Washington, DC Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: OTHER LIFE FORMS at Keegan Theatre BWW Review: OTHER LIFE FORMS at Keegan Theatre
by Rachael Goldberg - June 22, 2018

"Other Life Forms" is an insightful, comedic look into our own humanity. It explores what makes us uniquely human - love, friendship, and our own quest for answers about our lives and the universe.... (more...)
BWW Review: In Series Ends Season with THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS BWW Review: In Series Ends Season with THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS
by Roger Catlin - June 19, 2018

'Holocaust Opera' is probably not the most inviting description for the season ending offering for the In Series.... (more...)
BWW Review:  HAMILTON Proves it's Worth the Wait at Kennedy Center BWW Review: HAMILTON Proves it's Worth the Wait at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - June 18, 2018

If the rousing and prolonged applause and immediate standing ovation is any indication, this show is going to wow local audiences all throughout the summer.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE VAGRANT TRILOGY at Atlas Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE VAGRANT TRILOGY at Atlas Performing Arts Center
by Rachael Goldberg - June 14, 2018

The tone for Mona Mansour's three-plays is set with two words projected onto a spinning set piece: “It's complicated.” It is. It's very complicated. But sometimes complicated can be a beautiful thing.... (more...)
BWW Review: GALA Hispanic Theatre's DANCING IN MY COCKROACH KILLERS is a Breath of Fresh Air BWW Review: GALA Hispanic Theatre's DANCING IN MY COCKROACH KILLERS is a Breath of Fresh Air
by Sam Abney - June 14, 2018

Summer theater offerings in D.C. tend to pull out all the stops to draw Washingtonians off of the streets and into their venues. This shouldn't be a difficult sell if there is air conditioning: after all, escaping the humidity is a high priority for people surviving summer in the District. Nonethele... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Round House Theatre BWW Review: THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE at Round House Theatre
by Jenny Minich - June 13, 2018

Round House Theatre's The Legend of Georgia McBride will leave you amped-up and ready to take on the outside world.... (more...)
BWW Review: Gender SWITCH from The Welders at Fringe Logan Arts Space BWW Review: Gender SWITCH from The Welders at Fringe Logan Arts Space
by Roger Catlin - June 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 bala... (more...)
BWW Review: EVER IN THE GLADES at Kennedy Center BWW Review: EVER IN THE GLADES at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - June 09, 2018

Throughout theatrical history there have been many cases where the acting and physical elements of a show have hidden the woes of a bland script. Playwright Laura Schellhardt needs to thank Northwestern University's Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts profusely for taking Ever in... (more...)
BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Goes Center Stage at Kennedy Center BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING Goes Center Stage at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - June 08, 2018

A cast of Broadway and television actors with vocal, dance, and comedy chops to spare join with a much-loved featured local theater star to deliver a must-see, entertaining semi-staged performance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning (1962) musical comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater J's Explores Identity and Religion with TRAYF BWW Review: Theater J's Explores Identity and Religion with TRAYF
by Benjamin Tomchik - June 07, 2018

At Trayf's core is the search for two universal desires, purpose and identity, and the play does not require one to be overly religious or familiar with Orthodox Judaism to enjoy it.... (more...)
BWW Review: WSC Avant Bard Conjures an Energetic TEMPEST BWW Review: WSC Avant Bard Conjures an Energetic TEMPEST
by Barbara Johnson - June 07, 2018

I've seen a lot of Shakespeare lately. It's a staple of the theater scene because it's relevant to nearly every time and place. In this spirit, WSC Avant Bard calls forth an enthusiastic, semi-contemporary version of THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare's New World piece predicting the drama of the American mel... (more...)
BWW Review: SWIMMING WITH WHALES at 1st Stage BWW Review: SWIMMING WITH WHALES at 1st Stage
by Jenny Minich - June 05, 2018

Swimming with Whales is joyful, funny, and surprising in all the ways that life everyday can be.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Lea Michele and Darren Criss Rock Kennedy Center BWW Review: Lea Michele and Darren Criss Rock Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - June 04, 2018

Featuring one of the most eclectic set lists I've encountered in recent years, Lea Michele and Darren Criss' - of 'Glee' and Broadway fame - one-night-only concert at the Kennedy Center was nothing short of entertaining and delightful.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN ILIAD at Atlas Performing Arts Center BWW Review: AN ILIAD at Atlas Performing Arts Center
by Sarah Murphy - June 04, 2018

An Iliad is not the epic poem you remember from your freshman Western lit class. This Iliad, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare and directed by Tony Award®-nominated producer Conor Bagley, is an urgent reminder that war, violence, and especially rage are ever present in our world.... (more...)
BWW Review:  BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is Entirely Unique BWW Review: BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is Entirely Unique
by Jennifer Perry - June 03, 2018

