When King Hedley II opens at Arena Stage on February 6, Jessica Frances Dukes will appear in the role of Tonya. It’s a special moment in time for the native Washingtonian: her six-year-old self first sat in the audience of that hallowed regional theater. “It’s almost like graduation year for me,” she says as we […]
Twelve Angry Men it is not. In that serious courtroom drama from the 1950s, twelve – yes, angry – sequestered jurors debate in real time the guilt or innocence of a man suspected of homocide. In Elevator Repair Service’s Arguendo, running at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company through April 27, five actors portray lawyers, court clerks, […]
I respected Arguendo more than I liked it. From a technical perspective, it’s near flawless. Four fine actors (Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Susie Sokol, and Ben Williams) play the nine justices of the 1990 Supreme Court in a mix and match fashion that lets them stretch different muscles as each of several justices, regardless of […]
Woolly Mammoth extends its season with Rodney King, performed by Roger Guenveur Smith and the return of Stupid F##king Bird by Aaron Posner. Rodney King will concurrently with the Capital Fringe Festival, July 8 – 20th. Woolly will reunite with OBIE Award winning artist Roger Guenveur Smith after presenting his critically acclaimed A Huey P. […]
It’s the start of the big reveals – that time of year when theatre companies in our area start laying their cards on the table. So far in next season announcements, we’ve seen news from Shakespeare Theatre and Arena Stage. Next comes Woolly Mammoth, with their theme “Let Them Eat Cake!, a season of revolutionary […]
Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the victors.” Nowhere is this more true than with colonial history, where the conquerors’ truth often dominates and the subjugated viewpoint is suppressed or lost completely. In We Are Proud to Present…, a diverse acting company balances the relative truths of occupier and occupied in their dramatic staging […]
For more than 20 years, Holly Twyford has distinguished herself as a go-to actress for directors in the D.C. area, as the stage vet has piled up a list of Helen Hayes nominations and awards that are a mile long. Whether a comedy, drama or a mix of both in a Shakespeare production, the actress […]
Next year, theatreWashington President Linda Levy promises, the Helen Hayes Awards will be bifurcated, with separate awards going to productions based on the number of Equity cast members. It couldn’t come soon enough, one suspects, for Washington-area small theaters, who saw this year’s nominations dominated by the big theatre companies.
“Another Good Irishman Gone.” So read the subject line in the email I received about the death on Jan. 5th of Tom Quinn, a wonderful actor and indelible character, well known and well loved by many in the DC theatre, TV, and film communities.
We are sad to report that actor Daniel R. Escobar, a Helen Hayes and Mary Goldwater Award-winning actor who subsequently made his mark in a half-dozen television shows, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Los Angeles of heart failure. He was forty-nine.