Whipping, or the Football Hamlet has rushed into CUA’s Callan Theater with Kathleen Akerley calling this play as writer and director as she does most every humid DC August. As a theatergoer, it’s an exciting time. Just before the mass of September openings that signal the start of the theater season, Akerley often offers a […]
Everyone has an idea of how Shakespeare “should” be performed: from the gorgeous flashiness of Shakespeare Theatre Company to the original practice imitations of American Shakespeare Center to edgy interpretations popular on Fringe stages. But for my money, Shakespeare performed outdoors, on a ramshackle stage and under the stars, is hard to beat. That’s especially […]
A man wanders onstage, a mad look above his riotous beard. Another man comes on, petrified with fear, not seeing the disturbing maniac. With lightning speed, the bearded man pounces and tears a massive gash in his victim’s neck. Blood shoots everywhere while the cannibal gargles his hideous laugh, gore oozing down his gullet.
If you’ve ever picked up a roommate from an online ad, you know that living with strangers can be, well, strange. In a world premiere from outer space-oriented Nu Puppis collective, that strangeness becomes literally alien as four extraterrestrials are inexplicably thrown together by the roommate roulette of the internet. Here’s the catch, none of […]
Alana Wiljanen made a good choice in calling her group’s co-created Shakespeare adaptation MacBheatha, instead of the more famous Macbeth, Shakespeare’s sordid tale of a Scotsman murdering his way to power. Her scrappy bunch of (mostly) University of Richmond students dissolve the classic into its atomic parts then reconstitute it into something new. What this […]
There are certain topics that one avoids on first dates. Like race, politics, religion, Moby Dick, your ex. Mixed Blessings is the story of how these topics can make a first date go spectacularly wrong, and yet bear the fruit of a relationship.
You might be tempted to dismiss Ulysses on Bottles as a niche-appeal “issue play,” but this first opening for Mosaic Theater since receiving the Outstanding Emerging Theater Company Award at last week’s Helen Hayes Awards shows why you would be wrong and why Mosaic will be an all-around heavyweight on the DC theatre scene for years to come.
Best arrive on time for Nearly Lear, a one-woman clownish Shakespeare adaptation blowing through the Kennedy Center for just this weekend. That’s not just because KC’s Family Theater may be the most Mussolini-esque of all houses in the DC area (they drop the lights the precise second the clock turns from 6:59 to 7:00).
It’s rare for traditional, big budget Shakespeare productions to find new angles on the major works of America’s most-produced playwright, and even more rare for those angles to work well without falling into “Why are we doing this again?” territory.
If you get too weirded out by the second song in Signature’s newest world premiere musical, Midwestern Gothic, where out-of-work mechanic Red takes Polaroids of his stepdaughter Stina in “A Million Poses” while she eggs him on by asking “Do you think I’m pretty?” you may have signed on to the wrong musical. Because it only […]