Christopher Correa

A panacea for the heart

The Warner Theatre has received a pulsing, lusty valentine, courtesy of the peerless Broadway choreographer/director Susan Stroman. “Contact,” her 1999 Tony Award-winning “dance play,” is still the most contemporary landmark work in the American Musical theatre. Even “The Producers,” also directed by Ms. Stroman, doesn’t hit the creative heights on which this show so intrepidly […]

Love, pain and a little cocaine

With surprising fleetness and depth, a budding student-run theater company has moored itself into the histrionic GW community. Having already produced works by such estimable talents as George C. Wolfe (“Colored Museum”) and Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”), Majority Theatre Productions emphasizes the voices of minorities. Now running through April 30, the acting troupe has […]

Life, death and aftermath

Horizons Theatre Company is the longest running women’s theater company in the country. Established in 1977 by (among others) artistic director Leslie Jacobson – chair of GW’s Department of Theatre and Dance – and the film and stage actor Robert Prosky (“Mrs. Doubtfire”), the company has presented the District with professional dramatics of a different […]

Take off with them

Washington’s foremost contemporary dance company will bring its variegated bag of tricks to the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater for a special two-night weekend engagement Saturday and Sunday. The mixed repertory production, titled “New Voices,” is composed of works by pioneers on the cutting edge of modern dance and is bolstered by a piece from an […]

Get ready to toss a boot

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is Tennessee Williams’ third significant play, following “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” further establishing the author as a major voice on the Broadway stage and winning him a Pulitzer Prize. The play concerns a young man named Brick’s descent into alcoholism following the death of his […]

Broadway, Baby!

The lobby bustled with prospectors, all atwitter over the treasure of a new Stephen Sondheim musical, the first to surface in nearly a decade, and the first Sondheim ever intended to write. He got the idea for “Bounce” in 1952 after reading several articles about the eccentric Mizner brothers. He shelved it, though, and went […]

Eddie Izzard on “govinators” & all

Who is Eddie Izzard? Renaissance man. Decorated thespian. Male lesbian. Ideologist. Above all, it is worth noting that there is a beautiful mind underneath the MAC makeup and stiletto heels that distinguish him from his contemporaries. Comparisons to his American corollary, Robin Williams, and the small fraternity of clown princes practicing a new strain of […]

“Blithe Spirit” at the Betts

“Blithe Spirit” first appeared on the London stage during the dark days of 1941. The Germans were constantly bombing London and Britain was losing battles on land. The wry satirist Noel Coward wrote this play in five days to lighten the spirits of his countrymen. The farce ran for almost 2,000 performances and was headed […]

The Kennedys: Revisited

The glossy black-and-white photographs evoke a feeling of “once upon a time.” True, pictures of John and Jacqueline Kennedy were just as at home within the pages of the Diana Vreeland-era Vogue as they were in LIFE magazine. But now the fragrance of fairytale also seems to mist from their images. The apty-titled “Camelot at […]

Romance of the Revolution

After a week-long series of power outages and besieged by an unerring sense of performance anxiety, the curtain went up at the Clark Street Playhouse, leaving an unmistakable trace of trepidation. “Who knows what to expect?” was the question du jour. Well, heave a sigh of relief and break out the Perrier-Jouet and brie – […]