Archive for 'Theatre'

“The Book of Mormon” is bawdy, blasphemous and brilliant

“The Book of Mormon” is bawdy, blasphemous and brilliant

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Hellfire and damnation figure neatly in the wacky and wonderful “The Book of Mormon,” the latest production at the Kennedy Center. With book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez [...]

‘Tartuffe’ is a downright dastardly satire

‘Tartuffe’ is a downright dastardly satire

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) “Epic bromance upends noted family” might be the modern-day header for the tale of Tartuffe and Orgon, the paterfamilias of a 17th century bourgeois family. Or it might read: “Priest and [...]

‘The Dirty Blonde’ at the Little Theatre offers a stunning look at Mae West

‘The Dirty Blonde’ at the Little Theatre offers a stunning look at Mae West

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matt Liptak) It took more than fluff and fizz to create an icon like Mae West. An iconoclast in the art of sex appeal — even the term was taboo when she started [...]

A crisp, stark look at Soviet censorship in ‘The Letters’

A crisp, stark look at Soviet censorship in ‘The Letters’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) In 1930s Russia, privacy was a luxury afforded to no one. Suspicion and accusation were the business of the state and its bureaucracy was vast and unyielding. In “The Letters,” playwright [...]

A heart wrenching tale of tradition in ‘The Blood Quilt’

A heart wrenching tale of tradition in ‘The Blood Quilt’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/C. Stanley Photography) Earth, wind and fire blew into town for the world premiere of “The Blood Quilt,” now playing at Arena Stage. Written by Katori Hall, who based the story on the [...]

A successfully ‘Odd’ adaptation at Little Theatre

A successfully ‘Odd’ adaptation at Little Theatre

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Keith Waters) Neil Simon’s long-running and ever popular play “The Odd Couple” has had more incarnations than The Smashing Pumpkins. First there was the Broadway premiere in 1965. Art Carney of “The Honeymooners” [...]

The road to Staunton is paved with great attractions

The road to Staunton is paved with great attractions

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jordan Wright) My plan to spend a weekend in Staunton was hatched last year when I heard about a young chef who was gathering a national reputation for imaginative food served up in [...]

Shakespeare Theatre goes on a truly Quixotic adventure

Shakespeare Theatre goes on a truly Quixotic adventure

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) Set Designer Allen Moyer’s two-story iron grid with drop down catwalk provides the stark background for Director Alan Paul’s revival of “Man of La Mancha” now playing at Shakespeare Theatre’s glamorous [...]

‘Much ado’ about doo-wop at Synetic Theater

‘Much ado’ about doo-wop at Synetic Theater

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Koko Lanham) In Synetic Theater’s jived up version of “Much Ado About Nothing,” Las Vegas’s flamboyant landscape of feathered and sequined showgirls becomes the backdrop for Director Paata Tsikurishvili’s reinvention of the beloved [...]

‘God of Carnage’ delivers laughs, insight

‘God of Carnage’ delivers laughs, insight

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Keith Waters) Sharon Field and Rance Willis produce this tidy rendition of French playwright and social satirist Yasmina Reza’s 2009 Tony award-winning play “God of Carnage.” It’s a kind of “Thinking Man’s Guide [...]