“I’m speaking.”–Kamala Harris to Mike Pence at the Vice Presidential Debate. That simple, emphatic statement could serve as the rallying cry for the new theater company, Two Strikes Theatre Collective, founded in the midst of COVID19 and a summer of racial violence that continues to scorch-earth America’s soul. Two Strikes Theatre Collective is an artistic […]
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While theatre communities across the nation were enjoying their dark Monday, Houston, Texas’ theatre community was in the middle of a natural disaster. As Hurricane Harvey continued to pound the city with torrential rains on the morning of August 28, 2017, pictures began circulating around Twitter of water approaching the Alley Theatre’s main entrance and […]
Actors love August Wilson. Audiences love to see his plays, often more than once. Theatres love to include them in their seasons. Off the top of my head, I can think of four productions that will play around here either this season or next – Piano Lesson opens in just under two weeks at Olney. […]
Welcome to part 2 of our series of interviews with this year’s Helen Hayes nominees.
These latest scene stealing moments came from the debut of a professional company, from a children’s performing company and from some outstanding musicals at community theatres.
How do you solve a problem like The Two Gentlemen of Verona? This comedy, often speculated by scholars to be the first of Shakespeare’s plays, is one of his least-beloved (and least performed) works – and not without reason. The language, by Shakespearean standards, is weak. The meandering story offers numerous plot points and themes […]
The central dilemma of this play is that one of the Gentlemen of Verona, Proteus (Noah Brody) is no gentleman. Instead, he is a cad who seduces and abandons Julia (Jessie Austrian), betrays his friendship to Valentine (Zachary Fine) and pursues Sylvia (Emily Young) much against her will, coming within moments of raping her. He […]
In Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play, the brother-and-sister acting team of Felice (David Bryan Jackson) and Clare (Lee Mikeska Gardner) are backstage, ready to open “The Two-Character Play” in which they play two agorophibic siblings, Felice and Clare whose lives have been defined by a childhood tragedy: their father shot and killed their mother and […]
The Rites of Passage, the second of the three 10-minute play events which opened the Source Festival, involves those pivotal moments that help define our character and provide a solid basis for a number of different playwriting choices.
Seeing Two Trains Running at Arena Stage marks the halfway point of my consummation of playwright August Wilson’s decalogue of dramas expressing the 20th century black experience in America. Viewing Wilson’s Century Cycle—each play is assigned a decade from the 1900s to 1990s—has been one of the great pleasures of my theatergoing life. In past […]