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Magic Time!: Refinding the Soul of ‘Word Becomes Flesh’ at Theater Alliance: A Q&A With Director Psalmayene 24

Winner of five Helen Hayes Awards last season, Theater Alliance’s production of Word Becomes Flesh is now playing at Anacostia Playhouse in an encore presentation that is garnering even more acclaim. Having seen both productions, I sensed something in it had now changed—something I could not find words for but something powerful and significant. I […]

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Theater Alliance Launches Word Becomes Action Festival

By Natalie Graves Tucker The theater that brought you the Helen Hayes Award–winning show Word Becomes Flesh last year is walking the talk and following up with the Word Becomes Action Festival. Before I get into the festival, let me say a bit about Word Becomes Flesh by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, now playing with the original cast […]

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Theater Alliance Announces Its 2017-2018 Theater Season, Including Return of ‘Word Becomes Flesh’

Theater Alliance announces its 15th Season with an impressive lineup, including the return of its Helen Hayes Award–winning production Word Becomes Flesh, presented with two regional premieres by up-and-coming American playwrights, and an exciting new format to its Hothouse Play Development Series. Theater Alliance’s mission is “to develop, produce, and present socially conscious thought-provoking work that fully […]

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Dangereuse: ‘King Lear’ at WSC Avant Bard

King Lear has sometimes been called the Everest of classical acting. Every great Shakespearean actor must sooner or later face the physically and emotionally exhausting task of playing the part. Some simply give up.  Albert Finney, when asked, is reported to have said; “Oh God, eight shows a week doing Lear – no, no, no.” […]

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Review: ‘King Lear’ at Avant Bard

The tempest in my mind / Doth from my senses take all feeling else. King Lear, Act 3, scenes 4–5. Avant Bard’s King Lear is a bracing, piercing production of a family and realm in heightening disarray. The galvanizing production plumbs the depths of an unnamed country in which loyalty reigns, deceit lurks, chaos ensues, […]

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Report #2: “The 33rd Annual Helen Hayes Awards” at the Lincoln Theatre

The 33rd Annual Helen Hayes Awards, held at Washington’s Lincoln Theatre, was a fabulous celebration of the D.C. area’s wonderfully talented theater community. Hosts E. Faye Butler and Lawrence Redmond started off the festivities with a fun rendition of “Celebration” that had the audience grooving in their seats. The American Pops Orchestra provided the music, […]

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Review: ‘The Freshest Snow Whyte’ at Imagination Stage

Far off the radar of most grownup theatergoers, the writer/director Psalmayene 24 has been creating an extraordinary body of work for children. I’ve been an admirer of the trenchant work he has directed for mature audiences—the plays Not Enuf Lifetimes and The Shipment knocked me out. But until The Freshest Snow Whyte—his fourth creation for Imagination […]

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Review: ‘A Bid to Save the World’ at Rorschach Theatre

Imagine a world in which death no longer exists. Rorschach Theatre’s current production of A Bid to Save the World – a new play by California based playwright Erin Bregman – asks audiences to do just that. The play, with bold and colorful direction by Lee Liebeskind, explores humanity’s relationship with death, drawing on ancient […]

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Review: ‘Chalk’ at We Happy Few Productions

There’s an ancient child-custody legend about two women who claim to be the mother of the same infant. In the well-known Hebrew Bible version, their dispute is resolved when King Solomon orders the child to be sliced in half—and the true mother wails, Don’t kill it, let her have it! In the classic Chinese verse […]

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Review: ‘Word Becomes Flesh’ & ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ at Theater Alliance

There is a critical conversation going on in Anacostia right now that may be one of the most  urgent and honest exchanges between black women and black men the American theater has ever known. The conversation is between two choreopoems, one composed and staged from a black man’s point of view (Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word […]

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‘She Kills Monsters’ at Rorschach Theatre

I knew that Qui Nguyen’s fantastical comedy She Kills Monsters had something to do with the famous (or infamous) role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. But when I was confronted by the gigantic, three-dimensional board game that was the set, painted over with arcane symbols and strange numerals, I knew I was out of my league. […]

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Source Festival: ‘Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea’

I’ve been thinking about Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea from the moment I left the theatre, and my mind hasn’t really slowed down. Here’s the takeaway: rarely have I encountered a work that explores so many issues this well and this intelligently. Dontrell doesn’t just employ the theme of quests, but teaches us how to […]

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A Report on ‘TYGER’ at banished? productions

Following a first workshop production at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Happenings at the Harman series, banished? productions have returned with version two of their work in progress, TYGER. A meditation on loss, ritual, and identity, TYGER is a show on the tipping point – an intriguing, thought-provoking work carrying the weight of too many ideas. […]

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