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Old Town Theater temporarily shuttered for overhaul

Old Town Theater temporarily shuttered for overhaul

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) Just nine months into the Old Town Theater’s much-anticipated second act, the curtains quietly have fallen again on the King Street landmark. Owner Rob Kaufman put the nearly 100-year-old entertainment venue [...]

‘Cavalia Odysseo’ brings horseplay back to the stage

‘Cavalia Odysseo’ brings horseplay back to the stage

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Pascal Ratthé The equine extravaganza that galloped into town four years ago will return with an even more spectacular show Wednesday. Sixty-nine horses — including Arabians, Belgians and Appaloosas, as well as other [...]

‘The Velocity of Autumn’ soars at Arena Stage

‘The Velocity of Autumn’ soars at Arena Stage

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Given the title, one might imagine Arena Stage’s artistic director Molly Smith deliberately timed this piece to coincide with the beginning of fall. But “The Velocity of Autumn,” which Smith also [...]

A soulful, southern tale

A soulful, southern tale

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) “I had a vision. Like the story passed down by my grandfather,” says Sadie Pettway. Though she wasn’t a Pettway yet, at least not till she met the smooth-talking Macon, a [...]

Scene Around Town: A pretty, little liar

Scene Around Town: A pretty, little liar

By Jordan Wright (Photo, Michael deBlois) When Lillian Hellman wrote “The Children’s Hour” in 1934, it was a very different time — or was it? Hellman was an original, a maverick whose antifascist writings branded her a [...]

Scene Around Town: Nothing’s fair in war

Scene Around Town: Nothing’s fair in war

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Mueller) With the turmoil of the Vietnam War as a dramatic backdrop, “Miss Saigon” presents a poignant tale of doomed love amid the horrors of warfare. And Signature Theatre deftly conveys the [...]

Not your grandparents’ night at the theater

Not your grandparents’ night at the theater

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Keith Waters) The presentation of “Avenue Q” is another successful step in The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s march into the 21st century. It’s the latest in a series of productions that a few [...]

SCENE AROUND TOWN: ’20th Century’ roars into Little Theatre

SCENE AROUND TOWN: ’20th Century’ roars into Little Theatre

By Jordan Wright There’s nothing like the sound of a collective gasp from the audience when the curtain draws back to reveal a dazzling stage set. “20th Century” set co-designers John Downing and Bill Glikbarg achieved [...]

A Signature performance of ‘Company’

A Signature performance of ‘Company’

By Jordan Wright When the cast of Signature Theatre’s “Company” struts onstage in the musical’s first number, the thing to keep in mind is that three of the four onstage couples — Sherri L. Edelen as [...]

One for all and all for one at Synetic Theater

One for all and all for one at Synetic Theater

By Jordan Wright Synetic Theater’s dancers excel in perceived weightlessness and acrobatic suspension, and in “The Three Musketeers,” their talent is put on display. The play is full of good, old-fashioned swashbuckling, fight-till-the-death duels and leaping [...]