Jack and the Beanstalk has been given a musical and psychological twist by Stephen Sondheim in Into the Woods and now the classic fairy tale becomes modernized and kid-powered in a world premiere by Charles Way titled JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC.
Archives for February 2016
Tennessee Williams, midway through his career, wrote the quintessential Southern family drama: filled with scheming relatives, family wealth, and an unspoken secret, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1955.
Opera as a genre is ripe for reinvention, as artists seek to engage audiences that have more entertainment options than ever. In Series’ Carmen in Havana gives a bold new spin on Bizet’s classic, pulsating with fresh, infectious energy while struggling at times under the weight of its own ambition.
Plays about extreme Beauty always seem to contain extreme ugliness. Woolly Mammoth’s newest offering, the off-Broadway smash and award-winning straight play Guards at the Taj, is no exception.
When considering the new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream now weaving a spell of enchantment and romance at the Folger Theatre, three words come to mind: fun, sexy and magical.
The most fun you can have at a three-hour epic about slavery. A huge, sprawling play (with six more parts still coming!) that boils down to a few simple conversations. A story that illuminates the African-American experience by way of Greek tragedy. Verse on the plantation, prose on the battlefield, and blues guitar in between. […]
If ever you feel that local talent can never be as good as what you’ll see and hear in New York or LA, consider this: sometimes people come here to see new stuff. ‘Local’ is relative.
A fascinating conversation about the fascinating story of an all-too-ordinary man, Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, at Washington Stage Guild, is theatre for people who like to laugh at, and think about, things they never expected. As a replacement for the originally-scheduled third installment of George Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methuselah (postponed until the company’s 30th […]
Can you think of anything as emotionally dramatic or hilariously rambunctious as a party at a haunted drunken lesbian coke house? Me neither. Fortunately, you’ve got an invitation to the Stone Tape Party: Remix, produced by Nu Sass at Atlas Performing Arts Center.
The narrator clues us in at the outset that what we’ll be watching are the shadows of memories. This “truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion” are Tom’s sheltered remembrances of the last days spent with his fragile sister Laura and desperately grasping mother Amanda before abandoning them to their wretched fate.
On Monday night, we learned that Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner and the cast of The Turn of the Screw received Helen Hayes director’s nominations for the Creative Cauldron production. They responded:
1. This Chihuahua Who Found Out That There Was No Live Stream of the Nomination Announcements, But Then Remembered That Twitter is a Thing. Notice that she is still real disappointed. I’m sure someone did the calculations on viewership and setup cost and it didn’t work out, but that doesn’t mean that one still can’t […]