Mosaic’s Triple Launch: New Company, New Playwright Jay O. Sanders, and New Play, Unexplored Interior Jay O. Sanders is an actor. After a long, varied, and busy career on stage, on TV, and in film, he would be hard-pressed to meet someone who hasn’t seen his work somewhere along the way.
Archives for October 2015
This inaugural production of the New Millennium Howard Players opens with a sizzling first scene featuring a delectable Lily played by Annette James being thoroughly courted by Sowande Tichawonna, who makes his moves like he’s got something to prove.
“Is that the real Don Quixote?” whispers one awe-struck, five-year-old boy sitting near me in the GALA Hispanic Theatre, as helmeted actor Roberto Colmenares, gallantly flaunting shield and lance, makes his first entrance down the right aisle.
Nobody applauds Keira Knightley when she first appears on stage for her Broadway debut in Thérèse Raquin. The audience doesn’t recognize her; she’s in the background under faded light, the third character in what is mostly a two-character scene in the breathtaking adaptation of Emile Zola’s breakthrough novel of adultery and murder.
All of us have shows we haven’t gotten around to seeing yet. We all have our lists- yes, yes, we’ll board a Bolt Bus to NYC soon, gotta get to that one, hear it’s good. Problem is, though, wait too long and eventually the Broadway show closes, the road shows peter out, and we’re stuck […]
Time is out of joint in Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive, making its regional premier at Round House Theatre. Taking place solely in the rundown apartment of Tommy, a Dublin burnout trying to get by, the play tells a tale of redemption, or at least some twisted facsimile thereof.
Annaleigh Ashford has starred on Broadway in Wicked, Legally Blonde, Hair and Kinky Boots; accepted a Tony for what she called “the worst dancing that ever happened on Broadway” and portrays the ex-prostitute in the Showtime series Masters of Sex. All that has led to Sylvia, where Ashford is the best show dog ever.
I haven’t seen a show so polarize an audience since Studio Theatre staged Annie Baker’s The Aliens, where I witnessed multiple patrons demanding their money back at intermission and a patron in the front row hissing “It’s like watching paint dry!” in between scenes. But critics loved that show, and The Aliens turned out to […]
“Give the Public What It Wants”. This mantra of theatrical management goes back a long, long time, and long before he became the Elizabethan age’s Boy Wonder, William Shakespeare wrote a rather standard revenge play to pay the bills and bring in the crowds.
Raw milk is liquid gold. Or so Eliza (Allison Turkel), the human matriarch of Red Robin Farm, believes. It’s nutritious and pure, and she thinks it will save her derelict, multi-generational dairy farm, which has fallen in disrepair for myriad reasons, including the government regulation banning the direct sale of raw milk for drinking. But, […]
Women’s rituals, eco-spirituality, shamanism, and Celtic wisdom are the themes in Sandra Kammann’s self-produced offering for the Women’s Voices in Theater Festival. The unabashed celebration of the Feminine is a “strand” in the tapestry of women’s writings and in other art forms that we might expect to see in a women’s festival – and yes, […]
Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, has begun a year long Artist-in-Residency program with the Connecticut-based design firm Theatre Projects. But fear not, Shalwitz will be commuting from DC for the residency. His major work will continue to be here with the company he helped found in 1980.