Archive for 'Arts'

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) “Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” gets off to a slow, easy roll. Forty-two of the most beloved songs from the pantheon of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll [...]

Fasten your seatbelts for Little Theatre of Alexandria’s “Boeing Boeing”

Fasten your seatbelts for Little Theatre of Alexandria’s “Boeing Boeing”

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Doug Olmsted) “Boeing Boeing” is the riotous tale of Bernard, an American architect whose Paris flat has become a way station for his international harem of flight attendants or, as they were once [...]

The full Monte

The full Monte

By Denise Dunbar (Photo/Sensational Images/Daniel Riggs)  Emerging from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on a recent Sunday, celebrity bridal consultant Monte Durham quickly was surrounded by a group of teenage girls hoping for a photograph. “Sometimes I [...]

Signature Theatre delivers classic yet harsh criticism of capitalism

Signature Theatre delivers classic yet harsh criticism of capitalism

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) Is capitalism as prone to corruption and evil today as when Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill penned “The Threepenny Opera” in 1920s Germany? Given that Signature Theatre adopted playwright Robert David [...]

‘Henry IV’ fit for a king

‘Henry IV’ fit for a king

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) It’s right after an Act 1 filled with doom and gloom that “Henry IV, Part 2” takes a comedic turn, and not a moment too soon. After all, we’ve just learned [...]

MetroStage’s ‘Underneath the Lintel’ is a one-man masterpiece

MetroStage’s ‘Underneath the Lintel’ is a one-man masterpiece

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) What drives us forward each day? For a Dutch librarian trapped in a humdrum job checking in books from the overnight repository and sending out overdue notices, it is to confront [...]

Love is in the air at Kneehigh’s ‘Brief Encounter’

Love is in the air at Kneehigh’s ‘Brief Encounter’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Shakespeare Theatre) Noel Coward likely wouldn’t have imagined this captivating version of his one-act play, “Brief Encounter,” but surely he would have swooned over it. Using the 1945 film of the same name [...]

Battle of the sexes in ‘Tender Napalm’

Battle of the sexes in ‘Tender Napalm’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Christopher Mueller) Two characters, known simply as Man and Woman, are the sole characters in “Tender Napalm,” an otherwise complex and powerful drama by British playwright Philip Ridley. It is a love story [...]

You can’t help but love ‘Loveland’

You can’t help but love ‘Loveland’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Welcome to the wonderfully wacky world of Frannie Potts, who you’ll meet in “Loveland” at Arena Stage as part of the Kogod Cradle Series’ American New Voices Play Institute. Frannie can’t [...]

Reinventing The Bard’s greatest work

Reinventing The Bard’s greatest work

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Koko Lanham) As far as this critic is concerned, Synetic Theater can do no wrong. How could you fault their electrifying choreography, spectacular dancers or their break-the-mold interpretations of the classics — especially [...]