Washington, DC Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Whipping, or the Football Hamlet Goes for the Touchdown at Callan Theatre BWW Review: Whipping, or the Football Hamlet Goes for the Touchdown at Callan Theatre
by Hannah Wing - August 14, 2017

Something is clearly rotten in the state of the DFL and perhaps America itself. Whipping, or the Football Hamlet, written, directed, and choreographed by Kathleen Akerley, is entertaining and humorous as it is stirring and thought-provoking.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI Featuring Tom Teasley at Constellation Theatre BWW Review: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI Featuring Tom Teasley at Constellation Theatre
by Hannah Landsberger - August 13, 2017

Catch The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at Constellation Theatre before it closes. It's an excellent way to experience a classic and a wonderful way to spend a spooky, stormy evening.... (more...)
BWW Review: Wildwood Summer Theatre serenades SPRING AWAKENING BWW Review: Wildwood Summer Theatre serenades SPRING AWAKENING
by Keith Tittermary - August 11, 2017

Back in the late 1970's Wildwood Summer Theater was producing a disco-themed West Side Story in the old Rockville Mall. In that production was a young high school kid named Michael Mayer who was dancing as a Jet. In 2007, that young kid won a Tony Award for directing the new Broadway Musical, Spring... (more...)
BWW Review: BIG FISH is Larger Than Life at The Keegan Theatre BWW Review: BIG FISH is Larger Than Life at The Keegan Theatre
by Evann Normandin - August 10, 2017

BIG FISH fills every inch of the intimate Keegan Theatre and leaves more than a little magic in its wake. Based on the 1998 David Wallace novel and the 2003 Tim Burton film, BIG FISH revolves around traveling salesman Edward Bloom and the big stories he tells to his realist son Will. When Will finds... (more...)
BWW Review: GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING at NextStop Theatre BWW Review: GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING at NextStop Theatre
by Isabella Basco - August 03, 2017

Beautiful voices, smooth dance moves and classic theater tunes that will make you swoon, melt and sigh are why we keep going back to the theatre, particularly when it comes to Rodgers & Hammerstein. As pioneers in musical theatre, they set a standard for the stage that has influenced the art to this... (more...)
BWW Review: REGINA SPEKTOR AND BEN FOLDS Dazzle Under the Stars at Wolf Trap Filene Center BWW Review: REGINA SPEKTOR AND BEN FOLDS Dazzle Under the Stars at Wolf Trap Filene Center
by Evann Normandin - July 28, 2017

A night of storytelling under the stars was just the way to celebrate a respite from this terrible heat wave. On Wednesday July 26th at 8 pm hundreds of fans, young and old, gathered at Wolf Trap Filene Center to watch master artists Regina Spektor and Ben Folds hit all the right notes.... (more...)
BWW Review: Hub Theatre's THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH Rounds out an Excellent Season BWW Review: Hub Theatre's THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH Rounds out an Excellent Season
by Andrew White - July 25, 2017

If you're looking for new, compelling, finely-crafted plays, look no further than the Hub Theatre. Their recently-concluded run of Philip Dawkins' autobiographical tour-de-force The Happiest Place on Earth is more evidence, as if any were needed, that they are a company to be reckoned with on the Wa... (more...)
BWW Review: THURGOOD at Olney Theatre Center - Supreme Court Justice Comes Alive BWW Review: THURGOOD at Olney Theatre Center - Supreme Court Justice Comes Alive
by Charles Shubow - July 25, 2017

Actor Brian Anthony Wilson gives a brilliant portrayal in a one man show under the direction of Walter Dallas.... (more...)
BWW Review: IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE as part of the DC Comedy Festival at Kennedy Center BWW Review: IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE as part of the DC Comedy Festival at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - July 25, 2017

There is a rule in the theater about knowing when to get off the stage so as not to give your audience too much of a good thing. The Improvised Shakespeare Company unfortunately did not follow this rule in presenting their totally improvised audience-named epic The Barber's Hat this past weekend at ... (more...)
BWW Review: Howl In The Time Of Trump By Sanctuary Theatre & The Performing Knowledge Project  At Capital Fringe Festival BWW Review: Howl In The Time Of Trump By Sanctuary Theatre & The Performing Knowledge Project  At Capital Fringe Festival
by Jenny Minich - July 25, 2017

Oliver takes Ginsberg's words and applies an emotional intelligence that resonates with the beleaguered Capital Fringe Festival audience of 2017.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MARK OF CAIN at Synetic Theater BWW Review: THE MARK OF CAIN at Synetic Theater
by Hannah Menchhoff - July 24, 2017

Synetic Theater tells a story almost as old as time itself, in a beautiful, inventive and close-to-flawless new production... (more...)
BWW Review: Kennedy Center's THE KING AND I is Sweeping, Epic and Glorious, etcetera, etcetera BWW Review: Kennedy Center's THE KING AND I is Sweeping, Epic and Glorious, etcetera, etcetera
by Benjamin Tomchik - July 24, 2017

Lincoln Center's epic and sweeping production of The King and I is Broadway done right and not to be missed!... (more...)
BWW Review: AN OCTOROON is Anything But Black and White at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company BWW Review: AN OCTOROON is Anything But Black and White at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
by Evann Normandin - July 23, 2017

