Category Archives: theatre

Von Braun play Ad Astra, assessed for Air & Space


Two of my main beats—aviation/space and theatre—overlapped last week when I attended a reading of Ad Astra, a new play by James Wallert about the life of pioneering rocket scientist—and Nazi—Wernher von Braun. I wrote a post about that for Air & Space/Smithsonian, but at my editor’s suggestion we removed a paragraph where I named the four actors who performed the reading. That was the right call for Air & Space’s audience; after all, when Ad Astra gets fully staged it will likely be with a different cast. Still, the cast—all members of New York’s Epic Theatre Ensemble, which Wallert co-founded—was terrific, so I’d like to name them here. Continue reading

Nasty Women, Repped: Dry Land and What Every Girl Should Know, reviewed.

004

My review of Forum Theatre’s “Nasty Women Rep,” comprised of Ruby Ray Spiegel’s Dry Land and Monica Byrne’s What Every Girl Should Know, took longer to appear than it should have, but it’s up now. These two shows sustain Forum’s reputation for bold, timely work, and I recommend them—Dry Land, especially.

Sisters of No Mercy: Three Sisters and No Sisters, reviewed.

Caroline Hewitt, Ryan Rilette, William Vaughan, Emilie Krause, Josh Thomas, Craig Wallace, Ro Boddie, and Nick Torres in Three Sisters. Photo- Teresa Wood. Bridget Flanery, Emilie Krause, Ryan Rilette, and Caroline Hewitt (Teresa Wood) .jpg

Studio Theatre is putting on a ballsy experiment for the next month or so, running a new production of Three Sisters and No SistersAaron Posner’s companion play—not in rep but literally on top of one another. I review both in this week’s Washington City Paper.

FURTHER READING: My April 2015 review of Round House’s Uncle Vanya. My January 2015 review of Posner’s Life Sucks, or the Present Ridiculous at Theatre J. My June 2013 review of Stupid Fucking Bird. And my August 2011 review of the Sydney Theatre Company’s Uncle Vanya, starring Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving.

Visions of Diana: King Charles III and I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, reviewed.

285_kct_
I’m putting y’all on notice: My reviews of King Charles IIIMike Bartlett’s marvelous blank verse political drama at the Shakespeare Theatre—and Studio Theatre’s world premiere production of Morgan Gould’s I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart are in this week’s Washington City Paper.

Period Piece: On Theater J’s The How and the Why

the-how-and-the-why-rehearsal-photoHere’s a little preview I wrote for Theater J’s imminent production of The How and the Why, a play about dueling evolutionary theories regarding menstruation from The Affair showrunner Sarah Treem. It’s in today’s Washington City Paper.

 

What Happens in Orlando Stays in Orlando: As You Like It, reviewed.

twood_ayli_480
As You Like It is my favorite Shakespearean comedy after Twelfth Night, but when the actor playing Orlando can’t hang with the actor playing Rosalind, it prevents this pleasant diversion from being something deeper. I reviewed the Folger Theatre’s production in this week’s Washington City Paper.

Court Disorder: Roe, reviewed.

hires_roe-new-production_01

My review of Lisa Loomer’s Roe — an “openly didactic wiki-play” that was never meant to be as timely as it is — is in this week’s Washington City Paper.

Continue reading