Washington, DC Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: The In Series' AN OPERETTA HOLIDAY is a Charming Throwback BWW Review: The In Series' AN OPERETTA HOLIDAY is a Charming Throwback
by Barbara Johnson - December 11, 2017

In many ways, the holiday season is about schmaltz and sentimentality, when it's okay to let yourself appreciate old-fashioned pleasures and crank up favorite songs. The In Series' AN OPERETTA HOLIDAY unabashedly embraces this spirit, serving up a frothy cabaret of romantic songs from THE MERRY WIDO... (more...)
BWW Review: In Series Visits DUKE ELLINGTON'S NEIGHBORHOOD BWW Review: In Series Visits DUKE ELLINGTON'S NEIGHBORHOOD
by Roger Catlin - December 10, 2017

One of my first big stories assignments after I moved to Washington was tracking all the places that Duke Ellington lived, went to school, worked, hung out and performed with his orchestra in the city. I could walk to most of them.... (more...)
BWW Review: FOREVER BALANCHINE: FAREWELL PERFORMANCES at Kennedy Center BWW Review: FOREVER BALANCHINE: FAREWELL PERFORMANCES at Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - December 10, 2017

When the opening night curtain rose on the final work of an emotional night - the last performances of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet that has been in residence at the Kennedy Center for 15 years - there was applause even before there was any movement.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SECOND CITY'S TWIST YOUR DICKENS  at The Kennedy Center BWW Review: THE SECOND CITY'S TWIST YOUR DICKENS at The Kennedy Center
by Jenny Minich - December 09, 2017

Riddled with anachronisms and enough irreverent potshots to keep your naughty inner child sated through the New Year, The Second City's Twist Your Dickens is just the ticket for a crowd of world-weary Washingtonians.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES Brings Irreverent Cheer to Drafthouse Comedy Theater BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES Brings Irreverent Cheer to Drafthouse Comedy Theater
by Barbara Johnson - December 08, 2017

For the cynics among us who need to look beyond THE NUTCRACKER and A CHRISTMAS CAROL for holiday entertainment, THE SANTALAND DIARIES at Drafthouse Comedy Theater offers a quirky alternative. Cameron Folmar plays a disaffected department store Christmas elf in this consistently funny solo show adapt... (more...)
BWW Review:  National Theatre of Norway's PRIVATE CONFESSIONS a Searing, Unforgettable Celebration of Ingmar Bergman's Genius BWW Review: National Theatre of Norway's PRIVATE CONFESSIONS a Searing, Unforgettable Celebration of Ingmar Bergman's Genius
by Andrew White - December 08, 2017

Bergman's protege Liv Ullmann directed the film version of Private Confessions in 1996, and now with the arrival of the centennial of Bergman's birth, Ullmann has returned to the scene of Bergman's heartbreak, with added depth and humanity.... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE BOOK OF WILL Delights at Round House Theatre BWW Review: THE BOOK OF WILL Delights at Round House Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - December 08, 2017

Under Ryan Rilette's excellent direction, a uniformly marvelous cast gives one of the best ensemble performances I've seen this season of a very strong play.... (more...)
BWW Review:  AMAZING GRACE Musical Gets Another Life in Washington, DC BWW Review: AMAZING GRACE Musical Gets Another Life in Washington, DC
by Jennifer Perry - December 07, 2017

There's a lot to like at the World Stage Theater right now. While this production and any subsequent national tour stops is likely to find its most receptive audience in people with an upbringing and faith similar to my own, it's not only for those that can recite every verse of the title song ... (more...)
BWW Review: Southern Charm Radiates from Theater J's THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO BWW Review: Southern Charm Radiates from Theater J's THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO
by Benjamin Tomchik - December 07, 2017

From the cast to the production design, Theater J's production is as good as it gets. We just wish Uhry's play was the same way.... (more...)
BWW Review: DRAW THE CIRCLE at Mosaic Theater is Essential Viewing BWW Review: DRAW THE CIRCLE at Mosaic Theater is Essential Viewing
by Barbara Johnson - December 04, 2017

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen's DRAW THE CIRCLE marks Mosaic Theater Company's first time featuring a transgender artist telling their own personal story, which alone makes the work noteworthy. But Deen's extreme vulnerability and creativity coalesce to make it a vitally important piece of theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL is a Sweet Holiday Treat at Synetic Theater BWW Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL is a Sweet Holiday Treat at Synetic Theater
by Hannah Wing - December 04, 2017

In Synetic Theater's Hansel and Gretel, based loosely on Grimm's fairytale version, Hansel (Justin J. Bell) and Gretel (Sharisse Taylor) go from being in the mall with their distracted babysitter (Raven Wilkes) to being in a mysterious wonderland with no mall or babysitter to be found. While Synetic... (more...)
BWW Review: THE STATE at Forum Theatre BWW Review: THE STATE at Forum Theatre
by Molly Korroch - December 04, 2017

It can be difficult to write a review without some sort of spoiler. With 'The State' it's nearly impossible, but I'm going to try. This is a show where, for better or worse, what's being said takes a back seat to how it is being said. Alexander Manuiloff's experimental concept 'The State' is part of... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES AND OTHER STORIES at Washington Stage Guild BWW Review: A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES AND OTHER STORIES at Washington Stage Guild
by Elliot Lanes - December 03, 2017

