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
You’ve got two, two, two big shows written by and starring people of color up in the District just now: Skeleton Crew, the third entry in Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit series, has the same concerns as Lynne Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat but it’s a better play, and Studio Theatre’s production is built to last. And Psalmayene 24’s multi Helen Hayes Award-winning production of Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word Becomes Flesh is back at Theatre Alliance for a remount starring the same superb cast it did last year. I review both in this week’s Washington City Paper. For which I also wrote the cover story, for some reason. It’s not like I get paid by the word, people.
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Tagged Caroline Stefanie Clay, Chris Lane, Clayton Pelham Jr., Dominique Morisseau, Gary L. Perkins III, Jason Bowen, Justin Weaks, Louis E. Davis, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Patricia McGregor, Psalmayene 24, Shannon Dorsey, Studio Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Tyee Tilghman, Washington City Paper
Joseph Marcell as King Lear.
My review of the Globe Theater’s stripped-down touring production of King Lear — the play that inspired Ira Glass to proclaim “Shakespeare sucks”! — is in today’s Washington City Paper. I also reviewed Theatre Alliance’s production of Caridad Svich’s Spark.
FURTHER READING: I reviewed Synetic Theatre’s wordless King Lear in 2011. And I interviewed Ira Glass, who was and remains one of my heroes, in April 2008.
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Tagged Anacostia Playhouse, Caridad Svich, Colin Hovde, Folger Shakespeare Library, Ira Glass, Joseph Marcell, King Lear, play reviews, Theatre Alliance, Washington City Paper, William Shakespeare
G. Alverez Reid and Jacobi Howard
My review of Nathan Louis Jackson‘s somber family story Broke-ology — the play Theater Alliance has chosen to christen the new Anacostia Playhouse — is in today’s Washington City Paper.
Oh, like you’ve never taken a lady home and had second thoughts about it.
You know the Mona Lisa, yeah? A lot of smart people think a big reason why the half-millennia-old Renaissance masterpiece remains instantly recognizable to you, you Big Mac-eating, CW-watching, New York Times-ignoring philistine, is because in 1911, somebody stole it. Continue reading