Washington, DC Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: HOBSON'S CHOICE at Quotidian Theatre Company BWW Review: HOBSON'S CHOICE at Quotidian Theatre Company
by Elliot Lanes - February 23, 2018

Last season on Broadway there was a play called Time and the Conways presented at Roundabout Theatre Company. The play hadn't been seen on Broadway since 1937 and after seeing it I understood why. That said, the production had a great look and a very good cast so you could forget about the stodgines... (more...)
BWW Review: MARIA DI ROHAN at Washington Concert Opera BWW Review: MARIA DI ROHAN at Washington Concert Opera
by Molly Korroch - February 22, 2018

While not entirely rare for a single family to possess multiple musical talents, it's certainly unusual to see two people from the same family as leads in the same performance. Washington Concert Opera's Sunday evening performance of Maria di Rohan was such an anomaly: an opera featuring sisters. Ma... (more...)
BWW Review: Powerful History in Theater Alliance's THE RAID BWW Review: Powerful History in Theater Alliance's THE RAID
by Roger Catlin - February 22, 2018

There is something to be said about being present in historical plays. But when the characters in the Theater Alliance's powerful production 'The Raid,' begins with the characters sitting alongside the audience in the seats that ring the performance space and announce their impending demise, we real... (more...)
BWW Review: Become Empowered at PEEPSHOW BWW Review: Become Empowered at PEEPSHOW
by Keith Tittermary - February 21, 2018

'We believe in the power collaboration, between artists and with the audience' - These words are the mantra of dog & pony dc, and do they deliver. Their latest offering, Peepshow, is the ultimate in audience interaction. Before you enter the theater, or rather the Rehearsal Hall at Woolly Mammoth, y... (more...)
BWW Review: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at Adventure Theatre BWW Review: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - February 20, 2018

We all have bad days; it's inevitable. Something happens to us every once in a while that turns our day from good to bad. However, nothing can top the day that twelve-year-old Alexander has in Adventure Theatre's latest offering, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.... (more...)
BWW Review: Vibrant Adaptation of THE LATHE OF HEAVEN at Spooky Action BWW Review: Vibrant Adaptation of THE LATHE OF HEAVEN at Spooky Action
by Roger Catlin - February 20, 2018

Of her dozens of books over a long career, just one title by the esteemed science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin has been adapted a couple of times -- her 1971 'The Lathe of Heaven,' the futuristic story about the power of dreams.... (more...)
BWW Review: LAURA OSNES DELIGHTS at AMP Strathmore BWW Review: LAURA OSNES DELIGHTS at AMP Strathmore
by Isabella Basco - February 19, 2018

At the AMP Strathmore, Laura Osnes delights in her intimate cabaret. Fans traveled from Baltimore and Springfield Va. and the DC metro area to visit the North Bethesda concert and were not disappointed.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Origin Of Television Takes Center Stage in THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION at 1st Stage BWW Review: The Origin Of Television Takes Center Stage in THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION at 1st Stage
by Jeffrey Walker - February 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Poignant World Premiere Musical LIGHT YEARS at Signature Theatre BWW Review: Poignant World Premiere Musical LIGHT YEARS at Signature Theatre
by Pamela Roberts - February 18, 2018

LIGHT YEARS, a world premiere musical at Signature Theatre, is a moving performance with a beautiful score and an introduction to touching and endearing characters. LIGHT YEARS is a deeply personal story of son and father attempting to understand each other. The relationship is firmly grounded in lo... (more...)
BWW Review: A Vocally Powerful CHESS at Kennedy Center BWW Review: A Vocally Powerful CHESS at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - February 17, 2018

While Mr. Strong definitely did not fix the book issues that have plagued the show since its inception - and dare I say it made it even worse - this production is yet another example of why the show continues to be produced. The music is exceptional and at the Kennedy Center it's performed by some ... (more...)
BWW Review: NOURA at Shakespeare Theatre Company BWW Review: NOURA at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Jennifer Perry - February 17, 2018

Heather Raffo's play is challenging, but ultimately rewarding.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Lady Has Her Day at Creative Cauldron's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL BWW Review: The Lady Has Her Day at Creative Cauldron's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by Benjamin Tomchik - February 12, 2018

It is wrong to keep a lady waiting, and in this case, a mistake to miss her altogether.... (more...)
BWW Review: FAMILIAR at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is a Must-See BWW Review: FAMILIAR at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is a Must-See
by Jennifer Perry - February 12, 2018

It's a powerful work and one of the strongest offerings to date in the ongoing Women's Voices Theater Festival. Under Adam Immerwahr's impeccable direction, a supremely talented cast brings out the best of the exceptional script.... (more...)
BWW Review:  HANDBAGGED at Round House Theatre Offers a Masterclass in Acting BWW Review: HANDBAGGED at Round House Theatre Offers a Masterclass in Acting
by Jennifer Perry - February 11, 2018

