Any creative way that local companies find to bring us original theater feels like a lifeline these days, and We Happy Few’s genteel caper, Loveday Brooke in ‘The Mystery of the Drawn Daggers’, is no exception. Performed in the style of an old-fashioned radio play, the 45-minute mystery puts us in the hands of Loveday […]
Review: Midnight Dreary series continues with Poe’s creepiest tales
All stories are about the loss of power – or, more correctly, loss of the illusion of power, and the more fundamental the loss, the more heart-wrenching the story. Here we are, in the prime of life, conquerors of the Peloton, with a swell job in the Department of Commerce and two kids in a […]
Guide to Halloween specials from DC area theatres
If there’s one holiday that screams ‘theatre’ it’s Halloween, and we’ve found some spooky spectacular events from our local theatre producers. Available now Master of horror Alex Zavistovich produces spine-tingling Edgar Allan Poe dramas on Poe on the Air heard over NPR. Part 1 of Never Bet the Devil Your Head is online now.Part 2 […]
Review. Poe’s Dreary Midnight: A Doom for Our Times
Halloween has a special resonance this year, as the horrors are close at hand, funerals are more numerous than weddings, and at times the whole world seems to be a sepulcher. In this context, horror from such specialists as Lovecraft and Poe serve, strangely, to comfort rather than to horrify (or to provoke graveyard laughter), […]
Review: Macbeth. We Happy Few’s minimalist staging still manages to spook
It amazes me how much the We Happy Few theatre company is able to accomplish through their signature, minimalist approach, and their production of Macbeth exemplifies this. With a cast of five portraying the play’s lofty number of characters in an intimate, black box setting, Macbeth is deliciously eerie. It’s a quick-paced version of The […]
Review: Dracula from We Happy Few
One of my favorite things about any We Happy Few production is the vigor and joy with which the performers throw themselves into the work. The story, like Bram Stoker’s original Dracula, is told through a series of epistolary devices, primarily letters, with a good mix of telegrams and ships’ logs and the like. At […]
Review: A Midnight Dreary, horror with a dash of humor, shaken and stirred
Darkness, corpses, catacombs, and cats: welcome to the world of Edgar Allan Poe. His stories embody the spirit of Halloween, which is why it’s fitting that We Happy Few is performing his poetry and prose now.
Review: Frankenstein, part of We Happy Few’s Horror Rep
We Happy Few specializes in bringing classical plays to life- and what better classic to choose this Halloween season than Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror story, Frankenstein?
We Happy Few’s Pericles is a wild ride
One block west of the main drag through Eastern Market, in the cozy Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, the aptly named troupe We Happy Few has an amusing, engaging winner of a show with their take on Shakespeare’s underappreciated action adventure comedy Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
The Dog in the Manger from We Happy Few (review)
Imagine if the comedy from a charismatic SNL sketch was intertwined with poignant writing from the Spanish Golden Age of theatre. The result: The Dog in the Manger. This sparky rendition of Lope De Vega’s 17th century play blends meta jokes, farce, and societal reflections to create a mixture of stimulative fun.
A walk around Dog in the Manger with We Happy Few collaborators
Hey Theatre Fam! Jon Jon back, after seeking out some of the talented and friendly company members of We Happy Few. These frequent collaborators are presenting their latest offering, The Dog in the Manger, opening next week.
We Happy Few’s Henry V shifts the focus to the rabble (review)
You would expect a company which derives its name from a speech in Henry V to do a good job with the play itself, and by and large We Happy Few acquits itself well. But there are shortcomings in both the concept and the execution, and they prevent the production, now running in the Capitol […]
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