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 […]
Happy St. Nicholas Day! Last weekend, I watched a marvelous production of St. Nicholas in Bethesda’s Quotidian Theatre. Quotidian is a fine small theater with special expertise in plays by Horton Foote and Conor McPherson. The Washington Post wouldn’t send a critic, so they missed a chance to tell you how good this production is. […]
Rich, roiling, profound and profane, Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas is A Christmas Carol turned inside out. Whereas Ebenezer Scrooge had his blighted stinginess scoured through a vision of his past, present and future, the moral midget that Steve Beall portrays in Quotidian’s fine production has his emptiness filled up with the baubles he had long […]
A Coffin in Egypt, one of Horton Foote’s lesser known scripts, has one of the most unengaging titles imaginable, (it’s actually derived from the last line in Genesis). Get past the title, trust Quotidian, Horton Foote and Jane Squier Bruns and you’ll be in for a treat.
The Quotidian Theatre way-back machine will be in full operation this season, as the company’s four-play season starts in the present (or near-present) and catapults us back in time, landing eventually in Elizabethan England.
Night Seasons is forty years in the history of the unpleasant Weems family, reduced to two hours, more or less. Notwithstanding this compression, the two hours traffic of our stage seems longer, extended by playwright Horton Foote’s somnambulistic pacing, and further accentuated by the Quotidian cast’s generally hesitant delivery.
You have likely encountered Doubt: A Parable before. Whether it be through the Tony Award-winning original Broadway production, the Pulitzer Prize-winning script, the Academy Award-nominated film or the multitude of well-received regional productions (including several in the DC Metro area), John Patrick Shanley’s meditation on the power of doubt vs. conviction has been in the collective […]
On March 9, 2017, John Patrick Shanley, the author of Doubt: A Parable, granted an exclusive interview to the Quotidian Theatre Company (QTC), where Doubt will be performed from April 7 – May 7. The interview was conducted by QTC board member/actor David Dubov, who was most recently seen as “Doc” in QTC’s The Night Alive.
Playwright Conor McPherson has a signature knack for framing the big questions inside quiet, unassuming lives. In Quotidian Theatre Company’s moving production of McPherson’s The Night Alive, his downtrodden characters share existential debates, flickering hopes, and brief kindnesses in a dingy flat on the outskirts of Dublin. Beneath the hanging gloom and pessimistic Irish humor, I […]
Bethesda, Md.-based Quotidian Theatre Company opens its 2016-2017 season with The Night Alive, the most recent, critically acclaimed drama from Conor McPherson, one of contemporary theater’s brightest lights. The 2013 play received positive reviews for its London and Off-Broadway runs and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The Night Alive, McPherson’s latest […]