Welcome to the jungle! No not the Serengeti plains where both wildebeest and ostrich have reason to fear the predatory lion. This is Chicago’s fictional North Shore High School where the creatures quaking in fear are students and the beast they fear is the lioness Regina George.
Nina Simone: Four Women at Arena Stage slams you from the moment you see the set depicting a blown-up church with pews flying in mid-air, windows shattered and still smoldering, dust settling, debris scattered on all sides.
The business of an artist is not much different than the business of a baseball umpire, though his field of vision is bigger. The artist must see the world, and then call it as he sees it.
I walked into the DC Arts Center to catch The Book of Merman expecting a tale of half-men, half-fish, all-Mormon singers and dancers. What I found was even campier than that.
The sentiment expressed in the jaunty tune “Slap That Bass” tells us why Signature Theatre has chosen to stage Crazy For You: “the world is a mess with politics and taxes and people grinding axes… so slap that bass and let that be your tonic.” This vivacious production is certainly good medicine for a low […]
Life: it’s not about good guys or bad guys. It’s about good choices and bad choices. And, Felonious Munk, a bearded comedian out of Chicago courtesy of Second City, is a solid, candid guy who’s made some questionable ones. In Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) he lays it all out there.
The ushers are wearing “Ghetto Scholar” sweatshirts in Studio 54, where for his sixth solo show John Leguizamo stands in front of a blackboard and lectures on the history, politics, culture and demographics of the 70 million Latinos in the United States. But Leguizamo is too much of an anarchic comic spirit, master mimic and […]
In today’s information age, where significant cultural moments flutter in and out weekly, topical theater may not age well. But sometimes, art speaks to fundamental fault lines in a culture, and that divide is played over and over with different names attached. The Real Americans, a solo show in Mosaic Theater’s “Transformational Journeys” series, is […]
Imagine if the comedy from a charismatic SNL sketch was intertwined with poignant writing from the Spanish Golden Age of theatre. The result: The Dog in the Manger. This sparky rendition of Lope De Vega’s 17th century play blends meta jokes, farce, and societal reflections to create a mixture of stimulative fun.
Billie Holiday died in 1959, but memories of her remain in Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, now at Rep Stage in Columbia, Md. Her voice has influenced American music for decades, but nobody, no matter how good, can ever really recapture the sheer cussed essence of the original woman.