Benjamin Tomchik

Benjamin Tomchik


MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: Kennedy Center's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a Swanky AffairBWW Review: Kennedy Center's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a Swanky Affair
Posted: Dec. 18, 2017


BWW Interview: Arena's SOVEREIGNTY and Kalani Queypo Explore the Native American Experience on StageBWW Interview: Arena's SOVEREIGNTY and Kalani Queypo Explore the Native American Experience on Stage
Posted: Jan. 10, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Signature's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Is Not Only Rich, It Is DivineBWW Review: Signature's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Is Not Only Rich, It Is Divine
Posted: Aug. 25, 2017


BWW Review: NextStop Hits the Mark with ASSASSINSBWW Review: NextStop Hits the Mark with ASSASSINS
Posted: Oct. 25, 2017


BWW Review: Kennedy Center's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a Swanky AffairBWW Review: Kennedy Center's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a Swanky Affair
Posted: Dec. 18, 2017


BWW Interview: Playwright David Meyers Explores the Cost of Freedom in CATF's WE WILL NOT BE SILENTBWW Interview: Playwright David Meyers Explores the Cost of Freedom in CATF's WE WILL NOT BE SILENT
Posted: Jun. 26, 2017


BWW Review: Kennedy Center's THE KING AND I is Sweeping, Epic and Glorious, etcetera, etceteraBWW Review: Kennedy Center's THE KING AND I is Sweeping, Epic and Glorious, etcetera, etcetera
Posted: Jul. 24, 2017


BWW Interview: Theresa Cunningham Channels Truth with Arena Stage's NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMENBWW Interview: Theresa Cunningham Channels Truth with Arena Stage's NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN
Posted: Oct. 26, 2017


BWW Review: Have the Time of Your Life at Wolf Trap with MAMMA MIA!BWW Review: Have the Time of Your Life at Wolf Trap with MAMMA MIA!
Posted: Jul. 19, 2017


BWW Interview: Arena's SOVEREIGNTY and Kalani Queypo Explore the Native American Experience on StageBWW Interview: Arena's SOVEREIGNTY and Kalani Queypo Explore the Native American Experience on Stage
January 10, 2018

When Mary Kathryn Nagle's play Sovereignty begins performances at Arena Stage later this week, they'll hear something rarer than an original musical and of immense importance to America's history and story the Cherokee Language.

BWW Review: Kennedy Center's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a Swanky AffairBWW Review: Kennedy Center's AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a Swanky Affair
December 18, 2017

Washington is awash in holiday parties this month; however you'd be remiss to skip the celebration of life, dance, art, and Gershwin that is the swanky touring production of An American in Paris.

BWW Review: Southern Charm Radiates from Theater J's THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOOBWW Review: Southern Charm Radiates from Theater J's THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO
December 7, 2017

From the cast to the production design, Theater J's production is as good as it gets. We just wish Uhry's play was the same way.

BWW Review: Keegan Theatre's TOP GIRLS is Still Relevant and Still FaultyBWW Review: Keegan Theatre's TOP GIRLS is Still Relevant and Still Faulty
November 10, 2017

Watching Top Girls you can't help but have a feeling of d j vu that many of the issues raised by Churchill are still ongoing. You also have a sense of sadness that little progress seems to have been made. Still, and despite that problematic third act, Top Girls remains timely and relevant.

BWW Interview: Theresa Cunningham Channels Truth with Arena Stage's NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMENBWW Interview: Theresa Cunningham Channels Truth with Arena Stage's NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN
October 26, 2017

Starting November 10, Theresa Cunningham gets to channel the pioneering songstress and make her Arena Stage debut with the East Coast premiere of Nina Simone: Four Women. Before there was Bono or John Lennon, there was Nina Simone and Christina Ham's new play follows her transformation from artist, to artist and activist.

BWW Review: NextStop Hits the Mark with ASSASSINSBWW Review: NextStop Hits the Mark with ASSASSINS
October 25, 2017

Part history lesson, party fantasy, all-around study of when the American dream goes disastrously wrong, NextStop Theatre's aim is ambitious with Assassins and they not only hit the target, they nail the bullseye.

BWW Review: Ford's Theatre's Gripping and Raw DEATH OF A SALESMANBWW Review: Ford's Theatre's Gripping and Raw DEATH OF A SALESMAN
September 29, 2017

Ford's Theatre's must-see production is raw and gripping in its emotional intensity. Led by Craig Wallace's powerhouse performance as Willy Loman, Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play is as relevant now, maybe more so, in its questioning of the American dream as it was when it first opened.

