In David Lindsay-Abaire’s Ripcord, there are two odd couples. The first are roommates Abby and Marilyn at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. The second are the farce and melodrama compelled to cohabitate in an unsatisfying evening that is neither funny nor moving. The premise has potential. Two elderly women, one a supreme grump and […]
Keegan Theatre announces its 2019-2020 season. Four of the seven shows are Washington area debuts
A world premiere from a local actor/playwright, a co-production, an old favorite, two musicals, and two stories about, or almost about, actual events make up Keegan Theatre’s 2019-2020 season. Jeremy Skidmore’s back in town to direct Brandon McCoy’s world premiere West By God, which will open the company’s season. This play tracks two families in […]
Review: God of Carnage at Keegan Theatre
“In the end, we’re all just taller children,” croons Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Ziman on her band, Elizabeth & The Catapult’s, aptly title 2009 song, “Taller Children.” This is the lyric that immediately sprang to mind as I watched Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage unspool in front of me at the Keegan Theatre—a finely designed and […]
Review: From Gumbo to Mumbo, Spoken Word poetry in action
Spring in Washington DC opens up with a ground-breaking world premiere play, From Gumbo to Mumbo presented by Keegan Theatre’s PLAY-RAH-KA Series. It’s a Live Narrative performed by two award-winning Spoken Word artists and educators: Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown who’ve dedicated their lives to the edification of young school students: enlivening their learning experience […]
Review: Hands on a Hardbody. Gotta have that truck!
My sister asked me what play I was going to see as we wrapped up our phone call. “Oh, it’s a musical about one of those contests where people stand around a truck and the last person who takes their hands off it wins the truck,” I said. “Wait…that’s a musical?” was her response. Sure, […]
Review: Paula Vogel’s comedy The Baltimore Waltz
Writers excavate the marrow of life in order to create their fictional universes, and thus are sometimes required to mine their own marrow for their art. So it was with Paula Vogel, who lost her brother Carl — a witty, sophisticated and elegant gentleman, to judge from the instructions he left for his obsequies (set […]
Review: An Irish Carol at Keegan Theatre
If you like your Christmas holiday fare free of treacle then this is the show for you. No annoyingly twee children shouting out carols in bad English accents and no sticky sugar plums to get stuck in the teeth. It’s Scrooge meets his past, present, and future on barstools. The Irish pub becomes purgatory and […]
How Keegan transformed its space for As You Like It
Keegan audiences will notice a big transformation of the theater for the area debut of Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Co-directors Cara Gabriel and Josh Sticklin Sticklin decided early on that they wanted to make the entire theater a “playing space” for their actors and audience. To do […]
Review: As You Like It musical at Keegan Theatre
As the cast dances in the aisles of Keegan Theatre, it’s difficult not to catch the contagious, rose-colored energy from this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery. I left bobbing to a handful of upbeat songs playing on repeat in my head. And with several somber, but just […]
Review: Lincolnesque at Keegan Theatre
We often imagine Lincoln to have been an amiable, principled man, worn down by war and illness. Perhaps his own and, certainly, that of his sons and wife. Which is why Brandon McCoy’s Francis makes such a great facsimile of our American Hero. He is congenial. Concerned with the well-being of others. A great speaker […]
Lincolnesque at Keegan Theatre. What if a speech writer had the gifts of Lincoln?
“I like to write about the things that matter, whether they matter emotionally, or whether they matter dramatically, or whether they matter politically. If you can get all those in one, that’s great….Politics happens to be, for better or worse, a major concern of our time and place,” John Strand tells me. We were discussing the […]
Review: The Ice Child, a modern once upon a time fairy tale
Sometimes it is just easiest to say it up front as clearly as possible: I loved The Ice Child—an old-school-esque “once upon a time” fairy tale about very real-world, right now issues that treats its tiny audience like intelligent, independent beings capable of great empathy. And imagination.
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