In the annals of American literature, most agree that Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, written by Herman Melville in 1851, is one of the greatest masterpieces of all-time. The classic story follows Ishmael telling the tale of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler the Pequod, seeking revenge on the white whale that bit off his leg at […]
When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high./ And don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky. And the sweet, silver song of a lark. Walk on through the wind/Walk on through the rain/Though your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on/With […]
Switching between mediums can be as difficult as telling someone about a dream. If the new version cannot deliver on everything the original does (next to impossible), it better bring some valuable contributions to the story rooted in the new medium’s strengths.
The Little Foxes is at once an old-fashioned melodrama and a biting critique, seemingly written for today, of the hotly resented “1 percent”. The play’s set up and mechanics feel like an old-time curio at times, or a look into the past, but is also unmistakably and curiously relevant to the socio-political discourse of this […]
If you’re like me, you’ve already done your Christmas shopping, filled out your budget for the next fiscal year, and made arrangements for your final repose after The Event Which Awaits Us All occurs. Now it’s time for something much more difficult: planning your theater season.
Since the death of Zelda Fichandler on July 29th, there have been numerous tributes to the woman, her accomplishments, and her great and important legacy. All are well-earned and thoroughly deserved. In the pantheon of Washington, D.C. theatre-makers, the zenith position belongs to Zelda.
Zelda Fichandler, co-founder of Arena Stage, died this morning at her home in Washington, DC, of congestive heart failure. She was 91.
Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story boasts a powerful book, a brilliant, balanced cast, held together by the linchpin musical direction and extraordinary keyboard playing of Steven Jamail.
There’s a lot of serious stuff exposed in Ayad Akhtar’s incendiary Disgraced, currently at Arena Stage. The 90-minute one act asks tough questions, presents thorny dilemmas, uncorks usually well-kept prejudices and provokes an intellectual and emotional reaction from viewers.
Who says that only the British can have history plays? Robert Schenkkan’s profound, magnificent, epic All the Way is every bit as tragic as Richard III, but more accurate, and every bit as inspiring as Henry V, but more comprehensive. Like all real history plays, it brings us into the heart not only of its […]