Archive for 'Theatre'

The cost of fighting the good fight

The cost of fighting the good fight

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Don Ipock) Many of you will not recognize the name Paul Robeson. And if you’re among those racking your brain, you can thank J. Edgar Hoover. The formidable former FBI director did everything [...]

What a night!

What a night!

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Koko Lanham) If you’re planning on seeing “Twelfth Night,” the 10th production in Synetic Theater’s Silent Shakespeare series, you would do well to flip through a copy of the CliffsNotes ahead of time. [...]

‘Gypsy’ recalls child stars of yesteryear

‘Gypsy’ recalls child stars of yesteryear

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) When lyricist Stephen Sondheim and composer Jule Styne’s original production of “Gypsy” hit Broadway in 1959, I witnessed Ethel Merman play Rose, a role that many said was tailor-made for her [...]

A feast for the eyes and mind

A feast for the eyes and mind

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) It’s as rare as hen’s teeth for an iconic movie to be adapted for the stage, especially one that debuted 46 years ago. A more familiar formula is turning a successful [...]

Three cheers for the holiday theater season

Three cheers for the holiday theater season

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) When not sending out cards, trimming the tree, wrapping gifts, and savoring a dram or two of Christmas cheer, be sure to catch one or more of these fabulous holiday shows. [...]

A toe-tapping trip down memory lane

A toe-tapping trip down memory lane

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) On a stage flanked by Mondrian-like color block panels reminiscent of 1960s TV shows, a nine-piece, all-female orchestra is cranking out the sounds of “Did You Do That.” It’s an old [...]

Rules of engagement

Rules of engagement

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Michael DeBlois) Have you ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes at battle reenactments? A type of living history that focuses on a singular moment in a particular battle, it [...]

Waiting for my train to pull in

Waiting for my train to pull in

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Matt Conner’s time-bending drama “Crossing” opens with eight people — each with stories of hope, disillusionment and missed opportunities — waiting at a weathered train station. Left unnamed, these weary travelers [...]

Pride goes before the fall

Pride goes before the fall

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) “Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill”? I’m still trying to puzzle out what the play’s title is supposed to mean when I walk into the theater. It has nothing to [...]

Putting the spotlight on local filmmakers

Putting the spotlight on local filmmakers

By Anna Harris (Courtesy photo) Alexandria kicks off its annual celebration of the silver screen today, an event featuring filmmakers from around the world. The festival boasts shorts, documentaries and feature-length productions from as near as [...]