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 […]
There are stories we must approach carefully, as we might, unarmed, approach a wolf in a leg trap. Amy E. Witting’s wolf of a story, The House on the Hill, is such a tale. It is a story of the hate that dare not speak its name. It is a story of sin, and the […]
I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, Albert Einstein once said, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and rocks. It is after the war now. The great cities are gone, and the networks which kept us alive and healthy are in disarray. Once we dreamed of […]
“Where does the past exist,” asks O’Brien, “if at all?” “In records,” replies Winston Smith. He is tied to a chair. “It is written down.” “In records. And–?” “In the mind. In human memories.” “In memory. Very well, then.” O’Brien is about to improve Winston Smith’s memory by having rats chew on his face. “We, […]
There are two people on the stage in front of us – Leroy Grant (Jason Bowen) and Berta (the remarkable Bianca Laverne Jones), writhing in love and sorrow – but a third character hangs over them, patient and hungry. That is the character of Parchman Penitentiary, the massive Mississippi industrial farm which made substantial annual […]
Ah, the quintessential play set in the magical woods… and performed there as well. Park in the town lot, walk up the hill (or if you or your theatre date wore heels, take the complementary shuttle van) to the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute where Chesapeake Shakespeare Company – an institution itself – has […]
The Essential Theatre’s new play People for Whom the World Spins and Turns is best described by its subtitle A World Premiere Play about Addiction & Recovery. It is a thoughtful and timely production by physician-playwright James J. Hsiao that makes a real contribution to understanding the challenges of our growing addiction problem.
Many citizens have been welcome at community pools and swim clubs their entire lives. This is not true of African-Americans. Here we have the story of the African American Bowlding family which was denied membership to a private, Maryland swimming pool by its all-white membership in 1974.
On press night of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, an impassioned cry pierced a moment between flaming montages of the 1967 Detroit riot and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968. During the song “I’m Losing You,” a woman in the audience spontaneously shouted “Oh, Jesus!” The gesture felt holy, […]