Who needs snow to celebrate the holidays?

By: Judith Salkin
Posted on: November 13, 2015

Just because we don’t get a dusting of fresh snow, it doesn’t mean that the desert lacks holiday spirit. Starting at the beginning of December, cities of the Coachella Valley offer a wide variety of family-centric events that include parades, a festival and tours of holiday decorations.Three free events that have become iconic in the valley — the Palm Springs Festival of... READ MORE

New musical is baked from scratch(es)

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: November 02, 2015

It is surprisingly challenging to write about the world-premiere of Cake-Off, the comedy chamber musical currently being served up at Signature Theatre, without resorting to terrible, half-baked puns.You see, it is a multi-layered exposition, alternately a sweet confection and a tart statement. Emotional conflict blends smoothly with nutty comedy and rises to a satisfying slice of life.... READ MORE

Ragtime brings early 20th century to life

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: October 30, 2015

Remember the bad ol’ days, 100 years or so ago, when multi-millionaires ruled the economic and political roosts, when immigrants were barely tolerated, and when blacks tried to show that their lives and their dignity mattered?Well, those times — not really gone by, are they? — are being played out with vigor, verve and considerable talent in the historical musical... READ MORE

Actor seeks ways to relate to characters

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: October 23, 2015

Like many actors, Gregory Burgess got “the bug” when he was a youngster. In his case, that was in Richmond, Va., where he participated first in church productions, then in junior high and high school shows. In fact, one of his all-time favorite roles was as Tevye in his high school production of Fiddler on the Roof.After moving to Washington to attend Howard University, Burgess ... READ MORE

Gavin MacLeod — you have to love him

By: Jorie Parr
Posted on: October 16, 2015

He was 4 years old, the lead in a kindergarten play, when he first heard that sound: CLAPPING. Even winning the charming child contest in the New York Daily Mirror a little earlier had not prepared the golden-curled tot for that moment. “I want more,” he determined.The thrill of connection with an audience has stayed with him his whole long life. Never mind that his major... READ MORE

A sudsy telenovela of destiny and desire

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: October 10, 2015

It was a dark and stormy…no, wait. It was a stormy and rainy or a stormy and windy night. That’s where the story line of Destiny of Desire — the faux-telenovela comedy currently running at Arena Stage — begins, and where it transitions at overheated turning points in the story.This is a world premiere production from D.C. playwright Karen Zacarias, part of the... READ MORE