Feeling compelled to write a play about war or genocide? You’ve got your work cut out for you, but God bless. Feel compelled to turn your frustration over how hard it is to write a good play about war or genocide into a play? Please stop. A lot of things are about you, but not everything.
Woolly Mammoth’s American premiere of Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss is not as bad as Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present, because nothing I’ve ever seen on a stage is as myopic and offensive as Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present. But it ain’t good. I break it down in today’s Washington City Paper, available wherever finer alt-weeklies are given away gratis.
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Tagged Bertolt Brecht, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Guillermo Calderón, Joe Mallon, Matt Torney, Shannon Dorsey, Staceyann Chin, Studio Theatre, Tim Getman, Washington City Paper, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Yury Urnov
Donna Migliaccio and Bobby Smith as the evil Peachums
Carolyn Kashner, Tia Shearer, Michael Kevin Darnall, and Maggie Erwin
Rose McConnell, Maggie Erwin, Michael Kevin Darnall, Carolyn Kashner, Chris Stinson, and Tia Shearer
Driscoll, Jarvis, and John Leslie Wolfe as Tiger Brown
Mitchell Jarvis as MacHeath.
MacHeath, Polly, and droogs
Erin Driscoll and Mitchell Jarvis get close
Erin Driscoll as Polly Peachum
Driscoll and Jarvis
And now, two plays with music, one from 1928 and one set in 1928. My reviews of Signature Theatre’s new production of The Threepenny Opera as well as the hub theatre’s local premiere of Philip Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story, are in today’s Washington City Paper. Continue reading
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Tagged Bertolt Brecht, Bobby Smith, Carolyn Kasher, Chris Stinson, Erin Driscoll, hub theatre, Kurt Weill, Maggie Erwin, Michael Kevin Darnall, Mitchell Jarvis, musicals, Philip Dawkins, photo gallery, play reviews, Rose McConnell, Signature Theatre, Washington City Paper
John Walter’s brilliant documentary, reviewed for DCist.
UPDATE 6/26/08: I got a nice e-mail about the review from Theatre of War director/editor John Walter, who reports that he is shopping the film around for a distributor. Best of luck to you, John! It’s a great documentary, and it deserves as wide a release as it can get.
John also sent this cool one-sheet image:
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Tagged Bertolt Brecht, Iraq, Nazis, Tony Kushner