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Mother Road ~ Arena Stage

Jordan Wright February 15, 2020

Mother Road transports us into the world of John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath and the terrible tragedy of the Joad family. Playwright Octavio Solis picks up where the novel left off, leap-frogging the generations to provide us a glimpse into what life would be like for […]

Gun & Powder ~ Signature Theatre

Jordan Wright February 10, 2020

An intriguing musical made its world premiere at Signature. In it, twin mulatto sisters use their beauty, wits and a pistol to deceive and rob whites. It promises a happy ending but is that enough to take us along on their criminal enterprise?

Emmy Raver-Lampman (Martha) and […]

The King’s Speech ~ National Theatre

Jordan Wright February 12, 2020

The unfolding drama in The King’s Speech is young Bertie’s ability to overcome a debilitating stammer. Coupled with the issue of his brother David’s affair with the twice-divorced, utterly unsuitable Wallis Simpson, it forms the basis for this fascinating historical dramedy. When their father George V dies, David […]

Phantom of the Opera ~ Synetic Theater

Jordan Wright February 10, 2020 Special to the Alexandria Times

In an extraordinary adaptation of Phantom of the Opera, Director Paata Tsikurishvili re-envisions the Phantom’s world – not as an opera, but as a ballet. It is a tremendous stroke of genius. The most ballet-centric production Synetic Theater has ever mounted, it stars two […]

Silent Sky ~ Ford’s Theatre

Jordan Wright February 2, 2020

Mention the name Lauren Gunderson, and you’ll probably get an enthusiastic nod of recognition. As the most produced playwright in America, she has been writing plays about real women whose achievements have been subordinated to those of men. Think of the movie Hidden Figures as a recent example of women […]