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Bandstand ~ National Theatre

Jordan Wright March 2, 2020

The Tony Award-winning Bandstand opens with the sounds of war and of soldiers in the heat of battle. It isn’t the first of many flashbacks for Donny Novitski, a down-on-his-luck vet whose best friend, Michael, was killed by a grenade when they came under attack. Donny promises to find […]

Timon of Athens ~ Shakespeare Theatre Company

Jordan Wright February 26, 2020

You’d think by now Shakespeare’s plays would have taught society a few basic life lessons. Be nice, don’t let your ego get the better of you, love madly, and don’t trust a drunk. Take Timon of Athens – a wealthy aristocrat whose “friends” (and I use that word loosely) […]

The Amen Corner ~ Shakespeare Theatre Company

Jordan Wright February 19, 2020

Sometimes I feel like I could jump right out of my skin when I see a production as thrilling as The Amen Corner. Straight out of the gate, we find ourselves as guests in the electrifying spirit of an African American church service. Amens and hallelujahs fill the air […]

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 […]