“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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This new group of Scene Stealers says a lot about how much talent we have in the DC area and is a tribute to the up-and-coming group of young actors, singers, and dancers who graced our local stages with scene stealing performances, sprinkled with great performances by two of our local theatre veterans.
Welcome to part 2 of our series of interviews with this year’s Helen Hayes nominees.
Leading up to the April 5th Helen Hayes Awards, we’ve created a virtual pre-show party with over 100 Helen Hayes nominees attending. In one corner, the designers talk about their transformative arts,
We asked our staff and some friends, which three plays still resonate with them at year’s end. While a few took slight liberty with the number limit, we’re exceedingly pleased with this final list. Coming soon: Most memorable stage moments in 2016.
It’s spring and Dame Edna Everage came back to Broadway carrying Michael Feinstein along with her, in a revue called All About Me. The two are an odd couple.
We’re suckers for a good match up: Frazier versus Ali, Lincoln versus Douglas, Celtics versus Lakers . . . C. S. Lewis versus Sigmund Freud? The latter would surprise many of us, who would never think to put the evangelical Christian Lewis in the same room with the fiercely atheistic father of psychoanalysis. (History did […]
If you’re like me, you’ve already done your Christmas shopping, filled out your budget for the next fiscal year, and made arrangements for your final repose after The Event Which Awaits Us All occurs. Now it’s time for something much more difficult: planning your theater season.
It’s time once again for my annual tribute to new plays and playwrights . These are the relatively recent original plays which made their area debut in the DC area during the 2011-2012 theatre season. Each of these plays brought me joy as an audience member and envy as an occasional writer.
Taken together, Parts One and Two of Shakespeare’s Henry IV are so big that they need a category of their own. I left Friday night’s performance of Part Two thinking of cathedrals, which you have to look at first from the top of a hill — to see the architect’s design — then from the […]
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 […]
A blind date can be a boon or a bust for two strangers seeking romance. But what if the couple know each other and use blind dates as a game in an attempt to keep a spark in their relationship?