Tag: Arena Stage

<i>Kleptocracy</i> Engages the Unknown

Kleptocracy Engages the Unknown

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02/01/2019

The District is about to devour Kleptocracy. Arena Stage’s latest production, which runs through Feb. 24, is the world premiere of a play set in 1990s Russia that depicts the rise of Vladimir Putin (Christopher Geary) and his struggle for power against crude oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky (Max Woertendyke). Kleptocracy feeds the Trump-age hunger for…

At Arena Stage, <i>Indecent</i> is a Requiem for Art’s Endurance

At Arena Stage, Indecent is a Requiem for Art’s Endurance

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01/15/2019

Ghosts come alive at the start of Arena Stage’s production of Indecent, the dust rising from the actors’ heavy overcoats in poetic plumes. Lemml (Ben Cherry, bearded and earnest) serves as our narrator, introducing the audience to the ashen bodies that drift to center stage as he sets the scene. In those first few minutes,…

<i>Hold These Truths</i> is a Poignant Memoir on Injustice

Hold These Truths is a Poignant Memoir on Injustice

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03/09/2018

Hold These Truths is a one-man play written by Jeanne Sakata, featuring Ryun Yu in the role of Gordon Hirabayashi. Hirabayashi is not a fictional character, but a real man who lived through Japanese American oppression in the 1940s. The play is based on actual historical events and interviews conducted by Sakata with Hirabayashi himself….

Arena Stage’s <i>A Raisin in the Sun</i> Captivates All Around

Arena Stage’s A Raisin in the Sun Captivates All Around

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04/26/2017

There is a dangerous magic about theatre-in-the-round—and a heightened sense of communal experience. At Arena Stage’s 2017 production of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, the actors are totally exposed on the square of stage that becomes the Younger household, surrounded on all four sides by the audience. And while it can…

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