Gary Tischler

“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.”

Vincent Gray Talks "Tough Budget," Among Scandals and At-Large Council Race

Here we are, into the first spring of the Vincent Gray Administration’s rule. And where are we?

Elizabeth Taylor's Washingtonian Legacy

The recent death of Elizabeth Taylor and its coverage around Washington highlighted the nurture-torture nature of the relationship between Washington and Hollywood, like an electric wire was connecting the two cities. People remember her here; just ask the senator, the gossip writers, theatergoers and the folks at the Whitman Walker Clinic.

The Life of a Clown

The elephants and clowns and ponies and performers marched through parts of Washington yesterday for an annual parade that signals the arrival of the circus in town and delights hundreds of children and tourist along the road. Leading the way was Jonathan Lee Iverson, the ringmast, decked out in red-white-and-blue and top hat—the man who gets to say the iconic words at the start of each show: “Welcome Children of All Ages to the Greatest Show on Earth.”

Amidst Celebration, A Commemoration

In the wake of the destruction and devastation that has hit northern Japan, it might be necessary to take the word “festival” out of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Commemoration might be better, for what has happened to Japan lies like haze over everything in the festival. There is a blanket of sorrow accompanying us all even as we move among the trees that are perhaps the most precisely apt symbol we have on hand.

At Large Candidates, First Look

At this stage in the campaign to fill the At Large City Council Seat vacated by Kwame Brown’s winning bid for the City Council Chair, the candidate forums are like the political equivalent of speed dating. The election for the seat isn’t until April 26, which leaves plenty of time for voters to get to know the candidates. And there’s a lot to choose from—close to ten candidates are in the field, and one of them is already sitting on the council.

Rants, Raves, Recriminations and Clowns

We have nothing but admiration for the Japanese people, especially those who suffered directly from the earthquake and the tsunami. No lootings, stoic bearing, grace under pressure. A nice word, too, for the media reporters who stayed and covered this disaster amid the obvious dangers, as well as those covering the tumultuous and continuing events in the Middle East and North Africa. They too placed themselves at risk and worked in dangerous conditions, and some of them paid the price. Not so for the home front television newsies who keep thinking that all news is about us.

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