WASHINGTON, D.C. – A most excellent “Camelot” beckons one and all.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The Remains” is showing at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. through June 17th and documents the unraveling of a marriage of one of the first same-sex marriages in the US.
GREENBELT – Two noteworthy area productions can be described as jukebox musicals, works which weave pre-existing popular music into the script of new musical production. The first is “Bullets over Broadway” (through June 16), an outdoors production at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.
STAUNTON – Though we “write men’s virtues in water,” according to Shakespeare, performing plays as ever “more water glideth by” is quite another matter. The topic this week is performing Shakespeare as it was meant to be enacted, for the Hard Bargain Players of Prince George’s County in May performed Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from May 10 to 19. It was performed in “a space where it was always meant to be played: right under our beautiful canopy of trees and starlight!” Although the Hard Bargain Players’ website waxed in this way lyrical on its Theatre in the Woods productions in Accokeek, the outdoor performance I had hoped to attend was not possible due to the heavy daily rains of last week. “To the water side, I must conduct your grace” indeed! (Shakespeare).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis paid tribute to American composer Leonard Bernstein at the Kennedy Center on May 20 in a program that splendidly celebrated the 100th year of the maestro’s birth.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legendary singer Mavis Staples performed an evening of soul music at The Kennedy Center’s 2018 Spring Gala on May 6 that took the audience down memory lane.
LAUREL – “Take you the lute, and you the set of books,” writes Shakespeare in his raucous comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.” Two area shows take up both classic books and, if not the lute, then indeed a variety of instruments to bring vividly to life two classic stories which are so universal that they continue to speak to us today.
SEABROOK – Two very different musical theater productions are in our midst – productions that have little in common at first other than being written early in the 2000s. At a closer view, however, both “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” performed by the Prince George’s Little Theatre and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” enacted by the Reston Community Players are – to adopt the title of the latter – “thoroughly retro modern musicals,” blending venerable broadway traditions with a dose of modern cynicism.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The new musical, “Snow Child,” is onstage at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. through May 20. While interesting with its storyline of a grieving couple who find hope from a young girl who transforms their lives in the Alaska wilderness in the 1920s, never seems to hit the emotional ball out of the park.