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.
Entering the Venus theater, for the first time, I felt like a wide-eyed child. Vintage accessories, soft lavender walls, and the dimly lit lobby all suggested that the theater serves as a powerful vehicle for creativity. The safe space, allowed me to relax, feeling as though I was in the company of friends.
Claudia Barnett grew up in the Bronx and lives in the woods of Tennessee. She has served as resident playwright at Stage Left Theatre and Tennessee Repertory Theatre and has developed four scripts with Venus Theatre, where Witches Vanish opens on August 20.
dry bones rising is a dystopian think piece with dreamy undertones. It’s a peek into how a child makes believe to survive hate and find hope. To make everything right.
Art manifests when dark matter is shaken, stirred, and flipped into a brilliant light, which is what playwright Doc Andersen-Bloomfield and Director Deborah Randall have achieved with God Don’ Like Ugly. A tiny show (the entire black box space is no bigger than a small studio apartment) with big impact that is, contrary to its […]