Archive for 'Theatre'

‘Grey Gardens’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is a witty, tragic production

‘Grey Gardens’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is a witty, tragic production

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matt Liptak) For those of you who saw the 1976 Maysles brothers’ documentary of the two Bouvier family women — mother Edith Bouvier Beale and daughter Little Edie, who lived in squalor in [...]

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ is a mischievous jaunt

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ is a mischievous jaunt

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Having enjoyed the four-time Tony Award-winning musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” on Broadway last month, I can firmly attest it has found a national touring company cast to [...]

‘Bright Star’ brightens the Old South

‘Bright Star’ brightens the Old South

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Like a series of Kodak snapshots or tinted travel postcards, “Bright Star” gives us a carefully crafted version of the Old South, specifically Asheville, N.C., where the musical is set. The [...]

A wealth of possibilities for holiday theatergoers

A wealth of possibilities for holiday theatergoers

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Doug Olmsted) Every December, Alexandria and D.C.-area theaters try to outdo themselves with their limited-run holiday-themed productions. And this year is no different. Avant Bard’s Theatre on the Edge brings us “Holiday Memories,” [...]

Folger Theater brings ‘Pericles’ to life in a revival of a troubled classic

Folger Theater brings ‘Pericles’ to life in a revival of a troubled classic

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Director Joseph Haj’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Pericles” is a far more accessible production than you might think. Originating at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this play-with-music has all the elements of a [...]

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ is a madcap romp

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ is a madcap romp

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) A stunner of a show just rolled into town and utterly knocked our socks off. Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate,” the play-within-a-play — well, not quite, since it’s a musical — [...]

Reimagining of ‘Oliver’ at Arena Stage neatly explores modern London

Reimagining of ‘Oliver’ at Arena Stage neatly explores modern London

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) A magnificently original rendition of “Oliver” debuted at Arena Stage last night, signaling a break with traditional productions of Charles Dickens’ classic portraying the underbelly of England’s Victorian era. Director Molly [...]

Q&A with ‘Mercy Street’ co-producer Lisa Wolfinger

Q&A with ‘Mercy Street’ co-producer Lisa Wolfinger

By Jordan Wright (Photo/PBS) Tonight, the Alexandria Film Festival and Visit Alexandria will host the premiere of PBS Masterpiece Theatre’s new Civil War-era miniseries, “Mercy Street.” Based on a true story and set in Alexandria, the [...]

Signature Theatre’s ‘Cake Off’ is a riot

Signature Theatre’s ‘Cake Off’ is a riot

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) As part of this fall’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival, director Joe Calarco commissioned American playwright Sheri Wilner and lyricists Julia Jordan and Adam Gwon to write “Cake Off,” an original musical. [...]

‘Beautiful’ at the Kennedy Center tells the tale of Carole King’s rise to stardom

‘Beautiful’ at the Kennedy Center tells the tale of Carole King’s rise to stardom

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Where were you when you first heard The Righteous Brothers sing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” or “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by The Shirelles? Maybe you were dancing to “Locomotion” [...]