I’m not one who is prone to turning into a “fanboy.” Part of my joy in seeing cabarets in the Barbara Cook series at the Kennedy Center has been the “Stars, they’re just like us!” vibe that comes from everyone’s presence in the small Terrace Theatre (or, for Mandy and Patti, the Eisenhower, a.k.a. the […]
Rarely does a reviewer get to indulge in a second viewing of a production. In this case, director Tom Morris’ splendid production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is well worth multiple viewings. The Kennedy Center has made a tremendous contribution to D.C. audiences by bringing this production to its World Stages Festival after it was […]
The world is dying of a horrible virus, and nature is taking back what’s rightfully hers. There’s no food, no running water and communication with the outside world has been cut off. There are even reports that people are turning to cannibalism to stay alive. So…what’s the plan?
Nothing quite prepares you for a Marguerite Duras play, so rarely is she done on this side of the Atlantic. As delicate as lace, as ephemeral as the foam on the waves that provide the aural landscape of Savannah Bay, as multi-layered as a Viennese torte and as playfully sweet as such a confection, and […]
World Stages, an International Festival offers three weeks of feasting on international theatrical fare at the Kennedy Center with twenty-two theatrical offerings from nineteen countries, including thirteen full-scale productions, four installations, and additional readings and forums. As a world-theatre lover, what could be more exciting and satisfying than to partake of as much as one […]
Is justice contextual? Does it mean one thing for a nation recovering from decades of brutalizing dictatorship and another for the individual who suffered that brutalization? And how does that individual, and that nation, both face the specter of the past and move on from it?
In every trip I make to a cabaret performance, I pay particular attention to the personal connection the performer wants to make with his or her audience. It’s the classic actor question: Ok, you’ve been given a stage, and an audience full of people here to watch you do whatever you want…and, go!
With more than 2,000 performances scheduled for the John F. Kennedy Center’s 2014-15 season, which runs from Aug. 30 to Aug. 16, 2015, there’s a little something for everyone, as new works and returning favorites highlight the season. “We are proud to present a diverse season with wonderful breadth and depth in all performing art […]
In my other reviews, I’ve made mention of cabaret as a fascinating opportunity with a name artist. Tonight, it’s just artist and audience, me as me, you as you, and we will share something directly, it seems to promise. There is a sense of palpable excitement at the opportunity of receiving this vulnerability before the […]
There has been a rise in the number of female heroes as the focus of children’s entertainment in recent years—be it the passionate and fiery Merida in Pixar’s Brave or the smart and determined Katniss of the Hunger Games, these characters are giving girls of all ages someone to root for.
This past weekend the Kennedy launched its first annual International Arts Leaders Forum. It was a grand vision with as grand a title. The stated goal was that big institutional leaders would come together and tackle some of the performing arts industry’s “most difficult questions and chart the course to a more sustainable future.”
Peter and the Starcatcher is a lot of fun. It’s creatively staged, wonderfully acted, impressively designed, genuinely funny, and anytime it felt as if a little something different was needed, that something was provided.