Gallery celebrates local artist’s long career

By: Carol Sorgen

Born in Baltimore in 1926, Joan Erbe grew up in Windsor Hills on the West Side. Her father, a coffee salesman, often took her to circus side shows, where father and daughter were soon on a first-name basis with many of the circus “characters.”When at home, her mother always encouraged her to create, and when young Joan would sigh, “I’m bored,” her mother would... READ MORE

Signature makes Sunset Blvd. succeed

By: Michael Toscano

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard has had mixed success on the stage, though it did win the 1994 Tony Award for best musical on Broadway. It has never played Washington before.But now, thanks to years of effort by Signature Theatre’s guiding light Eric Schaeffer, it is here, and the wait has been worth it. The sumptuously staged and dazzlingly performed musical shows that... READ MORE

South Pacific revival delights and disturbs

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Rodgers & Hammerstein were masters of the memorable, hummable musical. And among their most hummable is South Pacific, the 1949 hit based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific.The musical’s 2008 revival on Broadway won seven Tony Awards, including best revival, best director, best set, costumes, lighting and sound, plus a special posthumous... READ MORE

Andy Warhol: another 15 minutes of fame

By: Carol Sorgen

There’s still time to catch the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), and it’s well worth the visit. On view through Jan. 9, the exhibition features more than 50 works the legendary Pop artist painted during the last decade of his life. Warhol died in 1987.Having once declared that “painting is old-fashioned,” Warhol returned to the medium in... READ MORE

Elaine Stritch returns to Broadway at 85

By: Mark Kennedy

Elaine Stritch wants to tell an embarrassing story. And when Elaine Stritch wants to tell a story, you listen.“I have no secrets,” the 85-year-old Broadway legend said by way of introduction. She is sitting at a makeup table getting her eyes done a few hours before a performance of A Little Night Music at New York City’s Walter Kerr Theatre.A few days ago, Stritch begins,... READ MORE

Comedy/drama pits hope vs. resignation

By: Michael Toscano

The work of playwright Tracy Letts is subversively complex. And with his latest work, Superior Donuts, now onstage at Studio Theatre, he proves himself stylistically adept, as well.All of us who thoroughly enjoyed his scathingly witty August: Osage County, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award (best play) winner that came to the Kennedy Center last year, might have thought we had a handle on... READ MORE