Stage

  • Acting American

    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is as American as apple pie — especially as portrayed in the new production at Ford’s Theatre. The...

  • A Mighty Wind

    There are people -- plenty of them -- who absolutely love the maudlin 1988 chick flick blockbuster Beaches, about the platonic love of two women....

  • Unromantic Comedies

    Have you ever nodded off at the theater? Do you worry that you might be particularly prone to doing just that during Shakespeare, the bard...

  • Porter House

    ''He lit up like a child on Christmas morning about the idea of getting to work with Cole Porter music,'' Steven Scott Mazzola says. He's...

  • Magic Act

    ''I don't do realism well, but I do magic realism very well,'' theater director Jose Carrasquillo says, by way of touting his latest show, The...

  • The Power of Charisma

    As written, Gore Vidal's The Best Man ultimately intends viewers to root for William Russell over Joseph Cantwell in their knock-down, drag-out fight to become...

  • Taking Courage

    With a charisma that roars like a coal-fired furnace, Arena's Mother Courage and Her Children, begins and ends with Kathleen Turner in the title role....

  • Serial Mother

    ''When I got the script for Serial Mom, I couldn't believe it,'' Kathleen Turner says. ''I kept picking it up and throwing it down. And...

  • The Past in Two Parts

    I searched in vain to find a saving grace in Olney Theatre's new production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Initially, I...

  • Wilde at Heart

    A late-Victorian romp filled with Oscar Wilde's relentless wit and merciless jabs at high society, the Shakespeare Theater Company's The Importance of Being Earnest may...