Posts Tagged ‘Theater’

Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Chat with Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate is joining the ranks of Peanuts, Little Orphan Annie, and The Amazing Spider-Man. A musical based on Lincoln Peirce's comic strip premiered this month at Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park.
Big Nate has run for years locally in the Washington Post. The Post's Michael Cavna has written about the play's creation. I'm [...]

Mike Daisey to Perform Monologue About Steve Jobs Scandal for Free at Woolly Mammoth

If you read all the way to the end of my recent cover story on divisive monologuist Mike Daisey's return to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company — where he "birthed" his much-discussed show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs in 2010—then you know he has already begun to perform a new monologue reflecting on [...]

Capital Fringe VII Program Offers 130-Plus Reasons to Sweat Through Your Clothes This July

Performing arts live & uncensored, promises the cover of program of the seventh Capital Fringe Festival, which will once again occupy a mix of year-round and seasonal performance venues—18 sites this year—for three weekends in the dead of summer, July 12 to 29.
The photo on the cover is of a young woman who appears to [...]

Mike Daisey—Wait for It—Apologizes (and May Apologize Again Tomorrow at Woolly Mammoth)

In the first week of 1997, almost exactly 15 years before This American Life issued its first retraction, the then-young, not-yet-hugely popular public radio program aired a story about a phone line where callers record apologies to people they’ve wronged.
It was brutal stuff: In one of the recordings aired, an adult male confessed to [...]

Do the Fight Thing: More on Studio’s Sucker Punch

So I finally got to see Sucker Punch, Studio Theatre’s well-reviewed U.S. premiere of Roy Williams’s race-and-boxing-in-Thatcher’s England play, last weekend. Despite having written a whole feature about the production’s extensive fight choreography, I still found plenty to surprise me in the way the fights were staged.
I won’t review the show; I attended a [...]

Questioning Jules Feiffer’s Little Murders at American Century

City Paper readers know that I'm not a theater critic, but Jules Feiffer is a cartoonist from way back, long before he became a playwright. The American Century Theater has revived Little Murders, his 1967 play about the decline of New York City and individual morals. The dark comedy centers on a family, their [...]

Richard Byrne’s New Play Nero/Pseudo, Guest-Starring The Mekons’ Jon Langford

Playwright Richard Byrne announced on his blog this week that WSC Avant Bard, the Washington area’s most pun-tastic theater company, will stage a reading of his new play Nero/Pseudo at Artisphere on May 30. While this one-night-only event will be a reading rather than a full production, it will feature live music performed by [...]

Happenstance Theater’s Cabaret Macabre, Briefly Dissected

These days of dropping temperatures and lengthening shadows are the perfect time of year for Happenstance Theatre to reanimate Cabaret Macabre, the company's ghoulishly gratifying showcase of Edward Gorey-inspired grim reapings. Like all of the five-year-old company’s shows, it’s a wonderfully imagined, expertly choreographed meditation on a theme, in this case mortality, and the [...]

Tears of Clowns: Synetic’s King Lear, Reviewed

The person who accompanied me to Synetic Theater’s characteristically spry adaptation of King Lear maintains, I think soundly, that the play is about the erosion and ultimate failure of language. So perhaps there’s more reason to try this one sans nouns, sans verbs, sans adjectives, sans everything spoken, than to muzzle other Shakespearean tragedies.
This [...]

Woolly Mammoth Clybourne Park Wins 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Who's got two thumbs and can spot a Pulitzer winner a year out?
Aight, I may be exaggerating my prognosticatin' prowess, if not the number and quality of my thumbs. But I was most enthusiastic at this time last year about Woolly's production of Clybourne Park, the sharply observed race-and-gentrification play that today snagged playwright [...]