Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s one-person show Draw the Circle is a radical act of empathy. Not only does he explore the impact his life and gender transition has had on his loved ones and other bystanders through their own perspectives, he offers his audiences a true and honest look into the complex lives of transgender Americans—especially when those […]
The convening of people who may not have anything more in common with one another than shared DNA at holiday time can result in more misery than merriment for all involved. A funeral, too, can provide a similar arena for conflict—with the added pitch of grief heightening everyone’s emotions. So, it’s fitting that Studio Theatre […]
I walked into the DC Arts Center to catch The Book of Merman expecting a tale of half-men, half-fish, all-Mormon singers and dancers. What I found was even campier than that.
I had the entire introduction to this review written out in my head before I stepped foot in Studio Theatre to see the world premiere of Daniel Kitson’s new solo show, A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order.
“Kids these days,” or so I’m told, use “extra” as an adjective to denote that something is more than what is usual, expected, or necessary. As a noun, it means a person hired daily to play a minor part in a movie or a television show, usually as a background member of a mob or […]
While sitting in DC Reynolds on Georgia Avenue on a Sunday afternoon, I learned a new drinking game. While this in and of itself might not be remarkable for a neighborhood bar during a holiday weekend, the fact that the woman teaching it to me had a bow and quiver full of arrows strapped to […]
“Torture numbers,” author Gregg Easterbrook once wrote, “and they’ll confess to anything.” David S. Kessler, a masterful storyteller aided by onstage musicians and projections in his new show, Numesthesia, takes a decidedly kinder approach and allows them to speak for themselves.
At this point, there’s an entire genre of books, TV shows, and films about bad bosses and the bizarre vagaries of corporate workplaces. One of the perhaps lesser-known but extremely effective installments in this tradition is British playwright Mike Bartlett’s Contractions, which has been given new life in a spare but precisely effective production at […]
The tagline for Larry E. Blossom’s latest Capital Fringe offering, Just Like A Woman, is “Will Trans Trump Fear in These Troubled Times?” Unfortunately, neither the issues of transphobia nor the effects that Trump’s election has had on America are examined in this convoluted production by Out-Side the Box Theatre. Instead, the underbaked play leans […]
The unofficial rules for crafting a successful play also tend to apply to compiling the perfect mixtape: tell a compelling story, know your audience but keep them guessing, set a tone, stick to your theme, and when in doubt, always keep it short. And while Brad Baron’s autobiographical new play, Last Ditch Playlist, may flout […]