Tuesday night, Trey Graham hosted the annual DC Theater Scene preview of the local theatre season at The Smithsonian. The discussion highlighted just a few specifics within the breadth of local offerings in theater, opera and musical theater, and dance. Here are a few of my recommendations for the coming season.
Archives for August 2016
We stand poised at the start of the new theatre season, pondering which plays and musicals will take us to new places, which will lead us to discover new talents, new characters, which will challenge us in new ways, and which will we greet like returning old friends.
Signature Theatre’s revival of the 1992 musical Jelly’s Last Jam is a rich slurry of jazz, blues and ragtime music, thunderous performances and some of the most extraordinary tap dancing you’re ever likely to see, assembled by choreographer Jared Grimes.
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins is true; it’s strange; it brings up a lot of interesting questions about the intersection of money and the arts; and it is now a movie. In fact, it is the latest star vehicle for that most renowned of contemporary movie actors, the one and only Meryl Streep.
Hoping to put you “into a ‘klunch’ (an internet-y little word to describe the state of mind of someone who’s become totally engrossed in something like Facebook, Netflix, or Pokémon Go),” The Klunch is bringing DODO Theatre Collective’s production of The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play to the Trinidad Theater at the Fringe Logan Arts […]
Here’s how you know you’re in a Martin McDonagh comedy: Father Welsh (Chris Stezin), Leenane Village’s dipsomaniacal priest, wanders into the fractious home of the Connor brothers to announce “Tom Hallan killed himself” — and the audience bursts out in laughter.
So, why doesn’t Shakespeare excite anyone anymore? And, what would it take for Shakespeare to garner the same level of hype as Star Wars or Harry Potter? These are the central questions of FEAR: a comedy? about performing Shakespeare, written and directed by Kathleen Akerley and produced by Longacre Lea.
One should probably not use the phrase “steals the show” to describe the performance of an actor in a movie featuring Meryl Streep as the leading lady, for such a thing is almost certainly impossible. But if it were possible, Simon Helberg’s turn as Cosme McMoon in Florence Foster Jenkins would serve as the ideal […]
Trey Graham will headline as DC Theatre Scene makes its second annual appearance at the Smithsonian Associates’ preview of the upcoming theater year.
Since the death of Zelda Fichandler on July 29th, there have been numerous tributes to the woman, her accomplishments, and her great and important legacy. All are well-earned and thoroughly deserved. In the pantheon of Washington, D.C. theatre-makers, the zenith position belongs to Zelda.