It’s simply magical when a family-friendly comedy show can make children and adults laugh wildly in their seats. Throughout Potted Potter, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world serves as the backdrop to two chuckle-inducing performers: Dan Clarkson (who doubles as the show’s co-creator and co-writer) and Scott Hoatson. We watch as they purposely scramble to condense the […]
Holding onto a gleaming crystal trophy, actor Vaughn Midder beamed as he stood at the center of the Miracle Theatre’s stage. He had just been named Monologue Madness 2018 Champion, winning a wealth of prizes including $1,000. “It’s not easy for us to do this kind of work. To make [acting] our priority and our […]
Last night at the Miracle Theatre in DC, actor/produced Edward Daniels led 32 contestants through the eight performance brackets of Monologue Madness, all vying to take home the crystal Monologue Madness trophy, $1,000, and an iPad mini. We’ll have a full report tomorrow, but here’s a first look at the 2018 Champion and Runner-Up. and […]
With the sounds of shuffling headshots in the background, actors stretched and conducted vocal exercises outside of an Arena Stage rehearsal hall Sunday. It was a standard scene for an open call audition. But these actors weren’t auditioning for the usual DC play or musical: they were gunning for a spot in this year’s Monologue […]
During my formative years in the suburban south, it seemed that the word “pro-life” extended beyond political headlines and chants: it was ingrained in the teen culture. Friends invited me to youth lock-ins that emphasized anti-abortion ideals, and sex-ed centered on the view that abstinence was my only option. I remember a fellow student walking […]
Dreams often come with wild, cartoonish images. We wake up remembering their eccentricity and wonder: “How did my brain come up with that?” Watching The Lathe of Heaven is like stepping into that. Filled to the brim with charming sci-fi zaniness, this show imaginatively transports audiences to a dystopian version of Portland, Oregon.
When a play grips your thoughts and continues to cling to them past the curtain call, then you know you’ve witnessed a treasure. The elements of 4,380 Nights blend together to generate a captivating play. Playwright Annalisa Dias and Director Kathleen Akerley have created a piece that enjoins the audience to reflect on the priorities […]
History books shroud World War II with specific imagery: soldiers, Nazi salutes, atomic bombs, Rosie the Riveter, and a victorious kiss from a sailor in Times Square. But See Rock City breaks through these grandiose symbols and reveals a refreshingly simple story.
Brilliant ideas are charming on paper. They coax professors to smile and experts to furiously nod in agreement. Ideas that you think, when executed, would fly without a falter. But brilliant ideas can lose their luster when we concretize them.
It’s the top of Les Misérables. The lights dim, silence stretches through the audience, and a powerful blow of orchestration begins. From the very first sounds, you can tell you’re about to witness a musical behemoth. And this national tour of the show, while not quite reaching enough emotional grit during a few songs, delivers […]