Gary Tischler

Sam Forman Returns to Theater J

Sam Forman is a quintessential New York type in some ways. He is young, hip, very smart and a knowing young playwright and actor who has brought something to the theater that goes back to Chekhov, Neil Simon, even Woody Allen. Mostly, though, he’s brought himself.

News of bin Laden's Death Digs Up Old Memories

In a year when bad news was a part of your breakfast cereal, the death of an evil man seems like bloody sunshine. I bask in it, uncomfortably, waiting for warmth and relief, as if something had ended at last.

9% of DC Residents Turn Out for At-Large Council Election

Our city is the poster child for the notion that all politics is local. People who live here live in distinct neighborhoods, in areas with distinct qualities, atmospheres, residents and histories. However, the elephants in the Washington neighborhoods are the White House and the Capitol Building, and the people who work in them. The government and the President make us the center of the world, and entangle our daily lives and local politics in larger national and international issues.

"Oklahoma," "Candide" Clean up at 27th Annual Helen Hayes Awards

What makes the Helen Hayes Awards unique is its celebration of this city’s theater community. It has blossomed into a kind of tribe and built a national reputation that is no longer a secret. For my money, we are right up there with Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

“King Lear” at Synetic Theater

Can you get the full measure of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” without hearing Lear’s verbal rage against the Gods? You bet you can—and without any of the words for that matter—in Synetic Theater’s “silent Shakespeare” series, now through April 24 at the Lansburgh and April 29 – May 9 at Synetic’s home base in Rosslyn.

Enda Walsh and “The Walworth Farce”

New and fresh Irish playwright Enda Walsh is currently getting a full-blown festival exposure at the Studio Theater, with “Penelope,” his contemporary version of the story of Ulysses and his wife, having already been performed. Now its “The Walworth Face” and “The New Electric Ballroom,” starring some of DC’s finest veteran actors and actresses, being performed simultaneously in the Milton and at the Mead theaters, respectively.

“The Color Purple” at the National Theater

This Oprah Winfrey-backed musical theater version of Alice Walker’s powerful novel packs more emotional punch than your everyday Broadway musical.

47 Years of Georgetown Tobacco

You never know what you might find in Georgetown Tobacco, that’s for sure. It’s not the only tobacco shop in the Washington area, but it’s probably the most original one. It is absolutely the most enduring, and it’s one-of-a-kind shop in Georgetown, now celebrating its 47th anniversary.

Shakespeare Turns 447 at The Folger Library

Say happy 447 thbirthday, Master Shakespeare. It was a day in April when “the spirit of youth was in everything.”

RIP Sidney Harman, David Broder, Sydney Lumet

Lives lived in full to the end let us see the real meaning of legacies—passion in action and professionalism as a matter of course and duty. Herewith, we celebrate the lives of three men who embodied those qualities.

Fragments of Genius: Peter Brooks on the Duality of Samuel Beckett

A collection of Samuel Beckett's one-acts, directed by Peter Brook, will be at the Kennedy Center for One Weekend Only, April 14-17. In an interview with this iconic director, Brooks talks about producing the work of his old friend, as well as Beckett's humor, genius, current relevancy, and the public's perceptions.

"An Ideal Husband" makes good on the work; flaws may be in Wilde himself

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” has a lot going for it. It ...

FIlmfest DC turns 25

This is the 25th anniversary for Filmfest DC, which opened April 7 and closes April 17 at locations and venues throughout the city, and it’s also the same for Filmfest DC Director Tony Gittens, the festival’s first and only director over the years. “We didn’t used to have all these new delivery systems and ways of looking at films,” he said. “There was no digital film, no Internet, no Youtube, nothing like that. Sundance didn’t exist as a major marketplace for independent films.”

Of Budget Woes, Shutdown Woes, and Trump's Born-Again Birther

Earlier this week, I was talking to a neighbor of mine. And like a lot of people in my neighborhood and across the city, he’s interested in the Mayor’s budget proposals. And everyone thinks there’s going to be trouble over the budget.

Liberty Smith at Ford’s Theater

“Liberty Smith,” a kind of tongue-in-cheek, young-hero retelling of some major events of the Revolutionary War, has a number of things going on for it. “We think this is going to be great entertainment,” says Paul Tetreault, Ford’s executive artistic director. “We have a big, Broadway-style musical here, which will appeal to the whole family.”

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