Rachael Goldberg

Rachael Goldberg Rachael is a native New Yorker and life-long theatre devotee. She saw her first Broadway show, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” at age five, and has been hooked ever since. The summer she was supposed to work on her master’s thesis, she saw roughly ten shows in three months, including two camp-outs for standing room tickets for “Book of Mormon.” Sadly, her acting skills are severely lacking (just ask anyone who had to suffer through her performance as Marty in “Grease”), so she leaves the acting to the professionals and sticks to another type of drama: politics.




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BWW Review: LOVE SICK at Theater JBWW Review: LOVE SICK at Theater J
Posted: Sep. 12, 2019


BWW Review: SURFACING: AN INVENTORY OF HELPLESSNESS at ExPats TheatreBWW Review: SURFACING: AN INVENTORY OF HELPLESSNESS at ExPats Theatre
Posted: Sep. 13, 2019


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BWW Review: BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY ANALOGY TRILOGY: DORA: TRAMONTANE at The Kennedy CenterBWW Review: BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY ANALOGY TRILOGY: DORA: TRAMONTANE at The Kennedy Center
Posted: Mar. 29, 2019


BWW Review: THE JEWISH QUEEN LEAR at Theater JBWW Review: THE JEWISH QUEEN LEAR at Theater J
Posted: Mar. 21, 2019


BWW Review: THE SECOND CITY'S AMERICA; IT'S COMPLICATED! at The Kennedy CenterBWW Review: THE SECOND CITY'S AMERICA; IT'S COMPLICATED! at The Kennedy Center
Posted: Jun. 23, 2019


BWW Review: MARIINSKY BALLET: LE CORSAIRE at The Kennedy CenterBWW Review: MARIINSKY BALLET: LE CORSAIRE at The Kennedy Center
Posted: Apr. 11, 2019


BWW Review: SURFACING: AN INVENTORY OF HELPLESSNESS at ExPats Theatre
September 13, 2019

Although it's an intense play, Surfacing is also incredibly thoughtful. In the manner of most good art, it takes difficult and abstract ideas and gives the people behind them a face and a voice. And, even though we don't know how these particular stories end, it's hard not to walk out of the theatre feeling hopeful.

BWW Review: LOVE SICK at Theater J
September 12, 2019

In Theater J's fall opening, we are asked to consider: what really happens when love makes you sick? And yet, despite a strong cast and well-executed technical elements, 'Love Sick' suffers from a slight disconnect.

BWW Review: 1 HENRY IV at Folger Shakespeare Library
September 11, 2019

Folger's 2019 Season opener deftly tells the tale of king's reign and the rebellion he faces, a prince burdened by expectations, and the struggles of family, honor, and duty. Rosa Joshi's production enchantingly revives this age-old tale with the help of stunning sets, expert staging, and a phenomenal cast.

BWW Review: THE EXPLORERS CLUB at Prologue Theatre
July 16, 2019

Prologue Theatre's 'The Explorers Club' is both immensely funny and immensely profound. The careful attention to detail and context pays off greatly, and the result is a wonderful experience for the audience.

BWW Review: THE MOLLUSC at Quotidian Theatre Company
July 14, 2019

Quotidian Theatre Company's presentation of 'The Mollusc' is delightful, emotional, and fun.

BWW Review: THE SECOND CITY'S AMERICA; IT'S COMPLICATED! at The Kennedy Center
June 23, 2019

The Second City, known for both its poignant comedy and its incredible alumni list, knows it's difficult to wrap your mind around the world we live in today, let alone navigate it. Their latest residency at The Kennedy Center, aptly titled 'America; It's Complicated!', is the perfect response. Smartly written, deftly performed, 'America; It's Complicated!' somehow manages to both alleviate the stress of living in America today while also providing insightful commentary on it.

BWW Review: THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at Scena Theatre
June 18, 2019

Perhaps it's the lofty, Shakespearean-style introduction, the outsized musical selection ("Flight of the Valkyrie" is used more than once), or the references to one of the most devastating dictatorships in modern history, but 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui' sets impossibly high expectations for itself and promptly fails to come even fractionally close to those expectations. But, even putting those comparisons aside, the production falls disappointingly flat.

BWW Review: BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI at The Kennedy Center
June 15, 2019

Playwright Evan Linder achieves a fascinating balance in the poignant 'Byhalia, Missississippi.' While it's hard to fully root for any character, it's equally difficult to dismiss them completely, and that balance allows the show to explore deep, often difficult themes head-on.

