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Wedding Band Wins 3 Obie Awards

The winners of the 66th Obie Awards, covering the 2020-2022 seasons, were announced on February 24, 2023. Three artists were honored for their work on Theatre for a New Audience’s production of Alice Childress’s Wedding Band: Awoye Timpo for Direction, Brittany Bradford for Performance, and Qween Jean, who received a Special Citation for costume design.…Read More »

360° Viewfinder: Exploring Shakespeare’s Histories

Read the Richard II & Henry IV 360° Viewfinder, the Theatre’s free online guide to the production. This issue includes an investigation into power rupture, passing, and legitimacy in the history plays by Tanya Pollard as well as Ayanna Thompson’s interview with director Eric Tucker and actors Christian Camargo, Susannah Perkins, and Jay O. Sanders. View the full 360°…Read More »

Playbill: Workshops Cast Announcement

“Broadway Alums to star in Repertory Workshop of Richard II and Henry IV at TFANA. Theatre for a New Audience has announced the repertory cast for its upcoming run of Experimental Workshops/Exploring the Histories at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Five script-in-hand performances will be presented each of Richard II and Dakin Matthews’ adaptation of Henry IV January 26-February 5.” Read more…Read More »

Esquire: The Side of Denis Johnson You Never Knew

“One of the play’s greatest distinctions, at least for me, is that it feels less like a narrative and more like life, like watching an actual party. Sometimes the best plays don’t come across as plays. Narratives, especially traditional ones, can sometimes seem unrelated to actual life. Life is not a story. As a theater-goer…Read More »

Des Moines: The New Yorker Review

“Denis Johnson’s Des Moines outlines a mismatch between surfaces and soul…..Here, as elsewhere in Johnson’s œuvre—his short-story collection “Jesus’ Son” being the prime example—the characters are desperately sad and live lives that feel almost willfully marginal, but their psyches are shot through with deep and often numinous yearnings.” Read more from The New Yorker here. EXTENDED! DES…Read More »

Des Moines: New York Stage Review

★★★★☆ “A superb ensemble brings Denis Johnson’s strange, unsettling play to comic life.” Read more from New York Stage Review here. EXTENDED! DES MOINES runs through January 8, 2023. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

Wedding Band “What to See and Experience Live in New York This Spring.” – New York Times

“Alice Childress was a force to be reckoned with in the theater, even if she didn’t always get her due. After all, she would have been the first Black female playwright on Broadway if she hadn’t refused to compromise on her work. That would-be first was her play ‘Trouble in Mind,’ which finally premiered on…Read More »

Wedding Band “One of the Most Anticipated Shows of 2022.” – New York Magazine

“The great playwright Alice Childress had been largely sidelined by history, but now revivals have begun to grapple with her legacy in earnest. Her backstage comic drama Trouble in Mind finally made it to Broadway in the fall, and now another of her works — a lacerating and heartbroken 1972 play about how white supremacy can lie…Read More »

Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare Theatre Company: Washington Post Review

“John Douglas Thompson offers a RIVETING portrayal of Shylock…in a moving performance bristling with righteous indignation…Director Arin Arbus lets us see all the ugliest implications of The Merchant of Venice in the fascinating production she has staged.” –The Washington Post Read more from The Washington Post here. The Merchant of Venice is now playing through April 24 at Shakespeare Theatre…Read More »

Maureen Dowd, Opinion, “Going After that Pound of Flesh”: New York Times

“Simon Godwin, the director of Washington’s Shakespeare Theater, was interviewing John Douglas Thompson, who is starring as Shylock in director Arin Arbus’s dazzling new production of ‘Merchant of Venice.’ Godwin asked Thompson — a renowned Shakespearean actor who has appeared on TV in ‘Mare of Easttown’ and ‘The Gilded Age’ — where he stands on…Read More »