It’s rare to see a performance so original that you can’t quite find your footing. Brahman/i, the story of an intersex Indian comic, purposefully moves all the boundaries of what you think you know to put you in the shoes of a character whose identity confuses them. (For the purposes of this review, nonbinary pronouns […]
To put on a fresh show every night, Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) must know its audience down to the core of their prides and insecurities. The New York- and Los Angeles-based improv comedy troupe, co-founded by Amy Poehler, read D.C. like a book on press night.
A New Nation has found the right city, the right moment and the right place at the Anacostia Arts Center this month. As national headlines bear down on this administration’s Muslim travel ban, zero tolerance immigration policy, and withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, this collection of vignettes about immigration, family, and home […]
On press night of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, an impassioned cry pierced a moment between flaming montages of the 1967 Detroit riot and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968. During the song “I’m Losing You,” a woman in the audience spontaneously shouted “Oh, Jesus!” The gesture felt holy, […]
On opening night of The Frederick Douglass Project, lightning cracked the sky over the Anacostia River and wind-blown rain snapped the flaps of the stage tent at The Yards Marina. Solas Nua, known for putting on site-specific productions, has chosen the perfect spot to serve up an Irish story in a new light: the stage […]
Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies is a challenging play. Having read every review from Mosaic Theater ‘s Helen-Hayes-nominated premiere in 2017, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong.
As we speak, Emily DeCola (Puppet Designer) is in New York City, directing a puppet, bookcases, and fish for a new Puppet Kitchen production, The Little Red Fish, with New York City Children’s Theater. Eric Wright (Puppet Director) is rehearsing with the cast of Snow Child in Washington, D.C., looking out on a rare March […]
With a bare set and only two seen characters, Roz and Ray draws your focus to the weight of words between people. This intimate production, directed by Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director of Theater J, wastes no time or aesthetics on distracting you from stark realities under harsh hospital lighting. Instead, it hurtles headlong through 11 […]
The opposite of screaming is silence. That silence can contain a multitude of meanings. If you see something wrong, and you do not speak up, silence is complicit. If you represent the dead, whose voices have been extinguished, silence is the language of the living. If you face livid rants from politicians, threats from NRA […]
Much like the photo album that plays a pivotal role in numerous scenes of the play, No Word in Guyanese For Me leaves the audience with poignant images: a pair of Guyanese feet gratefully slipping out of American shoes; timid hands cradling a small doll with natural hair; a sleek scarf snaking sensuously around a leg. […]