We have found no better wish for the New Year than this from poet/lyricist Fran Landesman.
Archives for December 2018
Let’s end 2018 on a high note
If we didn’t have the Holiday Season, Virginia, we’d have nothing but dark days and bad weather right now. Leafless trees. Bitter winds. And shutdowns. We’d have government shutdowns. It would be quiet. So quiet. We don’t like it dark and quiet. So we raise a joyous noise to celebrate and banish all that winter […]
Anacostia Playhouse robbed on Christmas Day. Recovery support needed for the Playhouse and Theater Alliance
As reported by Prince of Petworth: “Today, December 26th, the day after Christmas, our friends at the Anacostia Playhouse came to work and discovered they had been robbed. Thieves broke in and stole several laptops and computers, a tablet, box office cash, blank checks and credit cards (which they quickly used to make unauthorized purchases). As […]
The 22 shows of 2018 which made our ‘favorites’ list
An Opera production WNO’s The Marriage of Figaro with stage direction by Peter Kazaras “The Marriage of Figaro is an easy favorite, but who could have predicted that the luminosity of singing, musicianship displayed in the orchestra, and spot-on casting and acting of the ensemble would shoot off like a display of brightly colored fireworks? […]
As the Vietnam War defined a generation, does Miss Saigon reveal ours?
This is not a review. Rather, it’s a memory of an event that caused a kind of metastasized growth inside and, until now, kept me from ever being able to attend a performance of the Broadway phenomenon that was Miss Saigon. (It premiered in London in 1989.) Watching the revival tour production these many years […]
Our 24 favorite stage moments of 2018
A Moment Eric Owens in Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo. It is, to my mind, a most curious opera in search of a lead character, but… “Eric Owens opens Act II alone on stage in a kind of extended soliloquy. And how beautifully the cello part sets up the scene. Owens starts sitting facing three-quarters upstage; […]
Where to find live performances on Christmas Day
Most theatres are shuttered on Christmas Day, but we have found two performances for that evening. The National Theatre is open for the December 25 performance of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Tickets are still available for the 7:30pm show. If the songs of Christmas have put you in a jazzy mood, you might want […]
Ford’s Theatre and The Kennedy Center remain open through the shutdown
The two Washington-area theaters with a large Federal Government footprint will remain open during the partial shutdown of the Federal government, the companies reported. Ford’s Theatre, which is currently running its annual production of A Christmas Carol, will have no alternation in its production schedule. However, the theater, which is also a museum and historic […]
Review: The Play That Goes Wrong
I don’t care if The Play That Goes Wrong has won prestigious theatre awards named Olivier and Tony. I don’t care how much the ticket costs, and that there is an intermission, and that it plays, here and elsewhere, in temples devoted to Thespis. The talents of the hard-working cast aside, the deftness of the […]
Programs created in Tricia McCauley’s honor keep her memory alive
This holiday season is a time of celebration. It celebrates the possibility of hope, it celebrates redemption, it celebrates generosity of spirit, it celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. For many in our area, there is a sadness and a poignancy to the season as well. It was two years ago this Christmas that […]
DC Theatre Scene – facing a shutdown? It’s up to you.
In the waning days of 2018, I’m remembering the lesson learned by George Bailey when he saw what Bedford Falls would have been like if he had never been born. The Internet, we’re told, is forever. But that is only true for websites with the money to continue to provide content and to maintain and upgrade […]
DC Theatre in 2018.We answer your most burning questions
If you are a theater enthusiast (and we know you are), how busy could you have been in 2018? 464 productions = 38 days, and 16 hours If you watched all 464 shows, back to back, assuming they averaged 2 hours apiece, you would have spent 38 days and 16 hours in front of some stage somewhere. […]
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