Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility Revamped for the 21st Century
Some would argue that Jane Austen is quite witty – funny even, drawing readers into the slightly nuanced world of her characters as they navigate the perils of shifting social status
Press Play on DC Theatre
It’s easy to press play nowadays. We sit back on our couches, put our feet up – perhaps snuggled with our significant other...
Stage & Screen Events: September 2016
A glimpse of the DMV's September Stage and Screen lineup...
Stage & Screen Events: August 2016
A glimpse of the DMV's August Stage and Screen lineup...
Code It. Dance It. Technologic. Dance Place Presents Analog
The medley between humans and technology is a constantly evolving topic, with the latter continuously, seamlessly undergoing perpetual upgrades...
The Phantom of the Opera Dazzles at Kennedy Center
Theatergoers in D.C. enjoyed a dazzling performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera this past weekend.
The Second City’s ‘Almost Accurate Guide to America’: A Sprint Through History
When we really think about how long the America we learned about in history class has been around...
Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS Comes to the DC Area…with a Familiar Face
This month, Cirque du Soleil brings their latest production, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities...
Stage & Screen Events: July 2016
The true story of musicians BeBe and CeCe Winans...
Clayton Pelham Gets Physical for ‘The Miser’
At 28-years old, Clayton Pelham jumps on tables and speaks in a French accent for work.
‘Phil’s Camino’ Continues Trek at AFI Docs
The Camino de Santiago has received the silver screen treatment a couple of times in recent years...
Stage & Screen Events: June 2016
Spend some romantic nights under the stars every Thursday...
Gender-Bending Comedy La Cage Aux Folles Comes to Signature Theatre
Fans of the Robin Williams and Nathan Lane film The Birdcage already know this, but...
For First 10 Years, It’s Mission Accomplished for GI Film Festival
The business of Hollywood is an odd and hectic one for executives to occupy...
Billy Connolly at The Warner: A Hilarious Journey
There were times throughout Billy Connolly’s performance of his “High Horses” standup tour...
Local Actress Sarah Lasko Stars in The Wizard of Oz
At four years old, Sarah Lasko knew she was destined to act...
Stage & Screen Events: May 2016
Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced heads to Arena Stage...
STC’s Unique Take on The Taming of the Shrew
For Shakespeare Theatre Company’s staging of The Taming of the Shrew beginning on May 17...
CityDance’s DREAMscape Brings Together Top Dancers
Non-profit dance organization CityDance is holding their annual DREAMscape event...
Spotlight on Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse: May 2016
Comedian, director and writer Jay Chandrasekhar comes to the DMV for two nights of stand-up...
Elvis & Nixon: Shannon Shines as the King, but Movie Fades
Right before the closing credits roll on Elvis & Nixon...
Spotlight on Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse: April 2016
Most of you might remember Tom Arnold in the great Schwarzenegger movie True Lies...
110 in the Shade Brings Girl Power to Ford’s Theatre
When DC theater darling Tracy Lynn Olivera mentioned that 110 in the Shade’s lead...
Stage & Screen Events: April 2016
Playwright Annie Baker continues to show her comic flair in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning...
March Film Festival Roundup
This year’s Academy Awards may be over, but buzzworthy films for the next award season...
Big Brother Is Watching: 1984 Comes to the Nation’s Capital
Enter the dystopian world of George Orwell’s 1984 this spring...
Spotlight on Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse: March 2016
Weekend update...or March update for Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse: Saturday Night Live (SNL)...
Shakespeare’s Bad Boy Comes to DC in STC’s Othello
Jonno Roberts has made a career of playing the bad guy...
Spotlight on Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
Greg Fitzsimmons and Tommy Johnagin
A Contemporary Take on The Glass Menagerie
Two of the DC area’s most versatile actors are joining forces as siblings...
Kennedy Center Celebrates Chinese New Year
Celebrate Chinese New Year this month with four days of festivities at the Kennedy Center, from February 5-8.
The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound
Shakespeare Theatre Company invites audiences to poke a little fun at critics this winter with two famous “behind-the-scenes” plays...
Star Wars Mania in Chinatown December 17, 2015
On Tap and Fado caught up with Star Wars fans hanging out in Gallery Place Alley
The Force Awakens: Will You Be There?
Where will you be on Thursday, Dec. 17? If you're a diehard Star Wars fan...
Motown The Musical Comes to DC
Broadway’s Motown The Musical is in DC for the holidays...
The Unified Scene Theater: Improv and Sketch Comedy Comes to Bloomingdale
The Unified Scene Theater is DC’s newest space fully dedicated to improv and sketch comedy...
Laugh Your Way Through the Holidaze
Have the holidays got you dazed and confused? Consider a little comedy relief at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Yes, Chicago’s famed sketch and improv comedy theater returns to The Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse with The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused Revue, an irresistibly festive new show that will have you laughing all the way through the holidays.
