The King and I, Lincoln Center’s dazzling new incarnation now at the Kennedy Center, is the jewel in the crown of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s work. Written during the golden age of Broadway musicals, and inspired by the book Anna And The King Of Siam by Margaret Langdon, it tells the semifictionalized tale of Anna Leonowens, […]
It’s a great time in Washington to re-evaluate through drama the weights and balances of our justice system. Downtown at Arena Stage we’re watching Scalia’s story, penned as The Originalist, which preceded the opening out here at Olney Theatre Center this weekend of Thurgood. It’s hard to believe that for a short time these two […]
Adapting Shakespeare to a modern context is always a dicey proposition – witness the NY Public Theater’s ongoing “Julius Trump” firestorm. But Welders playwright and Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri has no such issues. Petri has channeled her gift for social satire into a frenetic, funny, and relatable vision of Hamlet for the internet […]
All rise! Not so much for an associate Supreme Court Justice, but for Edward Gero, the man currently embodying the late Antonin Scalia in the remounted and revised production of The Originalist at Arena Stage.
Everyone has an idea of how Shakespeare “should” be performed: from the gorgeous flashiness of Shakespeare Theatre Company to the original practice imitations of American Shakespeare Center to edgy interpretations popular on Fringe stages. But for my money, Shakespeare performed outdoors, on a ramshackle stage and under the stars, is hard to beat. That’s especially […]
I’ve just spent a most unexpectedly engaging evening at the theatre, seeing the “dragapella beautyshop quartet” known as The Kinsey Sicks in their return to Theater J, whereat they’ve been in residence previously, as they perform their latest show, titled Things You Shouldn’t Say.
Times is hard in Bonnie and Clyde. Some would say not so different from now. Climate shifting, turning the land into a dustbowl. Whole businesses destroyed. Banks going under. People out of work. They discover they’re going but they’re not going anywhere. They’re just going. Chased by the law or their own demons.
Fifty years since Cabaret debuted on Broadway and almost as long since the 1972 film adaptation emblazoned its haunting imagery and seductive score across our collective consciousness, the jaunty tour through the seedy underbelly of Weimar-era Berlin feels somewhat timeworn—although still provocative and fun for true fans or first-timers—until the show’s later numbers reveal where […]
BON VOYAGE! A Happenstance Escapade is a soupçon, a patisserie, a confection, and, in its smellier moments, a big fromage! But most of all it is Mark Jaster’s love letter to Paris. And thanks to the tight ensemble members who devised the entire work, its sweet romantic heart breaks through.
Wig Out! is beautiful, raw, and real. And magically human, bonding me to the sadness, joy, and fear of wonderfully deep characters. To be candid, this is a world—the underground Ball Culture—I knew nothing of last week but remain moved by what I have seen and blown away by its energy, power, humor, and depth.