Theater J picks 7 playwrights to diversify portrayal of Jewishness on stage

Theater J, the nation’s largest and most prominent Jewish theater, announces the selection of seven Expanding the Canon commissioned playwrights who over the next two and a half years will create new full-length plays that thematically and visually center ethnically and racially diverse Jewish narratives. The program seeks to correct and broaden the historically limited … Read more

A searing ‘King Hedley II’ at Dominion Stage

“Attention must be paid.” Linda Loman’s famous declaration at the end of Death of a Salesman applies doubly to the title character in August Wilson’s King Hedley II, now playing at Arlington’s Dominion Stage. And pay attention you will, in a production illuminated by six brilliant performances. Start with Stool Pigeon (Jacqueline E.G. Youm), an … Read more

A Latina writer faces race and class inequality in ‘Fade’ at Unexpected Stage Company

Alone in a new city, Lucia struggles to find her footing as the only Latina writer on a white-male–dominated network TV writing staff. Balancing her desire to proudly proclaim her Latina identity, despite her workplace’s (not-so-subtle) racism, with the temptation to keep her head down and continue the status quo to make things “easier,” she … Read more

It’s truth vs. poetry in ‘Lifespan of a Fact’ at Colonial Players of Annapolis

Colonial Players’ production of The Lifespan of a Fact is a funny yet thoughtful drama about the importance of truth. Written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell, based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, the play concerns the intense (and tense) relationship between a prestigious magazine writer, his editor, and … Read more

See Bob Bartlett’s ‘Lýkos Ánthrōpos’ if you dare

When a traveler along Rt. 50 west of DC finds themselves drawn, curiously, via Exit 16, to Davidsonville and MD 424 south, and, a mile or so beyond the stoplight at the filling station, is drawn yet again along the lonely Emilys Way to the left, a curious sequence of yellow arrows leads you to … Read more