Shakespeare’s 455th Birthday at the Folger (photos)

April 17, 2019

The celebration concluded with a grand appearance and cutting of the cake by Queen Elizabeth I herself, accompanied by her favorite, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burleigh.

Alison Luff Brings ‘Nell Gwynn’ to Life

February 15, 2019

Imagine, in this month designated Women’s History Month in the United States, a world without Rita Moreno or Carol Channing or Kelli O’Hara or Barbra Streisand or Vanessa Redgrave or E. […]

A Gift of Love, Always

February 14, 2019

Love runs on words, sweet words, outrageous words, words like jet fuel, words as imaginary happenings, flying fast and furious and helpless with imaginary wings. 

Performance Arts Preview

September 12, 2018

By Gary Tischler and Richard Selden OPERA Verdi’s ever-popular “La traviata” — his musical tribute to the life and especially death of every courtesan that ever entranced a swain and […]

Folger Celebrates Shakespeare’s Birthday with Open House (photos)

April 23, 2018

William Shakespeare is arguably the worlds most famous playwright, and deserves to have his birthday celebrated accordingly. Hundreds came to celebrate the 454th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth at the […]

Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ at Olney

April 4, 2018

What makes a play a classic? Most often, it’s about a quality of endurance, a kind of built-in modernity no matter what you do with the costumes or sets. Shakespeare’s plays […]

Wilson’s ‘Two Trains’ at Arena

March 7, 2018

Carlton Byrd is back. And so is August Wilson. Actor Carlton Byrd is returning to Washington, where he was last seen in a production of cutting-edge playwright Robert O’Hara’s “Antebellum.” […]

Tragic Love, Choreographed by Cranko

February 7, 2018

To spark some much-needed love and reconciliation in the nation’s capital — where Republicans and Democrats are acting like Montagues and Capulets — the Washington Ballet is presenting “Romeo & […]

An English Olivia, Residing in Georgetown

October 25, 2017

There is something that makes you want to sit up straight when you hear an English accent over the telephone. It’s a feeling that just doesn’t resonate over Twitter. You […]