What does radical empathy look like? Look no further than the plays of Athol Fugard. He has made his life’s work giving voice to the Black Africans of South Africa who were not allowed to tell their own stories and breaking down the imposed divides between the races of the system called apartheid. Fugard is a […]
Bethesda’s Round House Theatre will kick off its 41st Season with a $14-million capital campaign — designed to raise money to improve both the company’s physical plant and what it can offer its artists and audiences. Round House will move out of its present space and into DC’s Lansburgh Theatre in Penn Quarter for the […]
Forget everything you have assumed about Handbagged, Moira Buffini’s marvelous play about Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It is different, and better, than that. Here, consider: Our current Chief Magistrate makes people uncomfortable with his insulting and divisive rhetoric, but what if we had a leader who was all that, and actually […]
I’ll Get You Back Again uses a band’s reunion as the basis for a combined comedy, drama, memory play, and meditation on the meaning of life. While the Round House Theatre world premiere production has some jammin’ moments, the elements never fully gel in a Sarah Gancher’s well-meaning but ultimately underwhelming play.
In the Heights, now packing them in at Olney Theatre Center, has a visceral and emotional score coupled with a story of finding your home and your heart closer than expected. Behold the power of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s freshman effort – being followed next year by his Hamilton at the Kennedy Center. In the Heights is brought […]
In a moving memorial, director and co-conceiver Todd Kreidler uses solo actor Eugene Lee to call his friend and mentor’s spirit back to the world. Playwright August Wilson seized the opportunity to take us back to his young adulthood, sharing hard won lessons with wisdom, care, and righteous anger. How I Learned What I Learned […]
The true story of Aphra Behn is the epitome of “stranger than fiction.” In Round House Theatre’s rollicking production of Or, director Aaron Posner, Holly Twyford, and company gleefully romp through the fertile comedic ground of Behn’s journey from British royal spy to prison inmate to female playwriting pioneer. It’s sort of a Noises Off or […]
Bethesda’s Round House Theatre has staked its claim as the area’s premiere space for new stuff in the 2017-2018 season. That season — Round House’s 40th — will feature one world premiere, one American premiere, two regional premieres, and what Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote before he wrote Hamilton.
Caroline, or Change continues the momentum of a powerhouse season at Round House Theatre. Drawn from the personal reflections of Tony Kushner, it encompasses racial and societal pressures of the 1960s in a story of a youngster dealing with the loss of his mother who finds comfort and solace in the care of a sullen […]
In our look back at 2016, we tallied the number of roles played by area actors. One of the surprises was that 68 actors were cast in between 4 and 6 shows. Dawn Ursula, however, surpassed that. Last year, she appeared in 7 productions: Dot at Everyman Theatre, Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2 at Round House Theatre, Redder Blood at […]