Puppetry as a family affair takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to the Pipers in this historical rendition of Pinocchio, the boy puppet who yearns to be a real boy. This version remounts the story as well as the actual puppets created fifty years ago by Leonard Piper, Christopher Piper’s Dad, who […]
Archives for February 11, 2016
The City of Conversation at Arena Stage (review)
The City of Conversation fits Arena Stage like a glove. The play itself brims with intelligence, bristles with conflict, and presents the fine art of political discourse in a town where such talk is as common as traffic on the Beltway.
I Shall Not Hate from Mosaic Theater (review)
How do you distinguish between “liking” a piece of art and “respecting” it? Is it even possible to like something if it completely devastates you? If thinking on it too deeply causes physical pain? Under those conditions, then I say that yes, I liked I Shall Not Hate quite a lot. While not perhaps the […]
Cabin in the Sky Review: jazzy, corny all-black musical restored at City Center
Five years after the Gershwin brothers debuted Porgy and Bess, a Gershwin protégée born Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dukelsky (aka Vernon Duke) composed the all-black musical Cabin in the Sky, which lasted longer on Broadway. Its restoration by the Encores concert series shows why it was a hit — and why it has since virtually disappeared.