History books shroud World War II with specific imagery: soldiers, Nazi salutes, atomic bombs, Rosie the Riveter, and a victorious kiss from a sailor in Times Square. But See Rock City breaks through these grandiose symbols and reveals a refreshingly simple story.
Take heart, all those caught up with the holiday shopping frenzy. Thankfully, there is a chance to take a pause and listen to some simple, well-written stories told by Vincent Clark and Laura Giannarelli, two fine actors with a flair for storytelling.
Black People’s Houses might be this play’s title if it were a play written today and set in DC. That title would probably give a better sense of how provocative and satirical it is. Concerned, as it is, with slum landlords and gentrification, it is much more relevant and sharp than the creaky word “widower” […]
Perhaps we can call this ‘slow theatre,’ as an analog to the ‘slow food’ movement. George Bernard Shaw’s epic five-act Back to Methuselah is now being concluded, a full three years after Washington Stage Guild began presenting it. Even more so than Shaw’s other works, it is a drama mainly composed of ideas, typically expressed […]
In December, 1940, the bodies of two prominent American writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathaniel West were shipped cross country in a railcar. This strangely titled piece is the first of a trilogy about a couple who meet on that train from California, their destination, Corbin, Kentucky.
“Tricia is gone. They have found her body,” her brother, Brian McCauley, wrote in a Facebook post this morning. “Thank you for all your work, support and love. To all of her DC family, I know that she truly thought of you that way, thank you for being there for her all these years. Hang […]
A play like this, where actors play fictional actors who play roles in an entirely different play, gives you a sort of double vision. You see not Joe Brack playing George Bailey, but Jake Laurents — a fictional character being played by Joe Brack — playing George Bailey. His interpretation of the character is not […]
Fans of Sartre will know this setup: three guys walk into a small room in the afterlife. But unlike No Exit, the characters in The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord are three of the most eminent men of the nineteenth century. I’d tell you who they are, but […]
A fascinating conversation about the fascinating story of an all-too-ordinary man, Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas, at Washington Stage Guild, is theatre for people who like to laugh at, and think about, things they never expected. As a replacement for the originally-scheduled third installment of George Bernard Shaw’s Back to Methuselah (postponed until the company’s 30th […]
I am usually a strict adherent to the “No Christmas till after Thanksgiving” edict, but I am happy I broke my own rule and started my holiday season a little early with Washington Stage Guild.