The fine actor Vincent Clark, known mostly for his work at Washington Stage Guild, plays a sick man in this one-actor show. A very sick man. Imagine yourself at a holiday party with an elderly relative who, ancient-mariner like, begins an unstoppable recitation of his illnesses and surgeries. Imagine that this elderly relative also has […]
Joey Maranto, a stand-up comedian, tells here the story of a failed stand-up comedian, failed improv performer, and failed children’s entertainer for a Christian television show (all the same person) who revenged himself for the show’s cancellation by working in a large number of mildly smutty double-entendres to the final production. If you wonder what […]
Once there was a couple that so loved peace and justice that they would blow up buildings and kill people on its behalf. After that, they would move to another town, changing their identities and those of their children, so they could love peace and justice some more. And again, until eventually they got caught.
Bartleby the Scrivener, in Herman Melville’s short story of the same name, was a man of massive silences, who spoke only when his employer asked him to do something. “I would prefer not to,” he would reply. His restraint and dignity gave him an inexplicable power over his environment.
Colin Hovde, who has served as Artistic Director of the Anacostia-based Theater Alliance since 2011, will be stepping down from that position at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season, the company announced yesterday.
There are stories we must approach carefully, as we might, unarmed, approach a wolf in a leg trap. Amy E. Witting’s wolf of a story, The House on the Hill, is such a tale. It is a story of the hate that dare not speak its name. It is a story of sin, and the […]
I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, Albert Einstein once said, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and rocks. It is after the war now. The great cities are gone, and the networks which kept us alive and healthy are in disarray. Once we dreamed of […]
The buzz about The Cake is that it attempts to humanize a cakemaker who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, but it is different than that, and better. Bekah Brunstetter’s story, the only CATF production this year which is not a world premiere, instead explores what happens when the comfort of […]
“Where does the past exist,” asks O’Brien, “if at all?” “In records,” replies Winston Smith. He is tied to a chair. “It is written down.” “In records. And–?” “In the mind. In human memories.” “In memory. Very well, then.” O’Brien is about to improve Winston Smith’s memory by having rats chew on his face. “We, […]
Has there been, in our lifetimes, a greater political enigma than our 40th President, Ronald Wilson Reagan? We saw him, as the public man, on our television screens for twenty-eight years: the nation’s grandpa, sweetly reasonable, soft-voiced, prone to sentimentality and foggy about the details. House Speaker Tip O’Neill called him “an amiable dunce”, and […]