ARTICLE: In uncovering tensions, productions expose humor and society's fears
THE WASHINGTON POST • February 4, 2016 • BY PETER MARKS
“Drama’s vitallest expression is the common day / That arise and set about us,” wrote the 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson — words that would suit as a preamble to many of Annie Baker’s plays. Not that Baker’s work itself is common. Rather, the playwright succeeds in isolating a kind of wild, often hilarious tension in situations that seem confoundingly unremarkable: a series of theater classes in a community center (“Circle Mirror Transformation”); a few social misfits gathering at a picnic table behind a coffee shop (“The Aliens”); a young couple’s visit to a Gettysburg bed-and-breakfast (“John”).
THEATREWASHINGTON • February 3, 2016 • BY NORMAN ALLEN
In the latest step of a creative process that includes dance workshops, improvisational rehearsals, collaborative writing, and workshop presentations, Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical makes its theatrical premiere on February 10 at the Olney Theatre Center in a co-production with the renowned Tectonic Theater Project. Driving that process is Tectonic's Artistic Director Moisés Kaufman, who serves as the show's director, co-lyricist, and co-book writer. For inspiration, he looked to Carmen herself.
REVIEW: Be his guest: Morella’s solo ‘Christmas Carol’ is an inviting ghost story
THE WASHINGTON POST • December 8, 2015 • BY NELSON PRESSLEY
It’s not the season to be pitting versions of “A Christmas Carol” against one another. Interpretations of the Dickens classic must run into the thousands, and if you have a favorite — well, God bless you, every one. Right now, mine is actor Paul Morella’s solo version at the Olney Theatre Center.
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