Washington, DC Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD at Imagination Stage BWW Review: THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - October 20, 2017

Sometimes playwrights don't know when to quit and there's a situation where an incidental plot point becomes a major one because it's unnecessarily brought to the forefront again and again. Miriam Gonzales' The Smartest Girl in the World suffers from this problem and it's too bad because otherwise t... (more...)
BWW Review: The Mariinsky Ballet Stages LA BAYADERE BWW Review: The Mariinsky Ballet Stages LA BAYADERE
by Andrew White - October 19, 2017

What do you do, when you find yourself with a ballet artist who can seemingly levitate at will? A lithe male body that floats and leaps with such an airy insouciance it seems almost unfair he has to come back to earth? Answer: you seek out an equally lithe, supple prima ballerina whose talents match... (more...)
BWW Review: SHINING BROW at Urban Arias BWW Review: SHINING BROW at Urban Arias
by Molly Korroch - October 19, 2017

Composer Daron Hagen and librettist Paul Muldoon's opera is a musical homage to architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The production by Urban Arias at Atlas Performing Arts Center is a delight. World class singers deliver a larger than life story and an historical tragedy few have ever heard of.... (more...)
Half Dozen Micro-Plays in DIGITAL EYE at Blind Whino Half Dozen Micro-Plays in DIGITAL EYE at Blind Whino
by Roger Catlin - October 18, 2017

Two days was an exceedingly short time to take in the innovative collaboration project this week titled 'Digital Eye.'... (more...)
BWW Review: Close Up ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre BWW Review: Close Up ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA at Folger Theatre
by Roger Catlin - October 18, 2017

A condensed 'Antony and Cleopatra' at the Folger Theatre still has time for a couple of ensemble dance numbers straight out of 'Solid Gold,' a battle scene that's almost as well choreographed and a whole lot of kissing.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD at Signature Theatre BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD at Signature Theatre
by Jenny Minich - October 15, 2017

An Act of God is an irreverent black comedy that manages to retain mass appeal.... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE PRICE at Arena Stage Offers Up Wonderful Acting in a Classic American Drama BWW Review: THE PRICE at Arena Stage Offers Up Wonderful Acting in a Classic American Drama
by Jennifer Perry - October 14, 2017

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BWW Review: WILDERNESS at the Kennedy Center Disappoints BWW Review: WILDERNESS at the Kennedy Center Disappoints
by Jennifer Perry - October 14, 2017

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BWW Review: Bold I'LL GET YOU BACK AGAIN at the Round House Theatre BWW Review: Bold I'LL GET YOU BACK AGAIN at the Round House Theatre
by Roger Catlin - October 13, 2017

With its emphasis on both 1960s psychedelic rock music and the Three Stooges, it would seem the latest offering at the Round House Theatre was tailored precisely for my taste.... (more...)
BWW Review: SOTTO VOCE at Theatre J BWW Review: SOTTO VOCE at Theatre J
by Roger Catlin - October 13, 2017

The current worldwide refugee crisis is the right time to recall the tragedy of the U.S.S. St. Louis, the German ocean liner that set sail in 1939 with 937 Jews seeking new homes. Cruelly denied entry to Cuba, the U.S. and Canada, the refugee ship had to turn back to Europe where hundreds of the onc... (more...)
BWW Review: THE RED SHOES at The Kennedy Center BWW Review: THE RED SHOES at The Kennedy Center
by Hannah Landsberger - October 12, 2017

The Red Shoes is almost more big-budget Broadway musical than ballet. With a sweeping score, dramatic narrative, and lavish production values, Matthew Bourne's production does nothing by halves.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MISTRESS CYCLE at Creative Cauldron BWW Review: THE MISTRESS CYCLE at Creative Cauldron
by Molly Korroch - October 11, 2017

Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, VA is dedicating their season to women and their unique stories. The season's current nod to its dedication is The Mistress Cycle. Appropriately, two women wrote the book and music: Beth Blatt and Jenny Giering. At its core, The Mistress Cycle is a show by women fo... (more...)
BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Pallas Theatre Collective BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Pallas Theatre Collective
by Elliot Lanes - October 10, 2017

Any musical theatre geek knows that Stephen Sondheim's central subjects for musicals are rarely light and fluffy individuals. Sweeney Todd has a barber who slits people's throats and Sunday in the Park with George has a painter who is a perfectionist and egomaniac.... (more...)
BWW Review: Langston Hughes' Poetry Comes Alive at Metrostage BWW Review: Langston Hughes' Poetry Comes Alive at Metrostage
by Keith Tittermary - October 10, 2017

