Washington, DC Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: ROBIN HOOD at Imagination Stage BWW Review: ROBIN HOOD at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - April 23, 2018

The tale of Robin Hood has provided source material for several famous screen adaptations over the years, including the classic Hollywood film with Errol Flynn and the Disney animated feature that portrayed all the characters as animals. With the exception of Young Robin Hood at Round House Theatre ... (more...)
BWW Review: Double Bill ZARZUELAS by The In Series Misses the Mark BWW Review: Double Bill ZARZUELAS by The In Series Misses the Mark
by Sam Abney - April 23, 2018

No matter the work, it is important to leave a theater feeling some sort of emotion. Any emotion will do, just as long as you were able to feel for the performance happening in front of you. Unfortunately, the double bill of zarzuelas produced by The In Series that opened Sunday night (playing at GA... (more...)
BWW Review: WITCH at Creative Cauldron Casts an Enchanting Spell BWW Review: WITCH at Creative Cauldron Casts an Enchanting Spell
by Sam Abney - April 22, 2018

Witches are not sexy. They are a representation of centuries of oppression women did (and still do) experience for doing things they shouldn't. Creative Cauldron's new production of Witch, part of their Bold New Works for Intimate Stages initiative, simultaneously educates audiences of the injustice... (more...)
BWW Review: Mason Opera's ALBERT HERRING is a Case Study in Untapped Potential BWW Review: Mason Opera's ALBERT HERRING is a Case Study in Untapped Potential
by Sam Abney - April 21, 2018

It's never a good sign when, during an opera, you pay more attention to the orchestra than the people onstage. This is the kind of situation that befalls George Mason University's School of Music and Mason Opera's new revival of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. Britten's complex score is indeed a ... (more...)
BWW Review: First Rate Revival of Bergman's AFTER THE REHEARSAL / PERSONA at Kennedy Center BWW Review: First Rate Revival of Bergman's AFTER THE REHEARSAL / PERSONA at Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - April 20, 2018

For being the centennial of Ingmar Bergman's birth, there seems to be very little evidence of the Swedish director's work around. It's hard to find even his best known films; his name is known to some generations only as a reference in the work of Woody Allen.... (more...)
BWW Review: Round House Theatre Tackles MASTER HAROLD… AND THE BOYS BWW Review: Round House Theatre Tackles MASTER HAROLD… AND THE BOYS
by Sam Abney - April 19, 2018

Athol Fugard is one of the most difficult modern playwrights to perform. His shows are largely punctuated by blunt dialogue, devoid of noticeable metaphor, and rely on the creation of highly realistic scene scapes defined oftentimes by the most mundane. None of his works exemplifies this style more ... (more...)
BWW Review: JOHN at Signature Theatre BWW Review: JOHN at Signature Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - April 18, 2018

One thing can be said about award-nominated playwright Annie Baker. She captures the human condition in the most realistic of ways. This is no more apparent than in Signature Theatre's production of Baker's latest work, John. Director Joe Calarco delivers his finest staging to date. He's assembled a... (more...)
BWW Review: I DID IT MY WAY IN YIDDISH (IN ENGLISH) at MetroStage BWW Review: I DID IT MY WAY IN YIDDISH (IN ENGLISH) at MetroStage
by Elliot Lanes - April 17, 2018

I have seen and worked on plenty of solo shows in my more than twenty years in the business and sometimes I see one that just leaves me asking, 'How did this performer get to do this show?' Unfortunately Deb Filler is in that situation right now at MetroStage with her concoction called I Did it My W... (more...)
BWW Review: FLY BY NIGHT at 1st Stage BWW Review: FLY BY NIGHT at 1st Stage
by Jenny Minich - April 17, 2018

Written and composed by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock, Fly By Night is an appealing mish-mash of rock n' roll, opera, and classic music theater. It is an ode to a doomed love affair and a modern-day fairytale.... (more...)
BWW Review: Constellation Theatre's THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Avoids Becoming a Roundabout Affair BWW Review: Constellation Theatre's THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Avoids Becoming a Roundabout Affair
by Sam Abney - April 17, 2018

Constellation Theatre Company's new production of Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle isn't perfect. It is undoubtedly a celebration of what smart allegory can be. As this small theater company stretches itself to the limits to ensure they do Brecht's seminal work justice, they make great ca... (more...)
BWW Review: EN EL TIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS at GALA Hispanic Theatre BWW Review: EN EL TIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS at GALA Hispanic Theatre
by Roger Catlin - April 17, 2018

The four Mirabal sisters, who resisted the oppressive dictatorship of Gen. Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic in the mid 20th century, became folk heroes decades after three of them were murdered by the regime nearly 70 years ago.... (more...)
BWW Review: USE ALL AVAILABLE DOORS by Pinky Swear Productions At Dupont Underground BWW Review: USE ALL AVAILABLE DOORS by Pinky Swear Productions At Dupont Underground
by Hannah Landsberger - April 15, 2018

