Posts Tagged ‘theater j’

Theater J’s The Hampton Years Looks at Black/Jewish Relationships

Culturally specific theater offers a different experience to different audience members. It can make viewers reconsider their assumptions about others, and perhaps even their own identity. The same can be true even for the playwrights who make culturally specific work.
It's a process familiar to the creators of Theater J's current Locally Grown offering, The Hampton Years. [...]

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Maryland’s Film Incentives Edition

Maryland House of Delegates approves tripling the state's film production tax credit for two more years. [WJLA]
D.C.'s Humanities Council offers a new $10,000 Soul of the City grant. [Humanities Council]
Theater J's 2013-14 season includes several plays by women playwrights. [Post]
Michelle Obama adores Jackie Robinson biopic, 42. [Post]
Hollywood loves to destroy Washington. [Huffington Post D.C.]
Raheem DeVaughn [...]

Arts Roundup: Artisphere’s Sustainability Edition

Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan says she's "forcing" Artisphere "to reevaluate how they operate." [ArlNow]
Classical music critic Anne Midgette on music education in schools: It might be great for kids, but it doesn't necessarily turn them into future symphony subscribers. [Post]
The Anacostia totem pole serves as an odd tribute to Native American culture in a [...]

The Twitter Spat Mamet Wrought: Should Theatergoers Boycott the Gun-Lovin’ Playwright?

If you've sat within five feet of a liberal-skewing Facebook news feed this week, you've probably heard about playwright David Mamet's humdinger of a Newsweek cover story, delectably headlined "Hands Off Our Guns," that made an odd and miscalculated argument against President Obama's gun control plan. In it, the brilliant author of Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, [...]

Theater J’s Apples From the Desert, Reviewed

Apples From the Desert is a clever title for a play with a familiar storyline, but unfamiliar setting. Many a play, reality show, and soap opera has revolved around a chaffing child with overbearing parents who finally breaks free, leaving her family to ponder whether the prodigal son or daughter will return. But in this [...]

With Saturday Shows, Theater J Gets With the Times

Two weeks ago, Theater J made history when it performed a play on Saturday afternoon at its home in the D.C. Jewish Community Center. It was the first time the company had performed on Shabbat—the Jewish calendar's day of rest—in that venue.
It was kind of a big deal, mostly because even progressive synagogues like Sixth & [...]

This Week In WCP Arts: Good Night, Warehouse

This week's arts section opens with Jonathan L. Fischer's story on the Warehouse, a crucial venue for electronic and otherwise underground music in D.C., that was recently forced to shut down after a shooting. It's not clear whether there's another space can fill the niche Warehouse did—there aren't many places in this town you can [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: A Comic-Book History of D.C.

On our cover this week, we run excerpts from District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., an illustrated collection of lesser-known stories from D.C.'s past. Know the one about janitor James Hampton, who built a Smithsonian-worthy religious shrine from scavenged materials in his Shaw garage? Now you do.

ToDo ToDay: Red Hook Summer and Body Awareness

There's still time to catch Spike Lee's latest at West End Cinema: The sixth in his “Chronicles of Brooklyn” series, Red Hook Summer follows the growth of a relationship between troubled Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters, who played Det. Lester Freamon on The Wire) and his young grandson Flik Royale (Jules Brown), who relocates from a middle-class [...]

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