On Around Town, talking King Hedley II, Mary Stuart, and Cherokee

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.29.40 PM On this trio of Around Town discussions, host Robert Aubry Davis, Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz and I dissect Arena Stage‘s powerful King Hedley II, Woolly Mammoth‘s meandering Cherokee, and Folger Theatre‘s intriguing Mary Stuart. (My Washington City Paper reviews of are here, here, and here, respectively.) I’m sorry my hair wasn’t as concise and insightful on this day as I strive at all times for it to be. Continue reading

Feline Fatale: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, reviewed.

Megan Dominy and Thomas Keegan in Constellation Theatre Company's proudction of Martin McDonagh's "The Lieutenant of Inishmore."

I reviewed Constellation Theatre Company‘s new production of Martin McDonagh‘s bloody 2001 farce The Lieutenant of Inishmore in today’s Washington City Paper. The fine Washington Post story I cite (by David Segal, not long after he’d handed off his gig as the paper’s pop music critic to my pal Josh du Lac) about the blood work in the play’s U.S. premiere back in 2006 is here.

Enter the Drag: Kung Fu Elliot, reviewed.

Elliot Scott, Blake Zwicker, and Linda Lum in "Kung Fu Elliot," a documentary by Matthew Bauckman & Jaret Belliveau.

 

Kung Fu Elliot, a documentary about a man who aspires to be the Canadian Chuck Norris, turns nasty enough quickly enough to calls its makers’ intentions into question. I reviewed the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winner for Documentary Feature for The Dissolve.

WaPo Book Review: Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams, & Rumours

Stevie Nicks - Dreams, Visions, RumoursMy review of Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams, & Rumours, a new biography by British rock journalist Zoë Howe, is in today’s Washington Post.

Almost all of the music that shaped my taste at an impressionable age is contemporaneous with Fleetwood Mac‘s heyday – 1975 to 1989 or so – but I never got into that band though they’ve obviously written some sublime songs. I won’t pretend to have more than a passing familiarity with their catalog, but the ones I’ve always liked are Nicks’, especially “Landslide” and “Dreams,” their only No. 1 hit. Continue reading

Bleak-Ass House: King Hedley II and Cherokee, reviewed.: King Hedley II and Cherokee, reviewed.

(L to R) KenYatta Rogers as Mister and Bowman Wright as King in King Hedley II at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, February 6-March 8, 2015. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.My reviews of Arena Stage‘s unsparing new production of August Wilson‘s “century cycle” tragedy King Hedley II and Woolly Mammoth‘s premiere of Lisa D’Amour‘s shaky Cherokee are in today’s Washington City Paper, available wherever finer alt-weeklies are given away gratis.

Pop Culture Happy Hour #230: Jupiter Ascending and Chemistry

JUPITER ASCENDING

I was happy as always to join my buddies Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon on this week’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, wherein we dissect Jupiter Ascending, the “original” sci-fi epic from auteur siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski from which audiences flocked away in droves last weekend. (I reviewed the film for The Dissolve.) We also try to figure out what people mean when they talk about “chemistry” among performers onscreen. Continue reading

The Feminine Critique: Rapture, Blister, Burn, reviewed.

Maggie Irwin and Michelle Six in Round House Theatre's production of Gina Gionfriddo's "Rapture, Blister, Burn."

When I saw Round House Theatre‘s production of Becky Shaw two years ago, I found in Gina Gionfriddo a playwright whose humor and unpredictability made me want to read everything she’d written. I got the scripts for After Ashley and U.S. Drag, and I read them both during the same flight. My review of Round House’s new production of her latest – 2012’s Rapture, Blister, Burn – is in today’s Washington City Paper.