Jeffrey Walker is a former hometown newspaper man who now lives his life as a high school theatre teacher, husband and father. He is a regular contributor to DC Theatre Scene and Broadway World's DC region, writing reviews and feature stories. He also recaps GOTHAM and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER for BWW-TV.
February 23, 2015
Bruce Wayne may be in trouble while Alfred is in even greater danger on tonight's episode of GOTHAM. Episode 17 brings us only five installments left in season one. The city is menaced by a new criminal element, the Red Hood Gang, which may be connected to the birth of the Joker. As Harvey Bullock and Jim Gordon work to crack the Red Hood Gang, Fish Mooney works her way up in the seedy underworld again. Some fans are elated with the developments while some have felt the show has been slipping. We want to know what you think, so leave your comments below, or head to Twitter and follow @BWWTV World #Gotham.BWW Profile: Oscar-Nominated Emma Stone of Stage and Screen
February 19, 2015
Emma Stone's star is on the rise. The 27-year old actress has been a sought after leading lady for several years. Her Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the film BIRDMAN is only solidifying her reputation as one of Hollywood's most exciting young actresses of today. She recently ended her run on Broadway as the iconic Sally Bowles in the revival of CABARET, fulfilling a childhood dream.Shakespeare Theatre Company's THE METROMANIACS Extends to March 15: 7 Additional Performances
February 18, 2015
THE METROMANIACS, the sparkling new comedy by David Ives playing at the Lansburgh Theater, has added performances, extending the run through March 15, 2015.BWW Profile: Eddie Redmayne Oscar-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
February 17, 2015
Eddie Redmayne is having a very good year. The 33-year old actor is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for playing physicist Stephen Hawking in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. In the film, Redmayne has been singled out for his sensitive portrayal of Hawking that goes from his younger days through the onslaught of the progressive motor neuron disease that binds him to a wheelchair.BWW Recap: The Circus Brings Murder to GOTHAM; ALADDIN's Iglehart Guests
February 16, 2015
The grip of a bitter, Arctic chill may be gripping much of the country tonight, but the heat is on in Gotham City when the circus comes to town. Tonight, episode 16, The Blind Fortune Teller, weaves several tales of family, passion and survival. We may have met the young, homicidal maniac who will grow up to be The Joker or Jerome may be just a teenager with a creepy laugh. Barbara Kean is trying to reenter Jim Gordon's life but now she has competition from Dr. Thompkins. Fish Mooney continues to show her tenacity even as an underground prisoner and Penguin shakily takes the reins of her club. And young Bruce Wayne has the brass cojones to face the Wayne Enterprises board of directors with allegations of corruption. And as a special bonus, Broadway's Tony Award-winning Genie from ALADDIN James Monroe Inglehart guest stars!BWW Reviews: Rediscovered French Farce THE METROMANIACS Sparkles at Shakespeare Theatre Company
February 13, 2015
THE METROMANIACS might not be Moliere but it is a delicious romp thanks to the expert direction by Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn and playwright David Ives. Ives new comedy in English is taken from a rediscovered farce, LA METROMANIE by Alexis Piron. If the winter weather has got you down, I urge you to get tickets to THE METROMANIACS for disguises and ruses and verse-ical abuses. Kahn and Ives third collaboration as director and playwright/adapter - after THE LIAR and THE HEIR APPARENT - have struck gold again finding high art in the silliness of lesser known French comedies.BWW Reviews: 1st Stage in Tysons Revives DOUBT
February 9, 2015
John Patrick Shanley's thought-provoking drama DOUBT, A PARABLE certainly has earned its share of accolades since it premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2004. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Shanley's screenplay for the film adaptation was also nominated for an Academy Award. The single act play has been brought back in a meticulously detailed production by 1st Stage in Tysons. The playwright's work is reason enough to head to the intimate space 1st Stage calls its home near Tysons Galleria. Shanley's tense, four-person rumination on scandal, gender roles, Catholic church politics, and the power of doubt to bind us or tear us apart is worth a look any time it finds its way to a stage. I just wish the 1st Stage production had more of a spark to ignite the passionate debate and ambiguous mystery Shanley has written.BWW Reviews: Twyford and Norris Rule as Rival Queens in Folger Theatre's Superb MARY STUART
February 5, 2015
MARY STUART at Folger Theatre is a must see production. As directed by Richard Clifford and featuring the dual leading ladies Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford, this is a show that catches lightning as only live theatre can do. This is not a documentary, however, it is vibrant, exciting, intriguing theatre presented by artists at the top of their game.BWW Recap: Fear Grips GOTHAM and Penguin Fights for His Life, Episode 14
February 2, 2015
Speaking of villains, tonight we meet the fear-mongering Dr. Crane, who is the father of the villain known by the moniker Scarecrow. Penguin is tested by one of his mob bosses, while Fish Mooney slips away from Gotham by sea. Things heat up between Dr. Thompkins and Jim Gordon, just as Detective Bullock is smitten by a fearful lass. Tonight is part one of a two part saga, The Fearsome Dr. Crane and next week's episode, 'The Scarecrow.'BWW Recap: Some Say Murder, Some Say Disappearance on HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
January 29, 2015
No one needs a crystal ball to foresee we will see twists and turns before we wrap up the season. Let's head back to Philadelphia and see what happens next for Hello Raskolnikov, episode 10 of HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER.BWW Reviews: PENNY Finds Voice at Washington National Opera Premiere
January 27, 2015
