These are the plays that won’t let go. They are there as I drift off to sleep, or, unbidden, come to me during the day. This happens more often now, as work here slows to a close. You probably have your list of best plays and performances. This is not that list. These seem to […]
After death, two professionals spring into action. The undertaker applies makeup, and puts formaldehyde in the veins, so that the forgetting may begin after a celebration. If the undertaker is successful, the deceased will float into the corner of your brain which holds Uncle Gus, who died when you were eight and who you didn’t […]
We asked area theatre companies to tell us what they were most looking forward to in 2020. Their answers surprised us! Contributors: 4615 Theatre Company . American Ensemble Theater . American Shakespeare Theatre Company . Arena Stage . Avant Bard Theatre . Brave Spirits Theatre . Capital Fringe . CulturalDC . Folger Theatre . Happenstance […]
What matters most, when all the theatrical offerings for 2019 have been made, is what lingers in the minds and hearts of the audience. We asked our writers and the Gary Maker Audience Award recipients to think back over the year, and tell us their most unforgettable shows. Here they are in alphabetical order. Ain’t […]
Sunday night’s opening at MetroStage was a fanfare affair. Not only did the press come out in full force (not always easy to get in the crowded local theater market,) being in the audience felt like a reunion of sorts, with some of Washington’s big performing talents gathered who have graced MetroStage over the years. […]
There will always be an England, and its people will always tell bad jokes. If you draw a strange warmth and comfort from that, boy, do I have a show for you. MetroStage’s Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush is less a musical than a musicale, a voyage to an early 20th-century pub where […]
What to call the rare and precious experience of sitting in the darkness of a theatre where something has broken out of its own self and taken wing? Some say a magical work of art is one that defies genres and keeps surprising us as it unfolds. This new production of Rooms, with just two […]
This latest work by Athol Fugard, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, is a masterpiece on so many levels. Set in two distinct times, it explores the oppressive impact of apartheid in South Africa and then turns its lens on 20 years later to witness the personal cost and price of “Reconciliation.” Trying to make […]
Alexandria’s MetroStage will open with Athol Fugard’s most recent play, and then bring back three of its most acclaimed productions to round out its 2018-2019 season.
Why is Yiddish the language of so many comics? Because nearly every word is inherently funny. String a random batch of Yiddish words together, and you pretty much end up with a standup routine. Case in point (read this out loud, spittily): Di krant administratsye iz referd durkh veevils. Which roughly translated means ‘The current […]
To a world of Instagram, YouTube, reality television, and other forms of hyped up, electrified media for the short attention span-addled populace, MetroStage offers something different. Catherine Flye, a veteran actor and theatre maker, transports audiences back to a time of gentle humor, delivered not with bells and whistles, projections, and digital sound production but by […]
The greatest sign of stability in a culture is, paradoxically, its ability to absorb change. There was a collective holding of breath when Joy Zinoman announced her retirement in 2009; could Studio stand the absence of its only Artistic Director? We needn’t have worried. Studio’s fine, and so are we.