This show is Art with a capital “A”. It is awe-inspiring. It is life-changing. As the actors inform us in the prologue, it may, in fact, be “the most important piece of theatre you will ever experience.” Just kidding. This show is ridiculous.
Archives for July 7, 2017
You don’t have to understand quantum mechanics – or even elementary physics – to follow Quantum Suicide: A Talk by Professor Sophie Miller, the one woman show now enjoying its first Fringe production at Caos on F. However, it does help to be familiar with TED talks, the wildly popular lectures – now heard on NPR […]
Was ever a jailed sex offender more self-righteous and self-pitying than Rabbi Barry Freundel in this brilliantly disturbing new play by A. J. Campbell? Were ever such a predator’s’ victims—in Freundel’s case the women he surreptitiously photographed undressed for his own private spank bank—given more eloquent voice to state how he hurt and violated them, to […]
Morningstar is a small chamber drama playing in the basement of Shopkeeper’s on Florida Ave, (a venue whose old wooden floors add quite a bit of natural folly to the performance, some useful, though mostly not). It was written by Nathaniel Klein, who also stars. It was directed by Madison Middleton, who also plays a small, […]
With a breezy “Hi, y’all!” Clyde Ensslin welcomes us to the complicated story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, as told by none other than Big Bill Clinton himself. It’s a chance to relax, enjoy, and learn more about one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of our nation. Sophia Howes reviews for […]
Dorothy Parker claimed, famously, that she was “just a little Jewish girl, trying to be cute.” In fact, she was a legendary wit; the first female drama critic in America; and a successful writer of poetry, book reviews, short stories, and movie scripts. She may well have been the inventor of snark. Sophia Howes reviews […]
Nevertheless, She Persisted takes the pulse of the American landscape before and after the November 2016 election, offering a moving compendium of raw emotion, personal drama, and flickering hope. Director Lauren Hanna and her diverse all-female cast channel a curated assortment of crowdsourced stories that reveal the fraught everyday lives of American women in the […]
Stories of war wounded told from the point of view of military medics—those who try to save lives and bag the bodies of the ones they can’t—give glimpses into the bravery and heroism of the fighting forces who serve and defend. Taking the point of view of U.S. Army nurses sent to the front in […]
It was Emerson, who wrote: “If the whole of history is in one man, it is all to be explained from individual experience.” Well, if that one man was Lee Harvey Oswald, then it’s his lunch hour experience on Friday November 22, 1963, that might explain the dreadful path our country has since taken.
There are certain topics that one avoids on first dates. Like race, politics, religion, Moby Dick, your ex. Mixed Blessings is the story of how these topics can make a first date go spectacularly wrong, and yet bear the fruit of a relationship.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix. But enough about how my closest friends reacted to the election of Donald Trump. Let’s talk about the show.
This isn’t your normal poetry reading. Those words, spoken by Creator and Director Caleb Beissert as he introduced the Asheville-based Poetry Cabaret Collective, could serve as the tagline for the show. The performance is decidedly different than a typically-staid poetry reading. E. A. Aymar review on DC Metro Theater Arts