After a decade on Broadway and a prolonged national tour, Mamma Mia! has come to Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia for what promises to continue the winning streak for this feel-good and tune-filled show. Cast to perfection, Toby’s Mamma Mia! is a show to which you can – to quote one of the songs – say […]
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey brilliantly subverts both crime procedurals and comedy. This is a show not about catching the bad guys or laughing at weirdos, though it’ll trick you early on. By the end, you can count on a tear in your eye as you say goodbye to a small town and all […]
Brian Quijada is unstoppable. In his autobiographical Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, he sings, dances, and wields a live looper like a genius to create a solo performer musical that takes us all the way from his conception to a frank conversation about race with his future child, hitting all the most important […]
It’s rare to see a performance so original that you can’t quite find your footing. Brahman/i, the story of an intersex Indian comic, purposefully moves all the boundaries of what you think you know to put you in the shoes of a character whose identity confuses them. (For the purposes of this review, nonbinary pronouns […]
In Monumental Theatre Co.’s production of Pippin, young dreamers are still out to find their own corner of the sky — they’re just also likely to share that corner with their social media followers and be sure to take a selfie in the process.
Imaginative, kinetic, engaging, and bold – those are just a few words to describe The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Synetic Theater. For the young and young at heart, this fanciful and faithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s most famous tale will tickle funny bones and captivate hearts while dazzling with the lyrical dance and movement […]
I am generally not a forced gaiety and audience-participation kind of guy. And yet Saturday night, there I was some 20 minutes before show time for H.M.S. Pinafore, in Olney Theatre’s Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, tossing little stuffed animals back and forth to unnervingly cheerful guitar and ukulele playing thespians clad in pajamas, as well as […]
Don’t let the unsettling title scare you away. Yes, it’s direct and upfront but the characterizations build and the interactions usher us into precious reflections on life.
To put on a fresh show every night, Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) must know its audience down to the core of their prides and insecurities. The New York- and Los Angeles-based improv comedy troupe, co-founded by Amy Poehler, read D.C. like a book on press night.
Marc Acito’s Secrets of the Universe depicts how, in 1937, our country’s most brilliant mind, Albert Einstein, befriended the one and only Marian Anderson when she had been denied a hotel room because of her race. In today’s New Jack era of increasingly blatant intolerance and overt racism it’s important to see how segregation has […]