February 2012 Archives

The Helen Hayes Awards nominees for 2012, DC's theater awards, were announced on Monday, Feb. 27, and include nominees ranging from fifteen nominations, including Outstanding Resident Play, for Synetic Theater's King Lear to nine nominations, including Outstanding Resident Musical, for Signature Theatre's Hairspray to six nominations -- including two Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play, nominations -- ... [Read]

Suprasensorial at the Hirshhorn

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 27, 2012 10:56 AM |
Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space reevaluates the evolution of the international multimedia Light and Space installation movement through the work of five pivotal Latin American artists: Carlos Cruz-Diez, Lucio Fontana, Julio Le Parc, Hélio Oiticica and Jesús Rafael Soto. And then starting in late March, the Hirshhorn presents "Song 1," a new commission from Doug Aitken that ... [Read]

From Shuffle to Show Boat at the In Series

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 25, 2012 10:20 AM |
From Shuffle to Show Boat: Prelude to the American Musical explores how the musical came to be, drawing from vaudeville, operetta, blues and Tin Pan Alley. KenYatta Rogers directs this cabaret-style show, written by Sybil Roberts and choreographed by Angelisa Gillyard. Part of the Intersections: A New America Arts Festival at the Atlas. A mix of music from 1920s black ... [Read]

Devil Boys from Beyond at Landless

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 25, 2012 8:33 AM |
Landless Theater Company's latest campy cartoon character romp -- Devil Boys from Beyond -- is said to be a hybrid of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and His Girl Friday with a dose of Dynasty -- with "drag queen cat fights and scantily clad cute boys" and set in the 1950s in Lizard Lick, Fla. Buddy Thomas and Kenneth Elliott ... [Read]

Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 24, 2012 10:26 AM |
The Washington Performing Arts Society presents this musical tribute to an African-American slave who served as a doctor in post-Colonial Connecticut, which grew out of a book-length poem written by Marilyn Nelson. Nelson will narrate from her poem for this cantata, with music by Ysaye Barnwell, featuring the WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, along with soprano Shannon ... [Read]

Pardon the Pundit at The Harman

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 24, 2012 10:24 AM |
The D.C.-based political comedy theater Pardon the Pundit makes hay out of the hypocrisy, absurdity, corruption and self-righteousness from both parties in the nation's political discourse. This touring company showcase features six professional political comics performing 75 minutes of standup, sketch and improv. Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall, Harman ... [Read]

Astro Boy and the God of Comics

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 24, 2012 10:23 AM |
Astro Boy and the God of Comics is a highly visual, retro-sci-fi show about the 1960s animation series Astro Boy, focused on a crime-fighting robot, and its creator Osamu Tezuka. Georgetown professor Natsu Onoda Power has created this high/low-tech multimedia extravaganza, featuring on-stage drawing, interactive video and 1960s-style animation, specifically for Studio's 2ndStage. Joe Brack, Jamie Gahlon, JB Tadena and ... [Read]

Bare: A Pop Opera at AU

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 22, 2012 10:51 AM |
American University's theater program offers a production of Bare: A Pop Opera, a musical about two closeted gay roommates at a Catholic boarding school who carry on a clandestine relationship until it spirals out of their control. The off-Broadway musical by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo touches on themes of love, identity and suicide, and American University has organized post-show ... [Read]

Speakeasy DC's "Born This Way: Stories About Queer Culture in America" features gay and straight storytellers speaking out on the impact of "Queer Culture" on the social and political landscape of our lives, communities and society. Part of the Intersections: A New America Arts Festival. Thursday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Atlas Performing ... [Read]

TwylaTharp: AllAmerican pays homage to the high priestess of contemporary dance by showcasing works from two decades of Tharp's prodigious career, including "Nine Sinatra Songs" and "Surfer at the River Styx." A Washington Ballet premiere. Opens Wednesday, Feb. 22, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. Also Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26, at ... [Read]

Oscar-nominated Short Films 2012

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 20, 2012 10:34 AM |
Landmark's E Street Cinema, in partnership with ShortsHD, offers two feature-length programs of the short films nominated at the upcoming Academy Awards this Sunday, Feb. 26. One program features the animated shorts, including the poignant allegory The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and Pixar's La Luna, a multi-generation seafaring adventure, while the other program highlights the live ... [Read]

Following on its insanely popular brunch house party La Boum every Saturday and the annual Bastille Day French Maid Relay Race, L’Enfant Café and Bar offers a new social dining event on select Sundays each month. Speak Easy transforms the space into a Prohibition Era venue -- complete with back door entrance, dim lighting and drawn shades -- serving drinks, ... [Read]

Review: Wanda Sykes at Strathmore

Posted by Doug Rule
February 14, 2012 11:30 PM |
"Here he is!" Wanda Sykes said in a nelly voice as she swished across the stage at Strathmore last Friday night. The popular lesbian comedian was impersonating a gay Navy Seals officer holding Osama bin Laden from a noose, in full limp-wrist fashion. In fact, Sykes hypothesized from the stage that the American military's success in capturing and killing Osama ... [Read]

Les Justes at WSC Avant Bard

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 14, 2012 9:28 AM |
WSC Avant Bard presents a new adaptation of Albert Camus's eerily relevant exploration of politically motivated violence. Les Justes, whose title translates in English as The Just Ones, focuses on a group of Russian revolutionaries during the turn of the 20th Century, who plot to kill the Grand Duke. Through March 11. Artisphere's Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington. ... [Read]

Judy Gold at Riot Act Comedy Theater

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 14, 2012 9:17 AM |
The Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Judy Gold stops by Riot Act for a weekend of standup also featuring Tony Deyo and hosted by Gaylarious!'s Zach Toczynski. Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Riot Act Comedy Theater, 801 E St. NW. Tickets ... [Read]

The Maryland-based Bye June honored Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley with a music video in support of same-sex marriage. "[We] applaud you for your leadership in support of same-sex marriage," the band wrote in a letter to O'Malley. "In honor of the bill you are sponsoring our band released a music video." The video to the track "Shades of Purple," from ... [Read]

In this week's cover story, featuring interviews with Glenn Close and Janet McTeer, the stars of Albert Nobbs, there were a few nice moments with McTeer that, sadly, landed on the cutting-room floor. One of them dealt with McTeer's work on the new film The Woman in Black, a thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe and releasing today into theaters nationwide. ... [Read]

Suzanne Westenhoefer may not have been the first openly gay comic -- her friend Kate Clinton beat her to that punch -- but she did help pave the way for the many we're blessed with today. She returns to the Birchmere for an annual stop, where she's sure to talk about her budding career as a web and film actor. ... [Read]

"Light Moves" is a collaborative piece, co-commissioned by the Clarice Smith Center, from choreographer Margaret Jenkins working with media artist Naomie Kremer, composer Paul Dresher and poet Michael Palmer. Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Ina and Jack Kay Theatre, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive. College Park. Tickets ... [Read]