About James Miller

James Miller recently graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and Theatre Arts. He studied theatre criticism in London under Matt Wolf, who writes for the International Herald Tribune, Variety, and New York Times. A native of Baltimore, James now lives and works as an actor, playwright, and teaching artist in Washington, DC.

Fringe Review: ’43½ — The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare’s Tragedies’

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43 ½ isn’t exactly what you’d expect. Indeed, towards the end of the bloodbath on Wednesday night, an ensemble member looked out at the sold-out house and speculated that they had been “looking for something real and meaningful and wandered in here by mistake.” If so, it was a happy accident; Nu Sass’ screamingly hilarious […]

Fringe Review: ‘The Young Olympians & The Most Amazingly Awesome Adventure Ever’

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Who wants to be a hero? Who has what it takes? Will the younger generation of demi-gods and wannabes fill the god-sized shoes of their flabby forefathers, or will Hades take over once and for all? These and other big questions are on the table in Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s original production of The Young Olympians […]

Theatre Review: ‘Biography’ at The American Century Theater

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S.N. Behrman’s Biography, currently enjoying an infrequent revival at The American Century Theater, is a depression-era meditation on love, art, and all the intersections of the two. So go see ‘Biography.’ You won’t be shocked, but you might be moved. The story centers around Marion (Jennifer Hopkins), a Tennessee girl turned bohemian artist, whose scandalous affairs […]

Theater Review: ‘The Beaux’ Stratagem’ at Everyman Theatre

Heather Lynn Peacock and Sean McComas of the Ensemble.
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In the age of economical theatre—think: two men and a couch—Restoration Comedy is hardly the genre of the hour.  Its large casts, elaborate costumes, multiple locations, and purposefully dated style are often prohibitive in full production. Still, it is my personal conviction that any genre—done well—can succeed, and Everyman’s revival of The Beaux’ Stratagem, adapted […]

Theatre Review: ‘Beneatha’s Place’ at Center Stage

Jonathan Crombie, Jenna Sokolowski, Charlie Hudson, III, Jessica Frances Dukes.
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Centerstage is up and running with the second half of their Raisin Cycle, Beneatha’s Place, Playwright and Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah’s impressive complement and response to their concurrent production of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park. While the latter play expands the story of the family home in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Beneatha’s Place […]

Theatre Review: ‘Topdog/Underdog’ at Everyman Theatre

Booth (Eric Berryman) and Lincoln (Kenyatta Rogers). 
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As people, as a nation, what are we to do with our dark history of violence and oppression? Is it the key to our progress and redemption, or are we doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes in a new disguise? These are among the questions posed by Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize winning play, Topdog/Underdog, […]

Theatre Review: ‘Clybourne Park’ at Center Stage

Jessica Frances Dukes and Charlie Hudson, III in CENTERSTAGEÕs production of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, directed by Derrick Sanders. Photo © Richard Anderson.

Before I begin, I should say that it is almost impossible to describe the success of this production without revealing its major theatrical conceit. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the plot may wish to remain so and, in that case, I encourage you to stop reading here and go buy your tickets to […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Lady Becomes Him’ by Faction of Fools at Gallaudet’s Eastman Studio Theatre

Rachel Spicknall Mulford and Amelia Hensley. Photo by Second Glance Photography.

Faction of Fools, DC’s Commedia dell’Arte company, is back this spring with The Lady Becomes Him, a wild adaptation and expansion of a three-page, 17th century text called Donna Zanni. Using classical technique, mask-work, and improvisation, the company tells a humorous story of forbidden love and mistaken identity. And while the style may be unfamiliar to […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Synetic Theater

Dan Istrate as Ariel.  Photo by Johnny Shryock.

Shakespeare purists, and perhaps audiences in general, might balk at the idea of a silent Tempest—a seemingly oxymoronic approach to such a lyrical and poetic text. Synetic Theater will draw you in and prove you wrong. Their current production, the latest in an acclaimed series of wordless Shakespeare adaptations, does more than justice to the […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Mountaintop’ at Center Stage

Shawn Hamilton in CenterStage's production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Photo by Richard Anderson

It’s a familiar scene to any modern audience—a man, a woman, a motel room.  Indeed, at first glance, The Mountaintop, now playing at Center Stage, mimics countless other dramas that have come and gone from the American stage. Don’t let that fool you. What follows is a truly extraordinary piece of theatre—in both content and […]

Theatre Review: ‘An Irish Carol’ at The Keegan Theatre

Kevin Adams and Mike Kozemchak.  Photo by Jim Coates.

The pervading expectation on Christmas Eve in An Irish Carol seems to be that the following day will be nothing more than a worse hangover than usual. Now in its second year, the Keegan Theatre’s darkly comic spin on Dickens’ classic novella updates the story to a pub in present day Dublin, replacing the ghosts […]

Theatre Review: ‘A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas’ at Olney Theatre Center

Paul Morella in 'A Christmas Carol.'  Photo by Stan Barouh.

Paul Morella’s one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol is a timely feat of storytelling; a marriage of Dickens’ original text and modern theatrical magic, the show invites the audience into a whirlwind of ghosts, greed, and personal redemption. As Morella plays the narrator and all of the characters—essentially speaking the text as it appears in […]

Theater Review: ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ by Théâtre de l’Atelier at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Photo of Theatre de l’Atelier’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, presented at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Photo by Gaspard Leclerc.

It’s hard not to be seduced by Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Sexy, vicious, witty—this revival of Christopher Hampton’s classical adaptation triumphs with quiet ferocity. Under the direction of John Malkovich—who starred in the 1998 film adaptation, Dangerous Liaisons—Theatre de l’Atelier is presenting the show at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in the original French (or at least, original to Pierre Chodlerlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel of the same name, on […]

Theatre Review: ‘Bus Stop’ at CenterStage

Jack Fellows, Larry Tobias, and Susannah Hoffman in CENTERSTAGE’s production of Bus Stop, by William Inge, directed by David Schweizer. 
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CenterStage’s revival of Bus Stop by William Inge is a heartfelt and charming tribute to a simpler time—the 1950’s American Midwest—that maybe wasn’t so simple after all. Written in 1955, the play depicts a single night in a Kansan diner, where a group of strangers take refuge from a storm of epic proportions.  Under a […]