As American As by Ken Prestininzi directed by Shirley Serotsky produced by Journeymen Theater Ensemble reviewed by Janice Cane The premise of the dark comedy As American As is promising. What is the ultimate price of freedom and security? What does it mean to be patriotic in our post-9/11 world? How much would we sacrifice […]
Without You I’m Nothing by Sandra Bernhard and John Boskovich produced by Theater J reviewed by Janice Cane Theater J’s website warns that Sandra Bernhard’s solo show, starting off a new tour here in the nation’s capital, is not for the easily offended. Indeed. And it’s certainly not for Republicans, of whom there were probably […]
Eugenio Reviewed by Janice Cane It’s a tricky thing, having a theater festival in the middle of summer. If the weather is gorgeous, as it was for the opening weekend of Fringe, it may be hard to draw a crowd.
Fool for a Client Reviewed by Janice Cane Who knew fraud was funny? For most people, it probably isn’t – especially not when it means facing 225 years in federal prison. But Mark Whitney saw his financial nightmare as an opportunity to fulfill a dream – to represent himself at trial.
Dorks on the Loose: It I Awkward Reviewed by Janice Cane Happy Fringe, everyone! I’m excited about the festival but I can’t say I was all that excited by Dorks on the Loose. Not sure what’s going on with that subtitle. Sketch comedians Phaea Crede and Becca Jones are indeed awkward, but they just don’t seem entirely […]
World of Jewtopia Written and performed by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson Produced by Bethesda Theatre Reviewed by Janice Cane Jews have been around for thousands and thousands of years, and most of the jokes about the chosen people are nearly as old. But plenty of comics (and lay people) are still coming up with […]
Mad Breed By Jacqueline E. Lawton Directed by Juanita Rockwell Produced by Active Cultures Theatre Reviewed by Janice Cane Mad Breed reminded me of the last time I greeted news of a brand-new play with a good deal of skepticism. I didn’t think one of my favorite books, a rich tapestry of complex characters and […]
Anima By Christiaan Greer Directed by Patrick Torres Produced by Doorway Arts Ensemble Reviewed by Janice Cane “You would never kill me, would you, Ella?” “You would never make me, would you, Vlad?” Ah, young love. Nothing like it. Certainly nothing quite like Ella’s and Vlad’s explosive relationship. Peacemaking after their violent fights consists of […]
Lost & Foundling By Eric R. Pfeffinger Directed by Janet Stanford Produced by Imagination Stage Reviewed by Janice Cane The dark woods are so overdone as a scary-story setting that the forest has lost its fright. And kids these days don’t really wander around in the forest. So why not set a fairy tale in […]
All That I Will Ever Be By Alan Ball Directed by Serge Seiden Produced by Studio Theater 2ndStage Reviewed by Janice Cane Which is worse-a play whose first act is stronger than its second, or vice versa? Is it better to be drawn into a story and then disappointed after intermission, or is it better […]