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‘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 [...]

MetroStage’s “Ghost-Writer” is a spellbinding show

MetroStage’s “Ghost-Writer” is a spellbinding show

By Jordan Wright As MetroStage celebrates its three Helen Hayes Awards for last year’s “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” theatergoers are treated to another brilliant show by producing artistic director Carolyn [...]

A tale of troubled savants at Little Theatre

A tale of troubled savants at Little Theatre

By Jordan Wright “33 Variations,” playing at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, takes the audience on an intellectual exercise, meditating on Ludwig van Beethoven’s intent when he composed 33 variations on his music publisher’s mediocre waltz. [...]