“I hear you’re a son of a bitch,” said Jerome Kern, introducing himself to a producer. “So am I.” But he was one productive son of a bitch, composing more than 700 songs in collaboration with an all-star rotation of lyricists, among them Oscar Hammerstein II, P.G. Wodehouse, Ira Gershwin, Dorothy Fields, and Johnny Mercer.
As I flipped through the program of An Operetta Holiday, I was struck by director Nick Olcott’s quote at the top of his note: “Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.” In a way, these words ring true. While this cabaret of operetta tunes is clunky, it includes heartfelt and engaging performances that can entice even […]
Sometime in the not too distant past, an ornate street lamp, that you could easily imagine encircled by fog, glows at a dingy train depot early morning. Byron Jones, looking dapper in a suit and hat, enters and tenderly launches into “La Ville S’endormait” [The City Was Falling Asleep] surrounded by haphazardly strewn travel trunks […]
Your mission: Venture to the land of Adams Morgan until you see a temple at 16th and Fuller. From Fuller turn right at Mozart Place, past the construction, into the auto-gated parking lot. Then look for the signs. Not enigmatic Dan Brown-ish signs, but actual printer paper taped here and there, with arrows, saying “Magic […]
Oberon, king of the fairies, has been challenged by his queen Titania to write a play to rival Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream without resorting to magic. But Oberon, though beautiful, falls far short of the queen’s request.
It was as if an electric current connected the cabaret performers who call themselves Diana V. Sáez & Friends. Staged on a platform surrounded by round cafe tables, draped with red table cloths, this In Series cabaret concert at Atlas’s Lab II shines the spotlight on Hispanic songs of the past. Some are rarely heard […]
Gaetano Donizetti miraculously wrote seventy-five operas during his brief lifetime. But what makes Don Pasquale stand out as one of the funniest comic operas (opera buffa) ever written is that it is filled with exquisitely beautiful bel canto arias, patter songs, and melodramatic humor. Its unforgettable characters are a mix of good and evil. Yet, […]
We took suggested lines spoken or sung on our area stages in 2016 or upcoming in 2017 and paired them with images to create this year’s Love Lines for Valentines. Along with them comes our wish that your life will be filled with happiness. We hope you enjoy these Valentines. Sharing them is quick and easy. To start, just choose any […]
Shakespeare once wrote “if music be the food of love, play on.” Another wordsmith, who doubled as a tunesmith, boiled that sentiment down to the even more succinctly stated “Say it with music.” And did he ever!
The following plays are my favorite selections best Hispanic productions of 2016, all seen at GALA Hispanic Theatre, and dominated by GALA productions themselves.