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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Spooky Action’s ridiculous ‘Real Inspector Hound’ is truly heady fun by Andrew Walker White

The perfect play to comment on the bizarre virtual spaces we’ve been in lately.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:11AM
Saturday, July 31, 2021

A heart-stopping duel makes ‘Macbeth’ a thriller at American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

Nothing warms the heart like a brilliantly executed crossing of swords.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:22PM
Monday, July 26, 2021

American Shakespeare Center’s ‘Henry V’ is tremendous fun by Andrew Walker White

In repertory through Thanksgiving, a funky, hilarious, and irreverent take on the Bard.

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:19AM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

My impromptu evening when the show couldn’t go on at American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

One by one, our beloved live theaters are reopening, and the level of anticipation cannot possibly be higher. This summer, Staunton, Virginia’s company at the American Shakespeare Center i…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:10PM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

On toxic artistic leadership (part three): Manifesto for theater ethics by Andrew Walker White

Back in the 1980s, the Harvard University Business School dismissed offers to create a curriculum in ethics—free of charge, if I remember correctly; an alumnus even offered to pay for it. …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:06AM
Monday, March 15, 2021

On toxic artistic leadership (part two): Training actors to be abused by Andrew Walker White

The departure of Ethan McSweeny from the American Shakespeare Center was only one among many over the past year. Taken as a whole, the protests and departures/firings raise issues that all o…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:02AM
Thursday, March 11, 2021

On toxic artistic leadership (part one): When workers unite in protest by Andrew Walker White

News of Ethan McSweeny’s departure as artistic director of the American Shakespeare Center has prompted a variety of responses—and the mainstream theater critics seem divided on how to h…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:30PM
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

A beautiful winter rose blooms in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at ASC by Andrew Walker White

One of my family’s most cherished traditions this time of year has been to visit family down south (of course), but also to stop off in Staunton, Virginia, for a few days. It is a great ti…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:57AM
Monday, November 30, 2020

A slapstick look at the spoiled rich in Happenstance Theater’s ‘Barococo’ by Andrew Walker White

It’s one thing to be cooped up and have an excuse for it; COVID has us all hunkering down, and we all teeter on the brink between tedium and madness—with good reason. It’s another thin…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:59AM
Thursday, November 19, 2020

A wily tale of love wags ‘Dog in the Manger’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Andrew Walker White

It’s time again for that trickster, Lopez de Vega, the wily, prolific playwright who knows what will put asses on seats and will give it to you every time—only with a wry twist or two in…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:47PM
Saturday, September 12, 2020

Loudon Arts Film Festival opens with a wrenching script by Chisa Hutchinson by Andrew Walker White

It’s a relatively short drive—a few miles beyond the beltway on I-66, and then on to Route 50 for some 16 miles or so, past the charming town of Aldie, Virginia—to get to Drive-In Heav…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:01AM
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Jessika D. Williams as Othello at ASC is a marvel to behold by Andrew Walker White

By far one of the most exciting theatrical discoveries for me has been the work of the remarkable Jessika D. Williams. Those of us lucky enough to have seen her in the the American Shakespea…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:43AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Three ways to catch ‘Twelfth Night’ at The American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

Theater is changing. It has to; and, as ever, to survive we need to respond creatively to one of the greatest threats it has faced in centuries. But hey, we’ve been here before—and if Sh…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:00PM
Thursday, May 21, 2020

‘Henry IV, Parts I and II’ were stellar at American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

The Shakespeare scene in and near Washington, DC, in the months prior to the virus’s intervention, was truly rich in character and ideas; so much so that even a certain fat braggart manage…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:50AM
Monday, May 18, 2020

‘A King and No King’ was a goodly one at American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

Looking back on the last few months, each of us has our “Shoulda seen it/Shoulda been there” moments, events that we would have given anything to see live. So at the moment, imagine if y…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:56PM
Friday, May 8, 2020

National Theatre of London streams an epic ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ by Andrew Walker White

As we ease into an impromptu season of watching live theater captured on video, it’s helpful to remember that there are challenges of scale. This is especially true in the case of webcasts…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:15AM
Friday, May 1, 2020

‘The Grapes of Wrath’ at The American Shakespeare Center strikes a haunting note by Andrew Walker White

