After death, two professionals spring into action. The undertaker applies makeup, and puts formaldehyde in the veins, so that the forgetting may begin after a celebration. If the undertaker is successful, the deceased will float into the corner of your brain which holds Uncle Gus, who died when you were eight and who you didn’t […]
While planning theatre in the time of Covid requires faith and flexibility on everyone’s part, we thought it valuable to show you the shows our companies hope to present. Some are virtual. Some will be in theatres once that becomes possible. This is a listing of performances. Not included are readings, panels and discussions. We’ll keep […]
In Hillel Mitelpunkt’s The Accident, a self-involved man, somewhat drunk, hits and kills a Chinese immigrant at about eighty miles per hour. Then, with his passenger, an equally self-involved and even more drunk man, they decide that their work is too important to have it interrupted by the inconvenience of a homicide investigation, and so […]
Gaseous and unpredictable, witty and sentimental, Support Group for Men is ninety minutes traffic of our stage which seems longer, an earnest foray into secrets and feelings masked as a comedy. It is complicated without being complex; amusing without being satisfying. It is like the old cliché about Chinese food: in half an hour you’ll […]
“If there’s one thing reality can’t tolerate,” says Dr. Phillip Cotton (Reed Birney), “it’s competition.” But you knew that already, didn’t you, Mr. or Ms. Avid Theatergoer, you fiction-lover, you believer in hope against the odds. You know what the struggle is, against the sodden day-to-day, against the crashing disappointments. You’ve given reality the finger, […]
Antonio’s Song is a masterful collaboration between two distinguished artists—some may remember Dael Orlandersmith’s emotionally charged Yellowman that tore through Washington D.C. some years ago, or her Stoop Stories. Her lyrical language and raw emotional style blend perfectly with the basic story of co-writer Antonio Edwards Suarez in Antonio’s Song: I Was Dreaming of a […]
The great opera contralto Marian Anderson (Angela Wildflower), has been denied accommodations at the Nassau Inn because of her race. So instead she stays at the home of one of her enthusiastic fans, Professor Albert Einstein (John Leonard Pielmeier). Ms. Anderson is denied an opportunity to give a concert at Constitution Hall by its owner, […]
The Contemporary American Theater Festival‘s 29th season will feature six new plays — four of them world premieres — which focus on the great cultural changes running through our society. If that intrigues you, you may wish to consider setting aside some time between July 5 and 28 for a jaunt to Shepherdstown, West Virginia. […]
Tonight at 7:45pm, Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters will dim their lights in honor of Sam Shepard, playwright, actor and director who died of complications of ALS on Thursday, July 27 on his farm in Kentucky.
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.
Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Theatre Festival will offer a five-production schedule which will include new plays by Chisa Hutchinson, whose Dead and Breathing ignited the 2014 Festival, Susan Miller and Allison Gregory as well as plays by Roonan Noone and Christina Anderson, the Festival announced.
Playwright Johnna Adams (Gideon’s Knot) makes a strong case for unfettered imagination in the quirky, intense World Builders, a world premiere rom-com at the 25th anniversary of the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Max (Chris Thorn) and Whitney (Brenna Palughi) meet un-cute—in the psych wing at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He’s tense and inward; she’s a major […]