Washington Stage Guild opened its season with a thoughtful and thought-provoking production of Crispin Whittell’s Darwin in Malibu. In many ways, in spite of its California Dreamer-style title, Darwin is less a play than a philosophical disputation carried on among three pivotal 19th century intellectuals whose restless spirits suddenly find themselves—bodies intact—transported to a present-day […]
Here is a play about – and I hope this is not a spoiler – three people who are the best of friends, mostly taken from the letters they wrote to each other. You see the problem immediately: friendship is ennobling and a great bulwark against the world’s cares, but unless it is tested in […]
After a two-year hiatus, the Washington Stage Guild has returned and mounts Lord Arthur’s Crime with a fun-filled swagger that would do Oscar Wilde proud.
Traditionally, the Washington Stage Guild doing a successful production of Shaw is as close to a sure bet as the local theatre scene offers. Happily, the company’s latest production of two one-acts collectively titled Strange Bedfellows continues their winning streak.
In today’s Backstage column, Jane Horwitz writes a moving tribute to John MacDonald with reflections from Rick Foucheax, Victor Shargai and others and announces that well-loved actor Bill Largess, who also serves as President of the WSG Board, will become its Artistic Director.
— It is with great sadness that we announce that John MacDonald, longtime artistic director of Washington Stage Guild, died Sunday, July 6th from an accidental fall in his home in Mt. Ranier. It’s hard to fathom the depth of the loss for the actors and company members who knew him, and for us as […]
By Michael Hollinger Produced by Washington Stage Guild Reviewed by Rosalind Lacy Early on in Michael Hollinger’s Opus, string quartet music is compared to love making and "a discourse among four reasonable people." Beautifully acted and staged at the Washington Stage Guild, director Steven Carpenter establishes the right tone for the interlock of a witty […]
By George Bernard Shaw Produced by Washington Stage Guild Reviewed by Rosalind Lacy Kathleen Akerly in Dark Lady of the Sonnets (Photo: C.Stanley Photography) Three one-acts by George Bernard Shaw in one evening? What’s impressive is the way the Washington Stage Guild’s adroit actors deliver these plays in two and a half hours. Shaw’s Shorts: […]
Produced by The American Century Theater Reviewed by Rosalind Lacy Parker Dixon (left) Susan Marie Rhea (center), Kevin Adams (right) (Photo: Jeffrey Bell) The American Century Theater (TACT) can be commended for producing revivals of rarely performed, American masterpieces like Desire Under the Elms from Nobel Laureate playwright Eugene O’Neill in a compelling and beautiful […]
Produced by Washington Stage Guild Reviewed by Rosalind Lacy Jason Stiles and Sunshine Cappelitti (photo: C. Stanley Photography) As the Washington Stage Guild director Bill Largess observes in The Countess program, the scandal of the 19th Century would make news in our supermarket tabloids today.In 1853, John Ruskin, a great writer who clarified […]