Posts Tagged ‘Imagining Madoff’

Read Our Annotated Guide to 2011!

There's no arts section to recap this week. For our Dec. 23 issue—on stands today!—the Washington City Paper staff took a look back on the year that was. No surprise, then, that a good chunk of our Annotated Guide to 2011 is devoted to the arts. Pick up a copy! Or read it online. Either [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Big Graffiti, Imagining Madoff, Wild Flag

Jonna McKone has this week's cover story with her look at the institutionalization of local graffiti culture via galleries, nonprofits, and even government programs—and what that means for the form itself. Bob Mondello leads this week's arts section with a review of Imagining Madoff—the long-delayed Deb Margolin play that generated a national controversy when one [...]

Chasing and Imagining Bernard Madoff

The timing of the documentary Chasing Madoff, which opened today at E Street Cinema, couldn't be more appropriate for D.C. audiences. The new film, directed by Jeff Prosserman, follows the case laid out by Harry Markopolos, the Boston-based investment adviser who first suspected something was off with the returns delivered by Bernard Madoff's securities firm in [...]

Realizing Madoff

The new script for Imagining Madoff has many of the things that were present the first time Theater J planned its staging. Talmudic excerpts. Meditations on the New York Mets. Lapidary dialogue verging on poetry. And a hauntingly wrought Madoff character, a notorious but little-known villain through whom playwright Deb Margolin delivers a portrait of [...]

Imagining Madoff Will Open Theater J’s 2011-2012 Season

Deb Margolin's Imagining Madoff, as you probably remember, never opened the 2010-2011 season of Theater J as originally intended. The play—a freewheeling inquiry into the mind and morality of Bernard Madoff that invented a booze-soaked encounter between the disgraced financier and the humanitarian icon Elie Wiesel—was derailed after Wiesel threatened legal action against the theater, taking [...]

Will They? Won’t They? Placing Bets on Theater J and Imagining Madoff

In today's Washington Post, Jane Horwitz breaks out the theatrical tea dregs: She writes that Theater J will stage a reading of Deb Margolin's work Three Seconds in the Key as part of a series at the Lincoln Theatre next week, as sure a sign as we've seen that company and playwright are moving toward bringing [...]

Theater J’s Something You Did, Like the Play It Replaced, Prods Morality with Real-Life Stand-Ins

You’ve got to hand it to Theater J. It originally planned to open its 2010-2011 season with the meditative, button-pushing Imagining Madoff, which centered on a fictitious encounter between Bernie Madoff and Elie Wiesel. But the real-life Wiesel objected to his portrayal, a rewrite was attempted, and the playwright eventually pulled the work.
Lesser theaters might have [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Real Housewives, Arena Stage, Arcade Fire

On the cover, Mike Riggs examines the various reality franchises that have landed in D.C., and wonders: Why is Washington the city where reality TV goes to die? I visit Arena Stage as it moves into its handsome Mead Center for American Theater, and recount some of the challenges of building the $125 million complex [...]

The Show That Went On: Imagining Madoff at Stageworks/Hudson, Witnessed

[Ed. note: Thanks to the legal team of Elie Wiesel, our critic was unable to attend Imagining Madoff on 16th street as previously planned. Instead, he had to hoof it to Hudson, N.Y.]
Deb Margolin's button-pushing character study of Bernie Madoff never got a chance to open Theater J's 2010-11 season, but a modified version of [...]

Arts Roundup: The “Where Are Your Friends Tonight” Edition

Good morning, people. Happy Wednesday! Only one more day of random torrential downpours, and then it's sunny Thursday, and then it's the weekend again! And the Rock & Roll Hotel's Summer Eve party! Kind of late for summer's eve, no?
In case you missed it, NYT writes that Imagining Madoff is indefinitely postponed, Bluebrain graces us [...]