A surfeit of arts coverage in last week’s Washington City Paper means it took my reviews of Forum’s Caryl Churchill experiment Love and Information and Constellation’s Jazz Age musical The Wild Party ’til now to appear. They’re in the paper this week.
Robert Schenkkahn’s Building the Wall, a terrifyingly plausible future-history of the Trump Administration that Forum Theatre has scrambled to shoehorn into their season, is a cry of warning that requires little suspension of disbelief.
I saw the show at Arena Stage last week in the first part of its bifurcated, two-venue run. It’s at Forum’s Silver Spring performance space May 18-17. Go. My review is in this week’s Washington City Paper, along with one of The Shakespeare Theatre’s Company’s more-is-less Macbeth.
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Tagged Chris Genebach, Eric Messner, Erica Chamblee, Forum Theatre, Logan Vaughn, Michael Dove, Mosaic Theatre, play reviews, President Trump, Robert Schenkkan, speculative fiction, Tracy Conyer Lee, Washington City Paper
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.
My reviews of the British theatre collective Headlong’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, and Forum Theatre’s new staging of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, are in today’s Washington City Paper. Continue reading
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Tagged Bradley Foster Smith, Duncan McMillan, Forum Theatre, George Orwell, Headlong, James Konicek, Jim Jorgensen, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Martin McDonagh, Shakespeare Theatre Company
It’s a strong week for theatre here in our Nation’s Capitol. My reviews of The Originalist, Arena Stage playwright-in-residence John Strand’s much-awaited play about Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and United States v. Windsor, and Forum Theatre‘s magnificent production of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, are in today’s Washington City Paper. Go read ’em. Please.
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Tagged Antonin Scalia, Arena Stage, Benjamin Cunis, Ed Gero, Forum Theatre, John Strand, Laura C. Harris, Michael Dove, Molly Smith, play reviews, The Supreme Court, United States v. Windsor, Washington City Paper
For more on how abysmal I am at looking into a camera and smiling when someone says my name, we take you now to the studios of WETA, where I was pleased to join Around Town host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz last week for very brief discussions of three shows I recently reviewed for the Washington City Paper, starting with my favorite of 2014, Signature Theatre’s production of Laura Eason‘s Sex with Strangers.
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You Can’t Always Gut Who You Want: The cast of “Julius Caesar.” (Jeff Malet)
Louis Butelli and Anthony Cochrane as Cassius and Brutus in the Folger’s “Julius Caesar.” (Jeff Malet)
Thony Mena, Kashayna Johnson, Manu Kumasi, and Alina Collins Maldonado in Forum’s “How We Got On.” (Noe Todorovich)
Manu Kumasi and Kashayna Johnson in “How We Got On.” (Noe Todorovich)
My reviews of Folger Theatre’s Julius Caesar and Forum Theatre’s production of Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On are in today’s Washington City Paper.
Julie Garner and Jim Jorgensen
Julie Garner, Brian Hemmingsen, Scott McCormick, and Maboud Ebrahimzadeh
Patrick Bussink and Maboud Ebrahimzadeh
Brian Hemmingsen and Scott McCormick
In today’s Washington City Paper, I review two plays that mull over free will and the existence of God, both of which feature Sigmund Freud as a character. The better of the pair, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, features a towering performance from Frank Britton as Pontius Pilate.
Around 2:15 Tuesday morning, after he’d left the cast party that followed Judas‘ opening-night performance, Britton was assaulted and robbed by four or five unidentified attackers near the Silver Spring Metro stop. He underwent surgery at Holy Cross Hospital to treat a broken cheekbone. Britton does not have medical insurance. A crowdfunding campaign to cover his hospital bills (donate here) has raised over $45,000 so far.
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NOTICE: My reviews of Steve Yockey‘s “rolling world premiere” Pluto for Forum Theatre and Sarah Ruhl‘s adaptation of Virginia Woolf‘s 1928 novel Orlando at WSC Avant Bard are in today’s Washington City Paper, available wherever finer alt-weeklies are given away yadda yadda yadda.
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Irakli Kavsadze as Malvolio. (Koko Lanham)
My reviews of Synetic Theatre‘s silent, early-cinema-and-Jazz Age-inflected Twelfth Night and Anu Yadav‘s solo show Meena’s Dream are in today’s Washington City Paper.
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.
Annie Houston, Julie Garner & Cliff Williams III. (Melissa Blackall)
BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA. Another winner from Forum Theatre, whose Last Days of Judas Iscariot was my favorite show of, um… 2008, was it? Reviewed for WCP. Continue reading
Ah, memories. That’s me there on the left, obviously pretty chipper about being in the company of Glen — short story writer, critic, and sequential-art blogger nonpareil; unchallenged 36th-chamber master of the Koyaanisqatsi joke and occasional collaborator; Aquaman biographer and autobiographer; boob-window watcher; faithful drinking buddy, sounding board, pal-for-life.
This snapshot is not quite a year old. I have altered it slightly in deference to Glen’s belief, shared by many of his fellow Micronesian tribesmen, that photos steal the soul. And also that this picture makes him look more like Rod Steiger than he’s prepared to deal with. I have more hair now; Glen has exactly the same amount. Still, you can see how it’d be easy to mistake one of us for the other, especially with our habit of traveling via tandem bicycle and finishing each other’s sentences all the time. (Finishing this guy’s sentences has required me to purchase a new, pocket-sized copy of S.I. Hayakawa’s Choose the Right Word, overwrite the few crumbs of French and Spanish I used to claim to know, and triple-down on my intake of nootropics courtesy of my local milkbar. I’m pretty sure the only prep Glen had to do was to watch Die Hard again.)
So that’s why I can’t get too mad about the City Paper having briefly slapped Glen’s byline on my review of Forum’s Amazons and Their Men. Honest mistake, already fixed, no hard feelings. Anyway, G-Weld’s written plenty of stuff of which I’d be only too happy to claim authorship.
This post appears on the Washington City Paper Arts Desk.
Fringe is over, but Forum’s Marat/Sade has two more weekends left in its run. Reviewed for DCist . . . more than a week ago. I’m a bit behind in my blogkeeping.
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Tagged Forum Theatre, France, Jonathon Church, Katy Carkuff, Marquis de Sade, Michael Dove, Peter Weiss, revolution, Steve Beall