Author Archive for Andrew Lapin

A Response to the Wall Street Journal‘s Defense of Traditional Shakespeare

A Shakespeare production featuring women? What is this, amateur hour?!

Hey You, Why Not Write For Fringeworthy?

The 10th annual Capital Fringe festival is ramping up, and City Paper's Fringeworthy blog (formerly Fringe & Purge) is looking for fresh blood. Want to see the shows for free, sound off on The State Of Local Theater, and get bylines? Can you keep your thoughts brief and punchy like this? Fill out our application [...]

A Bright Room Called Day at Caos on F, Reviewed

Intimate staging and limited seating work in Bright Room's favor, but the didacticism does a disservice.

New Documentary Probes the Failings of a Southeast Scholarship Program

In 1988, a local hotel magnate promised scholarships to 67 kids. Most never graduated from college.

A Local Boxing Champ Dreams Big in Out of the Basement

Tucked away in the basement of an apartment building in Columbia Heights is the Lime Lite Boxing Gym, a ragtag operation that’s already produced one bona fide champion boxer and seems likely to turn out more. That champion is teenager Malik Jackson, who boasts two Junior Olympics national titles and has a good shot at competing [...]

Ctrl + Alt + Doc: A Year After Hitting Reset, AFI DOCS Is Still in Transition

The American Film Institute’s annual documentary festival is in transition, as any savvy critic or audience member can tell. But, at least for the folks at AFI, it’s all part of the plan.
Last year, after scrapping the Silverdocs name when longtime sponsor Discovery Communications pulled out, the festival left its Silver Spring nest and moved [...]

Fate of a Salesman, Reviewed

H Street NE shop Men’s Fashion Center, once the choice outfitter for local legends like Chuck Brown, closed its doors in 2012 after six decades in business. With their vérité documentary, Fate of a Salesman, Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran (an occasional Washington City Paper contributor) chronicle the store’s final year with gentle curiosity and wistful imagery. The directors follow [...]