Menu

Entertainment

Can humor point the way to political reconciliation?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It is no secret that there is currently a great political divide in U.S. society. Under such conditions, how is it possible for dialogue to move forward between differing political factions? Perhaps the enormously talented political satirical performers known as the Capitol Steps can show us two ways: First, by laughing at both sides. Second, by laughing at all.  

Read more...

'Ragtime' in a Minor Key at Bowie Playhouse

BOWIE – “Patriotism was a reliable sentiment in the early 1900’s,” writes E.L. Doctorow in his well-regarded 1975 novel “Ragtime.” “Teddy Roosevelt was President. The population customarily gathered in great numbers out of doors for parades, public concerts, fish fries, political picnics, social outings, or indoors in meeting halls, vaudeville theatres, operas, ballrooms. . . . Trains and steamers and trolleys moved them from one place to another. That was the style, that was the way people lived.”

Read more...

An aesthetically pleasing 'Patience' entertains all

ROCKVILLE – Theater-goers who attended the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance and Performance’s recent performances of Oscar Wilde's “The Importance of Being Earnest” will have a decided advantage in appreciating Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta “Patience,” playing through June 17 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville. 
Read more...

‘Bullets Over Broadway’ and ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’

BulletsOverBroadway 06 1GREENBELT – 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.

Read more...

A dark ‘Macbeth’ is lit at Blackfriars Playhouse

Macbeth StauntonSTAUNTON – 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).    

Read more...

Wynton Marsalis presents Leonard Bernstein at 100

Wynton Marsalis PlayingWASHINGTON, 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.

Read more...