The Greatest Show on Strings! This is how our Ringmaster describes Circus! at The Puppet Co. after he has entered the stage’s single ring. What follows is thirty-five minutes of engaging big top antics, performed by a cast made of wood and stuffing, manipulated by two puppeteers.
I’ve just spent a most unexpectedly engaging evening at the theatre, seeing the “dragapella beautyshop quartet” known as The Kinsey Sicks in their return to Theater J, whereat they’ve been in residence previously, as they perform their latest show, titled Things You Shouldn’t Say.
Awards shows are their own animal. Each iteration has its distinctive aspects, but, no matter how much they try to fight the basic formula, it’s hard to avoid similarities: acceptance speeches that can bleed into each other in memory, as familiar memes repeat; outcomes that seem so urgent and important at the moment, but may […]
Laura Giannarelli has been to each Helen Hayes Awards ceremony since the inception of the awards. As this is the 33rd annual, she’s heard “and the award goes to” many, many times.
“Thirteen wonderful years.” As this theatre season comes to its end, an era will come to an end as Naomi Robin leaves her job at Theater J as its long-time Casting Director.
About halfway through Fun Home, which opened Wednesday night at the National Theatre, ten year-old Alison is in a coffee shoppe with her Dad. It’s the second time during the show that father is chastising daughter for not wearing a barrette. Regarding her appearance, Alison resists gender conforming choices, and this frustrates Dad.
Dorian’s Closet is a musical about the life of the drag performer Dorian Corey, mainstay of the Harlem ball scene and “Mother” of the House of Corey. She died in 1993, just a few years after the documentary Paris Is Burning (the definitive exploration of ball culture) had given her heightened exposure.
“Since it was my decision and my timing and my will, it was easy, on that level,” Joy Zinoman said when I asked her if it had been easy to stop leading The Studio Theatre, the company she founded and then ran for thirty-five eventful, memorable years.
“A King and No King has never been professionally staged in the DC metropolitan area before, and it’s our fifth play from the early modern era that we can say that about, in just six years of production. Five of the plays we’ve done are four hundred years old and have never been done in […]
“It’s like rehearsals are on fire.” Say “Joy” to anyone at all involved with theatre in DC — as practitioner or as audience — and that person will know immediately that you are talking about Joy Zinoman.