You have heard this story before, but each time it comes at you in a different way, offering new anxieties and insights in equal measure. In Bluebeard, the beautiful young wife is given the keys to Bluebeard’s magnificent castle but is warned not to enter a particular underground chamber. Of course, she can think of […]
“More matter and less art,” Queen Gertrude enjoined Polonius during one of his interminable dissertations. After watching Gabrielle Reisman’s Flood City, I feel ya, Your Majesty! Seldom have I seen so fine a cast, in service to a play by so gifted a writer, be put to more pointless a use. Flood City is, in […]
The seven shows hosted by the National Theatre next season will be either straight from New York or heading there.
Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre has devised a 2018-2019 season designed to set you up with prize-winning plays and classics, and then blow you away with acclaimed fresh works, including two from DC playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings.
It is 2011, and we are in a tattered 4th-floor walkup in Maspeth, Queens. The lights bathe a gigantic poster of Derek Jeter, a Hall-of-Fame quality shortstop who played for the New York Yankees at the time (and is now systematically dismantling the Miami Marlins as its CEO). Jeter, perhaps mid-swing, favors us with a […]
Keegan’s 2018-2019 season will begin next September with a reprise — of John Strand’s Lincolnesque, which Keegan first ran in 2009. A young Congressional aide, desperate to save the campaign of his clueless Member, turns to his psychotic brother, who believes that he is Abraham Lincoln. Might Francis be able to produce a — um, […]
A witch hunt, properly viewed and conducted, is a necessary part of society’s advancement — if we understand “witch” to be some part of the invisible universe which causes human pain and havoc, and if we conduct the hunt with scientific rigor and humility.
A Sondheim, a couple of Broadway hits, a couple of brand spankin’ new shows, and a boatload of cabarets. Signature Theatre’s 2018-2019 follows the familiar contours of recent seasons. But this year, Signature is announcing not only next year’s productions, but some of the artists who will be making them happen. Also, the undead will […]
You’ve binge-watched “Breaking Bad,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “House of Cards.” So why not binge-watch the reign of England’s King Henry IV? asks Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Baltimore-based troupe has included Henry IV Part I and II in rep in its schedule for next year’s season, along with other classics from the […]
Hah! Did you think that the Kennedy Center forgot about you just because you are, like, eight years old? No way. The enormous theatrical machine that is the Kennedy Center will turn out seventeen productions of theater, music and dance in its Theater for Young Audience 2018-2019 program. Some of them only run for one […]