April appears to be the month of celebrating locally not only cherry blossoms but playwright Samuel Beckett. There are three notable productions in town. Scena Theatre has just presented The Beckett Trio, a remarkable tour de force of three solo works with local actress Nanna Ingvarsson. Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts Ireland’s Druid Theatre in Waiting […]
Witch opens with what appears to be a coven of women in black shiny robes circling the stage holding candles. One periodically reads from a book so iridescent that its pages glow in the dark. Then shift to a present day, and not just any day, but the happenings of the post-election 2017 Women’s March […]
Once again, Imagination Stage turns an ages-old classic into something modern and relatable for both kids and adults. In this fine adaptation of the story of Robin Hood by Greg Banks, director Janet Stanford reminds us that the Merry Men weren’t originally merry – they were homeless. Living the outlaw life in Sherwood Forest in […]
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.
Powerhouse director Allison Stockman and her powerhouse resident designer A.J. Guban have created yet another minor miracle of transformation at the Source. As the 14th/U neighborhood around them becomes increasingly unrecognizable, it’s very comforting that this constant remains.
If you love musicals but aren’t in the mood for a familiar warhorse, then head out to 1st Stage in Tysons’ Corner for the area debut of Fly By Night. You will find, as I did, a charming chamber musical with a pleasing folk-rock score, wrapped around the timeless theme of finding your way through […]
What does radical empathy look like? Look no further than the plays of Athol Fugard. He has made his life’s work giving voice to the Black Africans of South Africa who were not allowed to tell their own stories and breaking down the imposed divides between the races of the system called apartheid. Fugard is a […]
In the morning we go down, you and I, to the bowels of the Washington Metro Transit system and there jostle and sway, with hundreds of strangers, in metal rectangular boxes through tubes drilled far under the earth on the way to our myriad destinations. Playwright Brittany Alyse Willis does too, and so Willis wrote […]
Memory can be a warm blanket, a cruel knife, and a revolutionary act all at once. Gala Hispanic Theatre’s must-see En el Tiempo de Las Mariposas (In the Time of Butterflies) unfurls a gripping vision of life, love, and sacrifice under the ruinous rule of Dominican dictator General Rafael Trujillo. Gripping performances and audiovisual effects ensnare […]
In the darkness, a disembodied voice tells us we are embarking on a journey and instructs us to ready ourselves for take off and to put our cell phones to airplane mode. Then so many thousands of miles up, it is announced we are to be jettisoned out of the aircraft. A goofy lovable Everyman, […]