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's stunning remount of AN OCTOROON by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Nataki Garrett reunites the principal cast and production teams from Woolly's sold out 2016 run. Boy, did I move to DC just in time. The Washington Post declares Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company "a ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess Kick Off the District of Comedy Festival with the National Symphony BWW Review: Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess Kick Off the District of Comedy Festival with the National Symphony
by Jennifer Perry - July 21, 2017

The concert delivered some great performances and is a wonderful example of how unique the Kennedy Center is within our national arts landscape. Where else, except for maybe Lincoln Center, could you hear some of Broadway's best sing with a top-notch orchestra and get a dose of comedy too?... (more...)
BWW Review: Monumental Theatre Company Takes on Admirable Risk with BONNIE AND CLYDE BWW Review: Monumental Theatre Company Takes on Admirable Risk with BONNIE AND CLYDE
by Isabella Basco - July 21, 2017

'Bonnie and Clyde' failed when it premiered on Broadway in December 2011, only lasting 36 performances. Still, it helped launch the careers of Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes, gaining a cult following with its rich soundtrack infused with blues, country, gospel and rock music.... (more...)
BWW Review: TREY PARKER'S CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL presented by HalfMad Theatre at Capital Fringe BWW Review: TREY PARKER'S CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL presented by HalfMad Theatre at Capital Fringe
by Elliot Lanes - July 21, 2017

A couple of things intrigued me about HalfMad Theatre's entry into this year's Capital Fringe. First off, the name Trey Parker was attached to it. After all, he created the totally non-politically correct TV show South Park and the mega- hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon so it seemed interesti... (more...)
BWW Review:  Happenstance Theater's BON VOYAGE!  A HAPPENSTANCE ESCAPADE a Perfect Summer Confection BWW Review: Happenstance Theater's BON VOYAGE! A HAPPENSTANCE ESCAPADE a Perfect Summer Confection
by Andrew White - July 19, 2017

Happenstance's ensemble is chock full of talents, and when combined in a show like this it is impossible not to smile the whole way through. For kids you have slapstick, bad puns and the occasional chance for audience participation (we can make it rain, people). For adults you have visual puns from ... (more...)
BWW Review: Have the Time of Your Life at Wolf Trap with MAMMA MIA! BWW Review: Have the Time of Your Life at Wolf Trap with MAMMA MIA!
by Benjamin Tomchik - July 19, 2017

If you are in need of a pick-me-up or a fun night out, pack a picnic and head to Wolf Trap for a trip down the aisle you'll never forget.... (more...)
BWW Review: WIG OUT!  at Studio Theatre BWW Review: WIG OUT! at Studio Theatre
by Jenny Minich - July 19, 2017

Director Kent Gash charges the space with electricity and ardent, sincere emotion. Gash asks a lot of his cast in an intimate setting; Wig Out! is a physically immersive experience.... (more...)
BWW Review: Capital Fringe's LANCER AND LACE Asks What If? BWW Review: Capital Fringe's LANCER AND LACE Asks What If?
by Benjamin Tomchik - July 18, 2017

What could have been a thoughtful examination of what a Kennedy Presidency could have looked like instead comes off like a cheap political thriller and soap opera.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT presented by The Wandering Theatre Company at Capital Fringe BWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT presented by The Wandering Theatre Company at Capital Fringe
by Elliot Lanes - July 17, 2017

Anytime a company presents something I don't expect to see in a festival setting, it generally peaks my interest. The Laramie Project is one of those shows I never thought I would see performed in Capital Fringe. When The Wandering Theatre Company presents the piece and then disrespects the material... (more...)
BWW Review:  Unexpected Stage's OBLIVION a Spirited, Thought-Provoking Meditation on Modern Life BWW Review: Unexpected Stage's OBLIVION a Spirited, Thought-Provoking Meditation on Modern Life
by Andrew White - July 17, 2017

Oblivion is about the emptiness that plagues modern life, and the desperate attempts we make to fill that emptiness with something, anything, regardless of how illusory. Director Christopher Goodrich has assembled a dynamite cast, and the intimate environment at the River Road Unitarian Universalis... (more...)
BWW Review:  Capital Fringe's COMEDIAN ELECTED TO TOWN COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY Has Heart BWW Review: Capital Fringe's COMEDIAN ELECTED TO TOWN COUNCIL IN NEW JERSEY Has Heart
by Benjamin Tomchik - July 17, 2017

Comedian Elected to Town Council in New Jersey has heart, reminding us that public service can still be fun and honorable. That is why this reviewer is endorsing comedian Joey Novick.... (more...)
BWW Review: NIGHT SEASONS Embraces the Charmingly Quotidian at Quotidian Theatre Company BWW Review: NIGHT SEASONS Embraces the Charmingly Quotidian at Quotidian Theatre Company
by Evann Normandin - July 16, 2017

Horton Foote's NIGHT SEASONS, directed by Jack Sbarbori at the Quotidian Theatre Company, examines the nature of a life defined by money and greed, and the notion that perhaps living is the greatest punishment of all. Foote, best known for his 1962 screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird, delivers a qu... (more...)
BWW Review:  Come to the CABARET at Kennedy Center BWW Review: Come to the CABARET at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - July 15, 2017

The current national tour, based on the recent Broadway revival at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54 and taking up residence at the Kennedy Center through August 6, does just that - explore and provide a unique take. While there's never been anything particularly cheery about the musical, this... (more...)