Archive for 'Arts'

Folger Theater brings ‘Pericles’ to life in a revival of a troubled classic

Folger Theater brings ‘Pericles’ to life in a revival of a troubled classic

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Director Joseph Haj’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Pericles” is a far more accessible production than you might think. Originating at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this play-with-music has all the elements of a [...]

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ is a madcap romp

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ is a madcap romp

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) A stunner of a show just rolled into town and utterly knocked our socks off. Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate,” the play-within-a-play — well, not quite, since it’s a musical — [...]

Reimagining of ‘Oliver’ at Arena Stage neatly explores modern London

Reimagining of ‘Oliver’ at Arena Stage neatly explores modern London

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) A magnificently original rendition of “Oliver” debuted at Arena Stage last night, signaling a break with traditional productions of Charles Dickens’ classic portraying the underbelly of England’s Victorian era. Director Molly [...]

‘Mercy Street’ takes its bow for Alexandria premiere

‘Mercy Street’ takes its bow for Alexandria premiere

Correction: The Alexandria Film Festival hosted the premiere of ‘Mercy Street,’ not the AMC Hoffman Center. The Times regrets the error. By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) On January 17, television viewers across the country will be [...]

Q&A with ‘Mercy Street’ co-producer Lisa Wolfinger

Q&A with ‘Mercy Street’ co-producer Lisa Wolfinger

By Jordan Wright (Photo/PBS) Tonight, the Alexandria Film Festival and Visit Alexandria will host the premiere of PBS Masterpiece Theatre’s new Civil War-era miniseries, “Mercy Street.” Based on a true story and set in Alexandria, the [...]

Alexandria family raises puppy Yul for a life helping others

Alexandria family raises puppy Yul for a life helping others

By Chris Teale (Photo/Holly Bowers) He is just 11 weeks old, but already Labrador/golden retriever mix Yul is getting ready for a life of helping others, as an Alexandria family raises him until February 2017 for [...]

Signature Theatre’s ‘Cake Off’ is a riot

Signature Theatre’s ‘Cake Off’ is a riot

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) As part of this fall’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival, director Joe Calarco commissioned American playwright Sheri Wilner and lyricists Julia Jordan and Adam Gwon to write “Cake Off,” an original musical. [...]

Richmond’s renaissance: Virginia’s capital goes from historic to hip

Richmond’s renaissance: Virginia’s capital goes from historic to hip

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jordan Wright) Richmond is getting a lot of ink from across the country as it blossoms into a desirable destination for seasoned travelers. On a return flight from Ireland last month I was [...]

‘Beautiful’ at the Kennedy Center tells the tale of Carole King’s rise to stardom

‘Beautiful’ at the Kennedy Center tells the tale of Carole King’s rise to stardom

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Where were you when you first heard The Righteous Brothers sing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” or “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by The Shirelles? Maybe you were dancing to “Locomotion” [...]

Synetic Theater takes us on an adventure into phantasmagorical Wonderland

Synetic Theater takes us on an adventure into phantasmagorical Wonderland

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Johnny Shryock) Alice is very, very unhappy. She has had to surrender her favorite playthings to a recently hired cruel-hearted governess, Ms. Prickett (Renata Veberyte Loman, later seen in the role of the [...]