CURTAIN CALLS: ‘The Originalist’ – A Supreme Interpretation

For one hour and forty-five minutes, Justice Antonin Scalia comes to life, full of anecdotes, answers, opinions, and humor. He fields legal questions with the ease of a tennis champ on a court with beginners, and he takes his victories – and his losses – with the equanimity of the war-weary. He’s a textualist, a purist, a Constitutional originalist. A “medieval knight girded for battle” to some. A “monster” to others. […]


Curtain Calls: A Dream explodes at Arena

What happens to a dream deferred? Langston Hughes’ seminal poem, “Harlem”, helped seed Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece, “A Raisin in the Sun”, a work which set off seismic rumblings still felt today. Produced for the first time at Arena Stage, the problems of the Younger family presented fifty-six years ago still seem immediate and familiar. […]


CURTAIN CALLS: “Peter and the Starcatcher” – a great catch

“Everything’s got a moral if only you can find it.” So said the Duchess to Alice on her journey through Wonderland, and who am I to contradict her? Just so, “Peter and the Starcatcher” has its fair allotment of moral lessons in right behavior – but that’s not why I would recommend it. I recommend it because it is laugh-out-loud fun. […]


CURTAIN CALLS: We learned to like it

“As You Like It”, Shakespeare’s frolic in the Forest of Arden, is one of those iron sided plays that can withstand all manner of interpretation. Call it the dude ranch trail horse of Elizabethan comedy. Director Gaye Upchurch may have an angle in mind, but it’s hard to discern in this scattered approach. But thanks to some fine performances of the cast, the story of jealousy, banishment, and foolish love emerges more or less intact. […]