If you love musicals but aren’t in the mood for a familiar warhorse, then head out to 1st Stage in Tysons’ Corner for the area debut of Fly By Night. You will find, as I did, a charming chamber musical with a pleasing folk-rock score, wrapped around the timeless theme of finding your way through […]
One of the joys of theatre is seeing a classic play presented in a surprising manner that gives new life to the story. Brave Spirits Theatre’s lively production of Coriolanus once again illustrates the adaptability and greatness of Shakespearean tragedy.
In Julia Cho’s Aubergine, a Korean-American chef deals with his dying father. Cho uses food as the cornerstone for a sensitive though meandering meditation on the difficulties of family, communication, and coming to terms with one’s life in this entry in the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
Laura Schellhardt’s Digging Up Dessa tell the story of a troubled teenager who copes with a family tragedy through her interest in fossils. This world premiere production, commissioned by the Kennedy Center as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, stretches the boundaries of family theater to offer a powerful and educational story.
If your theatre tastes favor new and challenging works, Scena Theatre’s world premiere of Guilt is worthy of your consideration with its interesting mélange of light comedy, dark tragedy, and challenging satire. Australian playwright John Shard takes the audience on a powerful journey that uses the story of a 17th century philandering French priest as a […]
Perhaps in years to come we will better appreciate the horrors of the battle of Aleppo, Syria which stretched from 2012-2016. Playwright Darcy Parker Bruce makes a valiant attempt to render the story on a personal level in Soldier Poet, a world premiere at Theatre Prometheus which presents the human costs of war on the […]
The Hub Theatre adds a new production to the canon of Christmas stories with its world premiere of Anne M. McGraw’s Peekaboo! A Nativity Play. Described as a “heartfelt farce” with music, the approach is fresh and the story is endearing, if uneven.
Fans of the Glee TV show and the Pitch Perfect films were thrilled by the performances of GOBSMACKED! at the Kennedy Center. The show earns the all caps, the exclamation mark, and the subtitle The Amazing A Cappella and Beatboxing Show.
I’ll Get You Back Again uses a band’s reunion as the basis for a combined comedy, drama, memory play, and meditation on the meaning of life. While the Round House Theatre world premiere production has some jammin’ moments, the elements never fully gel in a Sarah Gancher’s well-meaning but ultimately underwhelming play.
A year-long international celebration of the life of Leonard Bernstein called “Bernstein at 100” received its official launch at a memorable, one-night-only show Bernstein on Broadway in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre on September 22nd. What a magnificent life and what a spectacular opening!