The idea seemed promising: take a classic, well-loved, mega-popular animated Disney film and remake it as a live-action movie; hire an accomplished, imaginative director; cast it with good actors. You would be guaranteed to end up with something different, fresher, more illuminating than the existing cartoon version, something potentially more powerful. One might even hope […]
A charming Continental vibe pervades Paper Dreams, the latest offering at Imagination Stage in its series (called “My First Imagination Stage”) that is specifically designed for very young audiences.
Three hours and ten minutes breeze by in The Select, Elevator Repair Service’s delightfully inventive riff on Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel The Sun Also Rises. I thoroughly enjoyed it, am extremely pleased to have seen it, and would recommend it highly, even if the experience was occasionally frustrating.
“This role — and this play — lifts off the Earth. It flies in a certain way. It’s such a great role and a great play.” Robert Joy, who has had a remarkable career in theatre, film, and television, was talking to me about his title role in King Charles III.
“When I leave here, I will try not to talk for the rest of the day.” It was 9:30am when I met Holly Twyford for a chat about the rigors of playing Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, her current role and one of the most demanding in the American theatre. The production runs […]
The last of many plays I worked on with Steve Wilhite was Richard II at WSC Avant Bard (then called Washington Shakespeare Company). I played the title role; Steve played Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk. After the grueling and demanding abdication scene, I would make my exit through an upstage door. A long line of […]
Through her work as an actor, as a yoga instructor, as an urban gardener, and as a nutritionist/herbalist, Tricia McCauley had a large network of colleagues and friends.
A great film version of a great play is a rare thing. More often than not, the alchemy that results in success on stage resists translation to the screen, and film history is replete with examples of movie stars who scoop up plum stage roles and end up making forgettable flicks. Denzel Washington’s film of […]
Last week, we posted Part One of my talk with three local theatre-makers who have engaged Shakespeare’s troublesome early comedy The Taming of the Shrew. Jonelle Walker’s TAME. runs through December 11th at WSC Avant Bard.
So many of the benchmarks from my almost forty years working in the small professional theatre scene in Washington, DC were shared with my dear friend Richard Mancini.