Archive for 'Visual Arts'

‘Six Degrees’ deftly captures a changing society

‘Six Degrees’ deftly captures a changing society

By Jordan Wright When John Guare’s iconic play, “Six Degrees of Separation,” was first produced at Lincoln Center in New York City in 1993, it fit in with the zeitgeist perfectly. Society had been reconfigured over [...]

Port City Playhouse draws from real life struggles

Port City Playhouse draws from real life struggles

By Jordan Wright Michael Healey’s “The Drawer Boy” as performed by Port City Playhouse is — by turns — a darkly funny and deeply poignant piece of theater that examines the bonds of friendship and the [...]

MetroStage jazzes it up with ‘Ladies Swing the Blues’

MetroStage jazzes it up with ‘Ladies Swing the Blues’

By Jordan Wright The pioneering influence that Charlie “Yardbird” Parker had in the world of jazz, blues and bebop in the mid-20th century is the most inextricable part of his legacy. Blowing new sounds from his [...]

Little Theatre of Alexandria lets it all hang out with ‘Full Monty’

Little Theatre of Alexandria lets it all hang out with ‘Full Monty’

By Jordan wright One of the most astonishing things about The Little Theatre of Alexandria is its ability to mount a production as complex and energetic as “The Full Monty,” a strapping show by Terrence McNally [...]

Iris DeMent returns to Birchmere with new music in tow

Iris DeMent returns to Birchmere with new music in tow

By Jordan Wright Iris DeMent’s singing voice can best be described as the mournful sound of a dove, the backwoods twang of Appalachia, and having what is known in the industry as a “cry” in her [...]

Synetic Theater takes ‘A Trip to the Moon’

Synetic Theater takes ‘A Trip to the Moon’

By Jordan Wright Here’s the grabber up front: Synetic Theater’s “A Trip to the Moon” is one of the most exciting, imaginative and flawless pieces of theater. I’ve seen in light years. If I used a [...]

The show will go on at Old Town Theater

The show will go on at Old Town Theater

By Derrick Perkins The hardest decision Rob Kaufman made in the nearly yearlong effort to restore the Old Town Theater was one of his earliest. “The biggest hurdle was … the change from not doing a [...]

Relive the glory and glamour of Motown at Signature Theatre

Relive the glory and glamour of Motown at Signature Theatre

By Jordan Wright Riddle me this: Do goose bumps get goose bumps? Well, yes, if Nova Payton is singing her pipes out. Payton plays Effie White in Signature Theatre’s production of “Dreamgirls” — a career-establishing role [...]

Q&A with Sonya Carter of ‘Girls Night’

Q&A with Sonya Carter of ‘Girls Night’

By Jordan Wright Sisterhood is alive and well and coming to The Carlyle Club in Alexandria later this month. For one night only, five rip-roaring, tell-it-like-it-is women in “Girls Night: The Musical!” will take the city’s [...]

The Lab at Convergence’s ‘The Soul Collector’ easily amasses fans

The Lab at Convergence’s ‘The Soul Collector’ easily amasses fans

By Jordan Wright “The Soul Collector” brings us into the Cleveland, Ohio junk-strewn home of two black men, Darnell and his uncle Cedric, struggling under the burden of emotional scars and doomed dreams until a supernatural [...]