Theatre Review: ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ at The Folger Theatre

Lucetta (Emily Young) tending to her mistress (Julia, played by Jessie Austrian) in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. On stage at Folger Theatre April 17 – May 25, 2014. Photo by Teresa Wood.

As William Shakespeare hits his 450th birthday this week, what better way to celebrate it than at the Folger Theatre, the classiest showcase for the Bard in town and possibly the nation. On stage during the celebration is a sparkling production of his first play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona in the D.C. debut of […]

Theatre Review: ‘Jack & The Beanstalk – The Story of Jack and Daisy’ at Pumpkin Theatre

The cast of 'Jack & The Beanstalk - The Story of Jack and Daisy.' Photo provided by Pumpkin Theatre.

Pumpkin Theatre’s new show, Jack & The Beanstalk – The Story of Jack and Daisy, opened April 19, 2014 to a large and enthusiastic crowd.  Written by Jimi Kinstle, Music by Ryan Haase and Directed by James Hunnicutt, this twist on the classic story of Jack & The Beanstalk cleverly focuses on the friendship of […]

Theatre Review #2: ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Photo by Joe Williams.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a biting, dark comedy that makes quite a splash – most of it crimson. It is a theater event that needs to be fully experienced with all senses ablaze rather than merely describing it here. The production is indeed that visceral; a shockingly violent show that masterfully weaves in themes […]

Theatre Review: ‘Henry IV Parts I & II’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company

Stacy Keach as Falstaff and Maggie Kettering as Doll Tearsheet in the Shakespeare Theatre Company production of Henry IV, Part 2. Photo by Scott Suchman.

The Wars of the Roses were a time of extreme turmoil in Britain. In 1399, Henry of Bolingbroke, grandson of Edward III, deposed his cousin Richard II and took the throne for himself as Henry IV, displacing Richard’s heir Mortimer and upsetting quite a few loyal aristocrats. During Henry IV’s reign, his place as king […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Foreigner’ at The Vagabond Players

Tavish Forsyth (Ellard Simms), Eric C. Stein (Charlie Baker). Photo by Tom Lauer.

The Vagabond Players continues their highly entertaining 98th season with Larry Shue’s comedy, The Foreigner.  And this Vagabond production, directed by Steve Goldklang, fits right in with their season as one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen produced on stage. The Foreigner’s original opening night was November 1, 1984, and it has since won […]

Theatre Review: ‘Cinderella: The Remix’ at Imagination Stage

Cinderella (Paige Hernandez). Photo provided by Imagination Stage.

In the land of Hip-Hop Hollywood, girls are limited in what they are allowed to do.  The people in Hip-Hop Hollywood don’t let girls disc jockey (DJ), and if you can’t DJ, then you have no power – you’re not hip in Hollywood.  Imagination Stage’s production of Cinderella: The Remix is the last installment of […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ by Rockville Musical Theatre

The cast of  The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Photo by Elli Swink.

David Nehls (music and lyrics) and Betsy Kelso (book) would be proud to witness such an outstanding performance ofThe Great American Trailer Trash Musical as presented by the Rockville Musical Theatre in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Every scene was executed with great heart and each actor brought his or her character vividly to life. The story takes place […]

Theatre Review: ‘Golda’s Balcony’ at Theater J

Tovah Feldshuh as Golda Meir in Golda's Balcony. Photo by Aaron Epstein.

An earnest prayer for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, beautifully sung. Then sudden darkness. Bombs. Guns. More darkness. Lights up on an old woman, Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel now in retirement, shuffling in a drab blue bathrobe and reaching—not for the last time—for her cigarettes. This is how the […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Photo by Joe Williams.

The Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a very edgy and lively rendition of the comedy noir by playwright Martin McDonagh. First premiering at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2001, the play’s dark overtones serve as a backdrop for its pitch-black, absurdist humor. The production is directed by Tad Janes, who has a […]

Theatre Review: ‘Moth’ at Studio Theatre 2nd Stage

David Nate Goldman and Allie Villarreal in Moth at Studio 2ndStage. Photo by Igor Dmitry.

One of the realizations from the brash, surreal play Moth, by Melbourne’s Declan Greene, is that teenagers are pretty much the same in Australia as they are in America – for better or worse. At the edges of the public school cafeteria are kids like Sebastian and Claryssa – relentlessly taunted by others, ignored by parents, disdainful of […]

Theatre Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet’ by Pointless Theatre at Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab

Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet. Photo by Gene Carl Feldman.

Pointless Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet is an elusive, glistening, and highly original treasure that theater lovers must not miss before it vanishes after its final performance on May 3. The production unfolds like a endearing dream and features eight accomplished, fanciful performers – ­Lee Gerstenhaber, Madeline Key, Devin Mahoney, Robert Christopher Manzo, Rachel […]

Theatre Review: ‘Once On This Island’ at Olney Theatre Center

Aisha Jackson as Ti Moune (foreground), Theresa Cunningham as Asaka (Mother of the Earth), Nicholas Ward as Agwe (God of Water), Fahnlohnee Harris-Tate as Erzulie (Goddess of Love), and James T. Lane as Papa Ge (Demon of Death). Photo by Stan Barouh.

A booming storm yet again rocks this vulnerable Caribbean island, which happens to be Haiti, “The Jewel of the Antilles.”  And in a matter of 90 minutes—the length of a typical wind-swept, drenching and damaging tempest —theatre patrons attending the musical Once On This Island playing at the Olney Theatre Center will be told how […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Thousandth Night’ at Metro Stage

Marcus Kyd as Guy de Bonheur. Photo by Chris Banks.

Many plays and movies deal with one of the most horrific events in modern history –  the Holocaust and anyone that’s seen the movie Schindler’s List or C.P. Taylor’s play Good knows how terrifying and senseless it was. Carol Wolf’s play The Thousandth Night currently playing at MetroStage, is a chance for a solo performer […]

Theatre Review: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre

Jordan B. Stocksdale as Don Lockwood, Jaimie Lea Kiska as Kathy Selden, Joseph Waeyaert as Cosmo Brown, and cast members from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. Photo provided by Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre.

Singin’ in the Rain, on stage at Way Off Broadway Theatre sings, dances, and acts its way through the waning days of Hollywoodland’s silent screen era circa 1920.  From the opening glitz and glamour scene to the final “Singin’ in the Rain” reprise, this magnificent cast takes the audience back in time. As the story […]