There are hardly any traveling salesmen now, and yet we are almost all Willy Loman. We remember the home run we hit to win the big game in high school, when in fact we rode the bench at P.S. 89, and the big hit was in a sandlot pick-up game. We imagine that our diligence […]
Archives for September 2017
How Forum is solving the puzzle of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information
“Every character in the Forum production was invented in rehearsal. We worked on how many characters should be in each scene (where not specified), who the characters are, what is their relationship, and who says what.” – Edward Christian, Love and Information ———— My esteemed friends! Jon Jon Johnson here, bringing you an interview with […]
Kwame Kwei-Armah accepts leadership of one of London’s major theatres
Georgia Snow of The Stage broke the news that Kwame Kwei-Armah, once his tenure as Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage ends this June, will become Artistic Director of The Young Vic in London.
Insights from inside I KILLED MY MOTHER
Hey, DC theatre fam, Jon Jon here, with an interview from some key players in I KILLED MY MOTHER by Andras Visky closing this weekend at Spooky Action Theater. I took some time to speak with Producer Olivia Haller, Director Natalia Nagy, and a few of the actors. I first had a few questions for Olivia, […]
How Michael Kahn plans to exit Shakespeare Theatre Company
We were in the closing moments of my talk with Michael Kahn, then in the midst of directing two Pinter one acts. Given his recent announcement that he will leave Shakespeare Theatre Company in July, 2019, after more than thirty years at its head, I asked how involved with the company he intends to be […]
Michael Kahn directs Pinter one acts The Lover and The Collection
“We aren’t playing it for comedy, but you don’t actually play comedy for comedy anyway.” Michael Kahn (who is, as most readers will know, Artistic Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company) is readying a production of a pair of one-act plays by Harold Pinter. The bill includes The Collection, a “play I’ve always wanted to do,” […]
Stones in His Pockets review, captivating, serious comedy
“Kids these days,” or so I’m told, use “extra” as an adjective to denote that something is more than what is usual, expected, or necessary. As a noun, it means a person hired daily to play a minor part in a movie or a television show, usually as a background member of a mob or […]
The Treasurer review: a family’s final drama stars Deanna Dunagan and Peter Friedman
Max Posner’s play is called The Treasurer because a grown man is forced to take responsibility for the finances of his aged, widowed mother. But the title also suggests that he will take stock of the sort of debts that can never be repaid – the emotional ones accrued within a family.
Load-in, tech and grooming. Cat-tress Sweet Bea gets ready for her Shakespeare Theatre debut
Thrilling whisker-tingling moment to be inside the Lansburgh Theatre at last. I was met at the door and escorted to my private dressing room. There was my name on the door. It’s spacious and even has an equity shower, though they should have considered my tastes more fully on that one. Water? Ugh. I especially […]
Constellation’s throwing a wild, wild Wild Party review
Nothing succeeds like excess, Oscar Wilde once wrote, and nowhere is that more true than in America. We are the land that invented competitive eating; when the Olympics finally welcomed professional athletes we sent the Dream Team; and we have a world-class opioid epidemic.
How I Became a Pirate review. Adventure Theatre MTC’s most excellent adventure
There came a point toward the end of How I Became a Pirate (which opened this weekend at Adventure Theatre MTC) when, during an ensemble musical number, my eyes were darting from one part of the stage to another. I noticed that Captain Braid Beard was effortlessly juggling three balls.
The Bridges of Madison County review
When the expressive Erin Granfield sings about Iowa, drawing out each letter and syllable, you learn everything you need to know about her character’s quiet restlessness and pent-up longing.
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