Archive for 'Theatre'

‘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” [...]

Synetic Theater takes us on an adventure into phantasmagorical Wonderland

Synetic Theater takes us on an adventure into phantasmagorical Wonderland

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Johnny Shryock) Alice is very, very unhappy. She has had to surrender her favorite playthings to a recently hired cruel-hearted governess, Ms. Prickett (Renata Veberyte Loman, later seen in the role of the [...]

‘Uprising’ at MetroStage presents the difficult decisions facing freedom

‘Uprising’ at MetroStage presents the difficult decisions facing freedom

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) As part of this fall’s ongoing Women’s Voices Theater Festival, which features more than 50 world premiere productions of plays by female playwrights, MetroStage artistic director Carolyn Griffin presents “Uprising,” a [...]

‘Laughing Stock’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is a delightful send-up of summer troupes

‘Laughing Stock’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is a delightful send-up of summer troupes

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matthew Randall) “Laughing Stock” is Charles Morey’s comic love story to summer stock theater companies and the actors and crews that make up these “little families.” For those who have ever attended a [...]

‘The Fix’ is a rollicking D.C. comedy at Signature Theatre

‘The Fix’ is a rollicking D.C. comedy at Signature Theatre

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) Cal Chandler, son of successful politician Sen. Reed Chandler, is not exactly a model of statesmanship. He’s your typical privileged Yale grad: a pot smoking, ex-Vietnam vet raised in a political [...]

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is an uneven look at teen depression

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is an uneven look at teen depression

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) A good indicator that Arena Stage’s production of “Dear Evan Hansen” is a production in flux is the playbill’s last minute insert — a list of the 16 musical numbers in [...]

‘Once’ is a beautiful Irish romance that pulls at the heartstrings with gusto

‘Once’ is a beautiful Irish romance that pulls at the heartstrings with gusto

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Calling all romantics: “Once,” the show that won eight Tony Awards in 2012, is a poignant love story set in Dublin where Girl (Dani de Waal) meets Guy (Stuart Ward) on [...]

Take an immersive trip to Neverland in ‘Peter Pan’

Take an immersive trip to Neverland in ‘Peter Pan’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jeremy Daniel) “Do you believe in fairies?” In response, the audience, primed for a night of wonder and magic, seized on the age-old question with resounding approval. Author J. M. Barrie would have [...]

“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 [...]