Forum Theatre, long noted in DC for its raw and politically provocative theatermaking, has elected to cease operations, effective immediately.
Review: Nat Turner in Jerusalem at Forum Theatre
Nat Turner in Jerusalem is a journey into the fervent religious belief behind the leader of a slave rebellion in Southampton County, VA, armed with a sword and spirit. You may have seen Theater Alliance’s The Raid, based on John Brown and the rebellion at Harper’s Ferry, which just closed in Anacostia. Nat Turner in Jerusalem […]
Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information review
With a title like Love and Information, Forum Theatre’s newest show grants itself a wide warrant, delivering quite a bit of the former and volley after volley of the latter. The show really gets fun when you follow along with the meta-theatrical game Forum plays with the playwright, but whether there’s more than just a […]
Forum Theatre reveals 3 of the 4 plays in its 13th season
Silver Spring’s Forum Theatre will produce four plays — one of them yet to be announced — in a season which features the human struggle against the crushing forces of convention. In the season-opening play — Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information — our unnamed protagonists struggle against loneliness. In two later plays, the consequence of […]
Protest Theatre. Schenkkan pushes back on a Donald Trump promise with Building the Wall
It’s in the air – an urgency to use theatre to get people into the conversation about what many see as our national crisis: the Trump presidency. Now Forum Theatre gets into the act presenting a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Building the Wall.
Forum brings Schenkkan’s must-see Building the Wall to Arena and Silver Spring (review)
Speculative political fiction written six months ago and set a mere two years from today is a bold thing to write and produce. But there was a moral imperative to the subject of this play that propelled its author to write it and Forum Theatre to produce it.
Building the Wall and A Raisin in the Sun – theatre that matters in the dangerous times we live in
“The Authoritarian playbook is well known. Create a constant state of crisis that only a “strong” leader can solve. Encourage fear, divide the populace and scapegoat racial or religious minorities and immigrants.
Dry Land at Forum Theatre (review)
Dry Land, though set over 100 years later than its companion piece, What Every Girl Should Know, Forum Theatre’s #nastywomenrep, is an alarming reminder that young women continue to face shame and castigation over sexual issues, in this case, dealing with unexpected pregnancy.
What Every Girl Should Know at Forum Theatre (review)
What Every Girl Should Know opens in pitch darkness with barely audible intermittent sounds of female pleasure, various tones and tonalities and an intermittent gasping groan. What in the world? Soothing lighting ever so slowly reveals shadows of four cots where it finally becomes obvious that young women are under the covers trying to find […]
I Call My Brothers at Forum Theatre (review)
Washington, DC, 2:16 AM, a car bomb goes off in a supposed terrorist attack. The suspect is a Middle Eastern-looking man with a beard. Amor is a Washingtonian of Middle Eastern descent with a beard and a large backpack who just needs to run a few errands the day after the bombing. In the middle […]
Blackberry Winter (review) at Forum Theatre
Actor Holly Twyford is a tour de force as Vivienne, a force of nature with a soft Southern accent, mad baking skills, impeccable manners and oh yes, a mother with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Honoring the Helen Hayes nominees: Kerri Rambow, actor, teacher and already a winner
It is an extraordinary thing to commit yourself to work in theater despite the long hours and low pay. Why do people do it? This is the last in our series highlighting this year’s Helen Hayes nominees: their work, their life, their art, their passion.