Shakespeare al fresco with Caribbean flair

By: Anne Ball
Posted on: July 03, 2013

Just as when Shakespeare’s plays were first performed, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre brings its audience up close to the stage.And as in the first staging of Antony and Cleopatra and Taming of the Shrew back in the 1600s, the actors join the audience between exits and entrances.But that’s where the similarities to the Bard’s time end. Chesapeake Shakespeare’s... READ MORE

Melissa Etheridge rocks again at Wolf Trap

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: June 05, 2013

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge may have won two Grammy Awards, been honored by Washington’s Women in the Arts Museum last year and garnered a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame in 2011.But when she was a child in Leavenworth, Kan., a music teacher didn’t know what to make of her raw, gravelly voice.*My first choir teacher did tell me that my voice was so weird she had to... READ MORE

KC and the Sunshine Band still shaking

By: Rebekah Sewell
Posted on: June 05, 2013

When KC and the Sunshine Band released iconic dance hit "Get Down Tonight" in 1975, it was an instant success. Despite many changes in mainstream music, the band's hits have remained popular over the years. Video game series Dance Dance Revolution, for example, has used several of KC's songs to get players moving to the beat.When KC and the Sunshine Band entered the music... READ MORE

Theater has been ‘spot on’ over 50 years

By: Dan Collins
Posted on: May 27, 2013

817 Saint Paul St. That’s the spot. Or to be more exact, the Spotlighters Theatre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in downtown Baltimore this past year.An exceedingly intimate in-the-round (though technically square) stage, “Spots” as it is affectionately known, has played host to Tony, Emmy and Obie Award winners, and even an Oscar nominee, Howard Rollins, Jr.While... READ MORE

Show takes American dream to new heights

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: May 20, 2013

Bam! In the Heights hits the stage at full-throttle, a high-energy blast of Grammy-winning salsa and Latin pop, swirling choreography and quickly recognizable characters.Now at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2008 never lets up in its fervent attempt to ingratiate itself with the audience. And it usually succeeds.While the story is set in the... READ MORE

Oral history becomes performance art

By: Connie George
Posted on: May 04, 2013

For many thousands of years, cultural storytelling traditions have united generations through the wisdom and oral histories passed down from elders.In the 21st century, a D.C. theater group is drawing on the same ritual in order to help teach older and younger people how to better understand and communicate with each other.The multigenerational, multiracial Double Nickels Theatre Company... READ MORE