The Bard Imbibes Shakespeare in the Pub
For a different spin on Shakespeare, check out Shakespeare in the Pub performances around the DC area. These libation-friendly theatrical events are the brainchild of John Stange and Kelsey Meiklejohn, who approached The Limerick Pub in Wheaton several years ago about performing their favorites by the Bard while imbibing.
The DC Shakespeare Experience Kiss Me Kate
The nation’s capital is full of Bard-themed productions this fall, from Kiss Me, Kate – the famous musical retelling of Taming of the Shrew – to monthly productions of Shakespeare’s plays at local bars around the tri-state area. On Tap caught up with the great minds behind these productions, so read on to get an inside look at our city’s upcoming nods to Shakespeare.
Arena Stage’s Contemporary Take on Oliver!
Arena Stage invites audiences to experience modern-day London, transforming Tony Award-winning musical Oliver! from the days of Charles Dickens to 2015. Under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith, the classic story of young orphan Oliver Twist becomes a commentary on class disparity and violence in England’s capital today.
Brian Posehn Coming to The Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse Nov. 19 - 21
He’s awkward. He’s funny. He’s timeless. His large lumbering ginger appearance is always framed in his trademark black rimmed glasses, a billowing black metal shirt, baggy pants, and skull ring along with a freckled-face and pasty, white, balding…yet a strangely hairy mass. He has made us laugh for over a decade with his ever recognizable gravelly-voiced epic-college-stoner style comedy straight from Comedy Central and the late 2000’s.
REVIEW: A Night Alive Transcends Happiness and Loneliness at Round House Theatre
Set in 2013 Ireland, A Night Alive, written by Irish playwright Conor McPherson focuses on a man trying to survive hard times. The role of Tommy is played by Edward Gero, an experienced actor who is a mainstay in the Washington area who most recently played Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist.
Criss Angel & The Supernaturalists Coming to Warner Theatre
Putting a modern spin on an age-old art has been Angel’s style since he burst on to the scene with his “Mindfreak” TV special in 2002 and then his TV series for the A&E Network starting in 2005.
VelocityDC Dance Festival
Don’t miss the seventh annual VelocityDC Dance Festival at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall from Oct. 15 to 17. The popular festival sells out every year, with tickets at only $18 per show and featuring world-renowned dance companies and artists all based in the DC area.
Studio Theatre Presents World Premiere of Thought-Provoking Play Animal
Award-winning playwright Clare Lizzimore’s newest play comes to Studio Theatre this fall as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, a celebration of the works of female playwrights making their debut in theaters around the DC area.
The Power of Positive Drinking
Are you a fan of standup comedy? Check out The Power of Positive Drinking, a traveling themed open-mic experience that combines humor with social drinking and craft beer.
The 2015-2016 Social Theatergoer’s Guide
The DC theater scene is thriving – and not just because of the seasoned artists our town is known for. It’s the next generation of up-and-coming directors and actors that are making their mark this year in original productions, modern retellings of classics, and multidisciplinary adaptations of contemporary works.
On the Hot List at DC Shorts
DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition returns for its 12th year and promises to be better than ever.
Capital Fringe Festival Showcases DC Theatre
The Capital Fringe Festival is a giant melting pot for all of DC’s various theatre types. With more than 100 performances, there's a performance that will suit the theatre-goer in everyone.
Eagle Bank Arena Presents Cirque du Soleil's Varekai
Audiences are in for an extraordinary ride with Cirque du Soleil’s latest adventure, at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena (formerly Patriot Center) from July 22 to 26. Varekai tells the story of a nomadic young man in a strange and magical world who must embark on a journey of unknowns.
Idina Menzel Stopping in Virgina on World Tour
Stage and screen star Idina Menzel will make a stop on her World Tour in Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live. For those who are less familiar with the singer, let On Tap catch you up.
Indie Musical Once Comes to Kennedy Center
Once is the indie darling of Broadway musicals. Inspired by the 2007 film – which was made in Ireland for only $150,000 and later went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song – the play tells the simple, relatable story of two people who experience a connection that only thrives in the moments they share together, but is not rooted in the realities of their actual lives.
Peter Pan Takes Flight at Threesixty Theatre
A new stage production of Peter Pan has arrived in DC, along with a brand new stage at Tysons Corner. Peter Pan has everything: beautiful scenery, humorous dialogue and a thrilling adventure for both children and adults.
Keegan Theatre Celebrates Renovation with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Fresh on the heels of a major renovation to its Church Street location in Dupont Circle, Keegan Theatre presents Cat on a Hot Tin Roof from June 27 to July 25.