The idea of finding your voice is a two way street in the world premiere one-hour opera PENNY. Composer Douglas Pew and librettist Dara Weinberg have created a succinct, lyrical piece in which their title character discovers her talent for music and is able to communicate and take charge of her life in spite of incredible odds. At the same time, Pew and Weinberg's new work is part of Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative, a commissioning program that works to expand the American operatic repertory. Young artists from WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program are able to collaborate on new works with living composers and librettists through the American Opera Initiative.BWW Recap: Det. Gordon Busts Bad Cops and Mooney Escapes Torture and Bounces on GOTHAM
January 26, 2015
Tonight on GOTHAM, we see how Jim Gordon will proceed now that he is back on the police force. And just when things look bad for Fish Mooney and Butch, the criminal pair out fox their captors. How will Penguin fare if Mooney's back in action? And what about young Bruce Wayne? All this and more on GOTHAM episode 13, 'Welcome Back, Jim Gordon.'BWW Reviews: Don't Miss Riverside's Crowd-pleasing MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
January 20, 2015
THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER might be a show Riverside Center has to bring back again real soon. But your job is to get tickets to it now. Patrick A'Hearn has assembled a winning cast to showcase more than 30 songs from the great and near great Webber musicals. Fans of CATS, EVITA, and even STARLIGHT EXPRESS can revel in songs from these and a dozen other titles.BWW Recap: Electro-cutioner Zaps Fear into the City, Episode 12 GOTHAM
January 19, 2015
Tonight the Electro-cutioner, aka Jack Gruber, hits the sreets of Gotham to wreak havoc on its citizens. Gruber, along with his handy henchman Aaron, busted out of Arkham Asylum last week, Now they plan on literally shocking the citizens of Gotham, while Det. Jim Gordon works to stop him.BWW Recap: Shocking Developments Hit GOTHAM and a New Villain is on the Loose
January 5, 2015
Jim Gordon finds shocking developments while on duty at Arkham Asylum. Selina the Cat Kyle and young Miss Ivy Pepper use a friend's apartment to get away from the mean streets. And the tensions in the criminal underworld continue to fester. These events, and many more, bring us back to GOTHAM for the new year and the start of the second half of the series. After a strong start for the first ten chapters, GOTHAM looks to pick up the gauntlet for more intriguing storylines, colorful characters and the careful blend of police work and comic-inspired skullduggery.BWW Recap: Teens on the Run as Assassins Go Gunning in GOTHAM
November 24, 2014
As of tonight, GOTHAM has clocked in ten episodes. Organized crime wars, underworld underlings with delusions of grandeur, sadistic henchmen, shady real estate deals, unsolved murders these are just a handful of the daily machinations we have seen so far in the naked city. Maverick detective James Gordon is still trying his best to stay above the dark underbelly of corruption that percolates through nearly every brick in Gotham. So how do things end up during tonight's episode, Lovecraft, the fall finale? Gird your loins, here we go!BWW Interviews: Talking with Tevye, Jonathan Hadary of Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
November 20, 2014
As the landmark American musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF celebrates its 50th anniversary, Arena Stage is bringing the show to audiences new and old in production on the intimate and iconic Fichlander Stage. Arena's artistic director Molly Smith directs the production which features the original Jerome Robbins choreography adapted and restaged by Parker Esse. Jeffrey Walker of BroadwayWorld-DC caught up with actors Ann Arvia and Jonathan Hadary who play Golde and Tevye in the new production which is wowing audiences and dazzling critics each night. Hadary and Arvia make their Arena Stage debut performances in Bock, Harnick, Stein's musical masterpiece. This is part two: Jeffrey Walker's interview with Jonathan Hadary.BWW Interviews: Golde Speaks! Ann Arvia Talks Arena Stage's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
November 19, 2014
Jeffrey Walker of BroadwayWorld-DC caught up with two of Anatevka's most prominent citizens, Golde and Tevye. Actually, we spoke to actors Ann Arvia and Jonathan Hadary who are bringing these characters to life in the new and exciting production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF wowing audiences on the iconic Fichlander Stage. Artistic director Molly Smith directs the production which features the original Jerome Robbins choreography adapted and restaged by Parker Esse. FIDDLER celebrates its 50 anniversary this year and Washington audiences can see this classic show newly minted. Hadary and Arvia make their Arena Stage debut performances in the Bock, Harnick, Stein musical masterpiece.BWW Recap: GOTHAM is Dented and Bombed While the Cat Sleeps Over at Wayne Manor
November 17, 2014
GOTHAM added a new major player into the mix this week: Harvey Dent. For the unwashed masses, future district attorney Harvey Dent meets with a scarry accident and takes on the mantel of Two-Face who always gives crime a 50-50 chance when he flips a partially mutilated coin. As he is introduced to viewers and detective James Gordon, however, he is a singularly handsome, coin-flipping, do-gooder and he joins forces with Gordon to investigate the Wayne murder case. Oswald's beak finds Mooney's secret weapon against Carmine Falcone, Liza. Young Bruce Wayne also begins his heavy duty training with his British Special Forces veteran butler, Alfred Pennyworth. And, surprisingly, Bruce and Alfred take on a new house guest. Here's the rundown on another jam-packed episode in the naked city of Gotham. Spoilers are likely, so tread lightly, Bat-fans.BWW Recap: Crimes of Passion Heat Up on HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
November 14, 2014
Wow! That is a good word to describe the revelations from He Has a Wife, episode eight of ABC's HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. We have been teased for the seven previous installments with clues about the night Sam Keating died. We have also only seen tiny tidbits of the night Lila Stangard was murdered. And what of murder suspect Rebecca or Annalise's loyal staff members? This is the last episode before the mega-reveal , but there was much to chew on tonight. Read on and be prepared for spoilers galore! If you want to share theories about Sam's murderer, be sure to use hashtag #WhoKilledSam.
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