How do you know the difference between a story and a lie? According to British spoken word artist Polarbear (aka Steven Camden), a lie is selfish, but a story is a gift. If that is the case, Polarbear’s engaging autobiographical one man show for children 8 years and older, Mouth Open, Story Jump Out, is […]
On November 6, 1963, 17-year-old Laura Welch (future First Lady Laura Bush) was driving down a dark road on her way to the movies when she failed to heed a stop sign, causing a car accident that would take the life of her friend and high school classmate.
You have likely encountered Doubt: A Parable before. Whether it be through the Tony Award-winning original Broadway production, the Pulitzer Prize-winning script, the Academy Award-nominated film or the multitude of well-received regional productions (including several in the DC Metro area), John Patrick Shanley’s meditation on the power of doubt vs. conviction has been in the collective […]
‘Tis the season to think about love, and whether you’ve got the “Dirty No-Gooder Blues,” are “Taking a Chance on Love” or you’re “Just a Lucky So-and-So” there’s a song that will speak to your heart in Creative Cauldron’s swinging production of Blues in Night.
In a season full of holiday spectacle, the rarely performed The Second Shepherds’ Play stands out for its sweet simplicity. With only a small three-piece band of expert musicians and modest, yet effective, staging and design, director and adapter Mary Hall Surface and her cast create a gentle bit of Christmas magic that is uniquely […]
When a garden is neglected “you clear away the dead parts / so the tender buds can form,” sings the character Dickon at the beginning of Act 2 of The Secret Garden. That’s exactly what Shakespeare Theatre and co-producer, The 5thAvenue Theatre, have attempted to do with the 1991 Tony-Award winning musical. Streamlined and refined for contemporary […]
Rameau’s Nephew is a stage adaption of enlightenment era philosopher Denis Diderot’s fictional dialogue between a moralistic philosopher (“I”) and his foil, the greedy and hedonistic nephew of a famous composer (“He”). Too risqué to be published when it was written in the 1700’s, Rameau’s Nephew was made available to the public posthumously in a […]
Washington, DC, 2:16 AM, a car bomb goes off in a supposed terrorist attack. The suspect is a Middle Eastern-looking man with a beard. Amor is a Washingtonian of Middle Eastern descent with a beard and a large backpack who just needs to run a few errands the day after the bombing. In the middle […]
Duke Ellington said that jazz is “not an occupation or profession, it’s a compulsion.” In the biographical drama Paul Gonsalves on the Road, Gonsalves, legendary jazz saxophonist and longtime member of Ellington’s orchestra, embodies those words. On the Road chronicles the dramatic arc of a life defined by the push and pull between the beauty […]
When we meet Mary Toft at the beginning of How to Give Birth to a Rabbit, she sings “I’d give my blood” to rise above her life of poverty and indigence, and that’s exactly what she does. Rabbit is the true story of Toft, who in 1726 England began inserting small parts of rabbits inside […]