On press night of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, an impassioned cry pierced a moment between flaming montages of the 1967 Detroit riot and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in 1968. During the song “I’m Losing You,” a woman in the audience spontaneously shouted “Oh, Jesus!” The gesture felt holy, […]
Second City is back at it again with Second City’s Generation Gap…or How Many Millennials Does it Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X?, now invading the Kennedy Center to help DC pass what will likely be another hot-under-the-collar kinda summer with levity and laughter. This time, they’ve got something to say about […]
Ephraim Sykes can’t seem to leave the ’60s. He played Otis Williams in the Broadway show Motown the Musical, was a critical darling as Seaweed in NBC’s Hairspray Live, and now can be seen in the role of Temptations’ member David Ruffin in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of […]
The singular genius of Hamilton, the greatest musical ever written, is that it recognizes that the American Revolution did not end with Yorktown, but is ongoing, even today, and that there are Founders of America being born even as we speak.
When thinking of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), we’d be forgiven for thinking of beloved children’s fables, or charming musicals with lessons to be learned. Oftentimes the messages are given to us in neat little packages tied up with heartfelt bows.
Director Marc Bruni knew he was taking a risk in revamping the classic Frank Loesser (music and lyrics) musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for a modern Washington, D.C. audience. Sure, the nearly sixty-year old musical comedy has a pedigree that precedes it—the original Broadway run took home seven Tony Awards.
It was 40 years ago that the Ballet Nacional de Cuba made its U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center and 30 years ago that it premiered its production of Don Quixote. It was 70 years ago that Alicia Alonso founded the company bearing her name that would become the Ballet Nacional after the 1959 revolution. […]
Let’s begin with Fernando Hechavarría, who plays Petra in the Teatro El Público production of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, which opened last night, the first of a mere two performances at The Kennedy Center. To call this performance a “tour de force” is to choose, with “force,” a word that seems too timid […]
Cuba is flush with artistic richness but because of travel limitations over the years, few Americans have been able to experience the abundance of great painters and performing artists that live and work just 103 miles from the U.S.
Kennedy Center’s “Bergman 100 Celebration” continues with (through Sunday only!) a Toneelgroep Amsterdam production: stage versions of two screenplays by the great man whose centenary is being appropriately marked.