When Greg Kotis backpacked through Europe one summer, he was annoyed to discover that most of the public restrooms were coin-operated. Under similar circumstances, many people would have complained to the American Embassy or their friends back home. Kotis wrote a musical about it.
A musical about the price of peeing was the toast of Washington last night, as Signature Theater’s Urinetown won eight Helen Hayes awards for 2006, including the award as best resident musical.
The late Congressman Morris Udall once stood on the floor of the House during a debate on some important legislation. “I think that everything that can be said on this bill has been said,” he intoned, and then looked around sadly. “But not everyone has said it yet.” He was right, and debate went on […]
There was a time, in the nineteen sixties, where it seemed we had come to the end of the world. The muscular optimism of the Kennedy years had closed, literally, with a bang. Hemmingway, who represented all that was swagger in the literary arts, had come to a similar end a few years earlier. Justice […]
Microsoft computer mogul Bill Gates paid sixty million dollars on Thursday for a ticket to Alice in Wonderland at Theatre for the Community because he had inadvertently come on “Pay What You Can Night.” “Damn! I hate Pay What You Can Night,” said Gates, who along with his wife Melinda and U2 frontman Bono was […]
Manassas, VA – Microsoft computer mogul Bill Gates paid sixty million dollars on Thursday for a ticket to Alice in Wonderland at Theatre for the Community because he had inadvertently come on “Pay What You Can Night.”
So you’re sitting in your seat – excellent seat, second row center – watching Caroline, or Change and some cretin starts talking behind you. Well, they’ve reminded everyone to turn their cell phones off, and to put their candy away, but they forgot to say stop talking. And this guy is nattering on. What do […]
By kid’s theatre reporter Valeria Lamarra with Tim Treanor Huck Finn’s Story, at the Imagination Stage, is a pretty good show. Not great, but pretty good. Huck Finn (Matthew McGloin) was a young boy who ran way from his mean pap (Michael John Casey) to nearby Jackson’s Island. There he met another runaway – Jim […]
By: Tim Treanor Fanny’s First Play – WSG The stage can be a forum for ideas. A socially conscious playwright, if he is clever and sensitive, can use his art to present his solutions to the great social dilemmas of his day. Throughout his lengthy career, George Bernard Shaw exploited that theatrical potential as well […]
Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson once wanted to be a reporter. “I wanted to be a journalist for a long time, but when I got to college, I realized it was not what I imagined,” she said in an artview interview. “I wanted to inject my opinions in the articles and, worse, I wanted the […]
By: Tim Treanor Two Queens, One Castle This is what happened to Jevetta Steele: She fell in love with a man when she was sixteen. True to the tenets of her Pentecostal faith, she married him, and through twelve years of married life he was her one and only. They had two children. . She […]
“Life is but a dream,” says the samurai Takiguchi (Patrick Bussink) “but in the lotus blossom is the beginning of reality.” He is preparing to cast off his worldly delights and ambitions to live a life of prayer, meditation and self-denial. In so doing, he hopes to in some way make up for the unspeakable, […]