Potted Potter Delights DC
Seven books in 70 minutes, a plethora of characters, a real-life Quidditch game and a whole lot of laughs were all promised in the critically acclaimed Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Potter Experience, now playing in DC for the first time at the Lansburgh Theatre.
Newsies Soars at National Theatre
Newsies is only in town for a short time at the National Theatre. As June’s must-see stage event, it has everything a Tony Award-winning show needs: witty book, catchy songs, jaw-dropping choreography and a feel-good moral.
Life Is A Cabaret, Old Chum
Cabaret is a sexy, subversive nightclub romp through Berlin circa 1930 – a glimpse into the vibrant, decadent city before Nazi Germany swallowed it whole. At Signature Theatre, the play intensifies across the spectrum – from the bawdiness of the nightclub to the harsh reality of the shifting politics – and you experience every emotion as if it were your own.
National Theatre Presents NEWSIES
Don’t miss the Tony Award-winning musical NEWSIES at the National Theatre this summer, from June 9 to 21. The cult classic film turned Broadway hit inspired by real events tells the story of the brave fight put up by spunky newsboys against influential publishers in turn-of-the-century New York City. A visually charged adventure from beginning to end, NEWSIES relies on the dynamic movement of the actors onstage to captivate audiences.
Not Your Momma's Tartuffe
Most actors cringe at the thought of being booed by the audience during curtain call. But for Steven Epp, this seemingly negative reaction actually speaks volumes about his ability to portray the deliciously sinister character of Tartuffe. This summer marks the Helen Hayes Award-winning actor’s third remount as the title role in director Dominique Serrand’s production of Tartuffe, at Shakespeare Theatre Company from June 2 to July 5.
Capital Fringe Celebrates 10 Years
Capital Fringe Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary from July 9 to 26, with over a hundred performing groups taking the stage in venues throughout NE neighborhoods Trinidad, Brookland, and the H Street corridor. From a staff of two running an annual festival to becoming the second largest Fringe Festival in the US, Capital Fringe has become a thriving part of DC’s local arts scene.
Ballet with an Edge: Chamber Dance Project
This summer marks contemporary dance company Chamber Dance Project’s (CDP) second season in DC, at Lansburgh Theatre from June 24 to 28. Described as “ballet with an edge,” CDP’s performances are back in full force with a combination of world premieres and encores.
Faction of Fools Presents Our Town
Thornton Wilder’s classic play about the quintessential folks one might meet in a small American town will be reimagined through the Commedia dell’Arte lens of Faction of Fools Theatre Company. From May 28 to June 21, theatergoers can catch a performance of Our Town in Gallaudet University’s Elstad Auditorium.
Outdoor Films in Your Neighborhood
Between Screen on the Green, Capitol Riverfront Summer Outdoor Movies, Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival and more there are plenty of summer screenings going on this summer.
Jay Leno Had The Crowd Roaring With Laugher At Kennedy Center
Legendary comedian Jay Leno entertained a packed house at Kennedy's Centers Concert Hall Stage last night (Wednesday, April 8) and killed it. The crowd was roaring with laughter, virtually non-stop through his entire performance (this writer too). His wittiness and humor hardly skipped a beat as he effortlessly transitioned from topics like gay marriage, obesity, politics, technology, education, teenagers, aging, pharmaceuticals and more.
Top 5 Films to See at this Year's Filmfest DC
Filmfest DC 2015 is the 29th annual Washington, DC International Film Festival. With so many films to see ranging from comedies, to thrillers, to documentaries it can be overwhelming to try and choose which one to go see. After sitting down and talking with Festival Director Tony Gittens and Deputy Director Shrin Ghareeb, here's a list of five must-see films for everybody's taste.
Sassy Players: Nu Sass Productions
Strong women, strong theatre. That’s the mantra behind Nu Sass Productions, a DC area theatre production company with a clear message in mind – to encourage women in all aspects of theatre.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike comes to Arena Stage
Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike comes to Arena Stage’s four-sided Fichandler Stage April 3 to May 3. Drawing on the works of playwright Anton Chekov, this clever satire centers on two middle-aged siblings, Vanya and Sonia, living together in Bucks County, Pa.
Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park Presents Cinderella
Cinderella comes to Nationals Park on May 16 in celebration of the eighth season of Opera in the Outfield, an annual tradition at the ballpark featuring free live opera simulcasts. Gioachino Rossini’s famous opera based on the cherished fairy tale by Charles Perrault will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the hi-def NatsHD scoreboard.
Dream the Impossible Dream: Man of La Mancha
The epic story of beloved literary character Don Quixote comes to Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) on March 17 in this reimagining of the classic musical Man of La Mancha. At Sidney Harman Hall through April 26, this STC production takes a fresh approach to the Broadway favorite with young talent led by up-and-coming DC area director Alan Paul.
