Based in Galway, Irish theatre company Druid is known for its epic productions of large-scale works such as DruidSynge, all six John Millington Synge plays performed in a single day, DruidMurphy, a similar showing of the work of Tom Murphy, and DruidShakespeare, a presentation of Richard II, Henry IV (Part One), Henry IV (Part Two) […]
The accidental Samuel Beckett festival now going on in Washington (Scena Theatre’s three one-acts, Arcturus Theatre’s two one-acts) has been made internationally lustrous by acclaimed Irish director Garry Hynes and the impressive Druid ensemble’s production of Waiting for Godot. With this play, the Galway company has tackled the equivalent of a theatrical Mount Everest, and they […]
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which has had a profound effect on many people including me (see Background below), can only be called a cultural phenomenon of titanic proportions.The two man Potted Potter, now at Sidney Harman Hall, both draws from that deep lexicon and adds to it simultaneously. Potted Potter plays to sold out houses around the […]
It’s simply magical when a family-friendly comedy show can make children and adults laugh wildly in their seats. Throughout Potted Potter, J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world serves as the backdrop to two chuckle-inducing performers: Dan Clarkson (who doubles as the show’s co-creator and co-writer) and Scott Hoatson. We watch as they purposely scramble to condense the […]
It was more than a dozen years ago that actor Heather Raffo, whose family is from Iraq, recognized a void of female Iraqi protagonists in American theater. That propelled her to write and perform her Off-Broadway show, 9 Parts of Desire, earning her raves for her portrayal of nine Iraqi women.
It would be an odd experience, watching Heather Raffo’s Noura on a double bill with Danai Gurira’s fine Familiar. I almost did that, bookending the weekend with the two shows about immigrant experiences in America. Both shows are about families who have escaped homelands which have been ripped to shreds — in Familiar, Zimbabwe; and […]
Be honest with me: when you saw Michael Urie in his one-actor show, Buyer and Cellar, about working in Barbara Streisand’s basement, did you think “Hey, that guy should play Hamlet!”?
Michael Kahn, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director, has lured Michael Urie to play the titular Prince for its upcoming production of Hamlet, opening next week and has peppered the show with a strong collection of actors, including Alan Cox as Claudius, Madeleine Potter as Gertrude and Robert Joy as Polonius.
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve just washed up on some beach, are nursed back to health by your new best friend, and you decide to take a look around. Suddenly, two hoodlums attack you — or try to; you’re much too macho for the room.
The Ethan McSweeny-helmed Twelfth Night currently at Shakespeare Theatre’s Harman Hall is the darkest, most melancholy production of a Shakespearean comedy I have ever seen. You too, I bet. And the thing is you won’t get it until a half hour after the show, when you’re driving home in silent recollection, or talking about the […]