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‘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 [...]

Signature Theatre’s ‘Kid Victory’ is haunting

Signature Theatre’s ‘Kid Victory’ is haunting

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) Luke is frightened. He can’t relate to anyone anymore and can’t explain where he’s been. At 17 years old he vanished, and now, one year later, he has returned to his [...]

‘Baskerville’ is another Arena stage treasure

‘Baskerville’ is another Arena stage treasure

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) As I enjoy the second mountainously entertaining Ken Ludwig drawing-room comedy in less than a week, I am reminded that the Washington-based American playwright is anything but British. So how does [...]

‘The Game’s Afoot’ is a hilarious whodunit

‘The Game’s Afoot’ is a hilarious whodunit

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matt Liptak) Sherlock Holmes portrayer William Gillette (John Henderson) lives with his dowager mother Martha (Patricia Spencer Smith) in his newly acquired mansion on the Connecticut River near East Haddam, Conn. He is [...]

Shakespeare Theatre Co. put together electrifying production of ‘The Tempest’

Shakespeare Theatre Co. put together electrifying production of ‘The Tempest’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) Sometimes it’s good for a play to remind you the medium has technological constraints, rather than futilely try to mask them. Thankfully, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest production of “The Tempest” [...]

‘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 [...]