Lisa Carr, an enthusiastic DC theatergoer who considers less than a hundred shows to be a “slow year”, has won the 2016 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award as this year’s outstanding audience member.
Archives for September 2016
Even if you think of yourself as being more cultured than the average American, it can be hard to work up the courage to attend ballet performances. What if it’s too long? What if it’s boring?
Just announced: Come From Away has secured Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where it will open for previews February 18, 2017. Come From Away, a new musical at Ford’s Theatre, tells of how the small town of Gander on an isolated island in Newfoundland took in almost 7,000 stranded strangers, or “Come From Aways,” for a week […]
Everyone remembers their first contact with death. I don’t mean Death, though I assume that first face to “face” meeting in the no-longer flesh is quite memorable. I mean the first prehumous contact with death of someone close, when the mind begins to grasp the shattering gravity of what it means to be gone forever.
Family – just because you love them, doesn’t mean you have to like them. Theater J’s alternately side-splitting and emotional production of The Last Schwartz follows the dysfunctional Schwartz family as they struggle against the current of ever-changing values, priorities, and geography. It asks a tough question: What holds a family together, when shared traditions […]
Listen up, guys and molls. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has pumped lead, film noir lead, see, into that chestnut Wait Until Dark and it’s a looker. Youse need to leg it to Everyman Theatre because this show is the jakes.
The truest measure of a show is often how it leaves you feeling. Sometimes, a show has got its work cut out for itself—taking someone from an incredibly rotten mood to elation (or deep thought, depending on the material). It’s no easy feat. And, yet, that’s what Catch Me If You Can was up against […]
When Urinetown first played the New York Fringe Festival in 2001, it became one of the most buzz-worthy musicals to hit the Big Apple in years. With an outrageous original story by Greg Kottis and music by Mark Hollmann, the story details a city in the midst of a dire water shortage and an all-powerful […]
Recent reports of the death of Angels in America’s relevance are greatly exaggerated. If anything, the recession of the AIDS crisis in America (or, at least, in the mainstream American consciousness) and the gay marriage victory allow Tony Kushner’s masterwork to leap out of its epoch and become truly timeless. As with the English monarchial […]
There’s a certain somber and sober tone you expect from shows about disasters. Representations of recent genocides or terrorist attacks especially take on an almost religious nature, a hushed sacrality where emotional highs can only be wrenching and painful. Not so for East Coast premiere 9/11 musical Come from Away, a toe-tapping Stomp and Holler affair […]
Nothing but the bare essentials for this multi-leveled, rich play, as staged by José Luis Arellano Garcia from Madrid, Spain. It’s his signature style, that won recognition with a 2016 Helen Hayes Award for director for Outstanding Direction for Yerma at GALA. The set design by Silvia de Marta is disarming. Three upstage doors reveal […]
Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero is a rare work that is, at once, a drama, a comedy, a romance, a mystery, and a modern morality play. It is an outstanding work that makes for equally outstanding theatre in 1st Stage’s excellent production.