Archive for 'Theatre'

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 [...]

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 [...]