“It’s need that makes all the trouble” says (ex-) preacher Jim Casy in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. That, in a nutshell, is the ordeal of our times, as millions live without pay…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:42AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The American Shakespeare Center’s streaming ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a much-needed romp by Andrew Walker White

Yes, it’s a drag to have to stay at home instead of seeing our favorite performers live—but then again, after a little adjustment, it’s amazing to get to see our favorite performers at…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:09AM
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Avant Bard’s finely-tuned ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ keeps the audience on its toes by Andrew Walker White

Let us never forget that Tennessee Williams, for all his genius with poetic language, was one the most fearless, gut-wrenchingly honest playwrights of the twentieth century. We have Blanche …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:33AM
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Shakespeare Theatre stages a stunning ‘Timon of Athens’ for modern audiences by Andrew Walker White

Among Shakespeare’s plays are a special few whose relevance waxes and wanes with the times. They disappear from the stage for years, only to re-emerge when they are ready to speak to our i…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:04PM
Monday, February 10, 2020

Synetic Theater delivers visually stunning, ballet-driven adaptation of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ by Andrew Walker White

As Synetic Theater races through its rowdy teenage years (not quite 20, yet), they have earned a reputation for finely-honed narrative dance, brilliant original music, and spectacular visual…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:29PM
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ at Folger Theatre: stellar comedy and groovy fashions by Andrew Walker White

There are moments when art and life are so wittily and intimately entwined, you can feel the vibe without a word being said. Given the joyful display of color and power at this weekend’s W…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:39PM
Monday, December 16, 2019

‘Black Nativity’ inspires and uplifts at Anacostia Playhouse by Andrew Walker White

There are many joyous traditions this time of year, but to my mind the most indispensable has become Black Nativity. With its spiritual values on its finely-woven sleeve, it’s a show that …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:18PM
Monday, December 9, 2019

Synetic Theater’s ‘The Snow Queen’ sparkles by Andrew Walker White

The lights reveal a figurine on a pedestal—regal, decked head to foot, shimmering, amid the mist. Slowly, cautiously, with a twitch here and a jerk there, that figurine—the Snow Queen—…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:35PM
Sunday, November 17, 2019

Live Garra Theatre connects Sartre’s ‘No Exit’ to present day by Andrew Walker White

The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, situated in the same block as the Fillmore and AFI, has a lot to offer us. Live entertainment, yes, but more importantly entertainment that is personal, …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:33PM
Monday, November 11, 2019

American Shakespeare Center mines the humor in Shaw’s ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ by Andrew Walker White

The plays of George Bernard Shaw are, to be honest, an acquired taste. Erudite in the extreme, filled with Shaw’s unique sense of his own intellectual superiority—which is expressed with…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:56PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

‘The Willard Suitcases’ unpacks the re-imagined voices of psychiatric patients at American Shakespeare Center by Andrew Walker White

First, dear reader, a confession—for which I fully expect to be pilloried, drawn and quartered, then maybe burned at the stake:  I’m not a huge fan of musicals these days. Yeah, I know,…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:02AM
Monday, November 4, 2019

Cleopatra rules the stage in American Shakespeare Center’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ by Andrew Walker White

Of all of Shakespeare’s history plays, Antony and Cleopatra is the most complicated and thankless to stage. You’ve got shifting alliances, battles won then lost, and then you’ve got th…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:47PM

American Shakespeare Center delivers a fresh take on ‘Julius Caesar’ by Andrew Walker White

You know you’re in for a new take on Julius Caesar when the famous Soothsayer (“Beware the Ides of March!”) doesn’t enter upstage right or left, as usual, to make his warning. In Eth…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:22PM
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Review: Theater Alliance’s ‘Day of Absence’ by Douglas Turner Ward by Andrew Walker White

Two clowns open a suitcase. In that suitcase lies a rope. A long rope. They start to play with it, tug-of-war stuff, with the loser pretending he’s winning. Lotsa yuks. Then the twist. And…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:25PM
Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: The Mariinsky Ballet’s ‘Paquita’ at the Kennedy Center by Andrew Walker White

Ballet, like opera, has a love-hate relationship with its 19th-century repertoire. Contrived plots, truly embarrassing cultural stereotypes, crowd-pleasing but horribly dated choreography th…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:48PM

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