For various critic-related, theater company-related, and publication-related reasons, my reviews of Studio Theatre’s production of Caryl Churchill’s anticolonial sex romp Cloud 9 and Constellation Theatre Company’s new production of the Y2K-era Greg Kotis-Mark Hollman musical Urinetown have taken a long time to see print. But they’re in this week’s Washington City Paper, and online, too.
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Tagged Allison Stockman, Caryl Churchill, Constellation Theatre Company, Greg Kotis and Mark Follman, Holly Twyford, Jake Null, Jenna Berk, Laura C. Harris, Matt Dewberry, Michael Kahn, musicals, play reviews, Studio Theatre, The Washington CIty Paper, Vaughn Ryan Midder, Washington City Paper
Maulik Pancholy as Katherina and Peter Gadiot as Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew.” (Scott Suchman)
The cast and audience at the intermezzo of “The Taming of the Shrew.” (Scott Suchman)
The cast of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. (Scott Suchman)
Rick Hammerly as the Contessa, Peter Gadiot as Petruchio, Maulik Pancholy as Katherina, and Oliver Thornton as Bianca in “The Taming of the Shrew.” (Scott Suchman)
Shravan Amin and Jeremy Keith Hunter in “When January Feels Like Summer” (Stan Barouh)
Vaughn Ryan Midder and Jeremy Keith Hunter in “When January Feels Like Summer” (Stan Barouh)
Lynette Rathnam and Jason B. McIntosh in “When January Feels Like Summer.” (Stan Barouh)
Directors have reckoned with the misogyny of The Taming of the Shrew in many ways. Ed Sylvanus Iskandar’s fix — cast only men, and let the female characters express themselves via covers of old songs from Duncan Sheik, a man — is at least, and most, strange. I review Iskandar’s perplexing boys-only Shakespeare Theatre Company Shrew in today’s Washington City Paper.
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Tagged Cori Thomas, Duncan Sheik, Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, Jeremy Keith Hunter, Mosaic Theatre of DC, play reviews, Serge Seiden, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Vaughn Ryan Midder, Washington City Paper, William Shakespeare