We asked area theatre companies to tell us what they were most looking forward to in 2020. Their answers surprised us! Contributors: 4615 Theatre Company . American Ensemble Theater . American Shakespeare Theatre Company . Arena Stage . Avant Bard Theatre . Brave Spirits Theatre . Capital Fringe . CulturalDC . Folger Theatre . Happenstance […]
How does one process unspeakable pain in losing a loved one to violence? Sanguine expressions of “thoughts and prayers” have no place in The Powers That Be, a hard rocking contemplation on the anguish that predators and killers leave behind. Deborah Randall has tackled the unthinkable, capturing and fully expressing the pain and misery of […]
How do we navigate our private and shared griefs? How do we buoy others up as we cope, and how do we drag them down? These are central questions in Kosovar playwright Doruntina Basha’s play The Finger, produced in English for the first time by Venus Theatre in the playwright’s self-translation. We bear witness to […]
She was on her way to an annual Christmas day party and never made it. The news of her murder shook all who knew Tricia McCauley as a beloved actress, a precious yoga instructor, a fellow student, treasured family member, or special friend. With her play, Living and Dying with Tricia McCauley, Deborah Randall shares the […]
As it opens, The Speed Twins makes no bones about were you are: Dyke Heaven! A purgatory of sorts, set up like a seedy bar reminiscent of London’s now shuttered Gateways Club, where a drunken, lonely Ollie sits, head flat-out against a pub table awaiting something, or someone one, to happen. Enter Queenie, decked out in […]
This Little Light, like so many Venus Theatre productions, is a gem that radiates the very joy it dares us to find in ourselves, and each other, when we fear we’ve lost it most.
Seeing something unlike anything you’ve seen before can be curious, mystifying, and even jarring. That was my experience this weekend with Venus Theatre’s presentation of what was, at least for me, a whole new genre of work. There were, I learned, 400 British Suffrage plays written between 1900 and 1920 – in little monologues and a few […]
In Alana Valentine’s Soft Revolution, Meera Narasimhan as Aunt Sarrinah cooks a feast of Afghani foods for herself and her niece Shafana (Nayab Hussain). After the production you will find a dish waiting for you. It is delicious; Narasimhan has an excellent touch. Regrettably, Valentine’s play remains undercooked.
Venus Theatre has a knack for finding new scripts that make you ache and ruminate all at once—appealing at once to emotion and intellect, deeply, endlessly. Garbage Kids, a tale of homelessness and survival, follows suit.
Audio announcements and a note in the program request that audience members stay seated for all 90 minutes of Fur and not totter off to the restrooms since the actors need full backstage access during the performance.
Raw milk is liquid gold. Or so Eliza (Allison Turkel), the human matriarch of Red Robin Farm, believes. It’s nutritious and pure, and she thinks it will save her derelict, multi-generational dairy farm, which has fallen in disrepair for myriad reasons, including the government regulation banning the direct sale of raw milk for drinking. But, […]
RAW by Amy Bernstein opens October 22, 2015 at Venus Theatre in Laurel, MD.