The Widow Lincoln at Ford's Theatre
While much is recounted about our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, a swirl of disdain and ridicule marks the veil behind which sat his First Lady Mary Lincoln. Her sense of entitlement is said to have sparked more controversy than any First Lady before or since.
The Metromaniacs at Lansburgh Theatre
The flourishing partnership of Michael Kahn and David Ives will once again bear its francophilic fruit when the Shakespeare Theatre Company unveils their newest production The Metromaniacs. Ives’ adaptation of Alex Piron’s 1783 French farce is his third and final original translation in a trilogy of re-imagined French classics directed by STC’s Artistic Director Michael Kahn.
Rapture, Blister, Burn at Round House Theatre
Social comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn comes to Bethesda’s Round House Theatre from January 28 to February 22. The 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist objectively asks audiences one of the most common questions facing 21st century women: “Career or family?”
Vanessa Hudgens Wonderfully Charming As Gigi
Making her Broadway debut, Vanessa Hudgens is wonderfully charming as Gigi. Hudgens delightfully depicts the iconic Audrey Hepburn, grappling with societal manners and social class constraints. She beautifully blends Gigi's character struggle between cultural expectations and staying true to herself. In addition, the show features a rock solid cast and stellar performances by Tony Award winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Victoria Clark as Mamita Alvarez, Corey Cott as Gaston Lachaille, three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty as Aunt Alicia, two-time Tony Award nominee Howard McGillin as Honoré Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh as Liane d’Exelmans.
The Importance of Being Earnest | Lansburgh Theatre
The Importance of Being Earnest | Lansburgh Theatre
The New Golden Age of Hollywood: Vanessa Hudgens in Gigi
Vanessa Hudgens is making her Broadway debut at the Kennedy Center through February 12 as the iconic Gigi in this classic musical about a young woman who chooses her own destiny. The 26-year-old actress and songstress, whose film repertoire ranges from the High School Musical franchise to Harmony Korine’s campy Spring Breakers, says playing Gigi is just bringing it back to basics for her.
Chicago Comes to National Theatre
Award-winning, deliciously fun Broadway musical Chicago is off on its national tour, with a one-week stop in DC from February 10 - 15. Audiences can’t get enough of the longest-running American musical, and neither can Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Bianca Marroquín – playing the one and only foxy Roxie Hart.
National Theatre Presents Pippin
The Tony Award-winning musical revival of Pippin comes to the National Theatre for the holidays. The circus-themed production, featuring daring acrobatics and classic choreography, runs through January 4. Actor Kyle Dean Massey, who plays the title role, says the national tour is an exact replica of the Broadway musical.
A Fresh Adaptation of The Nutcracker
Enjoy the holiday season with Round House Theatre's magical, fresh new take on a beloved classic - The Nutcracker. This new holiday musical created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, and Kevin O’Donnell and directed by Joe Calarco is a captivating musical that reinvents E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original tale, turning it into a brand new seasonal classic all ages can enjoy.
Septime Webre's The Nutcracker Absolutely Dazzling
Septime Webre's 10th anniversary Washington Ballet edition of The Nutcracker is absolutely dazzling and well worth a trip to Warner Theatre. Captivating and witty this special anniversary performance has a few surprise elements in store for viewers. If you've never been to a ballet and you're thinking about seeing The Nutcracker for the first time, what makes this particular version special is the connection to DC.
Experience the Enchanting World of Shakespeare's The Tempest
The Tempest is thought by many to be Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, incorporating elements from some of the Bard’s most famous plays. Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) Affiliated Artist Ethan McSweeny directs STC’s production of the play at Sidney Harman Hall from December 2 to January 11.
Comedian Tom Green’s coming to town with his infamous sack of laughs!
No Washingtonians, it’s not the third quarter at the Caps game and we’re not begrudgingly losing to Montreal again 1-0 in the third period. There is no Verizon Center Jumbotron above the ice for us to scream at clenching our cold tallboy of Molson and a mustard soaked hotdog (however wieners might be involved), but there is a familiar illuminated face in the distance, coming to town next weekend from Canada that just may kick our butts again…albeit comically.
Arena Stage Presents: Fiddler on the Roof
Arena Stage is celebrating the 50th anniversary of classic musical Fiddler on the Roof through January 4 on its four-sided Fichandler Stage. Arena’s Artistic Director, Molly Smith, feels a special connection to the play and its symbolism of the importance of tradition. Smith is directing the two-month production, and envisions younger audiences connecting with the story and embracing it as a part of their own traditions.
Signature Theatre’s Provocative: Sex with Strangers
The alluring Sex with Strangers makes its Washington, DC debut at Signature Theatre this fall. Author Laura Eason’s 2009 play, which comes to Signature after a summer production in New York with David Schwimmer directing and Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn in the leading role, is a savvy commentary on the complicated role that social media plays in our everyday lives – and our relationships.
