Archive for 'Theatre'

‘Tis the season for local holiday revues

‘Tis the season for local holiday revues

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Veronica Bruno) The best way I know of to get excited about the Christmas season is to get yourself (and your family) to the theater where you can watch dancers soar in Septime [...]

Synetic Theater’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is no Disney tale

Synetic Theater’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is no Disney tale

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jimmy Shryock) In Ben and Peter Cunis’ original adaptation of Gabriel Bardot de Villeneuve’s classic tale Beauty and the Beast, the audience finds itself catapulted into a dark world of forest spirits, shape [...]

‘Five Guys’ jazzes up a Broadway standard

‘Five Guys’ jazzes up a Broadway standard

By Jordan Wright (Photo/C. Stanley Photography) When asked to produce a musical for the first time in his career, award-winning director and playwright Robert O’Hara decided to take a fresh approach to the genre in Arena [...]

Studio Theatre’s ‘Bad Jews’ is funny, thought provoking

Studio Theatre’s ‘Bad Jews’ is funny, thought provoking

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teddy Wolff)  If you find the title “Bad Jews” off-putting, that’s precisely what Playwright Joshua Harmon is aiming for. Go ahead. Feel uncomfortable. But you’ll laugh your head off while you’re squirming in [...]

A likeable adaptation of a theater classic

A likeable adaptation of a theater classic

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) Director Michael Attenborough has brought an intriguing interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless “As You Like It” to the Lansburgh Theatre. The play is so timeless that the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest production [...]

Little Theatre offers its take on ‘Rocky Horror’

Little Theatre offers its take on ‘Rocky Horror’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Doug Olmsted) After Janet and Brad’s car gets a flat tire on a deserted road in the middle of the woods on a spooky evening they, wind up at Frank-N-Furter’s castle. There, all [...]

Reflections on ‘Our War’

Reflections on ‘Our War’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Arena Stage’s artistic director, Molly Smith, describes the evolution of “Our War” as “a synthesis of art, scholarship and community.” She further defines it as “the extraordinary collaboration between universities, theaters [...]

Don’t pass on Signature Theatre’s ‘Sex with Strangers’

Don’t pass on Signature Theatre’s ‘Sex with Strangers’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Theresa Wood) “Sex with Strangers” may be one of the best comedy/dramas I’ve seen this year — an engaging yet challenging, hilarious yet deliciously sexy, stylishly clever and utterly modern relationship conundrum performed [...]

Synetic Theater deftly brings ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ to the stage

Synetic Theater deftly brings ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ to the stage

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Johnny Shryock) Synetic Theater has taken H. G. Wells’ science fiction classic “The Island of Dr. Moreau” and morphed it into a frighteningly realistic maelstrom of horrors, just in time for Halloween. For [...]

‘Evita will bring tears to your eyes

‘Evita will bring tears to your eyes

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Richard Termine) When we discuss Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber we are entering the pantheon of the most beloved collaborators ever to hit the stage, and their blockbuster “Evita” certainly is one [...]