Performance: Ante Bellum
Theater: Woolly Mammoth Theater, 641 D St, NW
Metro: Gallery Place-green/red or Archives/Navy Memorial-Green. Directions here.
Genre: They say it’s half Hollywood romance, half murder mystery.
Cost: from $15 for people under 25. $15 rush seats sold 2 hours before curtain. Also, Pay What You Can nights are this Monday and Tuesday (3/30 and 3/31). More info below.
Dates: Through April 26
Rating: 3/5 Starving Artists
There’s a new show at Woolly, and man has it got plot twists. If I had a quarter for every time I thought to myself “I did not see that coming”, I could have broken even on the ticket (though it was Pay What You Can night). It’s a good show, with some standout performances (and a weak one or two) and it definitely raises some interesting questions. The night we saw it was the first performance for an audience, EVER, and it definitely has some kinks to work out. Some of them will get ironed out as the cast hits their stride. A few others make me think that the script might need another revision or two, but all told, I found it to be a fascinating and surprising piece and I vote that you go see it. If you have already seen Crowns, you should try to make it to this one next.
The set is a Woolly set, so of course it is wonderful (though some features of it may be a bit unnecessary). Jessica Fraces Dukes was terrific as Edna Black Rock and Jenna Sokolowski was really good as Sara, especially in the second act. Something about Nick Vienna as Ariel really bugged me, but it may just have been an off night. I would be interested to see this production in a week or two, when the performers really find themselves in the roles.
I am going to make this a short review. We went with a group of 8, so I hope some of them (and anyone else) will comment below with their thoughts. We had some very different opinions about the show, so I hope they share them below.
Also, a warning: there is a fair amount of male nudity in this show. Be prepared,