From our carefree seasonal contact with the Dracula character, we’re accustomed to the image of the withering Lugosi-type, the one who steps somberly into doorways at Halloween parties and makes googly eyes at the ladies.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I do not generally favor wordless Shakespeare productions, for the same reason that I would not enjoy a reading of Wagner. However, among all the great Shakespeare plays the fluid, theatrical Midsummer Night’s Dream is probably
A Swedish Tiger
I do not know what this sixty-minute piece is about, but I’m pretty sure I know what it’s not about. It’s not about its ostensible subject, Sweden’s shameful collaboration with the Nazis in World War II.
Lysistrata is based on the comedy by Aristophanes about women who seek to end a long-running war by withholding sexual favors from their men. As one woman puts it, “My body is closed for business until further notice.”
Dante’s Ben Cunis and Paata Tsikurishvili
by Joel Markowitz A conversation with Synetic Theater Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili, director of Dante and Ben Cunis, co-adaptor, who appears in the title role. Three hours before their call at Rosslyn Spectrum, Paata Tsikurishvili and Ben Cunis sat down with Joel Markowitz to talk about the daunting task of creating a play out of […]
Dante Based on “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri Adapted by Ben Cunis, Nathan Weinberger and Paata Tsikurishvili Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili Choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili Produced by Synetic Theater Reviewed by Tim Treanor Forget their multiple Helen Hayes Awards; cast aside all their revolutionary wordless interpretations of Shakespeare; dismiss all their productions which have […]
Host and Guest
Host and Guest by Roland L. Reed, from a poem by Vazha Pshavela produced by Synetic Theater directed by Paata Tsikurishvili reviewed by Tim Treanor In the shadow of the Russian invasion of Georgia, in the shadow of 9-11, in the shadow of all the miseries we do to each other in the name of tribalism, […]
Synetic Forges a Message of Love from a Tragedy
A conversation with Synetic Theater’s Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili By Joel Markowitz Recorded Saturday, August 23, 2008 As Russian troops occupied the Republic of Georgia, DC’s Synetic Theater, headed by Georgian artists, was rehearsing their season opener The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili received a call, then turned on Georgian news to […]
Carmen Adapted by Nathan Weinberger and Paata Tsikurishvili from the novella by Prosper Merimee Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili Choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili Produced by Synetic Theater Reviewed by Debbie Minter Jackson Synetic Theater is celebrated for its high powered and no-holds barred physicality, gorgeous music, spectacular use of lighting and space, and innovative movement and choreography often dripping […]
An Inside Look at Carmen with Paata Tsikurishvili, Irina Tsikurishvili and Philip Fletcher Interviewed by Joel Markowitz After sweeping this year’s Helen Hayes Awards, there is great anticipation for Synetic Theater’s upcoming production of Carmen at the Kennedy Center.
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare . Adapted by Nathan Weinberger and Paata Tsikurishvili Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili . Choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili Produced by Synetic Theater Reviewed by Gary McMillan Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili once again render Shakespeare speechless, this time in a mesmerizing retelling of Romeo and Juliet, the archetypal tale of star-crossed lovers.
A Christmas Carol, Take 1
Ed’s note: Will Synetic’s Christmas Carol thrill children and adults? DCTS reviewer Gary McMillan speaks for the adults, (See Take 2) and our young reviewer gives his perspective here. ————————————- A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili and Dan Istrate Produced by Synetic Theater at Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre Reviewed by Hunter Kieserman I […]
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