The “play within a play” device is a tough trick to pull off, even for the likes of Shakespeare. XY Players’ Experimental offers up a trippy tale about actors trapped in a murderous script, swinging unpredictably between serious mystery and campy satire.
Look what the stork dropped off: a nice bundle of joy all wrapped up in the musical Baby. It’s happily cooing away at Infinity Theatre Company in Annapolis. And this baby does not just crawl; this musical has legs to stand on its own two feet.
“This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” – T.S. Elliot, “The Hollow Men” Or, if you are Happenstance Theater, the DC area’s premier clown troupe, it ends with displaced persons, misplaced hats, violent illness, heads that screw open and a butterfly named Grace, which Pandora (Sarah Olmsted […]
Kristen LePine’s new play Leto Legend offers a feminine perspective on the male-dominated world of comic books and the heroes that populate them. With an emphasis on the comic, the play presents high stakes situations, a formidable foe, action, and a heightened world – all satisfying elements that work effectively throughout the 90 minute play.
War and Peas is a charming and delightful treat for young audiences, for the friends and family of young audiences, and for more general audiences who will enjoy and appreciate low-tech, yet imaginative, story-telling aimed at engaging children.
Not as well known or as often produced as Conor McPherson’s later works The Weir, Port Authority or Shining City, this superb production of This Lime Tree Bower is every bit as worthy, in the custody of Quotidian Theatre Company, which has become the best stage to experience McPherson’s plays in the Washington, D.C. area.
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