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Thirty-nine steps in the right direction

Thirty-nine steps in the right direction

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Kevin Waters/KX Photography) Step right up for The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s rollicking tribute to Alfred Hitchcock: “The 39 Steps.” References to Hitchcock’s classics — “The Birds,” “Dial M for Murder,” “North by [...]

Ripped from the headlines

Ripped from the headlines

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) What sort of vacuum will the withdrawal of U.S. troops create in Afghanistan? And what will become of the Afghan men and women who aided the Americans and are left behind? [...]

‘Dorian Gray’ is picture-perfect

‘Dorian Gray’ is picture-perfect

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Koko Lanham) If I told you Synetic Theater was producing one of its much-lauded plays from the Silent Shakespeare series, you might have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into. You also [...]

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 [...]