There is out there, and then there is Will Eno. An interviewer once asked him one of those personality-in-a-nutshell questions. If you could pick any superpower for yourself, he asked the playwright, which one would you select? “The former Soviet Union,” Eno replied. The ways by which words are commodified, commercialized, weaponized and manipulated are […]
Review: Celia and Fidel at Arena Stage. Castro and the seduction of power
There are moments in this mesmerizing production of Celia and Fidel during which the entire audience holds its collective breath. We watch as a battle is being fought and a choice is being made. What choice will best move forward the cause of the Cuba’s socialist revolution? What choice will amount to capitulation to the […]
Review: The Amateurs, a survival comedy of the 14th century plague
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread COVID-19 across the globe, large scale gatherings across the world face postponement or outright cancellation. But this is hardly the first time, The Amateurs reminds us, that humankind has been thrown into a worldwide emergency. Playwright Jordan Harrison draws a line between the Black Death of the 14th […]
Review: Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains at Everyman Theatre
Ain’t no mountain high enough to throw shade on Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Butler (the incandescent, triple threat Felicia Curry), the heroine of Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ world premiere play Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains, the third and final (wah!) installment of Jennings’ coming of age trilogy. The play is the first in Everyman Theatre’s […]
A King and No King. ASC actors take on this outlandish 17th century comedy
Has this ever happened to you? You’re Panthea, Princess of Iberia (Zoe Speas), and you haven’t seen your brother, King Arbaces (Benjamin Reed) since you were nine years old. You live under the watchful eye of Gobrias, the Lord Protector of Iberia (David Anthony Lewis). So does your murderous mother Arane (Jessika D. Williams), who […]
Review: Henry IV, Part 2, as ASC’s Renaisance actors will it
Imagine there’s no director — it’s easy if you try — and no designers too. Imagine further that the actors, amidst their other theatrical responsibilities, must put this play together in ten days or so, not only learning the complex language but determining the blocking, deciding what (if any) props are to be used, and, […]
Review: Actors’ take-over of ASC’s Much Ado About Nothing finds big laughs in Shakespeare’s comedy
At Shakespeare Theatre’s 2020 mock court Thursday night, the veteran Shakespearian actor Ed Gero described the special challenges facing a theater artist who takes on one of the Bard’s works. Almost every one of Shakespeare’s plays have been done hundreds of times and many have been done thousands of times. So, he pointed out, the […]
Review: Brave Spirits’ Henry the Fourth, Part 2. Strong cast. Superb Falstaff.
Brave Spirits’ two-year repertory of Shakespeare’s history cycle continues with an impressively lively production of one of the Bard’s more challenging plays, Henry the Fourth, Part 2. After Part 1 fell a bit short on delivering the expected thrills and energy from a superior script, Part 2 reassures me that matters are well in hand. […]
Review: Richard the Second kicks off Brave Spirits’ History Project with panache
Brave Spirits – oh brave indeed! – have kicked off their ambitious plan to perform the entirety of Shakespeare’s double-tetralogy of history plays covering one of the most tumultuous periods of English history. This season is devoted to Richard the Second, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V (collectively titled The King’s Shadow), with each play opening over the […]
Beauty of the Father
An estranged daughter reunites with her father, a painter in Granada, only to fall in love with his 20 year-old Moroccan houseboy and sometime-lover.
With its extraordinary collection of works by Cézanne and Matisse, eccentric millionaire Alfred Morris’ art museum has long flourished in quiet obscurity.
Antony and Cleopatra
Synetic Theater explores one of Shakespeare’s last great tragedies with their haunting “art of silence.”
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