You know that I've bragged before about the theatre scene here in Washington. I believe we can slug it out with New York or London any day. We're full season subcribers to a couple theatres, go to others on an ad hoc basis, generally average a play or a musical a week. Can't live without them. Our beloved and newly rebuilt Arena Stage (three stunning performance spaces) sends around an e-mail before each performance to remind us about the performance date and to give us a little precis of what we'll be seeing. This is what we have coming up in a few days, written by one of three of Arena's resident playwrights. (Ever hear of a theatre that has resident playwrights? We've got 'em). Anyway, given the state of the nation that we've been discussing on other strings, I'm looking forward to this one. . .
By resident playwright Amy Freed
Directed by Nicholas Martin
in the Fichandler
As Rome collapses beneath Emperor Nero's outrageous narcissism, a forgotten playwright tries to restore order through the art of theater in this "gloriously funny" (New York Times) farce. Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Freed's wild romp questions whether well-crafted drama and intellect are any match for decadence and good old-fashioned bloodshed.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. -- George Bernard Shaw
Washington has a history of great theatre. Many years ago when I was a second lieutenant in the USAF working at the NSA, I was given the opportunity to usher at the Shubert theatre (long since closed) on weekends. The head usher was a civilian lady in our office and she gave a couple of us the opportunity to work for a small stipend and to bring our dates to the theatre to see the shows. I was able to see dozens of broadway and pre-Broadway musicals and plays. I only wish I had kept all the Playbills.
I too understand that DC has a very good theater representation. Fran and I had planned to go to DC because I haven't been there since I was a teenager and the Air and Space Museum didn't even exist.
NCL Epic 2012, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2009, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2007, Eastern Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas 2006, Eastern Caribbean