Irish author James Joyce unfairly gets a bad rap for being “too difficult” to read. His first draft of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was rejected with a note from the editor saying “I can’t print what I can’t understand.” Joyce’s last and most ambitious work, Finnegans Wake, is often said […]
Do you think we have problems, with our enormous partisan divide? It is 2022, and the French are electing a new President. In one corner, the National Front’s Marine Le Pen (Stacy Whittle), France’s Apostle of Intolerance, for whom the concept of national identity is seamlessly fused with the identity of the native-born. In the […]
Scena Theatre’s production of Woman of No Importance promises Oscar Wilde’s signature cocktail of witty banter and razor sharp wit combined with the ridiculousness of the upper crust exposed for our amusement. To add to the fun, this show is set amid 1930s Hollywood glamour with the extra interest of an all female cast. However, […]
If your theatre tastes favor new and challenging works, Scena Theatre’s world premiere of Guilt is worthy of your consideration with its interesting mélange of light comedy, dark tragedy, and challenging satire. Australian playwright John Shard takes the audience on a powerful journey that uses the story of a 17th century philandering French priest as a […]
It’s very easy to wheel out Shakespeare for yet another production. It’s effortless to claim that your production is Important because it speaks to the current political climate. But without clear intentions or any focus, Scena’s Julius Caesar, directed by Robert McNamara, is serviceable, but not essential.
“Blessed is he who expects nothing,” Alexander Pope once wrote, “for he shall never be disappointed” but Pope was wrong, for you can have little and expect less, like Tommy (Barry McEvoy); like Doc (Brian Mallon) and Aimee (Mollie Goff); hope only to have a warm cot and a turnip or two, and still have […]
The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh takes place in the isolated Aran Islands, off the coast of Ireland, in 1934. The familiar rhythms of life on the island of Inishmaan are disrupted when news that a Hollywood film crew has arrived to make a movie about life on a neighboring island.
Berlin, East Germany is a place of the past schoolchildren today probably don’t know existed. Yet, in Lady Lay, it is alive in 1989 and abounding with belief that all can, and will, change.
It was sad to wake this morning to the news that the wonderful playwright Brian Friel has died. Tributes have been quick, effusive, and plentiful, and ranging from the Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland (“One of the giants of Irish literature, and a great Irishman”) to Meryl Streep (“We’ve lost a tender dramatist, an […]
It’s a strange, if exciting, thing to watch a production at war with it’s own thesis.
Heading into the forcefully cheerful holiday season, Scena Theatre’s got a nasty little gift waiting for audiences at the Anacostia Playhouse. Mark Ravenhill’s Handbag is packed with copious on-stage sex, drug abuse, and extreme violence of the emotional and physical variety. Theatergoers who enjoy the occasional deep-dive into the dark side should leave the kids […]
Love is lonely business in the literary-historical, one-person play Molly by George O’Brien. Molly Allgood grieves over her recently deceased fiancé, the Irish Revival playwright J.M. Synge. As his muse, Molly received some of Synge’s most inspired female rolls, but when faced with his early passing, she must read through the vague stage-directions of their […]