Break out the Bedazzler and falsies and shimmy into your Spanx. It’s high season for drag in downtown Bethesda, thanks to the fierce and funny The Legend of Georgia McBride, playwright Matthew Lopez’s mash note to queens, all gussied up with sequins, sentiment and spectacle.
“Butter. Sugar. Flour.” These three words are sprinkled like incantations throughout the 2016 musical Waitress, a tasty, buttermilk tart and bright woman-powered show that features Sara Bareilles’ sublime alt-country, contemporary pop music and lyrics and a multi-layered book by Jessie Nelson based on Adrienne Shelly’s 2006 indie film of the same name.
“We’ll wait and see.” Normally, words of prudence and patience. In the context of Karen Hartman’s intense epistolary play, The Book of Joseph, the words are a chilling death sentence.
Theater is traditionally thought to be a place of communion, a meeting of like-minded souls who crave a good story. Playwright Annie Baker turns that expectation on its head, along with so many other theater conventions, with her quiet, sad and still play John, currently getting under your skin in a brilliant area premiere at […]
Many languages are bandied about in Brian Friel’s Translations—Greek, Latin, Gaelic, the king’s English, to name a few—creating a rich linguistic tapestry central to the play’s theme of cultural identity, understanding and meaning without words and ultimately, tragic miscommunication.
Those pigs. Can’t trust them, can’t ignite a revolution without them. Why can’t they just be content with being what they are–bacon? Pigs, propaganda, the proletariat and politics proliferate in Center Stage’s visceral, beautiful and chillingly relevant production of Animal Farm, George Orwell’s 1945 allegorical novel about freedom and dictatorships.
Of all the reasons to love Baltimore, perhaps the most sumptuous are the Cone sisters—iron-willed Dr. Claribel and the softer, more social Miss Etta—and specifically, the stunning collection of modern art and other acquisitions they bequeathed to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
That a play set in an auto parts stamping factory is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival is reason enough to see Skeleton Crew, Dominique Morisseau’s fine, emotionally feral play that features two blue collar women who are not just good at their jobs, but so highly skilled they are the only ones who […]
Ah, the 1%. If you can’t join ‘em, berate ‘em. That’s the thought behind Theresa Rebeck’s cynical, screwball-funny, comedic bed-hopping The Way of the World, a fresh adaptation of William Congreve’s equally contemptuous 1700 Restoration comedy of manners that skewered the lifestyles of the rich and aimless.
The giddy sense of discovery takes hold of you during Lauren Gunderson’s plays about unsung women throughout history. This fall’s theater highlight was certainly Avant Bard’s luminous production of Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight, which brought to brilliant light the life and beautiful mind of the 18th-century mathematician and physicist who […]