What is it about the idea of a mistress? Throughout history the “other woman” has been called all kind of names under the sun, shunned, cast-out, run out of town, off the land – or beheaded. But that doesn’t stop the prominence of her being. And interestingly, as noted in this script, there’s no male […]
A writer’s life is peculiarly isolated and the opening sequence of Are you now, or have you ever been… makes that abundantly clear. A typewriter sits on a table with a stack of papers and a wine bottle. The poet Langston Hughes. played by the terrific New York actor Marcus Naylor, enters in ruffled pajamas […]
Perfectly timed since the region is still enthralled from the excitement of the near total solar eclipse, Aglaonike’s Tiger is a stylistic rendering of one of the earliest female astronomers who predicted lunar eclipses. The young scientist, accompanied by her beloved tiger is determined to understand and predict the movement of the heavenly bodies. The […]
Debbie Minter Jackson sends back this report from her visit to the Saturday, September 2, opening day of this year’s Page-to-Stage festival at the Kennedy Center and brings back some standouts that, hopefully will find their way from the page to local stages .
Thomas W. Jones II is older and grayer than when I saw his show 25 years ago but The Wizard of Hip is just as poignant and entertaining as he struts his stuff and delivers bucket loads of amazing life-observations. No one delivers lightning bolts of truth like Jones, and here is an opportunity to listen […]
Talking with Janet Langhart Cohen is like stepping back in time and talking to a time traveler –she’s been everywhere and knows everybody. A broadcast journalist and President and CEO of Langhart Communications, Cohen is well known throughout the world. At the same time, she lives and feels life from the inside out and palpably […]
It’s surprising how quickly a time period can be captured with a few props, boom box, land line phone and some huge Afro wigs. This world premiere by the talented Kara Lee Corthron is filled with sights and sounds from the 1970’s era, along with the ubiquitous thumping of the beat, and inklings of staccato […]
The timelessly wonderful Wizard of Oz still shimmers brightly. The familiar story that’s over a century old delights with each well-remembered sight, sound and scene at Creative Cauldron, rendered with care, creativity and love.
The Tony Award-winning play Master Class, now at MetroStage, is a thrilling tribute to opera, love, passion and artistry. Playwright Terrence McNally includes the audience as part of an actual vocal session with the esteemed Maria Callas, as she shares life-lessons that extend far beyond the music. Watching such an ultimate and demanding artist at […]
The long awaited Smart People at Arena Stage tackles issues of race and gender stereotypes from the viewpoint of four distinctly different people, each serving as a kind of archetype of history and lineage. Lydia Diamond who penned the well-received Stick Fly sets up each of her characters in separate monologues in the first act, and […]