Since its inception in 1917, 99 plays have received the penultimate Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The category includes musicals and only a few comedies. But the judges were taken with Lanford Wilson’s quiet, funny, yet powerful Talley’s Folly awarding it the 1980 Pulitzer. At first glance, it’s a simple story of a man who loves […]
This holiday season, leave snowy Dickensian London behind and, instead, swim in the warm, musical waters at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. You’ll still get in a holiday mood, particularly if you’re fond of all things mermaidia. Based on the Disney film “The Little Mermaid” and its subsequent Broadway incarnation, this pared-down version has been designed by Disney […]
The National Harbor is quickly becoming the holiday’s destination of choice for families these days. For several years now, their Ice! extravaganza, with ice carvings done by talented artisans from China, have drawn crowds (this year it’s A Charlie Brown Christmas theme), and of late they’ve added a Santa’s Village worthy of the name, as […]
Cinderella swordfighting! What a wonderful expression of empowerment for little girls (and little boys). In this updated and very funny version of Cinderella, Imagination Stage takes us to a musical fairytale land, with a heroine (the extraordinarily gifted Awa Sal Secka) who takes matters into her own hands instead of waiting to be rescued.
We Happy Few specializes in bringing classical plays to life- and what better classic to choose this Halloween season than Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror story, Frankenstein?
Venus in Fur is a complex play within an even more complex play. The story begins simply: director Thomas Novachek (Joe Mucciolo) has adapted nineteenth century writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novel Venus in Furs (the 1870 novel which explored sado-masochism) for the stage, and is desperate to find the right actress to play the lead role […]
Two unconventional beauties take us on a wild ride through sex, politics, and the politics of sex. As the title implies, Chlamydia dell’Arte is a sort-of burlesque, with a sort-of sketch comedy framework, all bound together with some delightfully honest and funny video interviews with friends and family members of the two performers. Everyone’s represented in […]
Murder for Two is a nice light evening out. If you’re a fan of both murder mysteries and musicals, with a peppering of slapstick, you’ll have a great time. But be forewarned: though the music by Joe Kinosian, and clever lyrics by Kellen Blair are a highlight, the book by the same writers is less […]
In these times of change, it’s comforting to be reminded that nothing ever stays the same. Almost exactly two thousand years ago, Publius Ovidius Naso, known to scholars as Ovid, wrote down previous oral mythology stories in his classic long poem Metamorphoses. You’ve heard many of them, though you may not have even read his […]
Olney Theatre celebrates its 80th season this year with this splendid production of On the Town, the Leonard Bernstein/Betty Comden/Adolph Green musical which made its Broadway debut in 1944. Thanks to the canny direction of Jason Loewith and its effervescent cast, dazzling choreography and a creative team on hyper-drive, Olney delivers a show that is […]
Two musicians, two stories: “Palindrome,” Rapid Lemon’s latest piece, is actually two one-acts, linked by themes of music and madness. Both pieces take their titles from the middle names of the main characters: Sphere follows Thelonious Sphere Monk as he examines his life in a fictional therapist’s office; Pentz visits Marvin Pentz Gaye both before […]
Time has long moved past the actual date of George Orwells’ classic novel, 1984, yet the future it envisioned when written in 1948 seems more prescient than ever.