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Monday, September 13, 2021

Wildly theatrical ‘Swindlers’ opens at Baltimore Center Stage by David Gerson

The actors are all in top form, but we don’t learn enough about their characters to become invested in what happens to them. 

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review: ‘Proof’ at Everyman Theatre by David Gerson

No gift comes without a cost. And that lesson courses through every moment of Proof, David Auburn’s very fine Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which is being given a thrilling revival at Every…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:13PM
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Review: ‘Daddy Long Legs’ by Monumental Theatre Company by David Gerson

Sometimes you find a gem in an unlikely place. That happened to me recently at a small state-of-the-art black-box theatre on the campus of a boarding school on a quiet street in Arlington, V…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:51PM
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review: ‘Miss Saigon’ at The Kennedy Center by David Gerson

Miss Saigon is all grown up.  Sort of. It’s been almost 30 years since Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s blockbuster opened in London’s West End and took the world by storm.…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:36AM
Friday, November 2, 2018

Review: ‘King of the Yees’ at Baltimore Center Stage by David Gerson

“You don’t have use? You don’t have power? They will erase you from your own story.” -Larry Yee Lauren Yee has a problem. And it’s kind of a big one. Not Lauren Yee the writer, wh…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:53PM
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Interview: Artistic Director Sean Elias and Director Brandon Rashad-Butts Discuss ‘Bootycandy,’ Playing June 9-18 at the Baltimore Theatre Proje by David Gerson

Robert O’Hara’s Bootycandy opens on June 9, 2017, at Baltimore’s Iron Crow Theatre. This production, a Baltimore premiere and the official show of Baltimore Pride 2017, closes out the …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:34PM
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: ‘Hir’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by David Gerson

I recently came back from London, where I saw the National Theatre’s 25th anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s epic, Angels in America. I thought a lot about that play after seeing W…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:16PM
Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: [title of show] at Fells Point Corner Theatre by David Gerson

When it comes to musical theatre, there are two types of people: those who hate it and those who are obsessed with it. There is no in-between. And those obsessives, those for whom musicals a…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:07AM
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review: ‘Los Otros’ at Everyman Theatre by David Gerson

It may be more by chance, rather than design, that Everyman Theatre’s production of Los Otros, with book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh and music by Michael John LaChiusa, takes on an urgen…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:35PM
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: ‘Mom Baby God’ at Single Carrot Theatre by David Gerson

Sinister things are lurking just below the surface at the “2018 Students for Life Conference” in Washington, DC, which is where Madeline Burrows’ disturbing solo show Mom Baby God, abo…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:41PM
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Review: Blackbird at Fells Point Corner Theatre by David Gerson

When Una, the 27 year-old British woman at the center of David Harrower’s startling and complex play Blackbird, tells a man named Ray, 15 years her senior, that he made her into a ghost, t…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:08AM
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Review: ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ at Iron Crow Theatre by David Gerson

“Are you a virgin?” You may be asked this by one of the cast members as you enter the theatre at The Motor House to see Iron Crow Theatre’s raucous and riotous production of The Rocky…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:50PM
Monday, October 3, 2016

Review: ‘The Wild Party’ at Iron Crow Theatre by David Gerson

Queenie was a blonde and her age stood still, And she danced twice a day in vaudeville. So begins Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem “The Wild Party” about a group…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:24AM
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Review: ‘Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by David Gerson

Let’s just get this out of the way. Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops (its full title is Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops; In Essence a Queer and Occasionally Ha…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:30AM
Friday, September 9, 2016

Review: ‘Come From Away’ at Ford’s Theatre by David Gerson

Nestled in the northwestern part of the island of Newfoundland, lies the small town of Gander. In 2001, the population of Gander was 9,651. On September 11, 2001, that population increased …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:56PM
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: ‘Broken Bone Bathtub’ at Submersive Productions by David Gerson

Here’s a tip, the most exclusive performance venue in Baltimore isn’t the Hippodrome or the Power Plant. It’s not Centerstage or Everyman. If you’re able to get in, and I suggest you…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:25PM
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Review: A Fully Staged Reading of ‘My Fair Lady’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company by David Gerson

It is not easy to reinvent the wheel let alone attempt it, but that is exactly what the ambitious Annapolis Shakespeare Company has done, with generally fine results, in its fully staged rea…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:02PM
Sunday, July 10, 2016

2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Barry Beaver’s Adventures in Happy Valley’ by David Gerson

Sometimes, what you think you don’t want, is exactly what you need. And sometimes, comfort and joy are found in the unlikeliest of places. After a week which sent shockwaves through the co…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:06AM
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Review: ‘An Octoroon’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by David Gerson

Welcome to playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ world. You’re just living in it. Or, is it, welcome to 19th Century playwright Dion Boucicault’s world and Branden Jacobs- Jenkins is livi…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:42PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Review: ‘The Who and the What’ at Round House Theatre by David Gerson

As I was leaving Round House Theatre on opening night of Ayad Akhtar’s The Who and the What, I heard one patron say to another, “Wasn’t that fabulous?” And the response was, “Yes.…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:43PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: ‘When January Feels Like Summer’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC by David Gerson

The weather, like the five characters in Cori Thomas’ tender romantic comedy When January Feels Like Summer, is in crisis. Attribute the unpredictable climate to global warming, but it’s…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:19PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: ‘Time Stands Still’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by David Gerson

Dramaturgical notes in the program tell us that Time Stands Still is “essentially a love story.” But it’s also a play about war. And art. And economics. And politics. And publishing. A…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:54PM
Monday, April 18, 2016

Review: The Great American Rep: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at Everyman Theatre by David Gerson

As the centerpiece of its 25th Anniversary Season, Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre has taken on the daunting task of mounting what are arguably the two greatest American plays ever written, …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:50PM
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review: ‘The Nether’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by David Gerson

Imagine a place where you could be anything you ever dreamed of and do anything you desired in total anonymity and without fear of reprisal or consequence. Imagine the retreat you crave, tha…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 06:21PM
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Review: ‘Aphorisms on Gender’ by Alice Stanley Presented by Cohesion Theatre Company in Collaboration with Iron Crow Theatre by David Gerson

Literally, an “aphorism” is a short phrase that expresses a truth or astute observation. In Alice Stanley’s brief, but powerful, meditation on gender, they [1] have structured the pie…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:46PM
Sunday, February 7, 2016

Review: ‘Guards at the Taj’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by David Gerson

Although it is never seen, not even a glimpse of one of its four minarets or gleaming domes, the Taj Mahal looms large as a monument of beauty and death as it haunts Rajiv Joseph’s poetic …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:15AM
Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: ‘The 39 Steps’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre and The Collaborative Theatre by David Gerson

It is said that, “Dying is easy.  Comedy is hard.” Well, the latter is doubly, no, triply, no, quadruply, no, well… you get the idea in Fells Point Corner Theatre and The Collaborativ…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:13AM
Monday, December 14, 2015

‘Year of the Rooster’ at Single Carrot Theatre by David Gerson

For those of you with a penchant for theatre about cockfighting, ‘tis the season indeed for plays on the subject in our fair city of Baltimore. As Fells Point Corner Theater is closing its…

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Monday, November 23, 2015

‘Cock (or The Cockfight Play)’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by David Gerson

In the blood sport known as cockfighting, two roosters are placed in a ring, called a “cockpit,” and fight until one of them dies. The same thing happens, in a metaphorical sense, in Mi…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 09:52PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

‘Titus Andronicus’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by David Gerson

“We are all undone!” a character hysterically cries halfway through Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of Titus Andronicus. Well, thanks for stating the obvious. You would ha…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:28AM

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