Moby-Dick, Washington, DC

The Washington National Opera production of “Moby-Dick” is a crowd pleaser. Jake Heggie’s music is tonal, sometimes glancing off Puccini, but ventures out with touches of Philip Glass minimalism and other occasions of atonality that make it satisfyingly contemporary. Maestro  ...

Mother Courage and Her Children, Washington, DC

Masterful, magnetic, and entertaining best describe the outstanding performance seen Feb. 6 by stage and screen star Kathleen Turner in the uniquely engaging Arena Stage production of Bertolt Brecht’s masterpiece “Mother Courage and Her Children.” With lines like “No one  ...

Richard III, Washington, DC

The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan theater has been transformed from its usual proscenium stage to theater in the round for Robert Richmond’s extraordinary production of “Richard III.” Every element — actors, costumes, scenic design, lighting, sound design and music —  ...

The Refusal of Time

  If you were sorry you missed South African artist William Kentridge’s 2010 production of Igor Stravinsky’s short opera “The Nose,” which played at The Metropolitan Opera, you must experience “The Refusal of Time,” a newly acquired art exhibition  ...

Verge Ensemble, “Modern Mystics”

In the opening program of its 40th anniversary season, the Verge Ensemble, the performance group of the Contemporary Music Forum, presented 90 minutes of distinctive contemporary classical music with commentary. While the program included five short computer-generated pieces by Paul  ...

Twelfth Night, Arlington, Va.

Synetic Theater’s brand of physical theater emphasizes speechless Shakespeare. For this adaptation of “Twelfth Night,” the company advanced the setting to the Roaring Twenties, inclusive not only of flappers but also silent film and the specter of Charlie Chaplin. It  ...

David Greilsammer at Kennedy Center

Making his Kennedy Center debut, pianist David Greilsammer is not only a talented musician but also a man with engaging ideas that reach out to audiences across a wide spectrum of musical history. As part of its Hayes Piano Series,  ...

Horizon – Rinde Eckert

Rinde Eckert, author of And God Created Great Whales, is back on stage with his new theater work entitled Horizon. Like Great Whales, Horizon addresses the big questions of life through radical storytelling. Horizon centers on a theologian named  ...

Fallen from Proust – Norman Allen

Fallen From Proust, a new play by by Norman Allen, is an entertaining comedy about relationships. Its fast-paced, clever dialogue is reminiscent of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Like Wilde’s comedy of manners and satire on Victorian  ...