Monday, February 20, 2017

Rehearsing Dead Man Walking: Week 3, focus on Sister Helen’s Journey by Lorraine Treanor

How will Director Francesca Zambello accompany her singer’s journey on the dark and lonely path of playing the nun who befriended a convicted killer and witnessed his execution?  This i…

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Riot Grrrls’ Trojan Women: in defeat, transcendence by John Bavoso

History, they say, is written by the victors, which may be one reason why Euripides’s The Trojan Women is such a striking piece. By focusing on the women of Troy in the time between the fa…

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The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

It’s a rare and unusual  treat to dip into parts of history that have been cast aside, forgotten and ignored. There was a time when the circus coming to town was the most exciting thing a…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Pallas and Infinity theatre companies announce their 2017 seasons by Lorraine Treanor

Two announcements from companies who produce in a single calendar year, rather than on the traditional theatre schedule of fall to summer. Pallas Theatre Collective, the small company with…

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Shakespeare Theatre Company to present Pinter, Beckett, a Musical and a whole lotta Shakespeare next season by Tim Treanor

First to announce a look at their 2017-2018 season is Shakespeare Theatre Company which will open with two minimalist one-act plays by Harold Pinter and bookend them with the grand musical …

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House Review: when an actor’s day job can be murder by Jonathan Mandell

“The theatre is gone, but there are new things now,” says Matthew Broderick in Wallace Shawn’s chilling comedy, which imagines a dystopian but familiar society where former theatre peo…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tracy Letts’ Man from Nebraska Review by Jonathan Mandell

There are three great reasons to see the New York stage debut of Man From Nebraska, without even knowing what it’s about: Its author Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), its director David …

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Robert Joy puts TV and film career on hold for role of a lifetime in King Charles III by Christopher Henley

“This role — and this play — lifts off the Earth. It flies in a certain way. It’s such a great role and a great play.” Robert Joy, who has had a remarkable career in theatre, film,…

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Blues having its way with love. Blues in the Night at Creative Cauldron (review) by Amy Couchoud

‘Tis the season to think about love, and whether you’ve got the “Dirty No-Gooder Blues,” are “Taking a Chance on Love” or you’re “Just a Lucky So-and-So” there’s a so…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Constellation’s Peter and the Starcatcher takes dazzling flight at Source (review) by Ben Demers

Think of your favorite pop-up book as a kid: the bright colors, the interactive story, the giddy surprise of action leaping off the page. This feeling of childlike wonder drives Constellatio…

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Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls at Maryland Ensemble Theatre (review) by Brett Steven Abelman

Half of MET’s production of Top Girls is a nightmare staged like a dream; the other is a dream staged, if not so badly as a nightmare, then at least as a bit of a mess. The famous first po…

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Oh, what a tyrant: Richard III at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (review) by Jill Kyle-Keith

The part of King Richard in Richard III is a plum for any actor lucky enough to be cast in the role. Part stand-up comic, part perennial outsider, and part moustache-twirling villain, Richa…

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Michael Kahn stepping down from Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2019 by Tim Treanor

Michael Kahn, the Artistic Director, director and teacher whose work has dominated the theatrical landscape in Washington for thirty years and has had a national impact, will retire as Artis…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

King Charles III at Shakespeare Theatre Company (review) by Tim Treanor

It is a bold writer who writes a history of the future. It is a bold writer who bathes his play in high Shakespearean language, replete with iambic pentameter and rhyming couplets. For doing…

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Free original Valentine e-cards from DC Theatre Scene by Lorraine Treanor

We took suggested lines spoken or sung on our area stages in 2016 or upcoming in 2017 and paired them with images to create this year’s Love Lines for Valentines. Along with them com…

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Watch on the Rhine at Arena Stage (review) by Roy Maurer

The problems that vexed Lillian Hellman’s “sound the alarm” play Watch on the Rhine at its debut in 1941 still apply to the handsome production at Arena Stage today. Worse yet, it’…

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Hip hop takes a fairy tale for a sci-fi spin in The Freshest Snow Whyte at Imagination Stage by Kelly McCorkendale

The Snow Whyte of the future is a lot doper than the one of the past. She’s also a lot more gender friendly and fiercer. The girl is no longer just a pretty face, thanks to The Freshest Sn…

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Rehearsing Dead Man Walking: digging deeper in Week 2 by Susan Galbraith

I am being given an intimate look inside the rehearsal rooms of Washington National Opera’s Dead Man Walking under the direction of WNO’s Artistic Director Francesca Zambello. This repor…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Bryer puts her hooks in Constellation’s Peter and the Starcatcher by Keith Loria

When director Kathryn Chase Bryer saw Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway five years ago, she was blown away by how it created stage images in such a minimalistic way. Now her version, i…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Exciting. Electric. Enchanting. Ella Enchanted at Adventure Theatre MTC (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

Being obedient and doing as one is told are usually good traits instilled in the earliest ages and rewarded with parental approval and societal regard.  When obedience is compelled without …

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Chronicling Washington National Opera’s Dead Man Walking: Rehearsals begin by Susan Galbraith

A rare inside look at the making of an opera. Washington National Opera’s Artistic Director Francesca Zambello invited Susan Galbraith to sit in on rehearsals of Dead Man Walking. T…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kennedy Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

Big News at the Kennedy Center. Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater rocked the place last night.. And no one rushed to exit the Opera House auditorium (as they often do at the KC) until …

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Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd at Olney Theatre Center (review) by Jeffrey Walker

Witty and perverse, scary and heart-warming, lofty, and yet wholly accessible. Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is one of my favorite musicals. Period. Olney Theatre Center, …

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The Gin Game at MetroStage (review) by Debbie Minter Jackson

In the right hands, a simple game of cards can uncover secrets, reveal hidden truths, and topple the best intentions of polite etiquette and civility.  The Gin Game at MetroStage shows tha…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rinde Eckert performs RIN: Tales from the Life of a Troubador at The Kennedy Center (review) by Susan Galbraith

To the degree that a creative artist can draw you into his world and make you follow him regardless, to merge with his very humanity, that is the measure of his worth. By this measurement, R…

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Studio Theatre’s new comedy, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart (review) by Kelly McCorkendale

Like a fantasy disco, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart opens all glitz and glamour. Yet, it isn’t as frivolous as it would want you to believe watching Sam (Nicole Spiezio) and Leo (Tommy H…

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Yo También Hablo de La Rosa/I Too Speak of the Rose at GALA (review) by Rosalind Lacy

The set places us in a blighted area outside Mexico City in the 1960s. A cyclorama displays a skyline of city buildings. Railroad tracks emerge from upstage center. Dingy walls splotched wit…

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Trevor at 1st Stage (review) by Steven McKnight

It’s not easy being a famous child actor struggling to stay in show business after passing puberty.  It’s even more difficult when that actor is a chimpanzee, Nick Jones imagines in hi…

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Suzan-Lori Parks’ Fucking A at Iron Crow (review) by Jayne Blanchard

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is known for her outlandish imagination, creative use of language and boldly askew look at America’s past and history. Her mythic riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne’…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 Helen Hayes Awards. And the nominees are … by Lorraine Treanor

Straight from tonight’s announcement at the Helen Hayes Gallery of the National Theatre. Here are the nominees for the Helen Hayes Awards. The 33rd Helen Hayes Awards ceremony will be …

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The Helen Hayes Awards will be announced tonight. Here’s a look behind the scene by Lorraine Treanor

Those involved in producing theatre in our area in 2016 will be holding their collective breath as nominees for the 2017 Helen Hayes Awards are announced tonight.  On what is conceivab…

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