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 […]

Theatre Review: ‘Arguendo’ by Elevator Repair Service at Woolly Mammoth

Mike Iveson and Vin Knight. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Anyone who has studied law knows about the dreaded Moot Court—an exercise in public humiliation where young law students try to argue fictional cases while they are constantly interrupted by judges who make them look foolish and tongue-tied. Having sat through a couple of these trials I have to say, they look at lot like […]

Theatre Review: ‘Two Trains Running’ at Round House Theatre, Bethesda, MD

Sterling (Ricardo Frederick Evans) and Wolf (KenYatta Rogers) in Round House Theatre’s current production of TWO TRAINS RUNNING.
Photo by Danisha Crosby.

It is pleasure enough to return to the plays of August Wilson, with their breezy informality and their uncanny ability to find the poetry and depth that lurks under the surface of everyday life.  But when you find a cast that is truly in sync, as with Roundhouse’s new production of Two Trains Running, you […]

Theatre Review: ‘Richard III’ at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Chris Cotterman as Richard III. Photo provided by The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory.

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory kicks off its 2014 season of “Malice and Misadventure” with the production of one of the most deliciously fun villains in Shakespeare’s canon of historical dramas. Tom Delise directs this Richard III with 15 actors portraying an astounding 50 roles. Richard III is the bloody tale of the crippled, hump-backed member […]

Theatre Review: Hal Holbrook in ‘Mark Twain Tonight!’

Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain.

Scratch one off the bucket list for this reviewer. I have been fortunate to see and work on a number of solo shows in my career and have now seen live onstage the one piece that is the pre-cursor to all the others. It featured an award-winning actor as one of America’s preeminent humorists and […]

Theatre Review: ‘Camp David’ at Arena Stage

Richard Thomas as Jimmy Carter and Hallie Foote as Rosalynn Carter in 'Camp David' at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater March 21-May 4, 2014. Photo by Teresa Wood.

Because he was witness to history — Jimmy Carter’s 13 day peace summit between the heads of Israel and Egypt in 1978 — former White House Communications director Gerald Rafshoon always felt he should capture that moment in history. After trying a couple of screenplays, he found the stage a more natural place for the […]

Theatre Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Ford’s Theatre

The cast of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Photo by Scott Suchman.

There aren’t enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe the s-u-p-e-r-l-a-t-i-v-e production of the The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC under the brilliant direction of Peter Flynn. This one-act musical comedy – conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin and […]

Theatre Review: Brief Encouter by the UK troupe Kneehigh at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Photo of Hannah Yelland as Laura and Jim Sturgeon as Alec in Kneehigh’s U.S. tour of 'Brief Encounter.' Photo by Jim Cox.

The Noel Coward-based play Brief Encounter, the Kneehigh import now playing at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Landsburgh Theatre, comes to Washington as if from another era, another time and space when reality was defined by beauty, lyricism, and purity of intent.  In it, romantic love becomes but a sliver of time, stolen from the mundanity of […]

Theatre Review: ‘Bring It On The Musical’ at the Music Center at Strathmore

The cast of 'Bring It On The Musical.' Photo by Clint Tuccio.

The current tour of the high energy production Bring It On The Musical roared into the Music Center at Strathmore this past weekend and turned, what is usually a hall known for concerts, into a Broadway theatre. With its driving score and snazzy cheerleading production numbers, the show proves that sometimes it’s ok to go to […]