Theatre News: The Aesthetics of a Theatrical Dollar (or $100+ dollars)

Theatre critics never mention the cost of a ticket when we write our reviews, almost as if price doesn’t matter and the aesthetics of theatre operate independent of budget and cost. Maybe that’s because we critics don’t pay for tickets, so we never leave a show saying: “I just paid … Continue reading

News: Who Says Washington Doesn’t Have Political Theatre?

Not that Washington has ever been a hot bed for political theatre—Hair didn’t even come to the National until 1970, two years after its Broadway premiere in 1968—but in Fall 2012 there is a decided lack of almost anything political resembling a play. Sure, Molly Ivins and an utterly sanitized Janis Joplin entertain us at … Continue reading

Theatre Review: ‘The Jungle Book’ by the Synetic Teen Ensemble, a project of the Synetic Family Theater

Everyone with a teen or pre-teen, everyone with a concern for adolescence and the struggles of coming of age, everyone with a love of theatre and its relationship to joy and community should go to see The Jungle Book, the new production by the Synetic Teen Ensemble. Directed by Joseph Carlson, … Continue reading

Theatre Review: ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ by WSC Avant Bard

Without doubt, a theatre company dedicated to breathing fresh life into the classics has given itself a bold charge.  With a Shakespeare, the charge is evident. If anything, companies produce Shakespeare too often for their own good, making a fresh look increasingly difficult.  With a play likeSix Characters in Search … Continue reading