Tag Archives: Arena Stage

Theatre Review: Plays In a Period of Political Turmoil

Our political theatre is in high gear in the USA and world-wide. Oppressors and insurgents; Secular and Religious zealots; Globalists and Isolationists; Capitalist and Socialists; where is Solomon, Shakespeare, and Shaw when you need them? Recently, we had a theatre-weekend … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Moby Dick

Classics.  We know those well-loved story lines: the star-cross lovers, Romeo & Juliet; the romantic out-cast, Cyrano; the hero-king Arthur, and his knights; the separated-at-birth twins, Luke and Leia Skywalker… and, the obsessive revenge of Captain Ahab against the White-Whale, … Continue reading

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Theatre Review(s): Carousel and Henry VI, Part 2

Why do we tell a story, when we know the end will be sad?  Fate? The blues? Catharsis? Hope? Thirty-five years ago, I came across a copy of Will and Ariel Durant’s eleven volume text, The Story of Civilization, in … Continue reading

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Theatre Reviews: King Lear, The Little Foxes, & Election 2016

Conspiracies and conspiracy theories.  Friends and foes.  Power, politics and rivalries.  Great stuff for theatre.  Not so desirable to live through.  An early conspiracy theory that emerged during the presidential primary cycles was that candidate Donald Trump was not really … Continue reading

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Theatre Review(s): “All the Way” and “Henry V”

  I have commented before that having Shakespeare’s history plays, of Roman and English leaders, I do not need much more to understand history and politics.  A month or so back, we saw a new play, All the Way, at … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Disgraced

“Does race matter”, was a question I posed a year ago, when Arena Stage produced August Wilson’s play, King Hedly II.  The director of that production, Timothy Douglas, returned to Arena Stage, with Disgraced, which asks the same question in … Continue reading

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Theatre Review(s): One Tale, Two Cities

No, we did not see an epic production of Dicken’s Tail of Two Cities.  However, some might consider seeing two plays in two days, both of which addressed the same themes as an epic theatre weekend.  By circumstance of season … Continue reading

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