I continue to celebrate the voices and the productions that were heard in Washington this Fall as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Frankly, I’m also still mulling over the questions and the challenges that surfaced then and continue to send ripples through the community.
Hispanic theatre bonds me to my family heritage. I was born in Los Angeles, California, with Latino roots that date back to Spain through the American southwest. I grew up in a decade on the brink of the Civil Rights movement in America. It was a time when it wasn’t cool to be Spanish or […]
Guys And Dolls is playing at Olney Theatre Center! Directing his first show at this venerable venue, the well-known Jerry Whiddon is raising the roof with a brilliant cast that radiates enough energy to light the Empire State Building. This must-see show promises to be a blockbuster hit.
When Molly Drexler (Holly Twyford) pleads to her wife Abby (Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan) “Protect me from those people downstairs,” she isn’t just blowing smoke. The Drexlers are one whoo-whee, bat guano-crazy, toxic wonderland of a clan. Their idea of a family high-five is the ability to go to work after an all-night cocaine and booze […]
Jennifer Hoppe-House’s play Bad Dog debuts September 30, 2015 at Olney Theatre Center. She has written for theater, film and television (Nurse Jackie and Damages, among others). In 2009, she and her writing partner Nancy Fichman were nominated for a Writers Guild of America award. Bad Dog is her first full-length play, an NNPN’s rolling world premier which […]
Hold on to the lightness and vivacity of summer for just a little while longer with Olney Theatre Center’s spirited, spun-sugar confection production of Nöel Coward’s Hay Fever.
“You have to ‘Coward’ it,” Valerie Leonard said to me, as she considered the fine art of acting in the very distinctive plays of Noël Coward. I had begun our conversation by asking Leonard if she was a Coward aficionado. “I’m not an aficionado, but I understand the style a bit,” she responded, humbly. “What […]
The Smithsonian invited DC Theatre Scene to present the next season to their audience, and as part of that presentation, DCTS Senior Writer Tim Treanor talked about shows he particularly anticipated. Today, we reproduce (more or less) what Tim had to say about experimental plays, operas, and theatre for young audiences.
Among the many lines quoted from the films of Mel Brooks, one gem is the one the producer/director/actor himself uttered impersonating King Louis XIV while ogling a voluptuous lady of the court: “It’s good to be the king.” During the 2001 Broadway season is was certainly good to be Mel Brooks when his stage adaptation […]
The Price is a slow-burn, a meticulous unwrapping of truth and consequences that erupts when past and present collide. The result is a magnificent look into family—the drama, the dynamics, and the dysfunction—well-worth the wait through an almost leisurely first act.
The 70th anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel finds the musical in radiant fettle, thanks to a vital and deeply moving production at Olney Theatre Center under the direction of Jason Loewith.
It seems you can’t turn on the news these days without hearing a story about some sort of domestic abuse. Whether it’s Ray Rice hitting his fiancée in an elevator, allegations against U.S. welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather or just any of the 2 million domestic incidents that happen each year. Fans of the Rodgers […]