REVIEW: Play DC: The Tempest @ Olney Theater Center
BRIGHTEST YOUNG THINGS • JULY 23, 2014 • BY SARAH GUAN
In honor of the opening night of Olney Theater Center’’s production of The Tempest, Mother Nature added to the ambiance with a splash of rain. It set the scene for the play – which had to have a brief rain hold – and added to the magical nature of the night.
The setting is beautiful. It’s held at the Root Family Stage, an outdoor venue perfect for the summer nights. White umbrellas make up the backdrop – creating an ethereal, magical feel. Umbrellas are also incorporated throughout the play, standing in for canes, logs, and staffs. Puppetry was also used in depicting spirits. They surrounded the audience, creating a sense that we were included in the magic.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s summer Free For All became an indoor event years ago, so if you have a yen for the Bard al fresco, head up Georgia Avenue to Olney Theatre Center, where they’re doing a bang-up job with The Tempest through August 3.
DC METRO THEATER ARTS • JULY 20, 2014 • BY AMANDA GUNTHER
How beauteous mankind is! Particularly the beauty found in those willing to brave the natural tempest of Maryland’s summer weather at Olney Theatre Center this summer season. A fantastical stormy adventure, by way of the Bard, sets shore upon the Root Family Stage beneath the stars and The Tempest provides a brilliant evening of classic theatre for a warm summer’s night. Directed by Jason King Jones, this retelling of love, loss, jealousy, and comedy falls perfectly to the planks of the stage beneath the stars offering merriment and a wondrous tale within for all who attend it.
Olney Theatre Center is a proud partner of Barrie School.
Olney Theatre Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All programs are made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; the Maryland State Department of Education; and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.