Because schedules for the Page-to-Stage Festival can be difficult to find when you arrive at The Kennedy Center, we offer this printable guide. Keys: Locations (AR) African Room – Opera House; (AT) Atrium; (BR) Bird Room – Concert Hall; (CH) Concert Hall; (CL) Chinese Lounge; (FT) Family Theater; (HON) Hall of Nations; (IL) Israeli Lounge […]
Archives for August 2019
Page-to-Stage New Play Festival at the Kennedy Center
For theater enthusiasts, Labor Day weekend isn’t about one last trip to the beach or three relaxing days at home. For those of us in D.C., it means it’s time for the annual Page-to-Stage festival and checking out some of what the theater community has in store in the months ahead. Now in its 18th […]
Round House Theatre in Bethesda reveals its major makeover. Here’s what you’ll see when you visit.
After being out of house since January to make room for extensive renovations, Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md., has unveiled its new space just in time for its exciting 2019-2020 season, and it is spectacular. The 400-seat theater has been closed since the beginning of the year to make way for improved acoustics and […]
Review: the nonstop Beehive, The 60’s Musical at NextStop
The decade known as The Sixties contained so may different mini-eras it’s a wonder that those of us who lived through it didn’t all become split personalities. At times näive, hedonistic and fiercely political yet ignorant of events beyond the soda fountain, it’s the time in America when even the teenagers grew up. Beehive suggests the […]
Review: Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine
It has become a trope of a certain type of made-for-TV movie for the successful, career-driven woman in the Big City to have to return home to her humble beginnings and learn the true meaning of happiness (usually with the assistance of a hunky Everyman). But none of them look anything like two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning […]
Review: Sondheim’s Assassins at Signature Theatre. Something just broke.
There are so many weirdly gleeful moments stuffed in Assassins, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and book writer John Weidman’s darkly comic and brilliant musical vaudeville exposing the ailing heart of American political culture. One of the most gripping is when John Wilkes Booth (Vincent Kempski) passionately borrows from the example of Willy Loman’s ignominious end in […]
After tours and a Tony, Keith Randolph Smith is back in August Wilson’s Jitney. Here’s what he’s learned.
Keith Randolph Smith is a member of the cast of August Wilson’s Jitney, now in rehearsal, and opening this Fall at Arena Stage. He plays Doub, one of the drivers for the eponymous jitney in Wilson’s Pittsburgh, where he and most of the other characters work. This conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and […]
Free Community Days at DC area theatres start this Saturday. DC shifts into party mode
With 32 shows rehearsing for September openings, the 2019-2020 season is about to start in earnest and there are some awesome free celebrations going on. Round House Theatre Bethesda, MD August 24 11:30am – 6pm More details With the completion of its massive makeover, Round House Theatre, out of house for much of last year, […]
Dining review: BLT Prime by David Burke
This is the first in a new series of spotlights on restaurants offering special dining for theatre lovers. Earlier this summer, BLT Prime by David Burke launched a three-course prix-fixe Pre-Theatre dinner menu to provide an exceptionally diverse and delectable dining experience. The menu seeks to highlight the restaurant group’s popular mainstays, and a little […]
Review: Despite a solid 4615 production, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal gives one pause
The second leg of 4615 Theatre Company’s “Summer of Scandal” repertory, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, opened this past weekend at the Dance Loft on 14th. My review of the other play, Enron, is here. Is it fair to evaluate Betrayal alongside Enron? One is a searing docudrama indictment of American capitalism, the other a semi-autobiographical play […]
What Eric Ruffin found while directing Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine
When Mosaic Theater decided to stage two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient Lynn Nottage’s satirical Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine, artistic director Ari Roth sought a director who could find something perhaps a little different from the script. Roth placed a call to Eric Ruffin about directing, though it wasn’t a slam-dunk yes. Nottage’s play tells the […]
Review: Sartre’s No Exit.
Three different people, an eternity of living with the judgment of others in one tiny room, and one “hell” of a play. I could only be talking about one particular piece of vintage world theatre, No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1943 existentialist rumination. Not frequently seen onstage today, Dark Horse Theatre Company has brought No Exit […]
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