All the World’s a Stage in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s As You Like It
All the World’s a Stage,” one of the most famous phrases ever written by Shakespeare, originates from the Bard’s pastoral comedy As You Like It. This iconic interpretation of the meaning of life stems from the idea that everything is subject to change – most notably, who we are as people. Nothing is quite as it seems in Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC)’s adaptation of this dynamic play, at Lansburgh Theatre from October 28 to December 7.
Suffering Cassandra: It Takes a Village…to Make a Movie
Movies aren’t made by one person alone; film is a collaborative effort. And who better to collaborate with than those you’re closest to? No one knows this better than Roberto Carmona, writer and director of Suffering Cassandra, Carmona’s first feature length film.
Meaning in the Little Things: A Look Local DC Shorts
In its first year, DC Shorts screened 30 films at a single venue over two days. This year, audiences can expect a festival that’s bigger than ever. DC Shorts 2014 will screen 135 films from 25 countries, “our highest number ever,” says Jon Gann, Director of Programming. “We present films very much like a tapas meal, every 90-minute showcase features 7-9 films that encompass a world view. Documentary, comedy, drama, experimental, horror - films we hope will challenge views.”
The Social Theater Goers Guide
There is no question that DC is an artistic city. We have access to some of the most talented performers in the nation – and dozens of the reputable theaters that support them. Most major performing arts centers in the area – from National Theatre to the Kennedy Center – recognize how pricey theater can be and offer fantastic discounts to younger theatergoers. Peruse our top picks for the 2014-2015 season and take advantage of the great deals our town has to offe
Chick Flick? Not So Much
Hey guys, we know it's the 'Man Issue" but Kevin McCarthy, film guru at Fox 5 News offered up some movie ideas that might surprise you. We think his picks are perfect for the next time you're looking to cozy up with your girl for an evening in.
Bat Boy: The Musical
Horror meets comedy in 4615 Theater Company’s production of Bat Boy: The Musical, at Georgetown Day School from August 15-17. The cult classic tells the story of a half-boy, half-bat named Edgar who lives in a cave in West Virginia – until a woman and her daughter take him in and try to raise him as a human. But when the family’s plan backfires and Edgar causes quite a stir in their town, tensions run high and bloody mayhem ensues.
Steve Byrne and The Cast of the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour
Steve Byrne, along with Ahmed Ahmed, Owen Benjamin, and Roy Wood Jr. will be bringing down the house at DC Improv August 1-3, at the DC leg of their much anticipated Steve Byrne and The Cast of the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour! We interviewed Steve Byrne himself to get you the inside scoop on what to expect from the upcoming show, and why this group is so well loved.
Wolf Trap Presents World-Famous Opera Carmen
One of the world’s most popular and beloved operas comes to Wolf Trap this month. The brand new production of Carmen, at the Filene Center on July 25, will feature the Wolf Trap Opera Company and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Private Lives Classic Comedy of Bad Manners Makes Shakespeare Theatre Debut
Noël Coward’s Private Lives lets its characters break all the rules. The raucously funny play, closing the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s season from May 29 to July 13, celebrates over-the-top misbehavior that runs the gamut from witty wordplay to hurling objects at one another.
Comedy Meet Tragedy in Faction of Fools' Blood-Spattered Titus Andronicus
Faction of Fools is turning Shakespeare’s most controversial play into a comedy – a very dark, blood-soaked comedy. The commedia dell’arte theater company will bring this never-before-seen adaptation of Titus Andronicus to Gallaudet University from May 29 to June 22.
Summer in Comedy: Get Your Laugh On!
The 90s Called ....and They Want Their Acts Back! There’s a theme to live comedy this summer: from Seinfeld to Full House’s Saget to the bathroom-challenged father from the hit movie Friday, the 90s are back in full force.
Broadway Revival of West Side Story Comes to a Close in DC
DC is the final stop for the Broadway revival of West Side Story. The beloved musical, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, will conclude its tour at the National Theatre from June 3 to 8. In many ways, the city’s historic theater is West Side Story’s home. The play made its world debut at the theater in 1957 – with Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim at the helm – and kicked off its revival there in 2008.
Ordinary Days at Roundhouse Theatre
From May 28-June 22 Roundhouse Theatre Bethesda will be showing the must-see production, Ordinary Days.
Cool Chick Shows
Let’s face it – being a girl is tough! When you hit your 20s and 30s, you’re not a girl anymore – you’re a woman. You’re old enough to have responsibilities and a career (hopefully). At the same time, you're still young and want to have fun - so how do you find the right balance? Thankfully, there are some entertaining TV shows geared towards us ladies that tackle these challenges in a real, but humorous way, and we dig it. These shows remind us how much fun (and awkward) it is to be a girl but give us room to relate to the bad decisions and tough choices in thoughtful, honest way. We picked a few shows that are edgy, brutally honest, focus on dealing with adulthood.
