Theatre

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‘An Inspector Calls’ Critiques Society’s Conscience

This article discusses suicide. Please refer to the end of the article for resources on campus. As the lights dimmed, bomb sirens roared and fog emerged in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall on Nov. 26; the audience was transported to 1912 England. Coupling comedy with death and opulence[Read More…]

by December 7, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide, Theatre
Folger Shakespeare Library

‘King John’ Retains Relevance in Current Political Climate

The Folger Theatre put out another stellar production with its witty rendition of “King John,” one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known histories. Director Aaron Posner delves into the nuance of power, flawed leadership and commodity through the 13th-century play, which explores the delicate and wholly complicated nature of familial life. Over the[Read More…]

by November 29, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide, Theatre
Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts

‘Our Class’ Masterfully Presents Haunting Reminder of History, Warning for Future

“This play will give people a chance to really notice things in the world that are transpiring, that matter, and how they have the opportunity to make a difference — it is a beautiful communal event. It’s a courageous, humane work that will inspire people,” Derek Goldman, a professor of[Read More…]

Courtesy Skye Lindberg

Singing and Tap-Dancing Alum in ‘Anything Goes’ Musical Explains the Value of Theater Education

For nearly 70 years, nonprofit regional theater Arena Stage has masterfully conveyed the U.S. spirit on stage, and its Gold Standard Musical this fall is no exception. “Anything Goes” is a classic full of mischief and amusement. This lively show would not be complete without its iconic tap dancing, and[Read More…]

by October 29, 2018 0 comments The Guide, Theatre
EMBASSY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC, WASHINGTON, D.C.

‘Pankrác 45’ Poses Tough Questions About Guilt and Recovery After the Holocaust

“Pankrác 45” boldly provokes introspection on the nature of culpability and the effectiveness of retribution. Set in the Czech Republic after the Holocaust, the production trains an unflinching eye on the fates of four women associated with the Nazi regime as the community struggles with the aftermath of the atrocities.[Read More…]

‘Amanuensis’ Premieres at the Gonda Theater, Featuring Father-Daughter Conflict and ‘Paradise Lost’

‘Amanuensis’ Premieres at the Gonda Theater, Featuring Father-Daughter Conflict and ‘Paradise Lost’

“You haven’t the flame to outlast a raindrop. You’re not a conflagration, Mary; you’re a wee match in the sea of time. And the sea will swallow you up,” John Milton boomed in response to his daughter’s plea to satiate her hunger for knowledge. In the play’s world premiere at[Read More…]

COURTESY KATE CLARK (COL '21)

Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes at Mask and Bauble’s ‘Footloose’

The Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society’s performance of “Footloose”encourages its audience members to kick off their Sunday shoes and enjoy the music. Tasked with reimagining the upbeat 1980s classic are director Annie Ludtke (MSB ’18) and producer Benjamin Sullivan (COL ’19), who are joined by technical director Bryce Kelety (SFS[Read More…]

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Potted Potter’ Only Shines When Unscripted

Watching “Potted Potter” at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall is a bit like opening the yard-long scroll that serves as the show’s program: ridiculous, excessive and tangentially related to “Harry Potter.” Billed as “all seven ‘Harry Potter’ books in 70 minutes,” “Potted Potter” is surprisingly rife with non-Harry Potter[Read More…]

NOMADIC THEATRE

Nomadic Theatre’s ‘She Kills Monsters’ Addresses Death and Mourning With Dungeons & Dragons

Dialogue around sexual orientation and grief, the 1990s and the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons are all incorporated in The Nomadic Theatre’s newest show “She Kills Monsters.” The show, written by Qui Nguyen, focuses on Agnes Evans, a young schoolteacher living in 1995 Athens, Ohio. At her college graduation,[Read More…]

by April 10, 2018 0 comments The Guide, Theatre
BLACK THEATRE ENSEMBLE

Black Theatre Ensemble’s ‘The Story’ Combines Racial Politics and the Quest for Success

In 1981, Washington Post journalist Janet Cooke won a Pulitzer Prize for an article she wrote about an eight-year old heroin addict. After capturing the hearts of millions worldwide and sparking a D.C.-wide manhunt to find the boy, Cooke’s story was later discovered to be completely fabricated. Inspired by this[Read More…]