After the recent political season we have all just made it through, the song “We Need A Little Christmas” has never seemed more apropos. So you won’t find this guy bemoaning yet another holiday-themed offering on area stages, already populated by Ebenezer Scrooge, dreamy little Clara, and even the Grinch. I have been playing Christmas […]
Archives for November 2016
In 2017, we will head into a social and political time unlike any other in our modern history. Theater, far from being superfluous, will be essential to helping all of us understand our lives and our world.
Is there a roof left in Anacostia? Doubtful, now that Black Nativity is back in the community for a third time. A joyful noise is made—and then some—in Theater Alliance’s soulful, soul-stirring revival of Black Nativity, Langston Hughes’ 1961 “Gospel Song-Play” that, as one character says, “puts the Christ back in Christmas.”
When a garden is neglected “you clear away the dead parts / so the tender buds can form,” sings the character Dickon at the beginning of Act 2 of The Secret Garden. That’s exactly what Shakespeare Theatre and co-producer, The 5thAvenue Theatre, have attempted to do with the 1991 Tony-Award winning musical. Streamlined and refined for contemporary […]
In Alana Valentine’s Soft Revolution, Meera Narasimhan as Aunt Sarrinah cooks a feast of Afghani foods for herself and her niece Shafana (Nayab Hussain). After the production you will find a dish waiting for you. It is delicious; Narasimhan has an excellent touch. Regrettably, Valentine’s play remains undercooked.
This may be the best thing you’ll see in theater all year, so hold on — to your hat, to your significant other, to your life.
So many of the benchmarks from my almost forty years working in the small professional theatre scene in Washington, DC were shared with my dear friend Richard Mancini.
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Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge was an experiment. Miller wanted to take the elements of Greek tragedy and focus them on a protagonist who is not a ruler or a great warrior, but instead is a common man. Ivo van Hove’s award-winning production (three Olivier awards in London, two Tony awards on Broadway) […]
WSC Avant Bard is presenting a world premiere and critics have lavished praise on its playwright. “Jonelle Walker’s vivid, artfully unnerving TAME. is a retort to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,” raved Celia Wren in The Washington Post. (The title of the play, by the way, is all caps and ends with a full-stop.) […]
You are in Church. The magnificent voices of the choir (opening night was the Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ James E. Jordan Jr. Choir) rise in song. You see them, in Theater J’s balconies, clapping, swaying, moving with the grace of God. They are in service (as all artists are) of something greater than […]
“…it’s kind of terrifying how relevant it is all of a sudden. And I’m hoping … that people are going to hear this play this time around in a way that maybe they have not heard it before.” I was speaking with Andrus Nichols who plays Beatrice in the acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s A […]