BWW Review: Studio Theatre's Diluted SKELETON CREWBWW Review: Studio Theatre's Diluted SKELETON CREW
September 14, 2017

Skeleton Crew has all the makings of a great drama: vibrant characters, crackling dialogue, and an engaging and identifiable story, which is why it is such a shame that the play fails to achieve the heart wrenching effect of Lynn Nottage's Sweat or Arthur Miller's Death of Salesman.

BWW Interview: Arena Stage's NATIVE GARDENS Hopes to Start a ConversationBWW Interview: Arena Stage's NATIVE GARDENS Hopes to Start a Conversation
September 8, 2017

We have all had them. Whether they were the apartment down the hall that blasted their stereo or the house next door that held parties till the wee small hours of the morning, everyone has had a problem neighbor. And while many a comedy has taken place when the mantra 'good fences makes good neighbors' goes south, Native Gardens aims to do much more than make people laugh. When Native Gardens begins performances at Arena Stage next week it hopes to start a conversation.

BWW Review: Signature's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Is Not Only Rich, It Is DivineBWW Review: Signature's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Is Not Only Rich, It Is Divine
August 25, 2017

Director Eric Schaeffer has found the intimacy, charm and humor that was sorely lacking in the 2009 Broadway revival, restoring Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's musical to its full glory.

BWW Review: Kennedy Center's THE KING AND I is Sweeping, Epic and Glorious, etcetera, etceteraBWW Review: Kennedy Center's THE KING AND I is Sweeping, Epic and Glorious, etcetera, etcetera
July 24, 2017

Lincoln Center's epic and sweeping production of The King and I is Broadway done right and not to be missed!

BWW Review: Have the Time of Your Life at Wolf Trap with MAMMA MIA!BWW Review: Have the Time of Your Life at Wolf Trap with MAMMA MIA!
July 19, 2017

If you are in need of a pick-me-up or a fun night out, pack a picnic and head to Wolf Trap for a trip down the aisle you'll never forget.

BWW Review: Capital Fringe's LANCER AND LACE Asks What If?BWW Review: Capital Fringe's LANCER AND LACE Asks What If?
July 18, 2017

What could have been a thoughtful examination of what a Kennedy Presidency could have looked like instead comes off like a cheap political thriller and soap opera.

BWW Review:  Capital Fringe's COMEDIAN ELECTED TO TOWN COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY Has HeartBWW Review: Capital Fringe's COMEDIAN ELECTED TO TOWN COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY Has Heart
July 17, 2017

Comedian Elected to Town Council in New Jersey has heart, reminding us that public service can still be fun and honorable. That is why this reviewer is endorsing comedian Joey Novick.

BWW Interview: Playwright David Meyers Explores the Cost of Freedom in CATF's WE WILL NOT BE SILENTBWW Interview: Playwright David Meyers Explores the Cost of Freedom in CATF's WE WILL NOT BE SILENT
June 26, 2017

If doing the right thing meant losing your life and history potentially never remembering you, would you do it anyway?

BWW Review: Theater J's Impactful BROKEN GLASSBWW Review: Theater J's Impactful BROKEN GLASS
June 22, 2017

How do we identify ourselves? What role does fear play in shaping our lives? Do we ever confuse what we see in the news with what is actually happening in our daily comings and goings? In an era when news, be it real or fake, is omnipresent, Theater J's timely, well-acted production of Broken Glass explores the most complex of issues... identify.

BWW Review: Studio's Heartbreaking THE FATHER Explores One of Life's Cruel FatesBWW Review: Studio's Heartbreaking THE FATHER Explores One of Life's Cruel Fates
May 16, 2017

Led by the incomparable Ted van Griethuysen, The Father forms a palpable connection with the audience as it explores what happens when loved ones, and indeed one's own self, become unrecognizable.

BWW Review: Signature's Tuneful PIANO MEN CabaretBWW Review: Signature's Tuneful PIANO MEN Cabaret
May 12, 2017

Music lovers and historians will want to make their way to Shirlington for Signature Theatre's enjoyable, yet uneven, The Piano Men Cabaret.

BWW Review: Forum's BUILDING THE WALL Misses the MarkBWW Review: Forum's BUILDING THE WALL Misses the Mark
May 1, 2017

What aims to be a thought-provoking and cautionary tale about President Donald Trump's controversial campaign promise to build a wall along the US-Mexican border ends up being monotonous at best.

BWW Review: Arena's A RAISIN IN THE SUN ShinesBWW Review: Arena's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Shines
April 10, 2017

Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun is making Arena Stage its home for the next five weeks and it should not be missed.



1