Princess Margaret, by Patricia Connelly, is an emotionally charged journey into the life of a poor young girl in the late 1960s. Eleven-year-old Margaret (Allison Frisch) is caught stealing milk from a small Catholic parochial school in Upstate New York in 1969. Instead of calling the police, the kindly nun Sister Anastasia (Elizabeth Bruce) suggests […]
Queens Girl in the World at Theater J (review)
Queens Girl in the World is a story of change, discovery, and self-acceptance set against the tumultuous backdrop of Civil Rights-era New York City. Playwright Caleen Sinette Jennings tells an engaging, personal story inspired by her own childhood experiences and manages the high-wire act of balancing humor, historical and political context, and accessible personal narrative.
Night Falls on the Blue Planet at Theater Alliance (review)
The best plays are those that ask more questions than they answer: Night Falls on the Blue Planet is one of those plays. Renee (Jeanne Dillion-Williams) might not have hit rock bottom yet, but she is close; she drinks too much, her relationships with her sisters are strained, and she lost custody of her 8-year-old […]
How We Died … and Bones in Whispers kick off Women’s Voices Theater Festival
The Women’s Voices Theater Festival began with two very different plays by two very different playwrights: How We Died of Disease-Related Illness by Miranda Rose Hall and Bones in Whispers by Kathleen Akerley. Both one-acts are directed by Longacre Lea auteur Akerley.
Dust to Dust at Capital Fringe
Dust to Dust, presented by the Class Act Players, follows mid-western farmer’s son Toby (Preston Kemp) on his journey from his Depression-ravaged family farm to New York City, where he hopes to collect a long-outstanding financial debt that an upper class socialite, Gabriel Rosen (Sarah Marksteiner), owes his blind father (Alex Bulova.) He is helped […]
Blind Pug Arts Collective Presents: The Theatre of Self-Loathing Presents: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? at Capital Fringe
Do you trust me? Really, do you trust me? Because if you do, stop reading this review right now and go see Blind Pug Arts Collective Presents: The Theatre of Self-Loathing Presents: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? because, if you read on I will be forced to ruin one of the greatest moments in theatre […]
ALICE at Capital Fringe
Added Tweedledee, “you like poetry” “Yes, pretty well- SOME poetry” Alice said doubtfully – Lewis Carroll Using events from Lewis Carroll’s Alice books (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There) as well as many passages taken directly from these source texts, Alice follows the titular character through highlights […]
POWER! Stokely Carmichael at Capital Fringe
Don’t come expecting a history lesson. I know no more about the biographical details of Stokely Carmichael’s life than I did when I entered the theatre. Instead, what I got was a lesson in the message behind the man.
It’s a Circus Out There at Capital Fringe
This show has a fire eater. An honest to God, lights the torch aflame and sticks into his mouth fire eater. If that isn’t enough to get you here then, dear reader, read on…
Out of the Shadow
Young Playwright’s Theater was founded in 1995 by playwright Karen Zacarías in order, through interactive in-school and after-school programs, to teach DC metro area students to “promote community dialogue and respect for young artists.” Saturday’s performance of the original student play, Out of the Shadow, was the culmination of YPT’s year-long Young Playwright’s Workshop. The […]
In the director’s notes, director/writer/performer Michael Oliver quotes Archibald MacLeish: “A poem should not mean/but be.” I would add, “Or be performed”.
The Man in the Arena
Derek Evans is a professional Teddy Roosevelt. His show, called The Man in the Arena for the purposes of Fringe, is usually known simply as The TR! Show and is performed at school assemblies.