Politics can be the graveyard of the poet. And only Poetry can be his resurrection. Langston Hughes, 1964 These words by the great Langston Hughes adorn the backdrop of Metrostage's moving production of Carlyle Brown's Are you now, or have you ever been Waiting for the play to begin the audien... (more...)
BWW Review: THE EFFECT is an Intense, Riveting Experiment at Studio Theatre BWW Review: THE EFFECT is an Intense, Riveting Experiment at Studio Theatre
by Hannah Wing - October 10, 2017

Studio Theatre's production of The Effect explores love and mental health with heart-racing, gut-wrenching gusto.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOTUS at The Kennedy Center BWW Review: LOTUS at The Kennedy Center
by Hannah Landsberger - October 09, 2017

It's a real shame that you can't buy a ticket to a performance of Lotus, an exhilarating night of tap dancing and jazz excellence. That's because the performance was a one-night only, sold out performance full of incredible tap dance and music.... (more...)
BWW Review:  LOVE AND INFORMATION at Forum Theatre BWW Review: LOVE AND INFORMATION at Forum Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - October 09, 2017

While there is nothing particularly easy about this play, it is a unique viewing experience that every area theatergoer should have.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Keegan Theatre's STONES IN HIS POCKETS an Eye-Opening Visit to the Emerald Isle BWW Review: Keegan Theatre's STONES IN HIS POCKETS an Eye-Opening Visit to the Emerald Isle
by Andrew White - October 06, 2017

Marie Jones, a native of Belfast, brilliantly punctures our tin-whistle conceit of the Irish in her poignant drama Stones in his Pockets. The play is also an actor's dream, because it calls for two actors to take on an entire village of roles, American as well as Irish.... (more...)
 BWW Review: NIGHT TRAIN 57 at Kennedy Center BWW Review: NIGHT TRAIN 57 at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - October 06, 2017

Laundry night in our house doesn't garner much excitement. However, in the world of Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza and Yuriana Sobrino, hanging your socks out to dry leads you on a magical, musical, mystical journey up in the heavens, courtesy of a magic train. That is the basic premise of Night Train 57... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LOVER AND THE COLLECTION at SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY BWW Review: THE LOVER AND THE COLLECTION at SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY
by Jenny Minich - October 05, 2017

The Lover and The Collection ooze Mad Men-era sex appeal.... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET at Shenandoah Conservatory BWW Review: CABARET at Shenandoah Conservatory
by Andrew Burrill - October 04, 2017

BWW Review: CABARET at Shenandoah Conservatory, a brilliantly relevant and commanding journey that engages from beginning to end.... (more...)
BWW Review: WIDOWERS' HOUSES at Washington Stage Guild BWW Review: WIDOWERS' HOUSES at Washington Stage Guild
by Elliot Lanes - October 03, 2017

DC's little jewel, known as the Washington Stage Guild (WSG), has always presented pieces that you can't see elsewhere in the area. With its current offering Widowers' Houses, WSG gives area theatregoers a chance to see a lesser known work by esteemed playwright George Bernard Shaw. While this scrip... (more...)
BWW Review:  SHE RODE HORSES LIKE THE STOCK EXCHANGE at Taffety Punk BWW Review: SHE RODE HORSES LIKE THE STOCK EXCHANGE at Taffety Punk
by Jennifer Perry - October 01, 2017

While it's hard to fully embrace this comedic play, it is worth a watch if only for the fine acting and compelling thematic content.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WILD PARTY at The Constellation Theatre BWW Review: THE WILD PARTY at The Constellation Theatre
by Molly Korroch - October 01, 2017

Queenie and Burrs are the story of a once steamy love gone stale. Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party tells their story as they lash out in manipulation and jealousy. Directed by Allison Arkell Stockman, The Constellation Theatre's production opened on September 21. Told against the backdrop of a seedy Ne... (more...)
BWW Review: Ford's Theatre's Gripping and Raw DEATH OF A SALESMAN BWW Review: Ford's Theatre's Gripping and Raw DEATH OF A SALESMAN
by Benjamin Tomchik - September 29, 2017

Ford's Theatre's must-see production is raw and gripping in its emotional intensity. Led by Craig Wallace's powerhouse performance as Willy Loman, Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play is as relevant now, maybe more so, in its questioning of the American dream as it was when it first opened.... (more...)