A look back at the past that contains a look back at the distant past, Top Girls comes across as almost more of a recently-written period play than the 1982 piece that it is. That is a credit to playwright Caryl Churchill’s balanced eye, which captures the tone of the era in which she wrote […]
“Kids these days,” or so I’m told, use “extra” as an adjective to denote that something is more than what is usual, expected, or necessary. As a noun, it means a person hired daily to play a minor part in a movie or a television show, usually as a background member of a mob or […]
In my family, my father was the Big Fish: a teller of tall tales and elaborate shaggy dog stories. Most families have someone like him: someone for whom life must be larger, greater, more colorful than the workaday humdrum it mostly turns out to be. In Big Fish, traveling salesman Edward Bloom is that storyteller- […]
“All women should see this show,” said a male audience member in the lobby, enthusiastically. “What about the men?” his female companion asked. “Well, it’s not for men,” he offered, to which the three women standing around him immediately said, “ALL MEN SHOULD SEE THIS SHOW.” “Definitely,” he added.
It’s a wonder that we Irish haven’t gone extinct from all our slow courting. Beyond President Kennedy, there are no Irish Casanovas, and there are certainly none in John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, where two Irish families address more traditional Irish concerns: (1) death (2) dead people (3) inheritance and (4) whiskey (there is an […]
“These people make me tense,” sings Leo Frank early in the dark musical Parade. “It’s like a foreign land.” If 1913 Atlanta feels alien to Frank, a transplanted New York Jew and the well-educated, bookish superintendent of a pencil factory, he feels alien to Atlantans, too. When a 13-year-old girl is found murdered in the […]
Yes, yes, I know; the family that slays together stays together. But why is it that of all the astonishing plays in Will Shakespeare’s oeuvre, it is this story of a homicidal Scottish King that gets reimagined the most frequently?
Keegan Theatre’s new Theatre for Young Audiences program, PLAY-RAH-KA, opens its second production, Hamlette by Allison K Williams, directed by Ricky Drummond, this Saturday at 11 am for four performances through February 11th.
Chris Stezin cut his teeth professionally as an actor doing Shakespeare for about six years all over the country, which instilled in him a deep reverence for the work. “I started performing Shakespeare in college and then worked a lot as a professional,” he says. “I think there’s no better training for an actor. I […]
As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their most vivid memories. We hope you will share your own as comments for us all to savor.