Archive for 'Arts'

‘The Lion King’ is a crowning musical and visual achievement

‘The Lion King’ is a crowning musical and visual achievement

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) “Disney’s The Lion King” roars onto the stage with a procession of African wildlife in its opening number “Circle of Life.” Director Julie Taymor, who also serves as costume designer as [...]

‘Side Show’ breathes life into story of the Hilton Sisters

‘Side Show’ breathes life into story of the Hilton Sisters

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Until the late 19th century, well before the present age of political correctness, viewing human oddities was seen as an acceptable form of entertainment. Traveling freak shows, pop-up circuses and dime [...]

‘Cloak and Dagger’ is a ribald send-up of film noir

‘Cloak and Dagger’ is a ribald send-up of film noir

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) If you want to be cast in a major part, nail half a dozen roles in the same production and oversee the musical score, well, maybe you should just write your [...]

Torpedo Factory celebrates 40 years of creativity

Torpedo Factory celebrates 40 years of creativity

By Katie Callahan (Photo/Katie Callahan) Four decades after local artists converted a run-down munitions plant into a creative hub, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is still going strong. Built near the end of World War I, [...]

Little Theatre looks at the pitfalls and pratfalls of love in ‘Plaza Suite’

Little Theatre looks at the pitfalls and pratfalls of love in ‘Plaza Suite’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matthew Randall) Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” which plays out over three vignettes and is set in room 719 of New York’s famed Plaza Hotel, is a comedy that delights in the foibles and [...]

A glimpse at ‘Private Lives’

A glimpse at ‘Private Lives’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) Noël Coward’s deliciously wicked “Private Lives” has got us in a tizzy. Is it scrumptiously witty or delightfully snarky? No matter. This heady romp of delicious vitriol is considered Coward’s best. [...]

Alexandria singing group to perform in Normandy

Alexandria singing group to perform in Normandy

By Katie Callahan (Courtesy photo) When the Alexandria Harmonizers arrived in France to help mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the musical act brought a group of World War II veterans with them, in a manner [...]

Join three men (and a dog) without a clue in a hilarious adventure at Synetic Theater

Join three men (and a dog) without a clue in a hilarious adventure at Synetic Theater

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Koko Lanham) In a departure from the dance-filled, laser-lit and sexy productions I’ve come to expect from Synetic Theater, along comes “Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog).” I [...]

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 [...]