Archive for 'Arts'

‘Tis the season for local holiday revues

‘Tis the season for local holiday revues

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Veronica Bruno) The best way I know of to get excited about the Christmas season is to get yourself (and your family) to the theater where you can watch dancers soar in Septime [...]

Synetic Theater’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is no Disney tale

Synetic Theater’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is no Disney tale

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jimmy Shryock) In Ben and Peter Cunis’ original adaptation of Gabriel Bardot de Villeneuve’s classic tale Beauty and the Beast, the audience finds itself catapulted into a dark world of forest spirits, shape [...]

Q&A with The Both’s Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

Q&A with The Both’s Aimee Mann and Ted Leo

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Christian Lantry) Singer-songwriter duo The Both may have put out their first record earlier this year, but they have a storied history. Ted Leo was involved in the D.C. punk scene in the [...]

‘Five Guys’ jazzes up a Broadway standard

‘Five Guys’ jazzes up a Broadway standard

By Jordan Wright (Photo/C. Stanley Photography) When asked to produce a musical for the first time in his career, award-winning director and playwright Robert O’Hara decided to take a fresh approach to the genre in Arena [...]

A look at our ancestors’ meals in ‘The American Plate’

A look at our ancestors’ meals in ‘The American Plate’

By Terri Schlichenmeyer (Image/Sourcebooks) Everything looks so delicious. It all smells great, too, and you can’t decide what you like best. The meat is done just right, potatoes are mashed to perfection, the biscuits are to [...]

Studio Theatre’s ‘Bad Jews’ is funny, thought provoking

Studio Theatre’s ‘Bad Jews’ is funny, thought provoking

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teddy Wolff)  If you find the title “Bad Jews” off-putting, that’s precisely what Playwright Joshua Harmon is aiming for. Go ahead. Feel uncomfortable. But you’ll laugh your head off while you’re squirming in [...]

A likeable adaptation of a theater classic

A likeable adaptation of a theater classic

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) Director Michael Attenborough has brought an intriguing interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless “As You Like It” to the Lansburgh Theatre. The play is so timeless that the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest production [...]

Little Theatre offers its take on ‘Rocky Horror’

Little Theatre offers its take on ‘Rocky Horror’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Doug Olmsted) After Janet and Brad’s car gets a flat tire on a deserted road in the middle of the woods on a spooky evening they, wind up at Frank-N-Furter’s castle. There, all [...]

Reflections on ‘Our War’

Reflections on ‘Our War’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Arena Stage’s artistic director, Molly Smith, describes the evolution of “Our War” as “a synthesis of art, scholarship and community.” She further defines it as “the extraordinary collaboration between universities, theaters [...]

Exploring the dark side of Northern Virginia

Exploring the dark side of Northern Virginia

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Liz Lynch) The prolific Michael Lee Pope is back at it, this time using his sharpened reporter’s sense to dig up the stories behind Northern Virginia’s most nefarious characters and infamous incidents. With [...]