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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 [...]

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

Arena State pays tribute to Lieber and Stoller with ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) “Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” gets off to a slow, easy roll. Forty-two of the most beloved songs from the pantheon of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll [...]

Fasten your seatbelts for Little Theatre of Alexandria’s “Boeing Boeing”

Fasten your seatbelts for Little Theatre of Alexandria’s “Boeing Boeing”

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Doug Olmsted) “Boeing Boeing” is the riotous tale of Bernard, an American architect whose Paris flat has become a way station for his international harem of flight attendants or, as they were once [...]

Signature Theatre delivers classic yet harsh criticism of capitalism

Signature Theatre delivers classic yet harsh criticism of capitalism

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) Is capitalism as prone to corruption and evil today as when Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill penned “The Threepenny Opera” in 1920s Germany? Given that Signature Theatre adopted playwright Robert David [...]

‘Henry IV’ fit for a king

‘Henry IV’ fit for a king

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) It’s right after an Act 1 filled with doom and gloom that “Henry IV, Part 2” takes a comedic turn, and not a moment too soon. After all, we’ve just learned [...]

MetroStage’s ‘Underneath the Lintel’ is a one-man masterpiece

MetroStage’s ‘Underneath the Lintel’ is a one-man masterpiece

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) What drives us forward each day? For a Dutch librarian trapped in a humdrum job checking in books from the overnight repository and sending out overdue notices, it is to confront [...]

Love is in the air at Kneehigh’s ‘Brief Encounter’

Love is in the air at Kneehigh’s ‘Brief Encounter’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Shakespeare Theatre) Noel Coward likely wouldn’t have imagined this captivating version of his one-act play, “Brief Encounter,” but surely he would have swooned over it. Using the 1945 film of the same name [...]

Battle of the sexes in ‘Tender Napalm’

Battle of the sexes in ‘Tender Napalm’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Christopher Mueller) Two characters, known simply as Man and Woman, are the sole characters in “Tender Napalm,” an otherwise complex and powerful drama by British playwright Philip Ridley. It is a love story [...]