Gary Tischler

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.

Prodding the Masses: Mike Daisey at Woolly Mammoth

It’s hard to pin Mike Daisey down. You’d kind of like to know what he is – is he ...

St. Patrick's Day in Washington, Then & Now

Every St. Patrick’s Day, I get nostalgic. Some part of me wants to hear an Irish rebel song, down ...

All About Helen Hayes Awards Nominations

If you want to know a little bit about what’s going on in the vibrant Washington area theatre scene, as well as a little bit about its history, check out the Helen Hayes Awards nominations. They’ve always provided clues about what’s hot and what’s not, trends and directions.

Walking the Dog: News and Perspective

We live in a city full of news; it seems sometimes to come like rain from above, buzzing on television ...

Butterfly Soars at the WNO

Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is probably the most performed opera in America. The Washington National Opera, with two different ...

Kaya Henderson Up Close

Kaya Henderson can command a room, as when she went with Gray on a series of town hall meet-and-greets that introduced her to the community. She came in out of her office hands outstretched to sit with me at one of those big long conference tables. This is a woman who doesn’t leave you much room not to like her. She’s direct, with an open, animated face that breaks easily into a smile or laughter. She is also a serious person, whose comfort zone is probably three-hour banter about policy.

Trying Times for Mayor Gray, Washington

Just around three months into his four-year terms, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is in trouble. Big trouble.

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Be Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Sitting in the balcony seats at Arena Stage’s Kreeger Theatre overlooking the stage, I had a disquieting thought as ...

District Gripes & Other Thoughts

Just last week, we went to the Kalorama Citizens Association meeting and heard guest speaker Mayor Vincent Gray talk about ...

Edward Albee & Tennessee Williams

In the annals of 20th-Century American theater history, there are few playwrights more influential, more continually fascinating to theatergoers and theater makers, than Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee. And both playwrights are getting their full due in two ambitious, wide-reaching, far-flung local festivals. Arena stage will be hosting a two-month long Edward Albee festival. And “The Glass Menagerie Project” at Georgetown University is part of a nationwide Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival...

Explore "Maximum India"

Here is India, according to stats provided by the embassy: 1.2 billion people, 24 languages, 1,600 dialects, 28 ...

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