While planning theatre in the time of Covid requires faith and flexibility on everyone’s part, we thought it valuable to show you the shows our companies hope to present. Some are virtual. Some will be in theatres once that becomes possible. This is a listing of performances. Not included are readings, panels and discussions. We’ll keep […]
Quotidian Theatre’s closing its warehouse with a huge sale. Auction starts Aug 3
One distinction of a Quotidian Theatre production has always been its set pieces and props, expertly chosen and carefully placed in its single set rooms adding airs of authenticity to such notable productions as Conor McPherson’s The Veil and Chekhov’s Lady with the Little Dog. Leaving the theatre, if you think of that perfect garden seat […]
Actor Steve Beall bids farewell to Quotidian Theatre Company
I would have wept no matter when or how Quotidian Theatre Company (QTC) closed. I heard about it soon after the decision was announced, and wept again when it was reported here at DC Theatre Scene. I’m fond of a lot of theatres for a lot of different reasons, but this one? This one is […]
Quotidian Theatre to stage one last play before closing. A casualty of Covid and time.
Quotidian Theatre, the Bethesda-based company which specialized in the work of Horton Foote and, to a lesser extent, Conor McPherson, will close its doors for good after a production of Foote’s The Day Emily Married, “most likely” next spring. The company will not mount its previously-scheduled performance of Ibsen’s Ghosts, which had been cancelled due […]
Our 20 most memorable shows of 2019
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 […]
Review: Conor McPherson’s confessional Port Authority from Quotidian Theatre
A doleful ballad fittingly eases you into Quotidian Theatre Company’s (QTC’s) lovingly rendered production of Conor McPherson’s Port Authority. Three generations of Irishmen then introduce themselves in turn, each starting into an accounting which define them as men. It’s not evident why these three avatars, unaware of one another and from an unknown place are […]
Review: The Mollusc from Quotidian Theatre
Over 100 and some years ago, The Mollusc was the best-known work of an Englishman considered to be in affinity with the likes of Oscar Wilde. About 10 years ago, my colleague at DC Theatre Scene had a seemingly delightful experience viewing its last previous area revival. But sadly, this droll anachronism’s latest reappearance on […]
Quotidian Theatre announces the 3 plays for season 2019-2020
Bethesda-based Quotidian Theatre will be producing plays from two writers familiar to its audiences — Horton Foote and Connor McPherson — and one from Henrik Ibsen which shocked audiences when it was originally produced, in its three play 2019-2020 season. Quotidian will lead off with McPherson’s Port Authority, the tale of three different men, at […]
Author Michael Hollinger on creating the world of Ghost-Writer
Michael Hollinger doesn’t want you to be misled by a thumbnail description of Ghost-Writer, his three-character play about an Edwardian-era writer, his wife, and his secretary, the latter of whom claims to continue to receive dictation from the great man following his death. “I would say that people are often surprised what a passionate experience […]
Review: An Irish Twist on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Contemporizing Shakespeare’s plays, abridging them, moving them to different locations, or having them center around different cultures: these are all fun ways to mold classical theatre into something new. But An Irish Twist on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while certainly an original idea that intertwines the famous play with Irish lore and culture, […]
Addison Switzer reveals how Quotidian is putting the Irish twist to Midsummer Night’s Dream
Addison Switzer and I shared stages back in the early days of the old Clark Street Playhouse, so I was thrilled to explore his take on his role as King of the Fairies, King Finvarra in this “Irish Twist” rendition of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Hobson’s Choice at Quotidian Theatre (review)
It may seem an odd choice at first for Quotidian to revive a century-old comedy of manners in an era of #metoo. Happily, though he’s no George Bernard Shaw (that’s OK, I’m no Ben Brantley), Harold Brighouse’s 1915 comedy Hobson’s Choice is, for its time, a savvy study of gender and class politics of the […]
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