Featuring a compelling script, some of the best acting you're bound to see anywhere locally (most notably from Jon Hudson Odom) under the swift and inspired direction by Marti Lyons, and strong production elements (even music!), this is an unpredictable "only at Woolly" experience you won't want to ... (more...)
BWW Review: Historic Return of the BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA at the Kennedy Center BWW Review: Historic Return of the BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA at the Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - June 01, 2018

It was 40 years ago this week that the Ballet Nacional de Cuba made its historic U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center. There, the remarkable Alicia Alonso was not only artistic director but star performer, who became a ballet force at the American Ballet Theatre and elsewhere despite an eye condition sh... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at Signature Theatre BWW Review: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS at Signature Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - June 01, 2018

The topics of the distinguished Broadway writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb's musicals have never been light and frothy. Their first musical Flora the Red Menace deals with the red scare. Cabaret uses Nazi Germany as a backdrop. The Rink deals with family dysfunction in a dilapidated roller ri... (more...)
BWW Review: CAMELOT Dazzles at Shakespeare Theatre Company BWW Review: CAMELOT Dazzles at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Evann Normandin - June 01, 2018

Director Alan Paul is bringing Lerner and Loewe's CAMELOT to a new generation, and his efforts couldn't be timelier. This stunning Shakespeare Theatre Company production at Sidney Harman Hall is a beacon of light in a city besieged by political unrest and uncertainty. Lerner and Loewe's enduring ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Washington National Opera's WNO GALA Pays Tribute to Leonard Bernstein BWW Review: The Washington National Opera's WNO GALA Pays Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
by Sam Abney - May 25, 2018

As both a celebration of the Washington National Opera and a culmination of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration, last weekend's Opera Gala definitely found success. While the evening had its share of disappointments (Titus Burgess of Unbreakable K... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater Alliance's FLOOD CITY Gets Swept Away by Numerous Troubles BWW Review: Theater Alliance's FLOOD CITY Gets Swept Away by Numerous Troubles
by Sam Abney - May 23, 2018

The first five minutes of Theater Alliance's new production of Flood City are some of the most gripping that have graced a D.C. stage in the past year. As two women wrestle the torrential disaster which laid waste to Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889, the ensemble creates an immensely satisfying flood... (more...)
BWW Review: Spooky Action Theater's THE SMALL ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS BWW Review: Spooky Action Theater's THE SMALL ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS
by Roger Catlin - May 23, 2018

Spooky Action Theater is good about seeking out interesting works from unusual sources. Their latest is from Carole Frechette, an award-winning Canadian playwright whose work has only sporadically been produced in the states.... (more...)
BWW Review: LET'S MISBEHAVE: COLE PORTER AFTER DARK at Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater BWW Review: LET'S MISBEHAVE: COLE PORTER AFTER DARK at Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater
by Elliot Lanes - May 22, 2018

The older I get, the more ornery and unforgiving I become. When the American Pops Orchestra (APO), under the direction of Luke S. Frazier, played the opening bars of their Let's Misbehave: Cole Porter after Dark concert in the Fichandler at Arena Stage this past Saturday evening I was concerned.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE REMAINS  at Studio Theatre BWW Review: THE REMAINS at Studio Theatre
by Jenny Minich - May 22, 2018

In The Remains, husband and husband Kevin (Maulik Pancholy) and Theo (Glenn Fitzgerald) throw a dinner party for their family on their 10th wedding anniversary. One of the first gay couples to be married in the US, they are preparing to make a mysterious announcement. Initially, the audience is kept... (more...)
BWW Review: Shakespeare's Befuddling PERICLES Benefits from We Happy Few's Shameless Cast BWW Review: Shakespeare's Befuddling PERICLES Benefits from We Happy Few's Shameless Cast
by Sam Abney - May 21, 2018

As acknowledged by Director Kiernan McGowan's program note, Pericles is a hot mess of a show. It was only half-written by Shakespeare, completed later by George Wilkins (who isn't remembered for good reason). The incoherence of the plot reveals the fractured nature of the play's creation. It's under... (more...)
BWW Review: One-Night-Only Pygmalion and Galatea Reveals the Best of SYNETIC THEATER BWW Review: One-Night-Only Pygmalion and Galatea Reveals the Best of SYNETIC THEATER
by Sam Abney - May 21, 2018

When defining theatrical productions, people like to break down the categories into two basic camps: plays and musicals. Anyone believing those two monikers are the only labels for modern theatrical productions have never witnessed a show like that put on by Synetic Theater in Arlington, VA. As the ... (more...)