Gwydion Suilebhan, the playwright who by day is Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s marketing chief, knows how to tailor a pitch. He hooked me on the idea of doing a feature about Woolly co-founder Howard Shalwitz’s return to acting after almost a decade away by suggesting that Shalwitz is DC theatre’s answer to John Cazale. I took him so literally that I had a couple of paragraphs to that effect that my first draft.
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Tagged Emily Townley, Gwydion Suilebhan, Howard Shalwitz, Jennifer Mendenhall, John Cazale, Kimberly Gilbert, Michael John Garcés, Tim Getman, Washington City Paper, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Feeling compelled to write a play about war or genocide? You’ve got your work cut out for you, but God bless. Feel compelled to turn your frustration over how hard it is to write a good play about war or genocide into a play? Please stop. A lot of things are about you, but not everything.
Woolly Mammoth’s American premiere of Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss is not as bad as Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present, because nothing I’ve ever seen on a stage is as myopic and offensive as Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present. But it ain’t good. I break it down in today’s Washington City Paper, available wherever finer alt-weeklies are given away gratis.
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Tagged Bertolt Brecht, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Guillermo Calderón, Joe Mallon, Matt Torney, Shannon Dorsey, Staceyann Chin, Studio Theatre, Tim Getman, Washington City Paper, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Yury Urnov
My review of Studio Theatre’s terrific production of Robert Askins’ Broadway hit Hand to God is in today’s Washington City Paper.
My review of Theater J’s production of Tony Kusher’s latest play, (deep breath) The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, is in today’s Washington City Paper, just in case your own family’s arguments aren’t sufficiently academic and orotund and insufferable enough for you. Good performances, though. Happy Thanksgiving.
Brian McDermott, Elizabeth Darby, and Alex Zavistovich in “Normal.”
Vincent J. Brown and Amy Kim Waschke in “Water by the Spoonful.”
In today’s Washington City Paper, I review the Pultizer-winning drama Water by the Spoonful at Studio Theatre and Molotov’s production of Normal, a play about the Dusseldorf Ripper.
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Tagged Alex Zavistovich, Amy Kim Waschke, Anthony Neilson, Arturo Soria, Brian McDermott, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Gisela Chipe, KJ Sanchez, Molotov Theatre Group, Studio Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Tim Getman, Vincent J. Brown, Washington