SPINE: Theatre, History & Culture in the Belly of the Beast

Spine: For the Love of ‘Angels in America: Perestroika’ at Round...

Part II of Tony Kushner's Angels in America opened last weekend at the Round House Theatre. A joint production with the Olney Theatre Center,...

SPINE: Theresa Rebeck’s ‘What We’re Up Against’ at Keegan Theatre

Theresa Rebeck's sharp-knuckled comedy, What We're Up Against, received its regional premiere at Keegan Theatre this week, and the laughs abound. An architectural firm hires...

Spine: Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ at Folger Theatre

Oh, what a difference 200 years make! Jane Austen's novel, Sense and Sensibility, was published anonymously in 1811. Folger's Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill...

Spine: Anguish, Angels, and the Reagan Revolution: ‘Angels in America’ at...

Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center have teamed up for a truly remarkable Washington event: Parts 1 & 2 of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-Prize...

Spine: ‘The Lonesome West’ and Other Motherless Places at Keegan Theatre

Not long ago, Washington was the Murder-Capital of the USA. Crack Wars. Drive-Bys. Domestic Violence. Police Brutality. And all on a daily basis. The Murder-Capital...

Spine: ‘We Know How You Die’ and an Oracular Upright Citizens...

We Know How You Die, the Upright Citizens Brigade's improvised, audience participation exploration of the Oracle, its predictive methodology, and its impact on the...

Spine: The 26th Contemporary American Theater Festival: Ed Herendeen’s 26th Snapshot...

The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is approaching its second quarter of a century of new American plays....

Spine: Love, Greed, and Bigotry in The Folger’s ‘District Merchants’

There's no question that Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice is a problem play, fraught with old hates that were once considered justified and old beliefs...

Spine: ‘An Octoroon,’ ‘The Octoroon’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

An Octoroon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' re-imagining of Dion Boucicault's pre-Civil War classic The Octoroon, opened last night at Woolly Mammoth. Postmodern, hip, sardonic, farcical--An Octoroon deals...

Spine: Becoming Leila Buck’s ‘Hkeelee’ at Mosaic Theater Company

In The Protean Self, Robert Jay Lifton explores the wonders of human resilience in times of profound disturbance and change. In Hkeelee (Talk to Me), a theatrical memoir of...

Spine: ‘The Nether’ and its Virtual Revolution at Woolly Mammoth Theatre...

In the middle of Jennifer Haley's beautifully poetic The Nether, now playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the detective quotes Theodore Roethke's "In a...

Spine: One ‘American Idiot’ to Another, at The Keegan Theatre

Let me admit this right from the start. I'm 60 years old. I don't go to concerts much. I had heard of Green Day (I've...

Review: ‘Promised Land’ at Mosaic Theater Company of DC

On rare occasions the world of theatre and the world in which we live converge: the subject of the theatre we witness on the...

Spine: ‘Guards at the Taj’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj, now playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, provokes its audience with grand flamingo visions, with horrific buckets of...

Spine: “I Shall Not Hate” Mosaic Theater’s Journey to the Gaza...

Visit the Atlas Performing Arts Center's Sprenger Lang Theatre over the next few weeks and you'll find Gaza. “He who looks at the  sea does not...

DCMetroTheaterArts: Best of 2015 #10: Best Performances in a Musical in...

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theatres honors go to:   Best Actor in a...

Spine: Mosaic’s ‘The Gospel of Lovingkindness’ and a Call for a...

Mosaic Theatre Company's second offering in its inaugural season is the emotionally rich The Gospel of Lovingkindness by Marcus Gardley. In it Gardley tackles the...

Spine: ‘Pericles’ by Oregon Shakespeare Festival at Folger Theatre (Review #2)

The rarely performed Pericles by William Shakespeare, now on stage at Folger Theatre, is that even rarer of manuscripts: a folk play with epic...

Spine: ‘Appomattox’ Cracks the Color Line at The Kennedy Center

Appomattox, the world premiere opera now playing at The Kennedy Center Opera House in a new production by the Washington National Opera, tackles that...

Spine: JOY and Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour

Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour came to the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre last night. Four pieces: two short "Fanfares," a Preludes and Fugues, and...

REMEMBERING JOEL MARKOWITZ