Archive for 'Theatre'

Reinventing The Bard’s greatest work

Reinventing The Bard’s greatest work

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Koko Lanham) As far as this critic is concerned, Synetic Theater can do no wrong. How could you fault their electrifying choreography, spectacular dancers or their break-the-mold interpretations of the classics — especially [...]

The right formula

The right formula

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matt Liptak) Does mental illness go hand-in-hand with genius? That’s the unsettling question facing Catherine as she watches her intellectual, yet deeply ill father slide out of reach in “Proof.” Catherine (Anna Fagan) [...]

‘Beaches’ flounders on first voyage

‘Beaches’ flounders on first voyage

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) Signature Theatre’s world premiere of “Beaches” opens with a bang, but quickly fizzles — a production too ambitious to stay afloat. Presley Ryan, fresh off her appearance on NBC’s “The Sound [...]

The complications of falling in love

The complications of falling in love

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Michael DeBlois) When Luke (Frederick Dechow) and Adam (Richard Isaacs) meet at a rooftop party in New York City they click despite their differences. Luke is a young actor and cater waiter, and [...]

Motherhood in a time of war

Motherhood in a time of war

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) I had a terrible sense of dread about Arena Stage’s production of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” and in the first act I was afraid it was being realized. But we’ll [...]

A night with the first lady of song

A night with the first lady of song

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) Maurice Hines wants to entertain you. The much-lauded performer wants to do it in the same way he’s been entertaining audiences for decades — from Broadway to Vegas and most recently [...]

A hilarious knight’s tale

A hilarious knight’s tale

By Jordan Wright (Courtesy photo) Taking my seat at the Port City Playhouse at The Lab at Convergence on press night, I overheard that the producers of “The Ballad of the Red Knight” recommended parents bring [...]

Lives, interrupted

Lives, interrupted

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Keith Waters) Thirty-seven performers make up the tremendous ensemble in The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s latest production, a touching story of intersecting lives. Set in the early part of the 20th century, author [...]

‘Earnest’ is too important to miss

‘Earnest’ is too important to miss

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) It always is satisfying to while away the hours at the theater, but it’s most especially pleasurable to let playwright and poet Oscar Wilde remind us of the imbroglios of the [...]

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 [...]