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‘Streetcar Named Desire’ barrels into Little Theatre of Alexandria

‘Streetcar Named Desire’ barrels into Little Theatre of Alexandria

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matthew Randall) The South of playwright Tennessee Williams was a passionate, yet unhurried, hotbed of emotion. His characters were real — too real for some when “A Streetcar Named Desire” premiered on Broadway [...]

Studio Theatre’s ‘Belleville’ is sure to surprise even the most jaded theatergoer

Studio Theatre’s ‘Belleville’ is sure to surprise even the most jaded theatergoer

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Igor Dmitry) In Amy Herzog’s “Belleville,” — now playing at Washington’s Studio Theatre — the viewer is afforded a plate glass window through which to view the seemingly idyllic Parisian life chosen by [...]

Signature Theatre’s ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ whisks audiences to Victorian Paris

Signature Theatre’s ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ whisks audiences to Victorian Paris

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Christopher Mueller) It has been 16 years since Signature Theatre, under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, mounted Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical “Sunday in the Park with George.” [...]

An acrobatic ode to women in ‘Amaluna’

An acrobatic ode to women in ‘Amaluna’

By Jordan Wright (Courtesy photo) In a few weeks, National Harbor will host Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna,” a production loosely based on William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest.” Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which [...]

‘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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]