Like its English cousin, An Irish Carol is a dramatic look at life on a day when it should be most celebrated and filled with peace, hope, and love. Unlike its cousin, there are no actual ghosts, but plenty of past, present, and potentially future sorrows turn-up. As they are wont to do when the […]
Six Degrees of Separation shares much in common with Catcher in the Rye, the novel at the play’s moral center. Both are full of terribly unlikable characters who can turn our loathing into self-reflection. Both turn a sad situation into something humorous, at least in their ability to elicit pathos. But most of all, they […]
The daily challenges faced by women in the workplace have increasingly become a cultural touchstone. In addition to traditional discussions of glass ceilings and equal pay, there is now an expanding awareness of the more subtle but equally problematic systemic inequalities women encounter in the office every day. Especially relevant? The phenomena Time recently called […]
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.
Here’s how you know you’re in a Martin McDonagh comedy: Father Welsh (Chris Stezin), Leenane Village’s dipsomaniacal priest, wanders into the fractious home of the Connor brothers to announce “Tom Hallan killed himself” — and the audience bursts out in laughter.
Seven years ago, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey explored the devastating cost of mental illness in their Tony-winning Broadway debut of Next to Normal. Now Keegan Theatre is bringing the gripping psychological saga of Diana and her struggling family to DC, pinning local audiences to their seats with wrenching emotion and dark humor.
A typical Mom is folding laundry, shouting tasks to kids upstairs and handling day-to-day issues on an ordinary day as An American Daughter opens. Only when she listens to an interview on the radio and criticizes herself for an insignificant flub do we realize that she’s just been nominated by the President as the U.S. Surgeon General. […]
In 2004, Green Day was an amiable, if declining, punk rock band who’s most recent hit had been a sentimental ballad called “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”. Their breakthrough album was already a decade old, and they had been touring second-fiddle to Blink 182 (I know because I saw that tour. It’s where drummer […]
If you happen to notice a deeper than normal camaraderie between the characters of Tunny and Johnny in Keegan’s upcoming production of American Idiot, it’s no coincidence. While the characters are best friends in the play, their portrayers – Hasani Allen and Harrison Smith respectively – share the same distinction in real life.
We tend to think of genius as fully formed. We see the end results of a truly sublime or original masterpiece – be it a play, a painting, or a theorem – and chalk it up to divine inspiration that the mere mortals among us could not hope to grasp.