BWW Review:  WSC Avant Bard's A MISANTHROPE a Classic FarceBWW Review: WSC Avant Bard's A MISANTHROPE a Classic Farce
by Andrew White - Jun 12, 2019

Director Megan Behm has embraced the world of old French farce, and crafted a contemporary satire that is as frenetic and slap-stick as it is wickedly witty. Minnicino's rhyming couplets constantly leave you gasping for breath with laughter, and every single member of the cast has honed their characters to their sharpest comic edge. There isn't a moment, a word, or a gesture wasted, and the way the actors literally throw themselves into their roles is a pure joy to watch. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Avant Bard's A MISANTHROPEPhoto Flash: First Look at Avant Bard's A MISANTHROPE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2019

Avant Bard presents A Misanthrope, a world premiere adaptation of Moliere's The Misanthrope by Manhattan-based playwright Matt Minnicino, directed by Megan Behm in her Avant Bard debut. (more...)

BWW Interview: Matt Minnicino of A MISANTHROPE at WSC Avant BardBWW Interview: Matt Minnicino of A MISANTHROPE at WSC Avant Bard
by Jack Read - May 21, 2019

WSC Avant Bard's Script in Play Festival, started in 2016, has been an opportunity to test out shows for full production treatment through the guise of a series of staged readings and post-play discussions. Written and performed by rising professional talent, these readings have led to some memorable productions, including new versions of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night and Lauren Gunderson's hit Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight. In 2017, a reading of playwright Matt Minnicino's 'distillation' - not 'adaptation,' as we get into below - of Moliere's The Misanthrope was performed. Written entirely in rhyming couplets, it follows a professional cynic who falls in love with an ingenue, and finds his devotion to insincerity tested. Now, it's the capper of Avant Bard's 29th season. I spoke to Minnicino about his career thus far, the adaptation process, and why audiences should be excited for this show. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Full Cast And Creative Team For A MISANTHROPEAvant Bard Announces Full Cast And Creative Team For A MISANTHROPE
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2019

Avant Bard Theatre announces the full cast and creative team for its season finale, A MISANTHROPE, a world premiere adaptation of Moliere's The Misanthrope by Manhattan-based playwright Matt Minnicino, directed by Megan Behm in her Avant Bard debut. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BURN at The Hub TheatreBWW Review: THE BURN at The Hub Theatre
by Jack Read - May 1, 2019

There's a burgeoning sense of paranoia throughout The Burn, the first show of The Hub Theatre's 2019 season. Written by Philip Dawkins as something of an analogue to Arthur Miller's The Crucible - itself an acknowledged allegory for McCarthyism - The Burn is a sharp and deeply felt look at how fear grows and manifests itself in the pain of others. Its contemporary high school setting handily provides both a relatable set of characters and a convenient grapevine through which said fear makes its journey: social media. This is not a new trend, but The Burn has more on its mind than our over-use of social media; it's accepting of the reality social media has given us, and explores what sort of choices it leads us to. (more...)

The Hub Theatre Presents THE BURN By Philip DawkinsThe Hub Theatre Presents THE BURN By Philip Dawkins
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2019

The Hub Theatre, specializing in new plays that highlight our common humanity, is excited to present the regional premiere of The Burn by playwright Philip Dawkins, directed by The Hub's Artistic Director, Matt Bassett. The Burn, the first full production in The Hub's 11th season, will run from April 26 - May 11, 2019 on the stage of NextStop Theatre in Herndon.   The Hub is pleased to welcome back playwright Philip Dawkins, whose previous scripts under Bassett's direction - Failure: A Love Story and The Happiest Place on Earth - were audience favorites that brought The Hub six Helen Hayes Award nominations. The Hub's production of Happiest was recently remounted at Hub Founding Artistic Director Helen R. Murray's new artistic home, the Aurora Fox in Colorado.   (more...)

BWW Review: SING TO ME NOW at Rorschach TheatreBWW Review: SING TO ME NOW at Rorschach Theatre
by Pamela Roberts - Oct 25, 2018

Sing to Me Now, produced by Rorschach Theatre, is a beautifully rendered and promising new work, carefully balancing weight and humor, performed by a steady and engaging cast. Director Jenny McConnell Frederick capably brings out the best in the world premiere work by Iris Dauterman. Sing to Me Now was first developed thorough Rorschach's inaugural Magic in Rough Spaces New Play Lab last April, and is now more fully-and beautifully-realized. (more...)

Rorschach Theatre Announces World Premiere of SING TO ME NOWRorschach Theatre Announces World Premiere of SING TO ME NOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2018

In SING TO ME NOW, playwright Iris Dauterman weaves sardonic humor, poetry, and a deeply contemporary voice to create a comedy about fighting for beauty while the world is falling apart. (more...)

THE TRAGICAL COMICAL FOOL'S GAME Comes to The Capital Fringe FestivalTHE TRAGICAL COMICAL FOOL'S GAME Comes to The Capital Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

An original devised play, The Tragical Comical Fool's Game (Or, Nun of Your Business) follows Bella (an almost nun) as she grapples with her destiny and a crazy crew of characters all trying to sway her in various directions. Very (very) loosely based on Measure for Measure, The Fool's Game shows on July 10th at 5pm, 11th at 7pm, 18th at 9:15pm, 21st at 6:15pm, and 26th at 5pm. It runs approximately one hour. All performances will be held at the Christ United Methodist Church at 900 4th Street, SW - Orange Venue. Individual tickets go for $17 and can be purchased on the Capital Fringe website. Please note that you will need a Capital Fringe button ($5 through July 6th) to enter the venue! (more...)