Love, Sex and Violence | Henry IV Parts 1 and 2
It’s not very often that you hear Shakespeare’s plays described as “sexy.” But to actors John Keabler and Kelley Curran, Henry IV is as sexy as it gets. The onstage couple plays hot-blooded warrior Hotspur and his wife Lady Percy in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s (STC) productions of Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2, performed in repertory from March 25 to June 8.
American Idiot | National Theatre
Two-time Tony Award-winning punk rock musical American Idiot comes to the nation’s capital from February 18 to 23 at the National Theatre. The one-act smash hit is based on punk rock band Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album of the same name. Released in 2004, the concept album is a rock opera and a commentary on the post-9/11 world.
Arena Stage Gets Politcal Camp David
Arena Stage invites audiences to experience a landmark moment in American diplomacy in the Middle East. Camp David tells the story of the 1978 Camp David Accords, a 13-day negotiation between President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat that ultimately led to the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. The historical play will make its world debut this spring from March 21 to May 4 in Arena Stage’s Kreeger Theater.
Sex, Drugs and Rock-N-Roll at National Theatre
Sex, drugs and rock and roll…and a little bit of “dookie” (err …or more specifically hits like “American Idiot” and tons of other grimy heartfelt seminal Green Day hits in an epic sing-along dance party) ---That’s what you can expect from Green Day’s GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum album and smash hit musical American Idiot.
Catch Scapin and Embark on a Cocktail Adventure
The Scapin adventure started as the lights went down. The set construction has a comical air that played right into the farce with round roofed houses, a spurting central water fountain and a white grand piano adding to the folly that this adaptation of Molière’s Les fourberies de Scapin presents.
Constellation Theatre Presents Comedic Romp ‘Scapin’
Who doesn’t love a good farce? Constellation Theatre Company presents musical comedy Scapin from January 16 to February 16 at Source on 14th Street. Constellation’s production of this playful farce is based on Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell’s adaptation of Moliere’s Les Fourberies de Scapin. Director Kate Bryer says the adaptation offers a modern take on the French playwright’s original work.
Elvis' Birthday Fight Club Returns with New Matchups
Elvis' Birthday Fight Club returns to DC and Baltimore this January for the fourth year. An event that started out as a onetime thing has turned into a yearly, must-see event. Creative, entertaining and all-around fun, this one of a kind show is worth checking out.
A Young Cast Takes the Stage In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is truly young at heart. More than half of the professional cast is under 40 and led by 29-year-old STC Associate Director Alan Paul.
Comedy & Drama Brilliantly Intertwined | The Lyons
Bursting at the seams with rancorously witty comedy, The Lyons comes to the DC area through December 22. Written by Nicky Silver, the play centers around the Lyon family during their most intimate and uncensored moments of familial crises.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner | A Modern Twist
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was one of the first films to face the issue of race relations head on. Nearly five decades later, Arena Stage presents the contemporary stage adaptation of the classic 1967 film in a production that confirms the subject of race is still relevant.
36 Views In Theatre And A Cocktail Adventure
36 Views is a play written by Naomi Iizuka, a multicultural screenwriter who was born and raised in Tokyo and spent time in Indonesia, the Netherlands, and Washington DC. She earned a MFA from UC San Diego and her work has spanned the US. The title 36 Views pays homage to a series of woodblock prints by nineteenth-century artist Katsushika Hokusai. The woodblock prints (46 in total) represent different perspectives of Mount Fuji. In respect of the these national treasures, Iizuka segmented the play into 36 intersecting scenes that intertwine into a dizzyingly intricate drama that shifts between time, space, and theatrical form.
Talking with Fiery Comedienne Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho is a well-known stand-up comedienne, actor, singer/songwriter, author, fashion designer, and humanitarian. Her career began in stand-up comedy at the age of 14 after winning a comedy contest to open for Jerry Seinfeld. Since then she has been around the world and back.
If/Then Makes its World Debut at The National Theatre in DC
Step aside NYC, DC gets the first review in this case. The brand spanking new musical If/Then will host its pre-Broadway run at the National Theater November 5 to December 8.
DC’s Comedy Collective: Community, Talent and Laughs
If you’re into live comedy then you’ve probably noticed that the local scene has grown exponentially over the past year. This growth is due in no small part to groups like LYGO DC. One of the region’s newest comedy collectives, LYGO has already established itself as an invaluable player, helping to build community and grow talent in a city that has needed a “middle ground” for burgeoning comedians.