While the script is not the most engaging, the acting work is exceptionally strong.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Princess & the Pauper is a Delightful Bollywood Tale at Imagination Stage BWW Review: The Princess & the Pauper is a Delightful Bollywood Tale at Imagination Stage
by Hannah Wing - February 11, 2018

Imagination Stage's The Princess & the Pauper, written by Anu Yadav and directed by Janet Stanford, successfully captures the ambience and energy of Bollywood in a show which is excellent for both kids and adults alike.... (more...)
BWW Review: LBJ Completes His Term in Arena Stage's THE GREAT SOCIETY BWW Review: LBJ Completes His Term in Arena Stage's THE GREAT SOCIETY
by Roger Catlin - February 11, 2018

It will take biographer Robert Caro five volumes to complete his portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson, so it's no surprise that there's a second LBJ play from Robert Schenkkan.... (more...)
BWW Review: Brave Spirits Theatre Presents a Powerful CORIOLANUS BWW Review: Brave Spirits Theatre Presents a Powerful CORIOLANUS
by Barbara Johnson - February 10, 2018

Brave Spirits Theatre again provides a fresh, immediate take on a Shakespearean classic, this time with a hard-hitting production of CORIOLANUS, directed by Charlene V. Smith. Underappreciated compared to many of Shakespeare's other plays, it's particularly timely in 2018 as it explores a power stru... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at the National Theatre BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN at the National Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - February 09, 2018

Sometimes touring productions of Broadway musicals are better than their original versions. When I first saw the Tony Award nominated musical Something Rotten in NYC, I found it to be forced and too over-the-top. The current touring production, now playing DC's National Theatre, features a cast that... (more...)
BWW Review: DIGGING UP DESSA at Kennedy Center BWW Review: DIGGING UP DESSA at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - February 08, 2018

Sometimes playwrights have a good idea for a script, but can't leave well enough alone. Such is the case with Laura Schelhardt and her world premiere commissioned play Digging Up Dessa, now playing in the Family Theater at Kennedy Center as part of the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER at The Kennedy Center BWW Review: ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER at The Kennedy Center
by Hannah Landsberger - February 08, 2018

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater began its weeklong stay in D.C. on Tuesday night with a beautiful gala night performance. If you have the opportunity to see this fantastic company, especially its signature piece Revelations, I highly urge you to do so.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Flying V Theatre's Revue of songs by JONATHAN COULTON a Sheer Delight BWW Review: Flying V Theatre's Revue of songs by JONATHAN COULTON a Sheer Delight
by Andrew White - February 06, 2018

Flying V's 'Jonathan Coulton' delivers a rich evening of songs delivered with passion and more than a touch of wry-to-broad humor. A perfect antidote to those mid-winter blues!... (more...)
BWW Review: Clever LA FOTO: A SELFIE AFFAIR at GALA Hispanic Theatre BWW Review: Clever LA FOTO: A SELFIE AFFAIR at GALA Hispanic Theatre
by Roger Catlin - February 05, 2018

While every theatrical performance these days is prefaced by a request to turn off cell phones (which somebody invariably ignores), few plays have really delved into how the devices have so rapidly changed everyday life.... (more...)
BWW Review: American Ballet Theatre's Eye-popping WHIPPED CREAM at Kennedy Center BWW Review: American Ballet Theatre's Eye-popping WHIPPED CREAM at Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - February 03, 2018

It must be galling for many ballet companies that their very operation is dependent on extended holiday performances of 'The Nutcracker' year after year.... (more...)
BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE: RATMANSKY, ROBBINS, MILLEPIED & WHEELDON at the Kennedy Center BWW Review: AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE: RATMANSKY, ROBBINS, MILLEPIED & WHEELDON at the Kennedy Center
by Hannah Landsberger - February 01, 2018

The American Ballet Theatre's current program at the Kennedy Center, featuring works by Ratmansky, Robbins, Millepied, and Wheeldon (as well as the full-length Whipped Cream, not covered in this review), is extremely well done but a little uninspiring. It's hard to fault the fantastic ABT dancers, ... (more...)
BWW Review: Teen Playwright's THE DOG MUST DIE at Highwood Theatre BWW Review: Teen Playwright's THE DOG MUST DIE at Highwood Theatre
by Roger Catlin - January 29, 2018

During the first Women's Voices Theatre Festival in 2015, the youngest playwright was Madison Middleton, then a sophomore in Silver Spring. Her new play, while apparently not part of the current festival, comes as a seasoned 18-year-old high school senior.... (more...)