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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.

Ford’s The Carpetbagger’s Children and Taffety Punk’s Owl Moon, reviewed

Clockwise from top right: Nancy Robinette, Kimberly Schraf and Holly Twyford

Ford’s Theatre’s The Carpetbagger’s Children features three of Washington’s most revered and accomplished actresses onstage together for the first time, and is exactly as exciting as this publicity photo makes it look. In his review for DCist, my friend Ian found a way of pointing out nicely that nothing happens in this show, at least not that we actually get to see.

I say it less politely in this week’s City Paper, wherein I also take in Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s Owl Moon, which is messier and more fun than the Ford’s show and features a great song by Xiu Xiu that I hadn’t heard before and a talking spirit-owl.

So obviously it wasn’t even a fair fight. Owl Moon of Ga’Hoole, y’all.

A House Dividing: Ford’s The Rivalry

Robert Parsons and Rick Foucheux

What ho, presidential history nerds: My review of Ford’s Theatre’s new production of Norman Corwin’s The Rivalry is up over at DCist.

Corwin is still alive, kicking, lecturing and teaching at the University of Southern California, by the way, at the improbable age of ninety-nine. Among the dozens and dozens of fine radio plays to his credit is one called The Plot to Overthrow Christmas that he wrote (in verse!) more than half a century before FOX News alleged the existence of any such thing. I used a little snippet of it in my audio holiday card the year before last. Sir, my hat is off to you.