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BWW Review:  Brave Spirits' HENRY THE FIFTH Rounds out their History Rep in Sobering, Photo BWW Review: Brave Spirits' HENRY THE FIFTH Rounds out their History Rep in Sobering, Moving Style
by Andrew White - Mar 15, 2020

Forget the Cherry Blossoms, folks, they'll be gone before you know it. Brave Spirits' Histories rep, cultivated, rested and ready, will be where it's at when our theatres re-open. Their a?oeHenry the Fifth,a?? as with all the other plays in the current cycle, is full of surprises and fresh interpretations. It is clear that the Histories Repertory will wrap up a few loose ends, while pointing towards contentions and bloodshed to come.

BST Opens HENRY THE FIFTH, The Final Production In Their King's Shadow Repertory Photo BST Opens HENRY THE FIFTH, The Final Production In Their King's Shadow Repertory
by Stephi Wild - Mar 6, 2020

The final chapter of The King's Shadow is about to begin. Henry the Fifth, opening March 14, 2020, completes the first season in Brave Spirits Theatre's two-year project to stage Shakespeare's eight history plays about the Wars of the Roses. During a tumultuous period of less than a hundred years, England experienced civil war and political upheaval as the throne switched hands nine times. Shakespeare dramatized these events over the course of his career in eight remarkable plays: Richard the Second, Henry the Fourth Part 1, Henry the Fourth Part 2, Henry the Fifth, Henry the Sixth Part 1, Henry the Sixth Part 2, Henry the Sixth Part 3, and Richard the Third. Brave Spirits Theatre is making history by becoming the first professional American theatre company to mount full productions of Shakespeare's two tetralogies and perform them in repertory.

BWW Review: Brave Spirits Opens its Epic History Rep with a Strong 'Richard II' Photo BWW Review: Brave Spirits Opens its Epic History Rep with a Strong 'Richard II'
by Andrew White - Jan 6, 2020

One of D.C.'s finer classical companies, Brave Spirits, has embarked on a two-year repertory of William Shakespeare's history plays. Leading off this ambitious project is Charlene V. Smith's razor-sharp production of a?oeRichard II.a?? Smith has assembled a cast that is assured in its understanding of Shakespeare's language; more importantly, she has nurtured some of the most creative, nuanced readings of the Bard's famous speeches I have ever heard.

Brave Spirits Theatre Presents In Upcoming Season THE KING'S SHADOW Photo Brave Spirits Theatre Presents In Upcoming Season THE KING'S SHADOW
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 17, 2019

During a tumultuous period of less than a hundred years, England experienced civil war and political upheaval as the throne switched hands nine times. Shakespeare dramatized these events over the course of his career in eight remarkable plays: Richard the Second, Henry the Fourth Part 1, Henry the Fourth Part 2, Henry the Fifth, Henry the Sixth Part 1, Henry the Sixth Part 2, Henry the Sixth Part 3, and Richard the Third. With an ensemble of twenty actors, Brave Spirits Theatre will stage these eight plays over the next two years, culminating in marathon performance weekends during July 2021.

BWW Review: HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Cult Classic at Keegan Theatre Photo BWW Review: HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Cult Classic at Keegan Theatre
by Hannah Wing - Mar 14, 2019

While short-lived on Broadway, Keegan Theatre's regional premiere of Hands on a Hardbody, directed by Elena Velasco and Mark A. Rhea, proves this musical is on its way to becoming a cult classic.

Cast Announced For HANDS ON A HARD BODY From The Keegan Theatre Photo Cast Announced For HANDS ON A HARD BODY From The Keegan Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 21, 2019

The Keegan Theatre continues its 22nd season with the announcement of the cast and creative team for the regional premiere of the musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, HANDS ON A HARDBODY features a catchy combination of blues, rhythm & blues, and country songs co-written by Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio of the band Phish. Keegan's production is co-directed by Elena Velasco and Mark A. Rhea with music direction by Jake Null and choreography by Elena Velasco. The show runs March 9 through April 6, 2019 at The Andrew Keegan Theatre in Washington, DC, with the press opening slated for Tuesday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m.

BWW Review: SHOPWORN at Capital Fringe Festival is a Real Diamond in the Rough Photo BWW Review: SHOPWORN at Capital Fringe Festival is a Real Diamond in the Rough
by Sam Abney - Jul 19, 2018

With over 80 plays to choose from, Capital Fringe Festival can be overwhelming for the average theatergoer. There are plenty of good choices ranging from over-the-top comedies to funky experimental dramas to allegories and satires and everything in between. Obviously, with so many offerings, there will be works that fail to execute their artistic vision effectively. Thankfully, Derek Hills's Shopworn, which opened on Tuesday night at Capital Fringe's Orange venue (Christ United Methodist Church), is a true diamond in the rough: a family drama that provides modern commentary without getting too preachy. It is thoroughly delightful and a perfect selection for Fringe veterans and first-timers alike.

BWW Review: Scena Theatre's 1984 Provides Thrills Despite a Slow Start Photo BWW Review: Scena Theatre's 1984 Provides Thrills Despite a Slow Start
by Sam Abney - May 4, 2018

If you've never read George Orwell's 1984, the seminal classic examining a world that's fallen under the rule of the nameless Party and their omnipotent leader Big Brother, stop what you're doing and read it now. Or you can just see Scena Theatre's new production playing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The show takes a while to amp up but the thrilling climax is performed with such vigor and authenticity that the true dangers of Orwell's devised society come to fruition.

