“Running a theatre company is always challenging. That aspect never goes away, and it doesn’t get easier with time.” In October, while in New York City, I sat down with Joshua Morgan and talked about a lot of things. Chief among the subjects was his recent Broadway debut in the hit revival of Les Miserables […]
Joshua Morgan took DC by storm when the (then) Off-Broadway sensation, Hedwig and the Angry Itch, opened at the Warehouse Theater. Morgan, who directed the musical, must have liked what he saw for he added DC as a second location for the Chapel Hills, NC company No Rules Theatre Company.
Sketch show is funny when No Rules does it. The most admirable thing about sketch comedy as an art form is this – it just gets itself out there. You have an idea? Write it down, punch up the jokes, and get it on stage or on film. Take too much time to polish it […]
I sat down with playwright Madhuri Shekar at Signature Theatre, where her play In Love and Warcraft ran in the ARK until January 25th. We’d done the getting-to-know-you thing: She’s from LA, grew up in India, and moved back to the states to get her MA in Communications and an MFA in playwriting at USC. […]
A tense build-up; a long-anticipated entry; desperate shouting of instructions; begging for supernatural aid; an explosive climax; a satisfied finish. Depicting all the passion of a major raid against a difficult monster in the online multiplayer game World of Warcraft (WoW), the first scene of No Rules Theatre Company’s DC premiere is a collision between […]
On Monday night, October 27th, the lobby of Woolly Mammoth Theatre was mobbed and moving among the crowd in a blue checked shirt, outstretched hand ready to welcome each person, was the man of the moment. He knew he was there on No Rules Theatre Company’s gala evening to receive an award. Little did he […]
One of the most recognizable faces in Washington D.C.’s theater scene isn’t an actor, isn’t a high-profile writer or even an artistic director—it’s fan and patron Barbara Bear, who regularly sees more than 100 productions a year and has totaled over 5,000 theater performances since moving from Newport News to Arlington in 1961.
Barbara Bear, who regularly attends more than one hundred theatrical productions a year in the DC Area, has won the 2014 Gary Lee Maker Audience Award.
The reflective moments after a funeral open and close August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, the opening production of No Rules Theatre Co.’s 2014-15 season. And that’s wholly appropriate, as the play is an extended memory lesson, bursting with all the tragic lyricism one expects of the man who chronicled the drama of the African-American experience in […]
It’s hard to believe, but air travel wasn’t always about long lines, uncomfortable seats and the opportunity to get poked and prodded by strangers. There weren’t always fees to check your bag, and if you wanted a decent martini at cruising altitude you could pretty well bet it was on the menu. Sadly, those days […]
“The best thing for the inside of a man,” Ronald Reagan once said, “is the outside of a horse.” In this odd, affecting early Sarah Ruhl play, the outside of a horse provides an odd, affecting comfort to the inside of Mary Smith (Sarah Olmstead Thomas), whose marriage to Crick Thorndigger (Chris Dinolfo) – basically […]
No Rules Theatre Company announces its 2014 season. For this, its fifth season, the award winning company will be staging eight productions between Arlington, VA and Winston-Salem, NC. Performing from Signature Theatre, in Arlington, VA, No Rules opens Late: A Cowboy Song by Sarah Ruhl, described as: “the story of one woman’s education and her […]