1

Tag Archives | Philip Fletcher

Mark-of-Cain-7 square

Review: ‘The Mark of Cain’ at Synetic Theater

Fans of Synetic Theater’s music-and movement-based works derived from classic texts will find a surprise twist in the company’s latest offering. Typically, a Synetic extravaganza creates a vivid other world, someplace unto itself, visually voluptuous, aurally luscious, always a trip to somewhere fantabulous. But with The Mark of Cain, Synetic’s first wholly original devised work […]

Continue Reading
Hunchback9

Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Synetic Theater

Haunting is the word that quickly came to mind as I sat, mesmerized, rediscovering a classic of literature I thought I knew from reading print on a page and from the movies. But, oh my, Synetic Theater’s dark, expressionistic, dialogue-free take on Victor Hugo’s nearly two-century old The Hunchback of Notre Dame simply swept me […]

Continue Reading
Hunchback-for-website

Spine: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Synetic Theater

The spectacle of movement has always been Synetic’s star attraction. When those primal, emotional moments fuse with a strong narrative throughline, Synetic’s brilliance shines brightest. Their newest star, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which opened last night at the Crystal City Theater, is a supernova, for all the darkest reasons. Combining a spectacle that entrances with […]

Continue Reading
an

Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Synetic Theater

What is Shakespeare without his words? Answer: a rollicking good time! Synetic Theater, known for its dynamic and often wordless productions of Shakespeare and other classics, have another hit on their hands with their revival of Twelfth Night, set in the of the 1920s. This jewel of a production is full of heart, laughter, and […]

Continue Reading
12717189_10156499767780150_5615357302117169815_n

Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Synetic Theater

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet opens with a chorus announcing the fate that will befall the title characters in just two hours’ time. Synetic Theatre’s wordless Romeo and Juliet, distills that straightforward prologue into an even simpler image: the swinging of a pendulum, the ticking of a clock. Director Paata Tsikurishvili has brought back his award-winning […]

Continue Reading
BEST-OF-2015-200X200-PIXELS (1)

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #8: Best Performances in a Play in Professional Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their Best of 2015: Best Performances in Plays in Professional Theatres go to:  BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY Josh Adams as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan at Scena Theatre. Matthew Ancarrow and Robby Rose as ‘The Twins’ in The Comedy of Errors at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Aaron […]

Continue Reading
10013858_10155710184905150_7192725582964612319_n

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Synetic Theater

The music is pulsing; the performers are insanely flexible, and everything from set to costumes to lights is drenched in the fantastical for Synetic’s latest Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play and the company are a perfect match – the psychedelic comedy with three sets of lovers and a love potion finds perfect expression […]

Continue Reading
DCMTAsquare_Moreau (1)

‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ at Synetic Theater

Synetic continues to plumb classic literature to find new sources of inspiration for its physical theater productions. Opening its new season, Paata Tsikurishvili and his team of artistic and technical wizards have found another deeply  flawed characters to bring to life. This time Synetic’s creative juices have a production based upon H.G. Wells’late 19th century […]

Continue Reading
dcmta1 (1)

‘Twelfth Night’ at Synetic Theater by Christina Frank

There’s nothing particularly innovative about setting Shakespeare in the 20’s. Look around town and you’ll find a number of companies hauling out the flapper dresses. There’s also nothing new about Synetic presenting silent Shakespeare, they’ve done several to varied degrees of success. So when it’s comes to pulling off a well-known classic like Twelfth Night, […]

Continue Reading
2967B4369-FDDB-0C3C-2463E44A7C6E7F09

Summer Hummer 2013 Takes Off at 7 and 9 PM on Monday, August 19th at Signature Theatre by Jennifer Clements

Summer Hummer 2013 Over 40 of Washington’s hottest theatre performers.  Singing. Dancing. AND… Taking off their clothes. Monday, August 19, 2013 at  7 pm and 9 pm  At Signature Theatre $35 General Admission $75 Premium Reserved Seating Don’t be left out of Washington’s only bawdy burlesque. Get your tickets NOW – every dollar goes to help theatre professionals through theatreWashington’s Taking Care of […]

Continue Reading
Alex Mills as Puck. Photo by Johnny Shyrock.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Synetic Theater by David Friscic

Synetic Theater weaves a fusion of theatrical elements to bravura and mesmerizing effect in their current production of their acclaimed past Helen Hayes Award-winning hit, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The hook that grabs you in the work of this splendid theater company has always been their sense of total commitment to their vision – fusing elements of visual […]

Continue Reading
The cast of 'The Tempest.' Photo by Johnny Shryock.

‘The Tempest’ at Synetic Theater by Natalie McCabe

A squall. A gale. A storm. A tempest. Synetic Theater’s production of The Tempest, the latest installment of their Silent Shakespeare Series, can be described using all of the above words. Indeed, the entire stage is covered in four inches of water through which the actors dance, roll, and fight. In fact, a grand total of […]

Continue Reading
Soldiers from the Ensemble of 'Home of the Solder' and Son (Center: Vato Tsikurishvili). Photo by Johnny Shryock.

‘Home of the Soldier’ at Synetic Theater by Amanda Gunther

A stunning performance of heartfelt emotions and war-torn reality comes to Crystal City in Synetic Theater’s new mesmerizing production of Home of the Soldier. A new play created by Paata Tsikurishvili and Ben Cunis, this heart-breaking, gut-wrenching story is a phenomenon of live theatre that must be seen to be believed. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, […]

Continue Reading
shew-1-460x306

‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Synetic Theater by Natalie McCabe

There is a fine, fine line between loving and loathing, in the “interplay of joy and darkness,” as Director Paata Tsikurishvili, and Founding Artistic Director, and CEO of Synetic Theater so elegantly writes in the program’s ‘Director’s Note.’  This is illustrated well in the theater’s latest production The Taming of the Shrew – in their […]

Continue Reading