DC – Drama City : The Folger, The Folio, and the Fool by mnjones
July 17, 2008, 10:12 am
Filed under: FEATURES, Theatre

So…the man pictured above is the very same man who brought a folio into our own Folger Shakespeare Library nearly a month ago. Raymond Scott’s folio is now believed to have been stolen from Durham University in England ten years ago. Mr. Scott denies this adamantly, and while an FBI investigation is pending – he continues to believe that the folio will be returned to him. Continue reading

DC – Drama City : a Spoonful of Sugar by mnjones
July 9, 2008, 10:04 pm
Filed under: FEATURES, Theatre
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DC theatres like to keep it on the DL in the summer. It’s hot, it’s humid, and tourists aren’t usually bustling from the Smithsonian over to Studio Theatre. And before you go there, let’s not revisit the concept of DC’s “Fringe” Festival.
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DC – Drama City: Criticizing The Imaginary and the Invalid by mnjones
June 12, 2008, 10:38 am
Filed under: FEATURES, Theatre

Last night a friend and I saw the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid. Keith Baxter , a frequent STC collaborator, directed the 17th Century French comedy adapted by Alan Drury. Within the first five minutes of the production I was reminded just how embarrassing theatre can be – embarrassing for the actors, embarrassing for the audience, embarrassing for the 100+ STC staff members listed in the program. Continue reading

YES: Gandalf Yes: Sam Jones Yes: STC by mnjones
May 15, 2008, 1:08 pm
Filed under: Celebs, Theatre

Both Sir Ian McKellen and Kim Cattrall attended the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sunday night performance of Antony and Cleopatra at Sidney Harman Hall. I can’t guarantee any more celebrity sightings, but the show is suppose to be really good.
*Above a photo of the two in a stage production in approximately 1852.

Yes: Free for All Yes: Immature Soap Star Hamlet by mnjones
May 8, 2008, 7:18 pm
Filed under: Theatre

Jeffrey Carlson will be revisiting his Hamlet performance for the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2008 Free for All at Carter Barron Ampitheatre. I’m all for seeing a production that depicts Hamlet as a spoiled moron. To brood or not to brood is never a question.

No: Capital Fringe by mnjones
March 26, 2008, 12:15 am
Filed under: Theatre

Okay, I’m a Fringe snob; and even if I weren’t it would take an awful lot to convince me that this is a city that can host a true Fringe festival. Besides which, the Capital Fringe exists on the “fringe” of nothing. “Look at me, I want to be in charge of something. I’m going to start a performance festival in a city that can barely support its established theatres!” Anyway, if you would like information on the third annual Fringe impostor please visit their website. Only one catch – there’s no information on what’s coming up this summer just a lot of begging for funding. Call me crazy, but DC culture might be better served by financial support for those organizations that serve the community more than two weeks out of a year.

YES: Finally by rachels
March 10, 2008, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Theatre

Finally I went to one of Woolly Mammoth’s (7th & D) “Pay What You Can” nights and left feeling excited and energized. The play was David Adjmi’s take on the Syrian-Jewish community in Brooklyn, and what happens when life takes one young newlywed outside the bubble. (Lesbian maids, semiotics, battery, the downside of Pig Latin, bitchy sisters and more!) The play is Stunning. “Pay What You Can” again on Tuesday, March 11 (wait in line 90 minutes prior to showtime for tickets as cheap as $1, or whatever you want to pay) . Running through April 6.

Yes: Major by mnjones
March 2, 2008, 3:56 pm
Filed under: Theatre

Major Barbara showing at the Harman Center for the Arts. I was dubious, but apparently it’s amusing…At least it’s amusing for a place that usually sticks to the Classics.

Yes: Argonautika by mnjones
February 22, 2008, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Theatre

Yeah, I’m biased. So what? Rave reviewed and showing for 9 more days. Go get some culture. (Get it cheaper if you actually know me)