Monthly Archives: April 2012

God of Carnage: The French Have a Word For It

I write in this week’s City Paper that Signature Theatre’s God of Carnage is an admirable, well-acted production of a thin play . I felt much the same way about their production of Art, from the same playwright, at this time last year.

Both plays were worldwide hits and Tony Award winners. So perhaps Yasmina Reza is French for “not for me.”

In Their Eyes, the Light of a Dawning Madness Is Shining: Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Reviewed

Cara Francis, Lauren Sharpe, Erica Livingston, Brendan Donaldson (floor), Jacquelyn Landgraf, Connor Kalista and Daniel Burnam perform "Before Breakfast.

I reviewed the NYC Neo-Futurists’ contribution to Arena Stage’s Eugene O’Neill Festival, which focuses on the playwright’s habit of filling his plays with things that are impossible to manifest corporeally on a stage. I’ve written about the original, Chicago-brand Neo-Futurists on prior occasions.

We Get to Carey Each Other: Arena Stage’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, reviewed

The maid isn’t young or buxom in Arena’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, in defiance of Eugene O’Neill’s famously specific casting specs, but Helen Carey‘s unforgettable performance as Mary Tyrone makes it worthwhile.

Alabama Shakes in Baltimore

Alabama Shakes opened the great show I saw the Drive-By Truckers play at the 9:30 Club with Booker T. Jones on New Year’s Eve. Their debut album, Boys & Girls, dropped this week.

I reviewed Alabama Shakes’ headling gig at Ram’s Head Live! (sic) in Baltimore Saturday night for the Washington Post.

Bradley Beats Budos

And here‘s my Washington Post review of The Budos Band‘s headling gig at the 9:30 Club Thursday night. Wish I’d seen opener Charles Bradley’s full set, because when he returned to sing “Why Is It So Hard” with Budos during their encore he fairly mopped the floor with them. Continue reading

You Was My Brudda, Charlie, You Shoulda etc., etc.: On the Waterfront, the play, reviewed

I reviewed the American Century Theater’s production of On the Waterfront — not exactly a straight adaptation of of the Oscar-winning 1954 film written by Budd Schulberg and directed by Elia Kazan, but one of the several, separate versions Schulberg reworked for the stage beginning in 1995.

This one differs from the film in a few significant ways. Read on.

He Paid the Cost to Be The Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Verizon Center

"44 years of performing experience! 30 years of psychiatric evaluation!" Photo by Erica Bruce.

Last Thursday, I road-tripped up to Philadelphia for what I think was my 15th Bruce Springsteen concert (but only my 14th with the pants-droppin’, heart-stoppin’, Earth-shakin’, booty-quakin,’ love-makin’, Viagara-takin’ etc., etc. E Street Band) since 1999. Three nights later, I saw my 16th (15th) here in DC at the Verizon Center.

For the City Paper, I wrote up some thoughts on the DC show, which differed significantly from the Philly one as you can see from the handy setlist table I have prepared below. Clip it out of your iPad’s retina display and post in your cubicle as a source of hourly inspiration! Continue reading