Theater;theater Mini-Reviews

By Pressley, Nelson | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), November 21, 1996 | Go to article overview

Theater;theater Mini-Reviews


Pressley, Nelson, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


OPENING

* A Christmas Carol - Ford's Theatre. The annual staging of Dickens' classic holiday fable. Performances begin tomorrow night and continue through Dec. 29; 202/347-4833. Not reviewed.

* Entre Villa y una mujer desanuda (Between Villa and a Naked Woman) - Teatro de la Luna. A comedy by Mexican playwright Sabina Berman. At the Gunston Arts Center through Dec. 21; 202/882-6227. Not reviewed.

* Everlasting Arms - African Continuum Theatre Company. Rebecca Rice's play about a woman trying to raise a son in the violent environment of urban Washington. At Source Theatre through Dec. 15; 202/529-5763. Not reviewed.

* Three Nights in Tehran - Signature Theatre. Playwright John Strand's antic treatment of the Iran-Contra contretemps. Through Dec. 22; 703/218-6500. Not reviewed.

NOW PLAYING

* Attack of the Capitol Hill Nazis - Schaddenfreude Productions - (TWO STARS). Four uneven short plays from Patrick Kennedy. A sketch about gathering intelligence via enemy toilets is less than incisive, but the title piece toys smartly with the conventions of Cold War-era paranoid sci-fi films, and a playlet about the possibilities of the nicotine patch is inspired. The acting is semipolished, at best, but Mr. Kennedy's satire has more bite than a lot of the smiley stuff entrenched in cabarets around town. At the District of Columbia Arts Center through Saturday; 202/462-7833. * Betty the Yeti - Theater of the First Amendment - (TWO AND ONE-HALF STARS). An enjoyable "eco-fable" for policy wonks. Loggers and environmentalists square off in an Oregon old-growth forest - and then a yeti happens by, not only disrupting the balance of the land-use arguments, but also stretching a classic romantic triangle into a rectangle. Jon Klein's woolly comedy is getting a handsome production at TFA; the only thing that handcuffs the cast a bit is the play's nonstop smart-alecky tone. Through Sunday; 703/993-8888.

* Having Our Say - Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater - (THREE AND ONE-HALF STARS). Emily Mann adapted and directed this honey of a play based on the autobiography of Sadie and Bessie Delany, centenarian sisters whose father was born into slavery. The Delanys talk about their parents' lives under slavery, their own lives in the Jim Crow South and as pioneer professionals in New York City. As played by Micki Grant (gracious as Sadie) and Lizan Mitchell (devilish as Bessie), the Delanys are charmers who warmly embrace the audience while taking a clear-eyed look at a rich and troubled history. Through Dec. 8; 202/467- 4600.

* Hip 2: Birth of the Boom - Studio Theatre (THREE AND ONE-HALF STARS). The latest creation from writer-performer Thomas W. Jones II is part musical, part stand-up comedy, part poetry slam. Mr. Jones returns as Afro-Jo, the soul-searcher he portrayed in "The Wizard of Hip" five years ago at Studio, and he's back with four friends (the Do Wops, who sing, dance and bat packed phrases back and forth). Like "Wizard," "Hip 2" is full of funny, probing questions about Mr. Jones' taking charge of his life as a black man in the very complex modern world. The performance is energizing, and the charismatic Mr. Jones has the audience in the palms of his hands all night. Through Dec. …

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