Unlike most of us lazy mortals, Christopher sees everything. And in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, now playing at the Kennedy Center, we see the world through his unique perspective – brought unforgettably to life with dazzling stage and lighting that is nothing short of virtuosic.
Mike Daisey plays The Trump Card (review)
“He’s very good at what he does.” Despite 100 minutes of blistering and savagely funny assaults on the mogul-turned-pitchman-turned-megalomaniac, monologist Mike Daisey still pays Donald Trump credit in his one-man performance of The Trump Card, now playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Mike Daisey on his latest, The Trump Card, at Woolly Mammoth
As we hurl toward an unpredictable and increasingly surreal election in November, Donald Trump’s persona is hard to avoid. Endlessly looped on news broadcasts and grabbing headlines each day with his latest provocations, he has finally achieved the level of ubiquity that many suspect compelled him to join the race just over a year ago. […]
Dreams and Discord. More tiny plays at Source Festival
Love theater, but have a limited attention span when the summer weather is calling? You might want to swing by the ninth annual CulturalDC Source Festival running through July 3rd.
The Object Lesson (review) at Studio Theatre
Americans increasingly seem to have a love-hate relationship with “stuff”. Visitors from abroad find themselves amazed at the vast array of artisanal cheese available at any grocery store. Our enthusiasm for decamping to distant exurbs where we can build ever-bigger houses for all of our toys continues unabated by troubles in the real estate market, […]
They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! from Ambassador Theater (review)
The mark of master storytellers is that they can make a given narrative hold resonance and power beyond the narrow context of the original time and place. By this standard, much art will ultimately fall short, stripped of its context and relevance as time marches on. The work that endures captures truth, even when in a different […]
Laurie Anderson performs Letters to Jack at The Kennedy Center (review)
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a more than fitting venue for Letters to Jack, the latest chapter in renowned performance artist, filmmaker, and composer Laurie Anderson’s ongoing Language of the Future series. Anderson’s series is a non-linear, sometimes surrealist meditation on the American story, told through an immersive collage of music and […]
Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner on new Monsters musical and Helen Hayes nominations
On Monday night, we learned that Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner and the cast of The Turn of the Screw received Helen Hayes director’s nominations for the Creative Cauldron production. They responded:
UpClose: Gassan Abbas on performing I Shall Not Hate
Palestinian-Israeli actor Gassan Abbas carries I Shall Note Hate, produced by Mosaic Theater Company of DC in residence at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, alone on his shoulders.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Keegan Theatre (review)
We tend to think of genius as fully formed. We see the end results of a truly sublime or original masterpiece – be it a play, a painting, or a theorem – and chalk it up to divine inspiration that the mere mortals among us could not hope to grasp.
Ionesco’s Exit the King from 4615 Theatre Company (review)
“Why was I born, if it wasn’t forever?” It’s a lament many of us find ourselves asking on dark nights of the soul when we are forced to dwell on our mortality. Few of us pose the question as bluntly or with as much panic as King Berenger (Ahmad Kamal), a 400 year-old monarch grappling […]
Chocolate Covered Ants’ director Courtney Baker-Oliver
Steven A. Butler’s Chocolate Covered Ants offers audiences unique insight into the minds of African American men in the age of Ferguson, Baltimore, and the subsequent news stories of police brutality. The play sold out two runs in Maryland last year, but you have another opportunity to see it at the Anacostia Playhouse starting tonight.