Posts Tagged ‘Michael Kahn’

ToDo ToDay: Torch Song Trilogy and a New Day for Lincoln Theatre

Studio Theatre scored when it recruited Shakespeare Theatre’s Michael Kahn to direct its season opener, Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy. For a play as important as Torch Song, one of the first to address a gay man’s search for love, companionship, and family, assembling an all-star crew seems imperative. The production consists of three one-act plays that [...]

The Continuum of Collaboration, Explained

Devised theater can raise questions that traditional theater rarely has to face.
For instance: There is no question that Henrik Ibsen is the author of Hedda Gabler. Nor is there any dispute that Michael Kahn gets the final say on creative decisions. But when a group of people get together to make a new show, who [...]

That’s Mr. Michael Kahn CBE to You

Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn just got a few fancy letters to tack onto his name: Yesterday, Kahn was inducted as an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Officially, he's Mr. Michael Kahn CBE now.
Honorary Commander is a rank shy of Knight Commander, and Kahn was born in [...]

Arts Roundup: The Real Housewives of Benning Road Edition

Introducing The Real Housewives of Benning Road. [TMOTTGoGo]
Alamo Drafthouse is searching for three new D.C.-area locations. [Washington Business Journal]
Theater J dedicates a performance to deceased D.C. Jewish Community Center parking-lot attendant Desmond Obamogie. [Theater J]
Record Store Day: a very mixed blessing for local record shops. [Post]
Michael Kahn returns to Signature Theatre for the first time in two [...]

The Helen Hayes Awards Awards

Last night's untricked-out Helen Hayes Awards at the Warner Theatre began almost immediately with prize-giving, and that was mostly what we got: Few distractions, and lots of people talking about theater. Did some thank-yous go on too long? Sure. Was Robert Aubry Davis conspicuously absent even though his voice was the evening's host? Yes. Were [...]

Shakespeare Theatre Company Heads to the Bar

After the success of Black Watch in 2011 and 2012, the Shakespeare Theatre Company will again work with the National Theatre of Scotland to host one of its productions as part of its STC Presents series. But when it opens next month, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart isn't bound for the Lansburgh or Harman Hall [...]

Arts Roundup: Funky Edition

Kathleen Turner coming to Arena Stage [Post]
Shakespeare Theatre director Michael Kahn talks failure and how he came to love the ol' Bard [Washingtonian]
Local DJ Jerome Baker III remixes Dam-Funk [Soundcloud]
Scion A/V releases its own Moombahton comp [Nouveau Riche]
Steve Jobs patents to be displayed at the S. Dillon Ripley Center [Post]
WaPo's staff is reportedly suffering from [...]

Arts Roundup: Renewed Contracts For Arena Leadership

Validation: Arena Stage's Board of Trustees has announced that artistic director Molly Smith and managing director Edgar Dobie will stay on at least another five years. Smith will maintain her title; Dobie will assume the role of executive producer. Board chair David E. Shiffrin says, "It is clear to all of us on the Board [...]

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Undercooked “Frijoles” Joke

Classical theater companies do plenty of things to update their Shakespeare. They edit it. They collide it. And most frequently: They simply change the time and setting.
For its current production of Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Theatre Company transplanted the comedy to a Cuban sugar plantation circa 1930, and in so doing it renamed two of the [...]

Arts Roundup: Maybe She Really Hates Art Edition

Onward and Upward With Arts Criticism: Smoking Gun may have had the scoop on serial art attacker Susan Burns' recent return to the National Gallery to assault a Matisse, but The Washington Post's report gets the prize for best contextualizing quote: "'What she did was strange,' said a police officer, who asked not to be named. [...]