Sunday, June 30, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Lynda Farley of Edmonton, Kentucky, funds her smokers' rights campaign with money from retirement and inheritance/Patricia Leslie
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
“Darlin’, that one’s mine! Don’t even think about taking a sip!”
Whoops! Wardrobe! I want wardrobe!/Patricia leslie
Upcoming Jazz Sculpture Garden programs run from 5 - 8 p.m.:
Monday, June 17, 2013
At first glance, $30 seemed like a big sum for a happy hour, an open beer house, and a look inside “the most intact Victorian house in the country," but the fee for the evening fete covers flowing beer “samplings,” tasty tiny treats (dinner for some) and the tours.
And guests are not confined to the courtyard with its well-appointed butlers under a tent serving up the brews, but are invited to go inside the residence with beverages and carry them on all the open floors, and find replenishment in the kitchen, too.
The lovely courtyard at Heurich House and all its attractions make it difficult to escape and venture inside/Patricia Leslie
My kind of place, Heurich House.
If you’ve frequented the Dupont Circle area in the last 100 years, you’ve seen this house, no? And wondered, like me, about the inside and read the historical marker attached to the building, but the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday tours* do not mix well with your work schedule.
Many family heirlooms are still here, and the first two floors are preserved intact with furniture constructed on site, according to a docent. (Once you visit, you'll understand…the size of the pieces.)
*When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for the brew tours on the third Thursday of every month, and tours every Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. with reservations, highly recommended
Where: 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20036
How much: $30 for the Third Thursday Happy Hour with tours, and $5 (unless you're a member of the National Trust, $3) for the tours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Private tours are offered. Click here for beer tickets.
Metro station: Dupont Circle South
For more information: 202-429-1894 and check this link for an extensive article on Mr. Heurich by Mark Benbow of Marymount University who also writes the blog, rustycans.com, which describes the Heurich Brewery, its history, and the beers manufactured there.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
If you want to discourage anyone from getting married, Company is the play to see. I went expecting to hear more humor than reality.
The ending of this musical, now on stage at Signature Theatre in Arlington, is not a “happy" one. Depending upon which way you lean, it's either "for" or "against" marriage, and it's left to the viewer to decide. Throughout the presentation, however, most of the characters "suffer" marriage and all its pitfalls and are miserable. (Hmmm, maybe an opportunity to appreciate your own relationship and strive to make it better?)
The music is routine and forgettable.
Company did earn six Tonys when it was nominated for 14 in 1971 (a record), so somebody up there must like it, but it is the composition, written by the notable Stephen Sondheim (b. 1930) who based it on George Furth's book, which is mediocre. Who cares in 2013 what marriage is for a bunch of provincial New York dilettantes?
Given the script, Signature's director, Eric Schaeffer, does an admirable job, yet the production lacks soaring flash and dash.
"Bobby," or "Robert," acted and sung passably by Matthew Scott, is a 35-year-old bachelor who surrounds himself not with other singles, but with five married couples who, natch, try to get him to jump on their loveless boats and get married. (Misery loves company.) Why would Bobby want to hang out with them? Why would anyone?
Bobby has three girlfriends, about par for today's course, and is smitten by none. Marta (Carolyn Cole), by looks and appearance seems out of sync with the other two (Jamie Eacker, also dance captain, and Madeline Botteri), and all three women deliver some of the strongest performances of the production, especially Botteri who plays the stereotypical air brain airline hostess whose bed romp with Bobby was about the best I've seen on stage.
The costuming (Frank Labovitz) is an excellent fit with the ordinary which mirror the show's general malaise. Everyone is dressed up in muted grey and white or bone, except for Bobby in a dark blue shirt. For the striking dance numbers (Matthew Gardiner), the apparel is classy. (One gratuitous scene was a female solo dance number which left me confounded as to its purpose.)
The set's frame (Daniel Conway) remains stationary, but that is immaterial since frequent scene changes of furniture and lighting shifts (Chris Lee) combine to deliver an abstract stage filled with triangles, shadows, and glorious cool mood lighting, presenting theatregoers with a viewpoint of watching a light show while perched on a refrigerator shelf or on a spaceship. It's a rambunctious ride with large, changing photographs high on the backdrop to distract and create confusion.
The production's highlights belong to the excellent group choreography, and the vignettes acted by Erin Weaver as Amy and Erin Driscoll as Jenny. Women rule this show. And three of the couples are really married: Joanne (Sherri Edelen) is married to Larry (Thomas Adrian Simpson), Sarah (Tracy Lynn Olivera) is married to Harry (Evan Casey), and Jenny is married to David (James Gardiner).
This production is not for the young, but for comfortably married old folks, i.e. "baby boomers" (certainly for not anyone considering d-i-v-o-r-c-e!) and theatre-lovers, too, especially in halls that are as seductive as Signature’s.
Two years ago Sondheim’s Follies left the Kennedy Center after a month’s run, bound for New York, so why can’t this go to New York, too? It’s certainly better than Follies.
When: Now through June 30 every night with weekend matinees, too. Dark on Mondays.
Where: Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Virginia 22206
How much: From $30. Click here for tickets.
Metro station: Pentagon and then, a short bus ride from there. Use Metro's Trip Planner to plan a route.
Free parking: At two nearby garages. Check here.
For more information: 703-820-9771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.