If Would You Rather… issued a warning label for real life situations it would read: Beware of elaborate questionnaires and their accompanying release forms. The play takes you into a swirling adventure yarn that is equal parts comedic romp and exploration of personal choice. TMD Theater’s production is a fun and charming magical realist escape […]
Matt Dundas doesn’t let facts get in the way of telling a good story, particularly if they are making fun of politicians past and present. His one-man show, performed as a walk along Pennsylvania Avenue, weaves together tales from his own life with potshots at the powerful and feels like an entertaining game of historical […]
Upbeat and whimsical, The Face Zone meanders between philosophical musings and autobiographical tales in a Sark-esque combination of drawings and poetry. Bopping from thought to thought, Martin Graff’s one-man show is like going to a jam-packed party where you brush up against a lot of eclectic folks, but you don’t get fully introduced to any […]
Nu Sass Productions’ Dead Dog’s Bone: A Birthday Play is about a girl and her dog and the messiness of growing up, but don’t think for a moment that means it is a story you’ve seen before. Equal parts tender and prickly, Dead Dog’s Bone uses humor and a touch of the weird to dig […]
Ally Theatre Company’s production of The Head That Wears The Crown takes on intense subject matter, folding together high school relationships, sexual assault, eating disorders, and self-harm in an emotionally confusing mix of lovely teenage girl camaraderie and long-lasting psychological scars. This workshop production reflects that overall unease; some moments are beautifully rendered, but others […]
Imagination Stage has put together a tasty spread of charming adventures in their musical production of Anatole: Mouse Magnifique. The show has a smorgasbord of delights that consider not only what would be entertaining for the kids in the audience, but also what would satisfy the adults accompanying them. Anatole is based on the children’s […]
If you’re looking for a fun evening of holiday romcom parody, Second City’s Love, Factually delivers the goods. Lovers and haters of the 2003 British film Love, Actually will find a lot of references, but there is plenty in the show for even those who haven’t seen the film. Go for the Christmas-y nostalgia, but […]
Scena Theatre’s production of Woman of No Importance promises Oscar Wilde’s signature cocktail of witty banter and razor sharp wit combined with the ridiculousness of the upper crust exposed for our amusement. To add to the fun, this show is set amid 1930s Hollywood glamour with the extra interest of an all female cast. However, […]
Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay! could just as easily be titled “I Love Antonia” for the heroine’s strong similarities to Lucille Ball and the crazily comic situations navigated by two working class couples. Antonia is as funny as Lucy, but she balances her quirky nuttiness with a shrewder understanding of the forces that conspire against her […]
Who needs to see another rehash of the play about a moody prince from Denmark? You do. Get thee to A Two Woman Hamlet for this palpable hit. The titular women, Hannah Sweet and Nicola Collett, bring energy, clarity, and fun to this well-trodden tale that you don’t want to miss.
Two charismatic women rule the roost in the engagingly interactive Painted Ladies: Bosses of the Wild West, but their bright lights tend to overshadow the rest of the production.
In The Tragical Comical Fool’s Game, the Masters of SHX present a cocktail of Shakespearean characters, blended with philosophical musings, and garnished with fourth wall-breaking asides. It goes down smoothly overall, but it is missing the touch of acid that could add that extra dimension.