As Constellation Theatre Company wraps up its performance of The 39 Steps each night, one thing’s for certain: the lighting designer deserves his own curtain call. Managing Director A.J. Guban handled the scenic and lighting design for Constellation’s latest romp, a parody homage to Alfred Hitchcock, and finds countless ways to add to the production’s […]
There’s a pall of delicious irony lingering over Constellation’s Little Shop of Horrors, the now-classic musical tale of a weirdo named Seymour from Skid Row who finds an extra-terrestrial plant that brings him (and the flower shop where he works) fame but must be fed in blood, now playing at Source on 14th Street NW. […]
In a season with high profile productions of Little Shop of Horrors on Broadway and across the country, the DMV is getting its own taste of the Alan Menken sci-fi musical theatre classic this October, with a new twist. Little Shop of Horrors at Constellation Theatre Company may be in a small space, but they’re […]
Constellation Theatre Company, which has established a reputation for performing the sublime epics of our culture, will, in its 13th season, aspire to capture the ridiculous — and a little bit of the sublime as well. Are you considering a plant based diet? Well, meet Seymour, the plant who is considering a diet based on […]
Constellation Theatre Company’s latest production may be called The White Snake, but it’s the Green Snake who steals the show. Momo Nakamura proves a delightful, hilarious presence as the spunky best friend and apprentice of sorts to the titular character (Eunice Bae, a calm and impressive figure in her own right) in this Chinese fable. […]
Abrupt decapitations. A chatty, fiendish cat. Magical sorcery onstage and off. An epic costumed ball thrown by Satan himself. On its surface, The Master and Margarita doesn’t seem like the easiest great novel to adapt into a play. But Edward Kemp’s gutsy new interpretation feels right at home on The Source Theatre stage, courtesy of […]
There are only about a dozen cast members onstage at the exhilarating closing of Aida’s first act, but given their vocal power and emotional heft, you’d swear there were 30.
This review, written by Bob Ashby and published on DC Metro Theater Arts, appears here with permission. In Jonathan Dahm Robertson’s set for Constellation Theatre Company’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce, a collection of two-dimensional doors is depicted on the face of the backdrop. So it is clear from the outset that this […]
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.
Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth serves as a mammoth of a play, covering time between the ice age to the post-apocalyptic future. Creating this hilarious, poignant, and heart-warming look at the spirit of human resilience is a massive challenge. With a huge cast, and a need for flexible design, Constellation Theatre Company has […]
You know things are going to start getting weird when the woolly mammoth and the dinosaur show up at the front door.
“…It may strike you more like a high mass to low instincts … the characters are all id; desperately (and fueled by cocaine and bathtub gin) hoping to express their secret selves, and so realize their secret desires.”