Theater critics, at least good ones, should be grizzled theatergoing veterans and yet be centered and sensitive enough to relive the experience of the newcomer every time they see a show. To be a brutally honest with myself, I was only one of those at a Saturday matinee performance of To the Clouds from Arts […]
There are few topics more horrifying and less funny than one’s parents’ sexuality. But Qui Nguyen, one of the hottest American playwrights of the moment, has embraced the embarrassment of parental porking to make Vietgone, a story of homes and loves lost and found in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. This DC premiere of […]
If you’re looking for the cutting edge of DC theater, look for the groups who are interrogating the boundaries of what it means to even be a theater. From Forum’s actor-less The State to TBD’s immersive wonderlands to The Tarot Reading’s ‘theater without lies’* to the variety of groups making plays in bars, houses, hotel rooms, […]
Being stuck in the world of 410[GONE] might seem like Hell for most people. After all, it is a trippy video game afterlife full of maddening puzzles based on Dance Dance Revolution and manic Chinese deities that get high off of human pain. While it is Hell of a sort (technically more of a purgatory) […]
You would have to be quite the hermit to be missing the current cultural moment of the horrifying and sometimes violent interactions between bodies, sex, and power. With news full of the empowered brought down by abuses they have committed and feeds full of #MeToo’s, #IHave’s, #MenToo’s, and #BelieveWomen’s, Nu Sass’s DC premiere of the […]
In today’s information age, where significant cultural moments flutter in and out weekly, topical theater may not age well. But sometimes, art speaks to fundamental fault lines in a culture, and that divide is played over and over with different names attached. The Real Americans, a solo show in Mosaic Theater’s “Transformational Journeys” series, is […]
Memory is a home we can’t help but live in. Wandering from room to partitioned room, we reflexively replay the moments that define us in our search of what they mean for who we are.
There is still dictatorship in Europe. Protestors are beaten in the streets. Artists and activists are tortured in prison. An iron-fisted strong man rigs elections and crushes all opposition. This is not a setup for a dystopian film. This is Belarus 2017.
In the wake of an historically deadly mass shooting and a historically unpopular president comes a musical comedy of sorts about guns, presidents, and their tragic interplay from Lincoln to Reagan. These elements, brought to life by the catchiest tunes in the Sondheim oeuvre, make for a musical that feels not only worth doing, but […]
Imagine the worst dinner party you could attend. Not the worst for company (everyone here is erudite and cosmopolitan), nor the worst for purpose (a celebration of achievement), nor the worst for food and drink (scotch, an adorable fennel salad and pork tenderloin in the oven). No, the worst because everyone says things they shouldn’t, […]