Tag Archives | Wade Laboissonniere


Review #2: ‘The Father’ at The Studio Theatre

It’s taken five years for The Father—the highly-acclaimed drama by Florian Zeller that shook Paris in 2012—to arrive in the Washington area. But now that it’s here—following sold-out performances in London and New York—this stunning puzzle of a play has settled in for a month-long DC debut at Studio Theatre, where audiences lucky enough to […]

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Review: ‘The Father’ at The Studio Theatre

Some plays are more difficult to watch than others; some plays activate your imagination and pull you into their stories whole-body: those plays pull you into the psychological realities they portray. The Father by French Playwright Florian Zeller (translated by Christopher Hampton) is just such a play, and when a stellar ensemble is led by […]

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Review: ‘Ragtime’ at Ford’s Theatre

Glorious! Dazzling! Verve! Bursting at the seams with voices and stories of America’s humanity and originating dreams. These are the words I felt as Ragtime, now at Ford’s Theatre, unfolded before me. And it all began with the show’s opening; a full-company production number in which 24 voices, 48 feet, nine musicians, and an upright […]

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Robert Cuccioli and Danielle Leneé. Photo by Matt Urban, Mobius New Media, Inc.

Review: ‘White Guy on the Bus’ at Delaware Theatre Company

White Guy on the Bus, at Wilmington’s Delaware Theatre Company through Sunday, February 19, is easily the prolific Bruce Graham’s most important and most accomplished play, even more than Coyote on a Fence or Funnyman. It shrewdly and bravely depicts American attitudes toward race, showing the casual and fairly harmless way racial matters creep into […]

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Review: ‘The Explorers Club’ at Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington

Patterned Oriental carpets, richly aged dark wood paneling, a tufted leather sofa and a tapestry upholstered chair, an exotic collection of art, curiosities, and taxidermy specimens, and other traditional appointments place us in the world of an exclusive private club in London, 1879. Gentlemen scholars and scientific explorers, in three-piece suits and well-trimmed facial hair, […]

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Review #2: ‘110 in the Shade’ at Ford’s Theatre

As the opening song exclaims, “Gonna Be Another Hot Day”- and like a refreshing breeze, the lilting lyrics and melodious music of the prolific theatre songwriting team of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks, I Do! I Do!) surges over the Ford’s Theatre’s current robust production of 110 in the Shade. The entire production […]

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Review: ‘110 in the Shade’ at Ford’s Theatre

Glorious vocals and a strong cast heat up Ford’s Theatre with the musical gem 110 in the Shade. With music and lyrics by The Fantasticks creators Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, this rollicking musical, based on The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, has more than enough heat to satisfy. Directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom […]

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‘The Widow Lincoln’ at Ford’s Theatre

In the world premiere production of The Widow Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, playwright James Still and Director Stephen Rayne create a mélange of fact and fiction, mystery and history, in a stunning portrayal of a tortured woman coping with unspeakable grief. The play provides a fantasy version of what might have happened during a 40-day period […]

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Lily Tomlin at The Music Center at Strathmore

Thirty-plus years after 6-year old Edith Ann debuted on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, the eternally young Edith Ann was complaining about her big sister Irene’s iPhone and how she “texthhhsss” too much. “I wish she would run away,” the precocious child said on Saturday night in front of a very large and robust crowd at […]

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‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Ford’s Theatre

Exhilarating— adj. “making one feel very happy, animated, or elated; thrilling.” E-X-H-I-L-A-R-A-T-I-N-G. Exhilarating; the perfect word used to describe your mood once you’ve attended the Ford’s Theatre‘s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  With Music and Lyrics by William Finn, and Book by Rachel Sheinkin, this catchy, quirky comedy will inspire delight and amusement […]

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