Screens shaped like shards of broken glass splay the Theater J stage. Upon them the company, in collaboration with the Holocaust Museum, has projected photographs and home movies taken in Germany, in 1938. Some of them feature der Führer. Some of them feature the military might of Nazi Germany. Some of them feature children. They […]
“I can call spirits from the vasty deep,” brags the Welsh mystic Owen Glendower, in Henry IV, Part 1. “Why, so can I, or so can any man,” retorts Hotspur. “But will they come when you do call for them?” So it is here: you can call the ten-minute plays which appear in this collection […]
GALA Hispanic Theatre’s 42nd season will feature four mainstage plays, including two world premieres, as well as films, dance, and a weekend of solo shows.
Folger Theatres’ 2017-18 season, announced yesterday morning, will be full of plays by the usual gang: Shakespeare, Congreve, Shaw. But not everything will seem familiar.
The Source Festival’s tenth birthday party is a subdued one, and this year’s lineup is but a shadow of Sources gone by. While we usually see three debuting full length plays, there is only one this year, a returnee — an oldie but, as Brett Abelman’s review shows, a goodie. Where the Source usually has […]
Some plays are compelling because their dilemmas are so universal they provoke the shock of recognition in all of us. Disgraced is like that. Other plays are compelling because, though the characters are repulsive, they are repulsive in so entertaining a way that we cannot take our eyes away. August: Osage County is like that. […]
Among all the fraught issues which torment the tortured search for peace in the Middle East, none spark a greater intransigence on the part of the State of Israel than the Right of Return — which is to say, the right of Palestinians chased from their homes in the revolution which established Israel in 1948 […]
Is it possible to learn something new from a 400-year-old play? Yes, if the play is rich in insight and wisdom; if the production is attentive to detail and willing to take risks; and if there is a commitment to excellence by the company. WSC Avant Bard’s King Lear succeeds on all three counts, and […]
There are thirty-five characters in Scena Theatre’s production of Fear Eats the Soul, and thirteen actors to play them, but as it is a love story it is really only about two people. One of them is Ali (or Salem), a Moroccan guest worker in Germany (Oscar Ceville). The other is Emmi (the astonishing Nanna […]
Behold the King. He is standing in front of a boiling, roiling thunderstorm (“Blow, wind! And crack your cheeks!”), beard laced with iron, wild hair crowned with an even wilder laurel (or perhaps it is a crown of thorns). Also, he is in his undershirt. (“An epic parent-child drama and then some,” the WSC Avant […]