Why the heck is From the Mouths of Monsters only running this weekend? The workshop production currently in all-too brief residence at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater is more than ready for a full primetime run.
There’s a great jazz band in residence at the Kennedy Center, featuring lively, poppy, soulful original music by Terence Blanchard. It alone is enough to recommend a glance at Bud, Not Buddy, a concert-style performance of a new Theatre for Young Audiences project commissioned by the Kennedy Center and receiving a stylish debut this weekend […]
Playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is having something a breakout year here in the District. The Kennedy Center recently premiered his new piece for young audiences Where Words Once Were, which I recently reviewed and quite loved. Now the new and young Wheel Theatre Company is presenting an earlier work of Kruckemeyer’s, a lovely piece of […]
Language is a playground. Structures and agreed-upon rules are there to be bent and broken, juxtaposed and toyed with. The Kennedy Center’s latest commission, Where Words Once Were, posits a world where language has been restricted to the point of absurd oppression. It’s a tricky gambit, one that pays big dividends in Colin Hovde’s remarkably […]
How much can a single great performance carry a whole production? That question is put to the test in Taffety Punk’s staging of Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad, a semi-contemporized take on Homer’s classic tale of the Trojan War featuring a remarkable star turn from Esther Williamson. But frustrating staging and design choices […]
You might have heard about the Deepwater Horizon flick that just came out. I’ve not seen it, but based on the trailers it’s a big, bloated action disaster action movie that focuses on explosions and derring-do but reportedly gives very little time to consideration to the disastrous long-term effects of the eponymous rig’s massive oil spill […]
New works by local playwrights and artists dominated the 2016 Capital Fringe audience-chosen awards this year, announced by Capital Fringe’s Julianne Brienza: Best Comedy went to John Krizel’s Let Trump be Trump, which posits a strange world in which real estate magnate Donald J. Trump has become President of the United States. Best Drama went to […]
Vote Early. Vote Often! The most important election of 2016 is coming up soon. I write of course, of the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival Audience Awards. This year’s awards are hosted by our good colleagues at TheatreMania. Check out the link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fringeawards I’ll be saving my picks for the best of the fest in […]
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Whisper Into My Good Ear features two old men sitting on a bench talking for about an hour. They talk about mortality. They talk about the indignities of aging bodies, loss of eyesight, declining hearing. They talk about the creeping onset of dementia. They talk, and they argue, and they jibe, and they joke, and they […]
There’s something exciting about seeing history through the eyes of the losers and villains, it’s something about the dramatic tension between history being written by the victors and idea that eventually truth will out. Confederates, a new play by James F. Bruns making its debut at this year’s Fringe, attempts to recontextualize Civil War history […]
We’re ten days into Fringe and I’m writing this during the first major rainstorm of the festival. Making it this long without severe weather is something of a minor Fringe miracle. Gives me a moment to pause and reflect we head towards the end of the second week.