Author Archive | Cyle Durkee

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‘Lobster Alice’ at Flying V

Oh Frabjous Day!! I must say, the toves were slithy! And gyring and gimballing were happening all over the stage! And, this take on the creation of Alice in Wonderland really lived up to its promise. The surrealism of the piece could easily have torn the work from reality, but its firm grounding in the […]

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‘Metamorphosis’ at Alliance for New Music-Theatre

How does one begin a review about a boy turned into a dung beetle? I suppose, just like that. And, no, I’m not giving anything away, unless you have never had even a cursory acquaintance with foreign literature. If you have not….this is a play about a boy who turns into a dung beetle, based […]

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‘Spark’ at Theater Alliance

For all who were wondering: there is, in fact, a whole world across the river in Anacostia. In that world sits a lovely little theater called the Anacostia Playhouse. And, if you ever have the opportunity, you should take the metro (it’s only 5 stops past Gallery Place, and faster to get to than Arlington) to […]

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‘Twelfth Night’ at Theatre Prometheus

Aaaah….Shakespeare. We Washingtonians love you! We love you so much that we have your library here! And we have 14 theater companies dedicated to your works! We, as an educated and civil town, love our high brow theatre! But, as a new and progressive theater town, we also love our down-and-dirty, nitty-gritty, sex-joke-lobbing Bard from […]

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‘Shining City’ at Scena Theatre

Conor McPherson loves the supernatural. His plays exude an otherworldliness that seeps into the dialogue and infects the players. But, his plays aren’t about the supernatural. They seem to highlight the underpinning passion and intricacy of the lives that spin around the ghosts and the visions that his characters perceive. And, there is always the […]

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‘The Veil’ at Quotidian Theatre Company

Conor McPherson’s play The Veil is a play set in an Irish mansion in the country in 1822. It’s story takes us through two weeks of time seeing hopes being sprung, dashed and meekly born again. Daughters to be married off, old friends to be depended on, relationships to be strained, and then there’s the ghost […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Feisty Jew’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) There are story tellers. There are actors. There is a difference between the two. In one we find a desire to live the character. To be a new person on stage so that the audience is allowed to sit outside as voyeurs and watch a tale unfold in front of them. It’s […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘Relationsh!t’

There is something to be said for idiosyncratic behavior contributing to the spice in any relationship (there is something else, entirely, to he said for the same behavior wrecking any and all relationships it comes into contact with). If you are interested in studying the spice after it’s been dropped from a high shelf, shattered, […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘La Llorona’

La Llorona is a Hispanic folktale about a woman who is spurned by her lover and goes on to murder her children. She then wanders the land as a ghost called the wailing woman and hearing her cries means she is coming for you. Pretty standard fare for a ghost story. And this show is […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Duchess of Malfi’

(Best of the Capital Fringe) Setting aside certain things about this performance is difficult. They are greedy, selfish, and cruel. Greedy for deciding they should hoard such a mountain of talent in one cast. Selfish for thinking that they should each get to play multiple, amazing roles. And cruel for tearing my heart out through […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Mutualistic Melody’

In a show who’s concept is so interesting I was surprised to find so many flaws in both script and execution.The script was unwieldy and suffered from many freshman mistakes. For instance, the three characters all seemed to speak with the same voice, though they valiantly fought against that fact. And the author seemed to […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: “Master Harold”…And the Boys

The Rude Mechanicals of Virginia present “Master Harold”… and the Boys, a play by Athol Fugard. It’s a piece of theater that lends itself to subtle choices in order to express complex ideas (apartheid, class relations, etc).  The complex ideas are still there, but with the exception of Marcus Salley as Sam, the subtlety is sadly […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘I Fucked Your Country’

Twanna Hines is fun and sexy. Which is great for someone who talks about sex for a living. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this show, so I was happily surprised when I discovered it wasn’t going to be a one-woman bout of group therapy. Blending fun stories and educational videos, Twanna strings together […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘To The Outside/D.C. al Coda’

I attended In To The Outside/D.C. al Coda last night with my editor. As you may have heard, one of the actors sustained an injury the night before opening night.  Playwright and Director John Sowalsky explains what happened: “On Thursday, the night before our opening, one of our two actors broke her kneecap, and injury which left […]

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