Posts Tagged ‘peter marks’

Arts Roundup: Superficial Fodder for Social Media Edition

"At its worst, the [Barbara] Kruger installation [at Hirshhorn] is simply a backdrop, wallpaper for snapshots, superficial fodder for social media or a jumble of bold color leading to the gift shop, where matching tote bags and wallets are available for purchase." [Post]
Peter Marks says Kathleen Turner shines in Arena's Molly Ivins [Post]
Where does Gwydion [...]

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: Mike Daisey Edition

At Mike Daisey's talk at Georgetown University Monday night, he said he wants to apologize to Ira Glass, and he acknowledged that he did not correct reporters who assumed he was telling the truth about what he saw at Apple factories in China. "It would have been so much more open to admit, no, I’m [...]

Arts Roundup: Pumped-Up Edition

Peter Marks' take on the boxing in Studio Theatre's Sucker Punch [Post]
HuffPo UK spotlights photographer Martin Schoeller, whose images of female body builders are now showing at Arlington Arts Center in an exhibit curated by Jeffry Cudlin [Huffington Post]
If you drive past the old location of Clark Street Playhouse in Crystal City, you'll see something like this [Crystal [...]

Arts Roundup: Slow Holiday Edition

Living Social = Wal-Mart? According to some local arts organizations, yes. The deal company, whose new HQ just opened on F Street NW, is getting into the creative playtime business, and arts presenters are hatin' it. [Washington Post]
Woolly's Civilization: All You Can Eat "beat[s] us senseless with Big Allegory." [DCist]
Meanwhile, Peter Marks calls Synetic's Genesis [...]

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 [...]

Scorekeeping Beyond Theater Beyond Twitter

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Arena Stage played host Saturday evening to some super-wonky yakking that started out with 140-character thoughts on theater but quickly expanded to cover all aspects of theater journalism. Peter Marks, The Washington Post's sometimes curmudgeonly lead critic, and Howard Sherman, a former executive director of the American Theatre Wing [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Conductor John Eliot Gardiner has a reputation of being difficult to work with. His penchant for demeaning musicians cost him at least one job offer, director of the U.K.’s Opera North, when the orchestra flatly refused to play for him. This partly explains how one of the most prolific conductors of our time—he’s recorded more [...]

Arts Roundup: Arena Battle Edition

Symposiugh: Peter Marks thinks that the lineup of Arena Stage's conference of theater-world luminaries was pretty damn impressive—or, well, he's pretty sure it would've been, had he been allowed to attend. The critic writes in the Post that, for murky reasons, Arena barred media and the public from attending the gathering. "Certainly, Arena and its [...]