Category Archives: theatre

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.

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.

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.

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On Around Town, talking Choir Boy, Life Sucks, and The Widow Lincoln.

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Three new Around Town play reviews means three new opportunities to attempt to smile on command and to speak in concise sentences that end rather than trail off. (I’ll keep working on it.) This time, host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz and I discuss Studio Theatre‘s Choir Boy, Theater J‘s Life Sucks, Or the Present Ridiculous, and Ford’s Theatre’s The Widow Lincoln. That’s two shows I liked a lot, respectively, plus one I liked, well, more than many others did. (My Washington City Paper reviews are here, here, and here.) I am informed that the Choir Boy video aired on WETA right after Downton Abbey last night. I would’ve worn my sport jacket to the taping had I known that would happen, if not a tuxedo and tails.

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There’re Two Things About Mary: The Widow Lincoln and Mary Stuart, reviewed.

Mary Bacon and Caroline Clay as Mary Todd Lincoln  and Elizabeth Keckley in "The Widow Lincoln" at Ford's Theatre.

My reviews of The Widow Lincoln, a world premiere play from writer James Still at Ford’s Theatre, and of the Folger Theatre‘s new production of Mary Stuart, are in tomorrow’s Washington City Paper, and also right here.

FURTHER READING: My review of Still’s prior Lincoln play for Ford’s, The Heavens Are Hung in Black, from 2009. And my 2010 review of WSC Avant Bard‘s Mary Stuart.

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Reality Chekhov: Life Sucks, or the Present Ridiculous, reviewed.

I was excited to see Life Sucks, writer-director Aaron Posner‘s new variation on Anton Chekhov‘s Uncle Vanya, because my love for Stupid Fucking Bird, Posner’s 2013 gloss on The Seagull, was mean and true. And because I tend to like almost everything Posner does. My review is in today’s Washington City Paper. Continue reading

Do You Want to Blow a Secret? Washington Stage Guild’s In Praise of Love and Studio’s Choir Boy, reviewed.

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My reviews of Washington Stage Guild’s sturdy revival of Terence Rattigan‘s In Praise of Love and Studio Theatre’s gospel song-inflected production of Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s Choir Boy are in this’s week’s Washington City Paper. Go find a copy; they’re free! Or read them here.