Archive for 'Arts'

What a night!

What a night!

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Koko Lanham) If you’re planning on seeing “Twelfth Night,” the 10th production in Synetic Theater’s Silent Shakespeare series, you would do well to flip through a copy of the CliffsNotes ahead of time. [...]

‘Gypsy’ recalls child stars of yesteryear

‘Gypsy’ recalls child stars of yesteryear

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) When lyricist Stephen Sondheim and composer Jule Styne’s original production of “Gypsy” hit Broadway in 1959, I witnessed Ethel Merman play Rose, a role that many said was tailor-made for her [...]

Mentoring is music to his ears

Mentoring is music to his ears

By Anna Harris (Courtesy photo) Music is Vaughn Ambrose’s life. When he isn’t performing at venues far and wide, the jazz saxophonist teaches music at T.C. Williams. And if that didn’t keep him busy enough, Ambrose [...]

A feast for the eyes and mind

A feast for the eyes and mind

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) It’s as rare as hen’s teeth for an iconic movie to be adapted for the stage, especially one that debuted 46 years ago. A more familiar formula is turning a successful [...]

Three cheers for the holiday theater season

Three cheers for the holiday theater season

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) When not sending out cards, trimming the tree, wrapping gifts, and savoring a dram or two of Christmas cheer, be sure to catch one or more of these fabulous holiday shows. [...]

A toe-tapping trip down memory lane

A toe-tapping trip down memory lane

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) On a stage flanked by Mondrian-like color block panels reminiscent of 1960s TV shows, a nine-piece, all-female orchestra is cranking out the sounds of “Did You Do That.” It’s an old [...]

Christmas on the Potomac

Christmas on the Potomac

By Jordan Wright (Courtesy photo) Santa won’t get a moment’s rest this holiday season at the Gaylord National Resort. And neither, it seems certain, will his merry elves. If you haven’t gotten in the Christmas spirit [...]

Rules of engagement

Rules of engagement

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Michael DeBlois) Have you ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes at battle reenactments? A type of living history that focuses on a singular moment in a particular battle, it [...]

Waiting for my train to pull in

Waiting for my train to pull in

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Matt Conner’s time-bending drama “Crossing” opens with eight people — each with stories of hope, disillusionment and missed opportunities — waiting at a weathered train station. Left unnamed, these weary travelers [...]

Pride goes before the fall

Pride goes before the fall

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) “Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill”? I’m still trying to puzzle out what the play’s title is supposed to mean when I walk into the theater. It has nothing to [...]