Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma’

Are D.C. Theaters Playing It Too Safe?

In March, the Washington Post's chief theater critic, Peter Marks, lamented that the 2012-2013 seasons of several large D.C.-area companies—among them Signature Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and Arena Stage—were too reliant on such chestnuts as My Fair Lady and Dreamgirls. "The clear bet theaters are making is that these shows will be far easier to market, [...]

Arts Roundup: Overattended Media Preview Edition

Fall Awakening: The Keegan Theatre is going heavy on recent Broadway faves in its upcoming season: Its staging Spring Awakening and '08 Pulitzer winner August: Osage County. The season opens Oct. 22 with The Crucible; the company's Steel Magnolias is still going, though (here's our review!), and runs to Aug. 21. Arts Post has more.
Ha Ha Sound: [...]

Why Do the Helen Hayes Awards Have So Many Ties?

On Monday night, as the Helen Hayes Awards ceremony reached its climax with the announcement of the top two prizes, there seemed to be one thing missing: drama.
Oklahoma!, Arena Stage's lavish and widely praised revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, and Candide, Shakespeare Theatre Company's inventive and widely praised revival of the Leonard Bernstein [...]

The Helen Hayes Awards: What We Learned

Last night was my first Helen Hayes Awards. This is what I learned.
There were too many ties: Five, in fact, including the top two prizes. Shakespeare Theatre Company's Candide and Arena Stage's Oklahoma split the outstanding resident musical category, while Folger's Hamlet and Woolly Mammoth's Clybourne Park split outstanding resident play. In that sense, the [...]

Read Our Arts in Review Issue!

It was, undoubtedly, the Year of the Anty Christ.
Leading off Washington City Paper's Arts in Review issue is critic Jeffry Cudlin's lengthy consideration of the controversy surrounding the removal of a David Wojnarowicz video from the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" exhibit, as well as, well, the rest of the exhibit. He calls "Hide/Seek" a game-changing exhibit. [...]

Color Theory: Racial Stunt-Casting on D.C. Stages, or Is It Just “Nontraditional?”

Ford’s Theatre knew going into its revival of the well-worn, 60-year-old Sabrina Fair that a quaint, fizzy rumination on class just wouldn’t do. Even light romantic fare needs some bite, and so the theater made a casting decision that instead made the play about that other, more scarring division in American life: race. In the [...]

Far Out vs. Hot Dang, Vol. 13

We've said it before: Know your history. And if you don't wanna know your history, know this: Far Out vs. Hot Dang is here for you, regardless of your commitment. You can't say that about too many things, can you?

"One day in 2007, in Buenos Aires, nothing happened. It was ugly. "
Do Liberals Really Think [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Metro’s One-Man Art Bureaucracy, 127 Hours, Oklahoma!

I lead this week's arts section with a look at an aborted video project by D.C. artist Alberto Roblest, which he'd hoped to mount in an entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro—before discovering that making art for Metro is a tricky business. Tricia Olszewski reviews two fast-moving movies—except one's about a guy who doesn't move [...]

Arts Roundup: Country Edition

When I woke up today and logged on to my computer, the first thing I noticed was the American flag in the Google logo. "Oh, it must be Veteran's Day," I thought. So, to any veterans out there, thank you. To everyone out there who's never fought for our country and still gets a day [...]

EXTRA! Bob Mondello Tells a Hilarious Oklahoma! Joke—Because You, Our Beloved Readership, Demanded It

STOP READING NOW if you have not seen, or at least heard the soundtrack to, the beloved 1943 Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Oklahoma!

Ladies and Germs, because you demanded it, the Champlain Street Resort & Casino is proud to present the comic stylings of Mr. Bob Mondello.
An astronaut goes to the moon looking for [...]