Whether they’re getting dolled up for a trip to the Shop-N-Stop like it’s a trip to the prom, or realizing, as the Fed-Ex guy walks away, that they’ve had an entire conversation with their breast hanging out, Jessie and Lina are having their share of motherhood misadventures in their first weeks of parenthood.
Review: The Fall. Members of a student uprising in Cape Town here at Studio.
Imagine a large group of college students, surrounded by the international media, anxiously awaiting the moment when a statue depicting a key figure from their country’s racist past is toppled and removed from its place of prominence on their campus. While this scenario has played out recently at the University of Virginia and the University […]
Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg named new Managing Director of Studio Theatre today
Studio Theatre’s Board of Trustees announced today that, after an extensive nationwide search for the position of its Managing Director, it has selected Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg, who has served in that role at Theater J for the past eight years. “We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg to the Studio Theatre family,” said board […]
Review: If I Forget asks big questions about forgetting and forgiving
How do we honor our past without closing doors to the future? What do we owe our parents and grandparents, when weighed against the prospects of our children and their children?
Review: The Remains at Studio Theatre
Playwright Ken Urban’s absorbing new play starts strong and keeps you hooked during most of its snappy real-time runtime before slogging down in a closing exhalation and then abruptly coming up short at the writer’s attempt at a statement coda.
Review: Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone at Studio Theatre
There are few topics more horrifying and less funny than one’s parents’ sexuality. But Qui Nguyen, one of the hottest American playwrights of the moment, has embraced the embarrassment of parental porking to make Vietgone, a story of homes and loves lost and found in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. This DC premiere of […]
Review: Translations at Studio Theatre
Many languages are bandied about in Brian Friel’s Translations—Greek, Latin, Gaelic, the king’s English, to name a few—creating a rich linguistic tapestry central to the play’s theme of cultural identity, understanding and meaning without words and ultimately, tragic miscommunication.
Translations: Director Matt Torney on what Brian Friel’s play, set in 1830s Northern Ireland, has to say to us today
When Studio Theatre decided to stage Irish master Brian Friel’s Translations this season, the timing seemed like a perfect fit for Studio’s Belfast-born associate artistic director Matt Torney to direct. “I am from Northern Ireland and Brian Friel is our greatest writer,” Torney says. “He passed away recently, so he was very much on my mind […]
The Wolves at Studio Theatre (review)
Much of the fumbling journey of growing up as a teenager is done around other teenagers, not parents or other adults, at least in my experience. And the essence of that pubescent collective identity is at the center of playwright Sarah DeLappe’s celebrated debut The Wolves, about a pack-circle of girls shaping one another in […]
Creating The Wolves all-girls soccer team. How the cast got their game.
Put a group of high school junior girls together and the conversations could range from anything from boys to movies to selfies, but when those girls are part of a win-now, demanding soccer team, that talk becomes serious, fast.
Curve of Departure director on its revisions at Studio Theatre
The team of playwright Rachel Bonds and director Mike Donahue (The Wolfe Twins) has returned to Studio Theatre to present Curve of Departure, fresh from its world premiere at South Coast Rep in California.
Studio Theatre’s Curve of Departure (review)
The convening of people who may not have anything more in common with one another than shared DNA at holiday time can result in more misery than merriment for all involved. A funeral, too, can provide a similar arena for conflict—with the added pitch of grief heightening everyone’s emotions. So, it’s fitting that Studio Theatre […]