Pinky Swear Production's Use All Available Doors is filled with a local pride that Washingtonians rarely get to experience. Unfortunately, this sense of hometown jubilation is hard to sustain through the too-long run time.... (more...)
BWW Review: L.A. Theatre Works's THE MOUNTAINTOP Climbs to New Heights at George Mason University BWW Review: L.A. Theatre Works's THE MOUNTAINTOP Climbs to New Heights at George Mason University
by Sam Abney - April 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. declared 'I've been to the mountaintop' almost exactly 50 years ago on April 3, 1968. His words, a confident assessment on the future of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, echo with the same power as when he bellowed them all those years ago. Dr. King never made it to the promi... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL LUZIA at Tyson's BWW Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL LUZIA at Tyson's
by Rachael Goldberg - April 14, 2018

Cirque Du Soleil's Luzia brings viewers on a dreamy journey through Mexican culture through light, sound, and music.... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater J's ROZ AND RAY is in Critical Condition BWW Review: Theater J's ROZ AND RAY is in Critical Condition
by Benjamin Tomchik - April 12, 2018

There is a great drama in Roz and Ray, but only if the focus is less on Roz and Ray and more about what brought them together, healthcare.... (more...)
BWW Review: FLORIDA at Urban Arias BWW Review: FLORIDA at Urban Arias
by Molly Korroch - April 11, 2018

The new opera Florida with music by Randall Eng and libretto by Donna Di Novelli, premiered last week at Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street. With its heavy handed melodrama and awkwardly balanced narrative, Sunday's matinee plodded along (well over Urban Arias' usual 90-minute-or-less promise)... (more...)
BWW Review: DON JUAN at Taffety Punk Theatre Company BWW Review: DON JUAN at Taffety Punk Theatre Company
by Elliot Lanes - April 10, 2018

The company that makes great theater for everyone is at it again. Taffety Punk Theatre Company's mission is, and always will be, to put out a good product while making it affordable for everyone. Tickets are $15 and there are also “pay what you can” performances. The current production, well worth t... (more...)
BWW Review: Landless Theatre's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD [SYMPHONIC METAL VERSION] is Original and Entertaining BWW Review: Landless Theatre's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD [SYMPHONIC METAL VERSION] is Original and Entertaining
by Barbara Johnson - April 09, 2018

After multiple Helen Hayes nominations for their 2015 production of SWEENEY TODD [PROG METAL VERSION], Landless Theatre Company is back with their second MetalTheatre adaptation: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD [SYMPHONIC METAL VERSION]. A captivating cast and three-piece rock orchestra guide us through ... (more...)
BWW Review: TWO TRAINS RUNNING at Arena Stage is Worthy of Another Look BWW Review: TWO TRAINS RUNNING at Arena Stage is Worthy of Another Look
by Jennifer Perry - April 08, 2018

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BWW Review: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME is Searing and Sensational at Woolly Mammoth BWW Review: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME is Searing and Sensational at Woolly Mammoth
by Barbara Johnson - April 08, 2018

It can be unsettling to reflect on the experience of learning about slavery in middle school: was the content accurate and appropriate, or harmful to our perceptions of history and the present day? Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard explore this - and much more - in their creative, fearless prod... (more...)
BWW Review: POTTED POTTER  at Shakespeare Theatre Company BWW Review: POTTED POTTER at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Jenny Minich - April 06, 2018

Potted Potter may in no way resemble the iconic wizarding world of Harry Potter that we know and love, but in their dedication to filling the world with joy they find common ground.... (more...)
BWW Review: NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER Delivers a Near-Perfect Evening at the Kennedy Center BWW Review: NEDERLANDS DANS THEATER Delivers a Near-Perfect Evening at the Kennedy Center
by Sam Abney - April 06, 2018

There is something profound about the simple. Such is the driving force behind the Nederlands Dans Theater's (NDT) program currently playing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Three shockingly different dances fill this two hour program and, while the dancers wrap themselves abou... (more...)
BWW Review: Fun and Richly Stylized CABARET NOIR at Happenstance Theater BWW Review: Fun and Richly Stylized CABARET NOIR at Happenstance Theater
by Pamela Roberts - April 04, 2018

"A film noir inspired theatrical montage"- the subtitle of Happenstance Theater's CABARET NOIR perfectly encapsulates the richly stylized and wonderfully varied experience. Scandals, pistols, foggy streets, soft shoe, sweet harmonies, and red herrings - this production vividly captures the mood and ... (more...)
BWW Review: Mosaic Theater Company's PAPER DOLLS Creates a Beautiful Piece Despite Some Creases BWW Review: Mosaic Theater Company's PAPER DOLLS Creates a Beautiful Piece Despite Some Creases
by Sam Abney - April 04, 2018

If you've ever thought what it would be like to cross an episode of Ru Paul's Drag Race with a searing Middle East drama and set the action to pop hits of the early aughts, Paper Dolls the perfect show for you. Mosaic Theater Company's newest entry to their Voices from a Changing Middle East cycle i... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PAVILION isn't Grand at the Hub Theatre BWW Review: THE PAVILION isn't Grand at the Hub Theatre
by Hannah Wing - April 03, 2018

he Pavilion, directed by Kelsey Mea, is not the high school nostalgia love story that the play's description details. Instead the production takes a strange turn towards an unnecessary exploration of the existential which overpowers the love story between two former high school sweethearts at its ce... (more...)