Archive for 'Arts'

Don’t pass on Signature Theatre’s ‘Sex with Strangers’

Don’t pass on Signature Theatre’s ‘Sex with Strangers’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Theresa Wood) “Sex with Strangers” may be one of the best comedy/dramas I’ve seen this year — an engaging yet challenging, hilarious yet deliciously sexy, stylishly clever and utterly modern relationship conundrum performed [...]

A weekend in the Shenandoah Valley

A weekend in the Shenandoah Valley

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jordan Wright) After G. Freeman Pollock founded Skyland Resort in 1894 he went in and out of bankruptcy so frequently it is hard to imagine it ever becoming the popular tourist destination it [...]

Synetic Theater deftly brings ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ to the stage

Synetic Theater deftly brings ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ to the stage

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Johnny Shryock) Synetic Theater has taken H. G. Wells’ science fiction classic “The Island of Dr. Moreau” and morphed it into a frighteningly realistic maelstrom of horrors, just in time for Halloween. For [...]

‘Evita will bring tears to your eyes

‘Evita will bring tears to your eyes

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Richard Termine) When we discuss Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber we are entering the pantheon of the most beloved collaborators ever to hit the stage, and their blockbuster “Evita” certainly is one [...]

Be prepared to laugh and cry at MetroStage’s beloved ‘Three Sistahs’

Be prepared to laugh and cry at MetroStage’s beloved ‘Three Sistahs’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) Presented three times by producing artistic director, Carolyn Griffin, Thomas W. Jones II’s award winning musical comedy/drama “Three Sistahs” will launch MetroStage’s 30th season, having become one of its most beloved [...]

A sneak peek into the lives of young doctors

A sneak peek into the lives of young doctors

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It took you a while to get the hang of things. But you did — eventually. It always is that way with a new job. Nobody is born knowing how to [...]

Tourism officials bank on Alexandria’s allure

Tourism officials bank on Alexandria’s allure

By Derrick Perkins The city’s “Extraordinary Alexandria” tourism campaign has been exactly that, concluded market research experts brought in to review the one-year-old initiative. For every dollar allocated toward advertising, the [...]

Old Town Theater closed, put up for sale

Old Town Theater closed, put up for sale

By Erich Wagner After closing the historic Old Town Theater — supposedly temporarily — over the summer, owner Rob Kaufman has put the century-old venue up for sale. A listing on online real estate [...]

‘Streetcar Named Desire’ barrels into Little Theatre of Alexandria

‘Streetcar Named Desire’ barrels into Little Theatre of Alexandria

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matthew Randall) The South of playwright Tennessee Williams was a passionate, yet unhurried, hotbed of emotion. His characters were real — too real for some when “A Streetcar Named Desire” premiered on Broadway [...]

Hollywood’s animals get a close-up in new book

Hollywood’s animals get a close-up in new book

By Terri Schlichenmeyer (Photo/New World Library) You love your pooch very much — but she’s no Lassie. If, in fact, you pulled a Timmy and fell into a well, you are sure your dog would probably [...]