BWW Review: The Origin Of Television Takes Center Stage in THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION a Photo BWW Review: The Origin Of Television Takes Center Stage in THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION at 1st Stage
by Jeffrey Walker - Feb 19, 2018

As directed by Alex Levy, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION is theatrically inventive and mostly compelling recounting of of Farnsworth and Sarnoff's parallel stories. The production is also performed by a skillful company of actors who take the audience on this little known historical journey.

Photo Flash: First Look at 1st Stage's THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION Photo Photo Flash: First Look at 1st Stage's THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION
by Stephi Wild - Feb 18, 2018

In his return to playwriting, celebrated film and television writer Aaron Sorkin's signature style lends itself to the remarkable story of the invention that changed our lives. In 1929, two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called "television." Separated by two thousand miles, each knows that if he stops working, even for a moment, the other will gain the edge. Who will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century: the ruthless media mogul, or the selftaught Idaho farm boy? The answer comes to compelling life in the regional premiere of this "firecracker of a play" (The Chicago Sun-Times).

1st Stage Presents the Regional Premiere of Aaron Sorkin's THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION Photo 1st Stage Presents the Regional Premiere of Aaron Sorkin's THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION
by Julie Musbach - Jan 29, 2018

In his return to playwriting, celebrated film and television writer Aaron Sorkin's signature style lends itself to the remarkable story of the invention that changed our lives. In 1929, two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called "television."

BWW Review: Nu Sass Presents Amusing Satire THE UGLY ONE Photo BWW Review: Nu Sass Presents Amusing Satire THE UGLY ONE
by Barbara Johnson - Nov 19, 2017

It's what's on the inside that counts. THE UGLY ONE by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg skewers that idea, and Nu Sass brings us an energetic take on the satirical play. Renata Fox directs actors who embrace their roles with effervescence, three out of four of them playing multiple characters, while colorful lighting by E-Hui Woo enhances the absurdist atmosphere.

BWW Review: Brave Spirits Theatre Presents A KING AND NO KING
by Barbara Johnson - Apr 3, 2017

In keeping with Brave Spirits Theatre's commitment to producing overlooked works from Shakespeare's contemporaries, the company's staging of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher's A KING AND NO KING marks a DC metro area professional premiere. An excellent cast and a modern approach by director Cassie Ash and the creative team make this production worthwhile.

BWW Review: Next Stop's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Warm Winter Fare
by Andrew White - Jan 24, 2017

Adventurous theatre-goers, take note: a short drive beyond the Beltway, just off the Dulles Access Road, sits Next Stop Theatre Company, a troupe with a growing reputation for solid acting; their current production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is an excellent introduction to the growing theatre scene in Herndon, Reston and beyond-a scene which will become much closer as the Silver Line makes its progress to Dulles Airport.

First Look: Fleeing from DC to Messina NextStop's ‚ÄúMuch Ado About Nothing‚ÄĚ
by Julie Musbach - Jan 21, 2017

As the 2017 inauguration arrived, leaving many in the Washington, D.C.-area fleeing the city to avoid crowds, NextStop Theatre opened their first two performances of 2017 to packed houses of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing", now appearing through February 12, 2017. Inside a 114-seat black box theatre, just 20 miles west of the nation's capital, in Herndon, Virginia, "the original romantic comedy", whisks audiences off to the sun-drenched sandy beaches of Messina, Italy.

Cast Announced for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at NextStop
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

NextStop Theatre presents their first production of 2017, Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" starting January 19, 2017. Billed as "the original romantic comedy", the story of Beatrice and Benedick will be directed by Abigail Isaac Fine at NextStop's black box theatre in Herndon, Virginia.

BWW Review: WAR OF THE WORLDS at Scena Theatre Will Have You On the Edge of Your Seat
by Jeffrey Walker - May 20, 2016

Taking a trip to the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street will also transport you to a time when radio was king and one of the princes of the medium was the maverick actor-director Orson Welles. Welles and his Mercury Theatre Company on the Air produced a series of classic dramas on CBS Radio in the 1930s. Their most infamous broadcast was their adaptation of the H.G. Wells scifi classic "The War of the Worlds, sent over the airwaves on October 30, 1938 from New York City. That historic and iconic radio play has been translated to a new medium - the stage - by Scena Theatre in a riveting adaptation by Robert McNamara who also directed the production. Crackling with the excitement of live radio, Scena captures the ingenuity, talent and drama of that night.

New Hampshire Theatre Awards Set for Tonight
by Daniel Adams - Jan 25, 2014

The New Hampshire Theatre Awards have announced the finalists for both the professional and community productions for 2013. Each year these awards recognize the talent and dedication necessary to produce outstanding theatrical productions across the state.

New Hampshire Theatre Awards Announces Finalists
by Daniel Adams - Jan 13, 2014

Starting Gate Presents OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD Through 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2010

Starting Gate productions Proudly presents Our final production before closing the gate.

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