BWW Review: THE ORESTEIA at Shakespeare Theatre Company
May 9, 2019

Michael Kahn's final production at Shakespeare Theatre Company deeply understands the underlying questions and humanity of the tale, and draws out an emotional, sympathetic performance that rings with a relevance to our lives today. Under his direction, 'The Oresteia' is not just insight to our shared history, but also into the world we want to build.

BWW Review: JUNK at Arena Stage
April 14, 2019

Arena Stage's production of 'Junk' marks the Washington, DC area premiere of the critically acclaimed play, and, happily, Arena's production is more than up to the task of living up to the show's reputation.

BWW Review: MARIINSKY BALLET: LE CORSAIRE at The Kennedy Center
April 11, 2019

Despite its dated premise and overstuffed ensemble, Mariinsky Ballet's 'Le Corsaire' provides a delightful evening with some truly inspiring dance. It may not be the most enlightened production, but it's certainly an entertaining one.

BWW Review: NATIVE SON at Mosaic Theater Company
April 4, 2019

'Native Son' is a heavy drama with an important story to tell. But what makes this production really shine is Psalmayene 24's guiding emphasis on "radicalizing empathy." In Mosaic Theater Company's production, the audience isn't asked to excuse Bigger, but to try to understand him. That understanding, that empathy, it's suggested, can go a long way in ensuring that the circumstances surrounding Bigger's story can maybe be kept in the past.

BWW Review: BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY ANALOGY TRILOGY: DORA: TRAMONTANE at The Kennedy Center
March 29, 2019

'Dora: Tramontane' may be the first of a trilogy, but it has the power to stand on its own as well as part of a set. The work is breathtaking and emotional, and - like any good piece of art - stays with you long after the final bows. If the rest of the 'Analogy Trilogy' is even half as good, it's well worth getting to the Kennedy Center this weekend.

BWW Feature: DREAMERS at Washington Performing Arts
March 27, 2019

In Washington, DC, the simulcast premiere of 'Dreamers' was featured as part of the Dreamers Project, a series of programs and events centered around the contributions and experiences of Latinx immigrants, highlighting art, literature, and policy discussions. Nationally, this performance served as a kick-off point for a series of performances that will take place across the country in the coming year.

BWW Interview: Steven Carpenter of RESOLVING HEDDA at Washington Stage Guild
March 26, 2019

Steven Carpenter is the director of Washington Stage Guild's latest production, 'Resolving Hedda,' a twist in the Isben classic, 'Hedda Gabler.' 'Resolving Hedda' is playing at the Washington Stage Guild through April 14th.

BWW Review: THE JEWISH QUEEN LEAR at Theater J
March 21, 2019

If the cultural and historical relevance weren't enough incentive, Theater J's production of 'The Jewish Queen Lear' will make you glad for the current revitalization of Yiddish theater. The play is an emotional journey, with insights into family, power, pride, and love. 'Mirele Efros' is a surprisingly modern play, and 'The Jewish Queen Lear' honors both the past and present in its performance. It's a touching story, a wonderful cast of characters (in both senses of the phrase), and a beautiful production.

BWW Review: JQA Brings Past to Present at Arena Stage
March 17, 2019

'JQA' is an ambitious, delightful work that not only makes for an enjoyable theater experience, but also leaves its audiences ruminating on the deeper philosophies it explores. The strong cast and clever production designs are worth the trip alone, but the overall result is something that will linger in minds long after the lights have lifted, much like any presidential legacy.

BWW Review: SEPARATE ROOMS at 4615 Theatre Company
February 26, 2019

4615 Theatre Company's 'Separate Rooms' is a great display of how love and loss can affect a group of people - it balances the raw emotions of the moment with the very human need to push on. Despite some story arc issues, it is a touching, intimate, and funny insight into humanity.

BWW Interview: Frank X of THE JEWISH QUEEN LEAR at Theater J
February 24, 2019

Frank X is making his Theater J debut as Shalmen in the upcoming production of 'The Jewish Queen Lear' (also known as 'Mirele Efros'), which runs at Georgetown University's Davis Performing Arts Center in the Gonda Theatre from March 13th through April 7th.

BWW Interview: Jessica Stone, Director, of VANITY FAIR at Shakespeare Theatre Company
February 18, 2019

Jessica Stone is the director of Shakespeare Theatre Company's upcoming production of Vanity Fair, adapted by playwright Kate Hamill from the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. Stone has worked as an actress on and off-Broadway, in television and in film for the last 30 years, and has been directing for the last decade.



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