Wit and intelligence are under attack in today. So is faith. And the idea of intelligence working in tandem with religious convictions are often at odds with one another. The argument could be that a great thinker with a worldview informed by science or reason could not possibly believe in an skyward invisible being that […]
“Razzle dazzle ‘em!” Silver-tongue shyster lawyer Billy Flynn melodically opines that if you do that, you’ll have an audience eating out of your hand. If you can snag a ticket to the Keegan Theatre’s new production of Chicago, prepared to be razzled, dazzled and blown away.
The ancient Greeks took to the stage with joyous dancing and choral singing thousands of years ago, even before they created the timeless tragedies of Euripides and Sophocles. So why not a black gospel choir and spirited liturgical dance from the African-American tradition?
To a world of Instagram, YouTube, reality television, and other forms of hyped up, electrified media for the short attention span-addled populace, MetroStage offers something different. Catherine Flye, a veteran actor and theatre maker, transports audiences back to a time of gentle humor, delivered not with bells and whistles, projections, and digital sound production but by […]
Chess at the Kennedy Center is a checkmate. In other words, this formerly troubled musical with a beloved score, is taking the Eisenhower Theatre stage by storm in a staged, semi-concert format that may prove to be the definitive version of this rock-tinged, Cold War love story. Does this mean the cult musical has finally […]
Heartache, pain, regrets, joys, and a fair share of personal demons might fell a weaker person. But not even time in prison could stop the musical force of nature known to fans as Lady Day. If singing was her life, she lived most radiantly in her heyday and even in her twilight years while taking […]
Playing like variations on the theme of the ancient Greek play The Trojan Woman, Brave Spirits’ The Trojan Women Project faces head-on a number of issues ripped from the headlines and lifelines of today. Instead of the aftermath from the ancient war over Troy, the new battle in question is identified as the War on Women […]
Welcome to the jungle! No not the Serengeti plains where both wildebeest and ostrich have reason to fear the predatory lion. This is Chicago’s fictional North Shore High School where the creatures quaking in fear are students and the beast they fear is the lioness Regina George.
In the Heights, now packing them in at Olney Theatre Center, has a visceral and emotional score coupled with a story of finding your home and your heart closer than expected. Behold the power of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s freshman effort – being followed next year by his Hamilton at the Kennedy Center. In the Heights is brought […]
Signature Theatre’s stunning production of this Sondheim gem is nothing short of a masterpiece. A Little Night Music is one of my personal favorites from the Stephen Sondheim canon. Set in Sweden, circa 1900, it examines the intertwining lives of several couples who explore their romantic plights. Sondheim’s score, it is no secret, was composed […]