Archive for 'Arts'

Motherhood in a time of war

Motherhood in a time of war

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) I had a terrible sense of dread about Arena Stage’s production of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” and in the first act I was afraid it was being realized. But we’ll [...]

A night with the first lady of song

A night with the first lady of song

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) Maurice Hines wants to entertain you. The much-lauded performer wants to do it in the same way he’s been entertaining audiences for decades — from Broadway to Vegas and most recently [...]

A hilarious knight’s tale

A hilarious knight’s tale

By Jordan Wright (Courtesy photo) Taking my seat at the Port City Playhouse at The Lab at Convergence on press night, I overheard that the producers of “The Ballad of the Red Knight” recommended parents bring [...]

Lives, interrupted

Lives, interrupted

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Keith Waters) Thirty-seven performers make up the tremendous ensemble in The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s latest production, a touching story of intersecting lives. Set in the early part of the 20th century, author [...]

‘Earnest’ is too important to miss

‘Earnest’ is too important to miss

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) It always is satisfying to while away the hours at the theater, but it’s most especially pleasurable to let playwright and poet Oscar Wilde remind us of the imbroglios of the [...]

The cost of fighting the good fight

The cost of fighting the good fight

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Don Ipock) Many of you will not recognize the name Paul Robeson. And if you’re among those racking your brain, you can thank J. Edgar Hoover. The formidable former FBI director did everything [...]

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 [...]