Comedian Bill Engvall
Bill Engvall is an accomplished comedian, recording artist, and actor. He is perhaps most well known for his role in the highly successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He has produced and starred in his own TV sitcom The Bill Engvall Show, and has created multiple albums including Dorkfish and Here’s Your Sign, the latter of which spent 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart. He has hosted multiple TV shows including the game show Lingo, Country Fried Videos, and Mobile Home Disasters and has also appeared in several films including Strawberry Wine, Bed and Breakfast, and Delta Farce. Currently, Bill is voice acting in the new show on CMT Bounty Hunter, starring in a pilot for TBS Do It Yourself, and is going to be a contestant on the new season of Dancing with the Stars. His is also currently doing a tour across the United States which includes a show in Bethesda, MD at the Strathmore on October 6.
Organist Cameron Carpenter Makes his Kennedy Center Debut
Contemporary organist Cameron Carpenter will take the stage at the Kennedy Center on October 16 for his first solo recital at the District’s premier performing arts center. The 32-year-old musician will focus on his new solo work, Music For An Imaginary Film, during his upcoming performance. Carpenter’s work, which is still being completed, will premiere at the Kennedy Center in advance of being recorded for his first Sony album out next spring.
The Impractical Jokers: Talking with Brian Quinn
Brian Quinn is a member of The Tenderloins a comedy troupe featuring four high school friends from Staten Island, New York - Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn. As a creator, executive producer, writer, and star of truTV’s show, Impractical Jokers, Quinn is a busy guy. Currently on tour with truTV Presents The Impractical Jokers Tour Featuring The Tenderloins On Tap caught up with the comedian to get the lowdown on the upcoming DC show.
DC Shorts Celebrates 10 Years
DC Shorts is a film festival which prides itself on promoting creativity from all around the world. In its first year, DC Shorts screened 30 films at a single venue over two days. In its 10 years, the festival has grown exponentially and will screen over 150 films from 22 countries at six theatres in the area. The festival is now a celebration of art that lasts 11 days! This year, look forward to viewing films at the Visual Arts Center in Rockville as well as Anacostia Arts Center. DC Shorts will be Anacostia’s first film festival.
The Social Theater Goers Guide
It’s time to kick the misconception that DC area plays are expensive, or for an older generation. The District is brimming with affordable theater productions that push the envelope and keep the attention of a lively party-going crowd. From audience participation to post-show drinks, theaters are doing more than ever to bring in new crowds and make a night at the show a social occasion. Here are On Tap’s picks for the 2013-2014 season.
DC Fashion Week Preview
Designers, models and fashion merchandisers from around the globe will flood the streets of Washington this month for seven days of international style at the 19th season of DC Fashion Week, running September 23rd through the 29th. The world’s fastest growing international fashion week exhibition will feature the hottest ready-to-wear styles and couture pieces as designers from around the world show their Spring/Summer 2014 collections at several locations across the city.
A Few Good Men
In 1992, the film version of Aaron Sorkin’s play, A Few Good Men, starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, became a huge hit, taking the Academy Awards by storm and becoming one of the most iconic films in Hollywood history. Now adapted into a Keegan Theatre production, the play is directed by Jeremy Skidmore and stars Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Lt. Daniel Kaffee. This revival offers Washington audiences the chance to experience the drama all over again. Only this time, an entirely new experience awaits the modern audience whose perceptions of the play’s issues have changed dramatically since Jack Nicholson made “You can’t handle the truth!” one of the most famous lines in history.
Comedian Wayne Brady Gets Serious About Music
Music and comedy go hand in hand for improv star Wayne Brady. This summer, the Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated actor, singer and television personality is filming the final season of How I Met Your Mother, reprising his role on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and recording his latest R&B and soul album. On August 10th, the multitalented entertainer will showcase his musical talents at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club.
Drinking Buddies: Buddying Up to Joe Swanberg
Drinking Buddies, director Joe Swanberg’s new film, is a lot like real life – full of messy situations, confused characters and a healthy dose of angst. Swanberg is known for encouraging the actors in his films to improvise their lines and for putting substance over style, a practice that has earned him both critical acclaim and disdain. In Drinking Buddies, however, the director has grown up, retaining the “real life” feel of improvised dialogue but employing a bigger budget and bigger-name actors, like Oscar-nominated Anna Kendrick, to tell the story of two couples who may be better suited for each other’s partners. On Tap buddied up to Swanberg to find out more about his latest and greatest film.
A Commedia Romeo & Juliet
Faction of Fools Theatre Company returns to the Capital Fringe Festival this summer with an original production of Romeo and Juliet. What makes this version of the Bard’s famous tragedy about two young lovers completely unique? It’s a comedy.
