You can see for yourself what a business-casual mood I was in the day Robert Aubry Davis, Jane Horwitz, and I convened at WETA to shoot a fresh batch of Around Town segments. Perhaps you are correct that I should have chosen a shirt that is not the same shade as our studio backdrop. Hey, I don’t tell you how to do your part-time job.
I reviewed Ford’s Death of a Salesman and Constellation’s The Wild Party for the Washington City Paper. For In the Heights, the musical I herein refer to as “Lin-Manuel Miranda’s THX-1138,” I didn’t write about it. I just bought four more tickets the morning after to take my folks. Anyway, because WETA posts videos in a format that WordPress can’t embed, I gotta give you the links: Death of a Salesman, In the Heights, The Wild Party.
Posted in theatre, video
Tagged Constellation Theatre Company, Craig Wallace, Danny Gavigan, Farrell Parker, Kari Ginsburg, Kimberly Schraf, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Olney Theatre Center, Robert Aubry Davis, Round House Theatre, Thomas Keegan, WETA Around Town
If it ever seems like I’m about to well, actually you or anybody else, kindly remind me that this is what happens to my face.
With the return of theatre season comes the return of me trying semi-convincingly to smile on command! Robert Aubry Davis, Jane Horwitz, and I have shot a new batch of short Around Town segments discussing a great pair of shows I reviewed for the Washington City Paper last month, Studio Theatre’s production of Skeleton Crew byDominique Morisseau and Theatre Alliance’s remount of their Helen Hayes Award-winning 2016 version of Marc Bamuthi Joseph Word Becomes Flesh. How to embed those videos here eludes me because I’m an analog guy, but I’ve got links.
Skeleton Crew: http://player.pbs.org/viralplayer/3005059310
Word Becomes Flesh: http://player.pbs.org/viralplayer/3005058510
Our long summer hiatus complete, I’m back on WETA’s Around Town with host Robert Aubry Davis and fellow theatregoer Jane Horwitz to talk about three recent shows I reviewed for the Washington City Paper: MetroStage’s historical musical Uprising, Olney Theatre Center’s brutal-but-funny addiction drama Bad Dog, and Synetic Theatre’s confused new version of Alice in Wonderland. You will no doubt notice from my lapels that I am wearing a new sport jacket, at my mom’s insistence. Continue reading
Posted in theatre, TV
Tagged Gabrielle Fulton, Jane Horwitz, Jennifer Hoppe-House, Lloyd Rose, MetroStage, Olney Theatre Center, Robert Aubry Davis, Synetic Theater, Washington City Paper, WETA Around Town
In today’s snow-day edition of the Washington City Paper, I review the second installment in Washington Stage Guild’s three-part, three-year presentation of George Bernard Shaw‘s Back to Methuselah and of the world-premiere John Kander-Greg Pierce musical Kid Victory. Around Town videos wherein Robert Aubry Davis, Jane Horwitz, the gigantic lapels of my shirt, and I dissect these differently taxing shows are here and here.
Posted in theatre
Tagged Conrad Feininger, George Bernard Shaw, Greg Pierce, Jacob Yeh, Jake Wynn, Jane Horwitz, John Kander, Liesyl Tommy, play reviews, Robert Aubry Davis, Signature Theatre, Washington City Paper, Washington Stage Guild, WETA Around Town
On this trio of Around Town discussions, host Robert Aubry Davis, Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz and I dissect Arena Stage‘s powerful King Hedley II, Woolly Mammoth‘s meandering Cherokee, and Folger Theatre‘s intriguing Mary Stuart. (My Washington City Paper reviews of are here, here, and here, respectively.) I’m sorry my hair wasn’t as concise and insightful on this day as I strive at all times for it to be. Continue reading
Posted in theatre, video
Tagged Arena Stage, August Wilson, Folger Theatre, Jane Horwitz, Lisa D'Amour, Mary, Peter Oswald, Queen Elizabeth I, Robert Aubry Davis, WETA Around Town, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
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.
February 9, 2015 in theatre
Tagged Aaron Posner, Ford's Theatre, James Still, play reviews, Robert Aubry Davis, Stephen Rayne, Studio Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Theater J, WETA Around Town
Danny Scheie as Nero and Susannah Schulman as Poppaea. (SCOTT SUCHMAN/Arena Stage)
Amy Freed’s You, Nero,
is, as I opine
in today’s City Paper, a clever play about the limits of art as a humanizing influence. Or maybe the limits of mediocre
art as a humanizing influence.
Or maybe it’s about how a bad upbringing can damage you beyond the reach of art’s rehabilitative prowess.
Or mediocre art’s rehabilitative . . . I’m still thinking about this, is the point. Which suggests Freed was successful, even if the ending is kind of a mess. Continue reading
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Tagged Amy Freed, Arena Stage, Around Town, John Waters, musical theater, musicals, Nero, Robert Aubry Davis, Rome, Signature Theatre, theater, Washington City Paper