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On Around Town, talking Uprising and Bad Dog and Alice in Wonderland

Chris Klimek

After our summer hiatus, I'm back on WETA's Around Town with host Robert Aubry Davis and fellow theatregoer Jane Horwitz to talk about three recent shows I reviewed for the Washington City Paper: MetroStage's historical musical Uprising, Olney Theatre Center's brutal-but-funny addiction drama Bad Dogand Synetic Theatre's confused new version of Alice in WonderlandYou will no doubt notice from my lapels that I am wearing a new sport jacket, at my mom's insistence. Anyway, please enjoy my stuttering, my trailing off, and of course, my truly peerless sportjacket-wearing.

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Too Much Is Not Enough: Bad Dog and Alice in Wondlerland, reviewed.

Chris Klimek

My reviews of Bad Dog, a tough new comedy about alcoholism from prestige-TV writer Jennifer Hoppe-House, and Alice in Wonderland, Synetic Theatre's watery take on the Lewis Carroll classic as reinterpreted by former Washington Post film & theatre critic Lloyd Rose, are in today's Washington City Paper. I got paid to write them but you can read them for free. Everybody wins.

On Around Town, talking Beauty and the Beast and Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Chris Klimek

For further evidence of  how hopeless I am at looking into a camera and smiling when someone says my name, we take you once again to the studios of WETA, where I was delighted as always to join Around Town host Robert Aubry Davis and Washington Post arts writer Jane Horwitz last week for ultra-concise discussions of two shows I recently reviewed for the Washington City Paper. We covered Synetic Theatre's fresh adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and Old Trout Puppet's Workshop's surreal Famous Puppet Death Scenes.

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Where the Wild Things Are: Synetic's The Island of Dr. Moreau, reviewed.

Chris Klimek

ICE to see you! The inhabitants of  The Island of Dr. Moreau  (Johnny Shryock)

ICE to see you! The inhabitants of The Island of Dr. Moreau (Johnny Shryock)

This acrobatic Moreau is a rich sensual experience, one that deflates at the end but not before it has vividly dramatized Wells’s big question: Is physical suffering at best irrelevant and at worst necessary? Can we evolve by teaching ourselves to ignore it? By way of demonstrating his answer, Moreau takes a glinting blade and slices a red trail through his own forearm, ignoring the pain like he’s Peter O’Toole playing Lawrence of Arabia, or Gordon Liddy playing himself, or Gary Busey playing Mr. Joshua. (In Lethal Weapon, duh. Read a book, why don't you.) We always hurt the ones we’re forcibly trying to improve.

My review of Synetic Theater's new adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau is in today's Washington City Paper, available wherever finer alt-weeklies are given away for free.

Its cover feature is "The DC Manual of Style and Usage," the handy and hilarious brainchild of my editor, Jonathan L. Fischer, who announced this week that he's leaving his post as the Washington City Paper's managing editor to become a senior editor at Slate. He's a meticulous, imaginative, patient editor who always smartened-up my copy, and a genius at punny headlines and captions. (Here's just one example.) I look forward to working for him again.

Quiet Act: Synetic's Twelfth Night and Forum's Meena's Dream, reviewed

Chris Klimek

"I have been and always shall be your... twin sibling." Alex Mills as Sebastian and Irina Tsikurishvili as Viola in  Twelfth Night.  (Koko Lanham)

"I have been and always shall be your... twin sibling." Alex Mills as Sebastian and Irina Tsikurishvili as Viola in Twelfth Night. (Koko Lanham)

My reviews of Synetic Theatre's silent, early-cinema-and-Jazz Age-inflected Twelfth Night and Anu Yadav's solo show Meena's Dream are in today's Washington City Paper.

You Gotta Move: Synetic's A Trip to the Moon and A Commedia Christmas Carol, reviewed

Chris Klimek

A Trip to the Moon,  1902

A Trip to the Moon, 1902

I was a big admirer of writer/director/illustrator Natsu Onoda Power's Astro Boy and the God of Comics at Studio Theatre earlier this year, and also of Martin Scorcese's 2011 film Hugo, which was in part about pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès. So I was excited to see Power's new stage adaptation of Méliès’ most famous film, A Trip to the Moon -- which I found promising but underdeveloped.

I review it in today's Washington City Paper, along with a Faction of Fools' A Commedia Christmas Carol.