Venus and Serena Hit the Big Screen
Over the past 20 years, African-Americans have experienced a generation of incredible advancement and success in the professional realm. Arguably, the most notable of these moments is Barack Obama’s two term stint as President of the United States. However, if one were to look back a bit further into the past two decades, and into the realm of athletics, the story of superstar tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams – from the ghettoes of Compton, California to the idyllic opulence of Centre Court at Wimbledon - may prove to be as impressive. Tennis and film fanatics alike in search of an inspirational and reality-based storytelling can now find the documentary Venus and Serena – offering an honest and rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives and legacies of the Williams sisters in theaters now.
One Night with Janis Joplin
Mary Bridget Davies is Janis Joplin personified. The Cleveland-based blues singer has spent the last seven years capturing the spirit of the first queen of rock ‘n’ roll, and on June 21st, Davies will take DC by storm with the return of One Night with Janis Joplin at Arena Stage’s Kreeger Theater.
Talking with Funnyman Frank Caliendo
Frank Caliendo’s spot on impersonations of politicians, actors and sports stars – from George W. Bush to John Madden – have put the comic on the map, starting with his stint on MADtv and most recently in his national standup tour. On Tap got a chance to speak with the outspoken funnyman in advance of his antcipation at the DC Improv June 13-16.
Director Henry Alex-Rubin Talks Disconnect
Chances are you’re reading this article online, perhaps on a smart phone in your living room while your significant other is sitting next to you on their MacBook Pro typing away. Your Internet connection is strong, but what about your connection to one another? Oscar-nominated director Henry Alex-Rubin (Murderball 2005) explores this interconnectedness in the digital age and the real life consequences of our online actions in his latest film Disconnect. On Tap got the opportunity to connect with the director IRL and learn more about his poignant and timely new drama.
Ladies, looking to change up your usual girls night out itinerary of drinks and dancing at the newest club? Round up your crew and head to the Fillmore between May 22 - 25 to see SPANK, the hilariously racy new musical which has quickly become a hit in theaters across the nation.
The Winter's Tale
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is tackling one of Shakespeare’s most complex plays this spring, with a plotline spanning 16 years and at least three genres: romance, comedy and tragedy.
Hitting a Higher Note
Beloved performing arts venue and nonprofit Wolf Trap is ramping up the scope and variety of the performances it offers under the direction of incoming President and CEO Arvind Manocha. On Tap interviewed Manocha just in time for a bevy of big name artists coming to the venue’s popular Filene Center outdoor amphitheater this summer.
Coriolanus and Wallenstein: The Hero/Traitor Repertory
The Shakespeare Theatre Company offers audiences a relevant portrayal of the challenges of wartime and the price of power through the lens of two very different yet complimentary military plays: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and Friedrich Schiller’s Wallenstein. The Shakespearean tragedy and German drama will be performed in repertory at STC’s Sidney Harman Hall, the first in the Clarice Smith Repertory Series.
Monologist Mike Daisey's: American Utopias
Mike Daisey is fascinated with the civic spaces we create for ourselves to fulfill our need to belong. The NYC-based monologist and theatrical provocateur returns to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company from March 25 to April 21 to highlight four very different communities: the theme park perfection of Disney World, the anarchic excesses of Burning Man, the secrecy of the Freemasons and the political movement at Zuccotti Park. To prepare for American Utopias, Daisey and his wife/director Jean-Michele Gregory spent time in each charged environment. On Tap caught up with Daisey to learn more about this one-of-a-kind monologue.
Our City: Bringing a Diverse City Together through Film
In its sixth year, Our City Film Festival will bring DC film to INTERSECTIONS, Atlas Performing Arts Center’s annual festival of the arts. The two festivals come together for a celebration of the rich culture that defines DC. Our City is recognized by area filmmakers as an essential stop in the film festival circuit.
DC Shorts' Award Winning Weekend
DC Shorts WINS Showcase
Christina Pazsitzky: Not Your Mother's Comedian
This month, unabashedly bold comedian Christina Pazsitzky speaks her mind with On Tap Magazine. The emerging stand up comedian-slash-reality TV addict (and participant) will be at the DC Improv for the first time February 14 to 17. But be warned, this isn’t your mother’s comedian.
Breaching Success: Henry V at Folger Shakespeare
Often called “the war play”, Henry V is fourth in a tetralogy of history plays by Shakespeare. While war is the central action, the underlying theme is that of a young man becoming a leader and assuming the responsibilities that entails.
The "West Wing's" Richard Schiff Stars in Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie"
Tony Award-winning director Doug Hughes and Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Schiff are at the helm of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Hughie, at the Lansburgh Theatre from January 31 until March 17. Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn presents this character-driven Eugene O’Neill play about one man’s struggle with loss.
British Play Contractions Makes Its U.S. Debut
Playwright Mike Bartlett’s critically acclaimed black comedy Contractions will receive its U.S. premiere at the Studio Theatre on January 2. The satirical production, which runs through January 27, puts a provocative twist on a very important aspect of contemporary life: employment.