Archive for 'Arts'

Q&A with Irish-American singer Deirdre Reilly

Q&A with Irish-American singer Deirdre Reilly

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) Born to Irish parents in Massachusetts, Deirdre Reilly has gained an enormous and loyal following in both American country music and the Irish-American community across the country. She has released seven [...]

‘Baskerville’ is another Arena stage treasure

‘Baskerville’ is another Arena stage treasure

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) As I enjoy the second mountainously entertaining Ken Ludwig drawing-room comedy in less than a week, I am reminded that the Washington-based American playwright is anything but British. So how does [...]

‘The Game’s Afoot’ is a hilarious whodunit

‘The Game’s Afoot’ is a hilarious whodunit

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matt Liptak) Sherlock Holmes portrayer William Gillette (John Henderson) lives with his dowager mother Martha (Patricia Spencer Smith) in his newly acquired mansion on the Connecticut River near East Haddam, Conn. He is [...]

Artist uses Potomac as inspiration for Art League exhibit

Artist uses Potomac as inspiration for Art League exhibit

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) Inspiration comes in many forms, and for local artist John Gosling, the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria serve as muses. Gosling is a member of local art workshop and gallery [...]

Shakespeare Theatre Co. put together electrifying production of ‘The Tempest’

Shakespeare Theatre Co. put together electrifying production of ‘The Tempest’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) Sometimes it’s good for a play to remind you the medium has technological constraints, rather than futilely try to mask them. Thankfully, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest production of “The Tempest” [...]

‘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 [...]