Shakespeare is our North Star because every time we do one of his great plays, it is an opportunity to rethink our assumptions, as they define our present selves. I first saw Othello in 1969, when the Civil Rights Act was in the past but racism and segregation were not. The moment that it became […]
It will be time for the Women’s Voices Festival next January, but at Falls Church’s Creative Cauldron, every play in its 2017-2018 season will be an examination of the experiences of women — of all ages and stations.
WSC Avant Bard will bring some familiar names into its three-production 2017-2018 season.
Silver Spring’s Forum Theatre will produce four plays — one of them yet to be announced — in a season which features the human struggle against the crushing forces of convention. In the season-opening play — Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information — our unnamed protagonists struggle against loneliness. In two later plays, the consequence of […]
Anacostia’s Theater Alliance, which scored big earlier this past June with the debut Mollye Maxner’s devised play, Still Life With Rocket, will do itself one better this year, with two plays in redevelopment — and a third play, which Theater Alliance has already produced twice to acclaim.
The 4615 Theatre Company has joined the ranks of full-time producing DC-area theaters this year with a four-production schedule balanced between classic and contemporary stories. The Silver Spring-based company is presenting Shakespeare’s seldom-produced King John in rep with The Lion in Winter, James Goldman’s contemporary account of King John’s father, the great King Henry II, […]
Night Seasons is forty years in the history of the unpleasant Weems family, reduced to two hours, more or less. Notwithstanding this compression, the two hours traffic of our stage seems longer, extended by playwright Horton Foote’s somnambulistic pacing, and further accentuated by the Quotidian cast’s generally hesitant delivery.
When we are young we do not hide our naked souls from the Godlike scrutiny of our parents, so we do not lie about our thinking. We lie only about our acts. Since we are all sinners, our acts are shameful, but honest confession before our parents brings relief, and redemption. But as we grow […]
Four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare wrote a play about a King four hundred years before him, and thus in King John we are thrust into a barely imaginable past, before the invention of English, where Kingdoms could be won or lost in the course of a season.
There are surprisingly few one-actor musicals. Even rarer: solo musicals where the protagonist juggles razor-sharp daggers. Make your one-actor, dagger-juggling musical about a lesbian circus performer in the days of the Wild West and you have — Daggers MacKenzie.