Shira Hecht

Scratch that <i>Itch</i>

Scratch that Itch

By:
03/25/2010

Bruce Norris’s The Pain and the Itch is a tricky piece of dramatic machinery. Its structure is carefully convoluted, painstakingly difficult, and yet, by the end, complete and exact.

One Act Festival celebrates campus theater

One Act Festival celebrates campus theater

By:
02/25/2010

Georgetown’s theater scene can be a little insular. Even the theater kids admit it—the different performance groups tend be exclusive, all the plays feature the same actors, and a lot of the theater kids hang out with each other. And so the average Hoya could be forgiven for not realizing that Georgetown theater is blowing up.

Pizza, “il” advised

Pizza, “il” advised

By:
02/11/2010

Upperclassmen will fondly remember 1063 31st Street NW as the location of The Alamo, a terrible Mexican-ish restaurant that did not card, where freshmen without fake IDs could order expensive margaritas and run into hallmates from Darnall who were drunk on Coronas and stuffed with mediocre tortilla chips.

Cera-iously twee

Cera-iously twee

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01/21/2010

Nick is lonely, lovelorn, awkward, and very much a virgin. When his mother and her boyfriend take him on vacation, he falls desperately for Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday), a girl who lives with her very Christian parents…

Caroline’s changes fall too short

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11/12/2009

It is hard to talk about Caroline, or Change—Tony Kushner’s frustrating, engrossing musical, currently in production at the Gonda Theater—without talking about writing. The play, which is described as “semi-autobiographical,” is about a quiet Jewish boy, Noah Gellman (played by Sean Silvia, from Chevy Chase Elementary School), growing up in Louisiana in 1963—Kushner’s own backstory—and…

One man’s Exit is another man’s entrance

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10/15/2009

At No Exit, everything is done well, nothing seems out of place, and the effect works. Audience members walk through an impeccably decorated antechamber, creepy and Halloween-appropriate in red and black. The music as you walk in and out is the perfect blend of kitschy injoke and sincere soundtrack. They even had Georgetown Cupcakes at…

By:
10/08/2009

A lot of hard work clearly went into Getting Out, Georgetown theater’s first main production of the year. Premiering only a few weeks after casting, and featuring many newbies in Georgetown theater, the show tries to do many things, all at once: an emotional study of a woman who has been through an awful lot,…

Critical Voices: Why? – Eskimo Snow

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09/17/2009

Why?, the indie/folk/hip-hop “project” of Jonathan “Yoni” Wolf, an Orthodox Jewish backpack rapper from suburban Ohio, makes music that is harder to describe than the man himself. The closest musical references might be a more rhythmic Pavement or a less smug Ben Folds, but his wise-cracking, deadpan—almost fatalistic—affect ends up closer to old-school Leonard Cohen…

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