A modern day holiday season might include such activities as camping out at Walmart for a 3:00 AM special on a flat screen TV for $25.00 or playing with the latest electronic gadgets that are out there. DC's little jewel of a theater, Washington Stage Guild, takes us back to a time when people actua... (more...)
BWW Review:  CURVE OF DEPARTURE More Than Satisfies at Studio Theatre BWW Review: CURVE OF DEPARTURE More Than Satisfies at Studio Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - December 03, 2017

All told, 'Curve of Departure' is an eighty-minute emotional rollercoaster that packs more of a punch than any play I've seen this season.... (more...)
BWW Review: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at 1st Stage BWW Review: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at 1st Stage
by Jenny Minich - December 03, 2017

My Name is Asher Lev is easily digestible and fast-paced. There are moments of inspiration and reflection throughout the production that make the play a worthwhile trip to the theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: CHARLOTTE'S WEB at Imagination Stage BWW Review: CHARLOTTE'S WEB at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - November 29, 2017

E. B. White's Charlotte's Web has been adapted in many ways. There was an animated movie musical back in the 70s, a live action film a few years back, and a stage adaptation that Theatreworks USA toured around the country for years. Imagination Stage in Bethesda is currently presenting the latter as... (more...)
BWW Review: LA STRANIERA at Washington Concert Opera BWW Review: LA STRANIERA at Washington Concert Opera
by Molly Korroch - November 28, 2017

Washington Concert Opera brings a nicely performed La Straniera to Lisner Auditorium nearly two hundred years after its premiere at La Scala Milan. Vincenzo Bellini's first Milanese success took place in 1827 in the form of Il pirata. Two years later, he stood in a shadow of his own making. He neede... (more...)
BWW Review: Christmas Comes to Metrostage BWW Review: Christmas Comes to Metrostage
by Keith Tittermary - November 28, 2017

Back in the late 90's I went to the old Vat Room at Arena Stage to see this Christmas show that my Catholic University professor talked about. Being the grandchild of a British war bride, I had many British Christmases growing up, so I knew what to expect. What I didn't expect back then was how en... (more...)
BWW Review: FROSTY Serves Up an Adventure BWW Review: FROSTY Serves Up an Adventure
by Keith Tittermary - November 28, 2017

Gene Autry's famous song, Frosty The Snowman (written by Jack Rolling and Steve Nelson) first the radio in December of 1950 and since then there have been many incarnations of Frosty: from famous recordings like The Chipmunks or The Jackson 5 to the beloved 1969 animated special, which airs on TV ... (more...)
BWW Review: GOBSMACKED! at The Kennedy Center BWW Review: GOBSMACKED! at The Kennedy Center
by Heather Nadolny - November 25, 2017

This weekend The Kennedy Center offers GOBSMACKED!, an a cappella and beatboxing collaboration that works to remind audiences why they love Pitch Perfect, Pentatonix, and other popular acts. That said, if you're going to use those acts as a draw, you need to make sure your show is strong. And this o... (more...)
BWW Review: MISTERMAN at Dance Loft On 14 BWW Review: MISTERMAN at Dance Loft On 14
by Molly Korroch - November 24, 2017

'It looks like they forgot to clean up from the last performance!' joked a man in the audience. It's true. The stage at the Dance Loft on 14 looks like the remnants of a bad garage sale. It's littered with cardboard boxes and paper scraps, an old table and chairs, and a huge heap of empty Fanta cans... (more...)
BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare Theatre Company BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Pamela Roberts - November 23, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's TWELFTH NIGHT is a fresh look at a familiar story a bit darker with less over-the-top mirth. It is well worth revisiting Shakespeare's comedy for a new take on the familiar story.... (more...)
BWW Review: ME…JANE THE DREAMS AND ADVENTURES OF YOUNG JANE GOODALL at Kennedy Center BWW Review: ME…JANE THE DREAMS AND ADVENTURES OF YOUNG JANE GOODALL at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - November 21, 2017

What happens when the cr me de la cr me of the DC theater community come together to create a brand-new theater for young audiences musical at the Kennedy Center? The answer is theatrical magic, that's what.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANNIE at Olney Theatre Center - A Treat for Young Theatergoers BWW Review: ANNIE at Olney Theatre Center - A Treat for Young Theatergoers
by Charles Shubow - November 21, 2017

The famous comic strip 'Little Orphan Annie' comes to life at Olney Theatre Center.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Quotidian Theatre's A COFFIN IN EGYPT Gives Horton Foote's Texas a Memorably Hard Look BWW Review: Quotidian Theatre's A COFFIN IN EGYPT Gives Horton Foote's Texas a Memorably Hard Look
by Andrew White - November 21, 2017

If you think the late Texas-born playwright Horton Foote and his fictional home town of Harrison, Texas are little more than genteel curiosities, think again. In Quotidian Theatre's season-opening production of Foote's A Coffin in Egypt, we are confronted with a life that is complex, dark and unapo... (more...)