Archive for 'Arts'

"The Book of Mormon" is bawdy, blasphemous and brilliant

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Hellfire and damnation figure neatly in the wacky and wonderful “The Book of Mormon,” the latest production at the Kennedy Center. With book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez [...]

'Tartuffe' is a downright dastardly satire

'Tartuffe' is a downright dastardly satire

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) “Epic bromance upends noted family” might be the modern-day header for the tale of Tartuffe and Orgon, the paterfamilias of a 17th century bourgeois family. Or it might read: “Priest and [...]

Word on the Street

Word on the Street

By Abigail Jurk (File photo) June is a month of new beginnings. Not only is it the start of summer, but this June also marks the opening of a number of new businesses in Alexandria. Here [...]

Best of Alexandria 2015

Best of Alexandria 2015

The Readers’ Choice Best of Alexandria is back for 2015! This is your chance to share all of your favorite places in Alexandria to eat, listen to music, play trivia, you name it. Nominate your favorite [...]

'The Dirty Blonde' at the Little Theatre offers a stunning look at Mae West

'The Dirty Blonde' at the Little Theatre offers a stunning look at Mae West

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matt Liptak) It took more than fluff and fizz to create an icon like Mae West. An iconoclast in the art of sex appeal — even the term was taboo when she started [...]

Carluccio’s brings genuine Italian cuisine, market to the heart of Old Town

Carluccio’s brings genuine Italian cuisine, market to the heart of Old Town

By Hannah Brockway and Chris Teale (Photo/Hannah Brockway) As a young child growing up in Italy, Antonio Carluccio learned to cook by watching his mother, and added to his love of food through picking wild mushrooms [...]

A crisp, stark look at Soviet censorship in 'The Letters'

A crisp, stark look at Soviet censorship in 'The Letters'

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) In 1930s Russia, privacy was a luxury afforded to no one. Suspicion and accusation were the business of the state and its bureaucracy was vast and unyielding. In “The Letters,” playwright [...]

Word on the Street

Word on the Street

By Abigail Jurk (Photo/Abigail Jurk) We waited patiently for summer to arrive.  Now that it’s finally here — and ahead of schedule — it’s time to get out and enjoy ourselves. Here are some creative ideas [...]

A heart wrenching tale of tradition in 'The Blood Quilt'

A heart wrenching tale of tradition in 'The Blood Quilt'

By Jordan Wright (Photo/C. Stanley Photography) Earth, wind and fire blew into town for the world premiere of “The Blood Quilt,” now playing at Arena Stage. Written by Katori Hall, who based the story on the [...]

A successfully 'Odd' adaptation at Little Theatre

A successfully 'Odd' adaptation at Little Theatre

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Keith Waters) Neil Simon’s long-running and ever popular play “The Odd Couple” has had more incarnations than The Smashing Pumpkins. First there was the Broadway premiere in 1965. Art Carney of “The Honeymooners” [...]