In today's Sun: reborn Arena Stage, cutting-edge Iron Crow Theatre
In case you haven't already spotted my sure-to-be-life-changing reviews elsewhere online or in print, I thought I'd better mention them here.
I weighed in on the much-awaited production of "Oklahoma" that inaugurates the impressively renovated complex that houses the venerable DC company Arena Stage. It's great to see the space so magically transformed, with the sweeping glass walls wrapping the three-theater venue into a most welcoming package.
It's also gratifying to see an iconic American musical treated with such respect and enthusiasm -- not to mention high-calibre choreography (Center Stage could sure have used something of this level in its otherwise highly effective recent revival of "The Wiz"). And I think the idea of
I've also got a review of another new cutting-edge troupe in Baltimore, Iron Crow Theatre, this one specializing in works with a connection to the LGBT community. The current production looks at the notorious, horrifying figure Jeffrey Dahmer. At a time when bullying of gays seems even worse than usual, it's compelling, if ever so uncomfortable, to come face to face with violence inflicted on gays by one of their own.
I admire the company for tackling such a subject and for giving this intriguing new play such a stylish production. I like, too, the way the set-up when you arrive for a performance. No programs are given out in advance, and no one is seated until the play is ready to start, so when audience members enter, they are put immediately into the terrible world inside "Apartment 213."
'OKLAHOMA' PHOTO (by Carol Rosegg) COURTESY OF ARENA STAGE