THE TRAGICAL COMICAL FOOL'S GAME Comes to The Capital Fringe FestivalTHE TRAGICAL COMICAL FOOL'S GAME Comes to The Capital Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

An original devised play, The Tragical Comical Fool's Game (Or, Nun of Your Business) follows Bella (an almost nun) as she grapples with her destiny and a crazy crew of characters all trying to sway her in various directions. Very (very) loosely based on Measure for Measure, The Fool's Game shows on July 10th at 5pm, 11th at 7pm, 18th at 9:15pm, 21st at 6:15pm, and 26th at 5pm. It runs approximately one hour. All performances will be held at the Christ United Methodist Church at 900 4th Street, SW - Orange Venue. Individual tickets go for $17 and can be purchased on the Capital Fringe website. Please note that you will need a Capital Fringe button ($5 through July 6th) to enter the venue! (more...)

THE TRAGICAL COMICAL FOOL'S GAME Comes to The Capital Fringe FestivalTHE TRAGICAL COMICAL FOOL'S GAME Comes to The Capital Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

An original devised play, The Tragical Comical Fool's Game (Or, Nun of Your Business) follows Bella (an almost nun) as she grapples with her destiny and a crazy crew of characters all trying to sway her in various directions. Very (very) loosely based on Measure for Measure, The Fool's Game shows on July 10th at 5pm, 11th at 7pm, 18th at 9:15pm, 21st at 6:15pm, and 26th at 5pm. It runs approximately one hour. All performances will be held at the Christ United Methodist Church at 900 4th Street, SW - Orange Venue. Individual tickets go for $17 and can be purchased on the Capital Fringe website. Please note that you will need a Capital Fringe button ($5 through July 6th) to enter the venue! (more...)

BWW Review: Gender SWITCH from The Welders at Fringe Logan Arts SpaceBWW Review: Gender SWITCH from The Welders at Fringe Logan Arts Space
by Roger Catlin - Jun 11, 2018

Talk about 'Freaky Friday.' Brett Abelman's new play 'Switch,' at Fringe Logan Arts Space, is more like 'Freaky Pride Weekend.' A straight D.C. couple matched up by their mutual genderqueer friend find themselves in the afterglow of intimacy having switched bodies and hence gender. The balance of the play is exploring the abrupt switch amid Pride Weekend and trying to figure out how or whether they should try to switch back. (more...)

Announcing The BEYOND THE BINARY Series During The Run Of SWITCHAnnouncing The BEYOND THE BINARY Series During The Run Of SWITCH
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

Brett Abelman's Switch, running June 7th - 23rd at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, will open select show evenings with a short but mighty performance series Beyond The Binary.  The Welders -- Washington's only playwrights' collective devoted exclusively to developing and producing new work -- are excited to host a variety of DC artists as an entry into Abelman's comedy about body-swapping, belly laughs, and uncanny sex.  (more...)

The Next World Premiere From THE WELDERS Opens DC Pride WeekendThe Next World Premiere From THE WELDERS Opens DC Pride Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

The Welders -- Washington's only playwrights' collective devoted exclusively to developing and producing new work -- are launching their next production, Switch by Brett Abelman. It runs June 6 - 23 at the Fringe Logan Arts Center. (more...)

BWW Review: 45 PLAYS teaches us about 45 PRESIDENTSBWW Review: 45 PLAYS teaches us about 45 PRESIDENTS
by Keith Tittermary - Jan 16, 2018

In the course of American history there have been 44 men to become President of the United States. In the course of just under two hours, 5 very capable women embody those 44 men, plus their wives, mistresses, political opponents, and everyone's favorite non-POTUS, Benjamin Franklin. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at 45 PLAYS FOR 45 PRESIDENTS at NextStop TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at 45 PLAYS FOR 45 PRESIDENTS at NextStop Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

One week before the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President, NextStop Theatre Company, near Reston Town Center, has debuted the 45th entry into the popular play 45 Plays for 45 Presidents to a sold out opening weekend. (more...)

NextStop Theatre Debuts 45th Entry In Presidential Madcap SprintNextStop Theatre Debuts 45th Entry In Presidential Madcap Sprint
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2018

On Saturday, NextStop Theatre Company, near Reston Town Center, opens a hysterical take on history with the play 45 Plays for 45 Presidents . The play, which is already selling out performances, presents a series of 45 two-minute plays-- one for each American President. (more...)

New Play from Satirist Alexandra Petri to Open This Summer at The Welders
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2017

The Welders-Washington's only playwrights' collective devoted exclusively to developing and producing new work-have launched their seventh production. to tell my story: a hamlet fanfic, by Alexandra Petri, opens July 21, 2017 at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. (more...)

New Play from Satirist Alexandra Petri to Open This Summer at The Welders
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

The Welders-Washington's only playwrights' collective devoted exclusively to developing and producing new work-have launched their seventh production. to tell my story: a hamlet fanfic, by Alexandra Petri, opens July 21, 2017 at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. (more...)

Center Stage Announces LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES Cast and Artistic Team
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

 Center Stage is pleased to announce the cast and artistic team for Les Liaisons Dangereuses, its first production of the 2016/17 Season. (more...)

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