Monthly Archives: September 2011

And Still More on Elvis Costello’s Spectacular Spinning Songbook

Elvis Costello and the Spectacular Spinning Songbook at the Warner Theatre last night.

Surely you know all about Elvis Costello‘s fantastical, angle-free song-selecting device. I wrote about some of the lesser-known jams it chose for him to play at Warner Theatre last night.

In 2008, I wrote about Elvis’s first Warner Theatre gig in 1978. (I wasn’t there, but I’ve heard it.)

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Forum Theatre’s Mad Forest, reviewed

Dana Levanovsky, Mark Halpern, Stephanie Rosewell and Alexander Strain in Forum Theatre's MAD FOREST

My Washington City Paper review of Forum Theatre‘s production of Caryl Churchill‘s Mad Forest is here. Forum’s productions are always admirably ambitious, but this one largely failed to connect with me emotionally despite uniformly strong performances.

Marling and Me

British folk phenom Laura Marling.

And Now for Something Ever-So-Slightly Different: My Washington Post review of British folkie Laura Marling‘s concert at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue last night.

Taffety Punk’s Riot Grrrrl Much Ado About Nothing, reviewed

Kimberly Gilbert as Benedick


My Washington City Paper review of Taffety Punk‘s ladies-only Much Ado About Nothing is right here. I’m off to Chicago.

Stop Kiss: Sequence of Sorrows

Rachel Zampelli and Alyssa Wilmoth. (C. Stanley Photography)

My review of No Rules Theatre‘s fine production of Diana Son‘s Stop Kiss is in today’s Washington City Paper. Read it here.

Game of Koans: WSC Avant Bard’s Happy Days, appraised

Delia Taylor in HAPPY DAYS. Photo: Dru Sefton

My Washington City Paper review of the newly, pun-tastically rebranded WSC Avant Bard‘s production of Samuel Beckett‘s Happy Days is here.

Four years ago I reviewed the National Theatre of England‘s Fiona Shaw-starring production when it played the Kennedy Center.