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 […]
For this special fully staged production after ten years of radio dramas, Lean & Hungry Theater sure picked a doozy. Lear isn’t for the faint of heart. For one, the notorious and gruesome eye gouging is one of the most sickening sequences that I’ll never get used to. Then there’s the unending treachery among one’s closest cadre […]
Dry Land, though set over 100 years later than its companion piece, What Every Girl Should Know, Forum Theatre’s #nastywomenrep, is an alarming reminder that young women continue to face shame and castigation over sexual issues, in this case, dealing with unexpected pregnancy.
What Every Girl Should Know opens in pitch darkness with barely audible intermittent sounds of female pleasure, various tones and tonalities and an intermittent gasping groan. What in the world? Soothing lighting ever so slowly reveals shadows of four cots where it finally becomes obvious that young women are under the covers trying to find […]
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright D. L. Coburn was intrigued by DC area reviews of his play, The Gin Game, at MetroStage, enough to make a special trip to see it.
It’s a rare and unusual treat to dip into parts of history that have been cast aside, forgotten and ignored. There was a time when the circus coming to town was the most exciting thing around. The idea of black people actually taking the helm and being in charge of something so enthralling, calling the […]
Being obedient and doing as one is told are usually good traits instilled in the earliest ages and rewarded with parental approval and societal regard. When obedience is compelled without choice or reason, however, that can become an unbearable curse, as seen in the delightfully creative Ella Enchanted showing at Adventure Theatre MTC.
In the right hands, a simple game of cards can uncover secrets, reveal hidden truths, and topple the best intentions of polite etiquette and civility. The Gin Game at MetroStage shows that a hand of cards can pack as hard a punch as boxing gloves.