We hope you will take time to watch DC Theatre Scene’s first virtual discussion, held Friday night. An honest, personal sharing of the affects of racism on these important members of our theatre community. (Click image to view on Facebook.) Our recommended performances for this week start with three locally produced events. Desiderium by Ricky […]
Review: Monumental’s Head Over Heels. Fresh and fun.
A 16th century queer romance that’s a jukebox musical set to the hits of The Go-Gos? It’s hard not to think “train wreck potential” when you hear the synopsis of Head Over Heels, the musical Monumental Theatre Company is tackling right now. It’s a pleasure to learn that Head Over Heels is actually pretty delightful. […]
How Monumental Theatre honors Head Over Heels’ celebration of acceptance with a young, inclusive cast
Head Over Heels made a splash on Broadway in 2016, notably starring the first transgender actor playing an out nonbinary character in a Broadway musical — Peppermint as Phythio. Now, the DMV is about to experience a whole new “Beat,” as Monumental Theatre Company produces the first regional production of this musical, which is based on […]
2020 Visions. Theatre leaders tell us what lies ahead.
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 […]
Review: Be More Chill from Monumental Theatre Company
Broadway musicals’ 11 o’clock numbers are often defiant, triumphant character studies or orchestra-swelling realizations of love — think “Rose’s Turn” from Gypsy or “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress. Meanwhile, the one in Be More Chill happens…when a lonely high school stoner is desperately hiding in the bathroom at a house party. And let’s […]
Daddy Long Legs review. Monumental Theatre’s polished production outshines the musical
When two highly engaging performers are saddled with less than dynamic material, you can at least revel in their onstage chemistry and delightful voices. Even the design work attempts to elevate the piece with period detail and artistic flourishes. But a nice set is not enough to inject much-needed oomph into a sung-through romance that […]
Review: Monumental cast gets its corner of the sky with Pippin
In Monumental Theatre Co.’s production of Pippin, young dreamers are still out to find their own corner of the sky — they’re just also likely to share that corner with their social media followers and be sure to take a selfie in the process.
Review: Brooklyn the Musical from Monumental Theatre
Essentially Rent, but half as long and without everything that makes Rent unlikeable to modern sensibilities. Monumental Theatre Company’s top-notch production of Brooklyn the Musical, which ran for a few months on Broadway a decade ago, offers plenty of pleasures for the eyes and ears despite a lackluster underlying story.
Wildhorn’s Bonnie and Clyde musical (review)
Times is hard in Bonnie and Clyde. Some would say not so different from now. Climate shifting, turning the land into a dustbowl. Whole businesses destroyed. Banks going under. People out of work. They discover they’re going but they’re not going anywhere. They’re just going. Chased by the law or their own demons.
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (review)
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche invites its audience to the 1956 Annual Quiche Breakfast, a pastiche of 1950s femininity that whets the appetite for Capital Fringe, with high energy antics, ridiculous worldbuilding, and an uproarious second act.
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