“People like us, who believe in physics,” Albert Einstein once said, “know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Einstein meant it as consolation — he was speaking at the funeral of a friend — but alas, for André (Ted van Griethuysen) the distinction has melted and he […]
“Since it was my decision and my timing and my will, it was easy, on that level,” Joy Zinoman said when I asked her if it had been easy to stop leading The Studio Theatre, the company she founded and then ran for thirty-five eventful, memorable years.
Qui Nguyen’s (Living Dead in Denmark) Steinberg Award-winning play Vietgone will highlight Studio Theatre’s 2017-2018, according to a partial season schedule released by the company.
Playing now at Studio Theatre, Aaron Posner’s latest adaptation, No Sisters, about the lesser characters of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, is a true companion piece to its renowned counterpart – also currently playing at Studio. The two plays run simultaneously, sharing the same cast members. So, yes, that means the actors are running backstage between two […]
The women chant their lines over one another above a rising swirl of offstage clamor that reaches a crescendo pitch. Masha (Caroline Hewitt),—the most troubled of the three Prozorov sisters—begins to scramble up a tree like a cat as the scene goes dark.
Hey theater geeks, you’ll want to pay attention to this one! Did you ever think it’d be cool to sit back with the characters you had just seen on stage and just shoot the shit for a while, gain some refreshing insights about the play they inhabit and get their perspectives on all manner of […]
Like a fantasy disco, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart opens all glitz and glamour. Yet, it isn’t as frivolous as it would want you to believe watching Sam (Nicole Spiezio) and Leo (Tommy Heleringer) strut the stage in outrageous gold and black attire fit for a burlesque-like-ball. Day-to-day life for Team Fat-Gay, as they like […]
Tom Stoppard’s newest play The Hard Problem refers to philosopher David Chalmer’s “hard problem” of how to explain consciousness. Science can explain how our brains perceive sensations like pain, but not why we feel emotions like sadness. How do we explain our consciousness? Why are humans different from a monkey or a machine? The play’s protagonist, […]
The opening scene of The Hard Problem, Tom Stoppard’s latest play since 2006’s Rock and Roll, reminds you of the opening scene from Stephen Sondheim’s musical Passion. Two half-naked beautiful young people loll in bed, all aglow in afterglow and up for a chat.
As this year closes, perhaps you, like we, are thinking back over your own year spent watching the various riches spread before us by Washington area theatres. I asked our staff for their most vivid memories. We hope you will share your own as comments for us all to savor.