Tag Archives: Synetic Theater

On Around Town, talking Uprising and Bad Dog and Alice in Wonderland

Anthony Manough and Cynthia D. Barker in MetroStage's "Uprising." (Chris Banks)

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

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Too Much Is Not Enough: Bad Dog and Alice in Wonderland, reviewed.

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My reviews of Bad Dog, a tough new comedy about alcoholism from prestige-TV writer Jennifer Hoppe-House, and Alice in Wonderland, Synetic Theatre’s watery take on the Lewis Carroll classic as reinterpreted by former Washington Post film & theatre critic Lloyd Rose, are in today’s Washington City Paper. I got paid to write them but you can read them for free. Everybody wins.

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On Around Town, talking Beauty and the Beast and Famous Puppet Death Scenes

For further evidence of  how hopeless I am at looking into a camera and smiling when someone says my name, we take you once again to the studios of WETA, where I was delighted as always to join Around Town host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz last week for ultra-concise discussions of two shows I recently reviewed for the Washington City Paper. We covered Synetic Theatre’s fresh adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and Old Trout Puppet’s Workshop’s surreal Famous Puppet Death Scenes.

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Loose Fur: Synetic Theater’s Beauty and the Beast, reviewed.

Renata Veberyte Loman as Narrator:Emmeranne in Synetic Theater's new adapation of "Beauty and the Beast." (Johnny Shryock)

Renata Veberyte Loman narrates Synetic Theater’s new adaptation. (Johnny Shryock)

My review of Synetic Theater’s fresh and frightening new adaptation of the 275-year-old French fairy tale Beauty and the Beast is in today’s Washington City Paper. Grrrrrr.

Where the Wild Things Are: Synetic’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, reviewed.

The inhabitants of Synetic Theater's "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (Johnny Shryock)

This acrobatic Moreau is a rich sensual experience, one that deflates at the end but not before it has vividly dramatized Wells’s big question: Is physical suffering at best irrelevant and at worst necessary? Can we evolve by teaching ourselves to ignore it? By way of demonstrating his answer, Moreau takes a glinting blade and slices a red trail through his own forearm, ignoring the pain like he’s Peter O’Toole playing Lawrence of Arabia, or Gordon Liddy playing himself, or Gary Busey playing Mr. Joshua. (In Lethal Weapon, duh. Read a book, why don’t you.) We always hurt the ones we’re forcibly trying to improve.

My review of Synetic Theater’s new adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau is in today’s Washington City Paper, available wherever finer alt-weeklies are given away for free.

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Quiet Act: Synetic’s Twelfth Night and Forum’s Meena’s Dream, reviewed.

Irakli Kavsadze as Malvolio. (Koko Lanham)

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.

You Gotta Move: Synetic’s A Trip to the Moon and A Commedia Christmas Carol, reviewed

Georges Méliès’ "A Trip to the Moon," 1902.

Georges Méliès’ “A Trip to the Moon,” 1902.

I was a big admirer of writer/director/illustrator Natsu Onoda Power‘s Astro Boy and the God of Comics at Studio Theatre earlier this year, and also of Martin Scorcese‘s 2011 film Hugo, which was in part about pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès. So I was excited to see Power’s new stage adaptation of Méliès’ most famous film, A Trip to the Moon — which I found promising but underdeveloped.

I review it in today’s Washington City Paper, along with a Faction of Fools’ A Commedia Christmas Carol.