James Nederlander Jr. calls it "swimming against a tidal wave" after the events of Sept. 11. While such Off Broadway shows as "Bat Boy" and "The Syringa Tree" took a hiatus to wait out the storm, a…
Doug Wright's "Unwrap Your Candy" is an evening of bite-size plays that bite back. A comic curtain raiser is followed by three macabre morsels of drama drawing on the playwright's peculiar…
When reality bites, the first victim is fantasy -- and reality has sunk its teeth deep into this sweetly conceived but shoddily executed revival of Jean Giraudoux's 1945 wartime fable about a crazy…
Yes, we have no bananas onstage tonight at the John Houseman Theater. Gymnastic feats aside, the performers in "Puppetry of the Penis" are spectacularly un-endowed with talent of any shape or form.
One of the most intriguing literary adventurers in European history is Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616), Spanish-born soldier, tax collector, prisoner, slave and poet, who has reached…
The winsome tone of Craig Wright's play "The Pavilion" is its greatest strength. It also makes it more than a bit grating.
The seven Broadway locals of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have banded to together to form the IATSE Broadway Council.
Rebecca Gilman is a playwright whose most memorable dramatic moments occur when her protagonists think out loud. In her play "Boy Gets Girl," for example, a woman being stalked by a would-be-lover…
Ray Bradbury's tale captures the colorful interaction of a village's menfolk in their favorite pub, happily quaffing their brew while inventing meaning for themselves where there is none.
Two major D.C. theaters, Arena Stage and the Shakespeare Theater, have opened their schedules with new productions that combine several classic tragedies by the playwright and some of his…
The Stoppardian play of ideas is a wonderful thing when done well. But not everyone has the ability to juggle human interest, narrative intrigue, intellectual themes and wit quite so readily -- which…