I didn't write about Ella Hickson's Oil, the best play I've seen this year. But I did review Lucy Kirkwood's The Children, the second-best. I'm struck by how different two plays with ecological themes written by British women born in the 80s that premiered in 2016 can be. I also wrote about Folger's new production of the seldom-staged Shakespeare comedy, Love's Labor's Lost.
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For your Washington City Paper, I reviewed The Panties, the Profit, and the Purse—a series of linked David Ives comedies adapted, with shrinking fidelity, from a trilogy by the 19th century German social critic Carl Sternheim. That sounds awfully highbrow, doesn't it? Ives is better at farce than at satire, and the show is a better document of what he likes than what he thinks. I liked it, but I'd like it more if Ives would—in the words of the 21st century social critic Boots Riley—"Sho[his]Ass." As it were.
Action Figure: A Syrian Asylum Seeker Makes Her English-Language Debut in "This Hope: A Pericles Project"
I've got a feature in today's Washington City Paper about Raghad Mahklouf, a Syrian asylum-seeker—and veteran actor—who's appearing in The Welders' new riff on Pericles. Only 34 seats are available for each performance, so don't sleep on those tickets if this appeals to you.
Because three shows had their press nights here in the DMV the same night Constellation Theatre Company opened their version of the Y2K-era Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida, myWashington City Paper review took a little while to appear. Here it is. The principal actors are better than most of the material.
After the customary late summer lull, I’m back on the theater beat. Last week’s Washington City Paper featured my reviews of two plays that first appeared in 2015, now making their regional premieres Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ stunner Gloria, at Woolly Mammoth, and Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, at Round House.
FURTHER READING: My 2013 City Paper profile of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is here.
I wrote an oral history of my favorite cinema, the Uptown Theater on Connecticut Ave. NW here in DC, for the Washington City Paper. I love the oral history format. Cutting this down to publishable length tested me. My apologies to the various people whose comments were cut for length.
AMC Theatres declined to make attendance figures available for publication, but they told me they've ticket up slightly in the last year. I hope that means the Uptown will stick around a long time.
Appendix! A probably-incomplete list of films I saw at the Uptown, compiled from memory, by year.
1993: The Abyss [Extended Edition]
1998: Godzilla (the awful Roland Emmerich one), The Thin Red Line
1999: Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, Sleepy Hollow
2000: The Perfect Storm
2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2004: Spider-Man 2
2005: Good Night and Good Luck, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong (the underrated Peter Jackson one)
2006: Mission: Impossible III, Superman Returns
2007: Spider-Man 3, Blade Runner: The Final Cut
2008: Iron Man, The Dark Knight
2009: Watchmen, Terminator: Salvation
2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
2011: Super 8
2012: The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Prometheus
2013: Iron Man 3, Jurassic Park (20th anniversary 3D rerelease), Gravity
2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2016: Ali, Independence Day: Resurgence
2017: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
2018: Ant-Man and the Wasp