Many theatrical experiences are perfect for Pride Month, but few are devised specifically for the celebration. Enter Brett Abelman’s Switch, a new play set on the night of DC Pride, during which the two halves of a heterosexual couple swap bodies when they simultaneously orgasm, leading to what could be described as the Freakiest of […]
Fans of Jordan Tannahill’s work, including his 2015 book Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama—a screed against the ubiquity of the well-made play and the modern theatre’s propensity to workshop the risk of failure out of every script—know better than to walk into Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s U.S. premiere production of Botticelli […]
Montagues and Capulets. Vampires and werewolves. Rock musicians and DJs? The conflict between the latter is the proxy war at the center of Laura Eason’s The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, currently running at Keegan Theatre. And while some delightful bits of design and acting strike the right chord, ultimately, they’re undermined by a script […]
Rainbow Theatre Project’s production of Kevin Michael West’s comedy Top and Bottom contains total male nudity—of both the physical and emotional varieties. What begins as a bondage-filled romp between two strangers quickly evolves into something even more vulnerable. It’s a journey that’s funny and cringe-filled, if not entirely free of a few bumps in the road.
“My drag isn’t a costume I use to hide in,” famed performance artists and playwright Taylor Mac says, “it’s exposing what I look like on the inside.” And the same could be said for the five characters from the Philippines who are the focus of Philip Himberg’s Paper Dolls, which is getting its US premiere […]
Traditionally, a peepshow is a one-way affair—someone performs and someone (or someones) else observe, usually without being seen themselves. But I knew walking into dog & pony dc’s contribution to the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival, given the company’s emphasis on audience integration, that this would be no passive viewing experience. And indeed, Peepshow is […]
Autism, family obligation, and innovative design collide on stage in Olivia Haller’s This Is All Just Temporary, Convergence Theatre’s contribution to the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Using projections, movement, and some classic storytelling techniques, this production puts a new spin on the theme that the people we love the most can also make us […]
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.