Playwright Allyson Currin’s poignant new work Sooner/Later captures the messy reality of relationships and family in a funny and brutally honest way. From the crushing awkwardness of a first date to the often thankless grind of raising kids, to the dull pain of loss, Mosaic Theater Company’s world premiere of Currin’s intimate comedy/drama gives an […]
Psalmeyene 24 on directing Richard Wright’s Native Son and writing a play in response to James Baldwin’s criticism
Fans of Richard Wright’s iconic 1940 novel Native Son will want to head to Mosaic Theater Company in the upcoming weeks for the two plays, running in rep, which have emerged from the novel. Not only will Mosaic be presenting a streamlined 90-minute adaptation of Wright’s controversial story of Bigger Thomas, adapted by actor/playwright Nambi […]
Review: Shame 2.0 with Comments from the Populace. Truth on stage
Billed as a workshop production to which the press was invited, Mosaic Theater Company’s Shame 2.0 with Comments from the Populace opened Thursday night with all hands on deck in solidarity and much marketing trumpeting it as a “DC world premiere” of docu-theater. Around the edges, however, and in the margins of conversations introducing the […]
Review: Oh, God. Ready to throw in the towel, God tries therapy
So is God more like a Jewish mother or an abusive husband? Both comparisons are thrown around like zingers in Mosaic Theater Company’s Oh, God. In Anat Gov’s comedy, God (Mitchell Hébert) isn’t a distant figurehead, though. He’s come down to Earth in order to get a quick-fix psychology session with Ella (Kimberly Schraf), an […]
Review: The Agitators. Friends and fighters, Frederick Douglass and Susan B Anthony
The first time they met in western New York, in the fall of 1849, playwright Mat Smart imagines, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony would have had a wary interchange. Both are strong willed social activists, but as a friendship develops, Douglass reminds her that, while her life’s devotions are honorable, his view is based […]
Review: Marie and Rosetta, a divine musical tribute. Before Aretha, Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight
It’s 1946 Mississippi and recording artist Sister Rosetta Tharpe is considering adding a singer to join her show, so she finds the only comfortable spot available for them in the Jim Crow south – a funeral home full of prominently placed caskets! Once she quips about the comfy “deluxe model” and Marie Knight stops fidgeting […]
Review: Mosiac’s The Vagrant Trilogy
Mona Mansour’s The Vagrant Trilogy, three one-acts that close Mosaic’s third season, is an engaging, troubling and eye-opening tale of displacement and dispossession on a scale that is both deeply personal and political.
Review: Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies unsheaths grim realities through comedy
Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies is a challenging play. Having read every review from Mosaic Theater ‘s Helen-Hayes-nominated premiere in 2017, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong.
Review: Paper Dolls from Mosaic Theater
“My drag isn’t a costume I use to hide in,” famed performance artists and playwright Taylor Mac says, “it’s exposing what I look like on the inside.” And the same could be said for the five characters from the Philippines who are the focus of Philip Himberg’s Paper Dolls, which is getting its US premiere […]
Mosaic Theater Company announces its next 8 play season
Mosaic Theater Company’s fourth season will bring iconic figures from our past — Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Donny Hathaway, the great R&B and Gospel singer Rosetta Tharpe and her protégé Marie Knight, as well as two actors from the world premiere of The Return (and their army of detractors, as harvested from Facebook and […]
Queens Girl in Africa: conversation with 5 women: its author, designers, dramaturg and actor
After reviewing statistic after statistic about gender parity in the fields of playwriting and directing, I’m excited for the second Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
Mosaic’s Queens Girl in Africa first in Women’s Voices Theater Festival (review)
Jaqueline Marie Butler may seem like an unassuming teenage girl, just doing her best to find her way in her new, confusing home country of Nigeria. But don’t underestimate her — as Jaqueline says herself, there’s a “blowtorch burning in her belly,” and you don’t want to be in her path when those rising emotions […]
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