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 […]
Bhavesh Patel has had a busy year, appearing on Broadway, performing in Shakespeare in the Park and now taking on the role of Orsino in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Twelfth Night, directed by area-favorite Ethan McSweeny.
Monday night was opening, and it all came together beautifully. I am deeply aware that I am representing cats everywhere and hope that people will consider that cats are not just lazy animals; they are talented divas – with personality!
Spiraling in, and spiraling out: two opposing journeys are on offer in a pair of hour long Pinter plays, directed by Shakespeare Theatre’s Artisic Director, Michael Kahn. The Lover and The Collection may well have been pet projects for the seasoned director, as there is a game spirit evident that enlivens these thorny dramas and makes […]
We were in the closing moments of my talk with Michael Kahn, then in the midst of directing two Pinter one acts. Given his recent announcement that he will leave Shakespeare Theatre Company in July, 2019, after more than thirty years at its head, I asked how involved with the company he intends to be […]