I’m still processing MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET that has just closed today out at Virginia Rep’s Hanover Tavern venue. If you didn’t see it, you missed something special. It was incredibly well acted by some of Richmond’s finest and directed without fuss but with great care by Debra Clinton. Among the many minor critical reactions I had was that Terrie Powers’ set was exceptional in the way it was completely organic and welcoming, a situation where a great deal of work
Gotta Have Faith Faith Faith
This is old news for many in the local theater community, but there was a bit of a holiday miracle last weekend. Last Friday, Mallory Keene, an actor playing a supporting role in MARY POPPINS at Virginia Rep, was called on to step into the title role. Headliner Stacey Cabaj had fallen ill and Ms. Keene was suddenly expected to be “practically perfect.” I was lucky enough to attend the performance and, though I hadn’t seen Ms. Cabaj’s portrayal to compare, I was incredibly imp
What Is That?
I had a couple people tell me that they didn’t like FUN HOME, the musical that Cadence Theatre Company produced this past fall, but that they weren’t criticizing the production. They just don’t like musicals. A little poking around via Google shows that this kind of aversion is not uncommon; there is even a musical about hating musicals. But when you consider a show like IN THE HEIGHTS that Virginia Rep did last season or HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL that we did here along with Thea
More Is Better
As of this past week, there is more Firehouse out in the world. If you go to the Firehouse Forum web page, you’ll see that our new podcast is now live. In its premiere episode, I interview Jessi Johnson, currently starring in MARY C. BROWN AND THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN; Deejay Gray, newly elected president of the RVA Theatre Alliance; and Kerrigan Sullivan who is set to direct WINGS here in February. You’ll also see a link to something teased last week: our first course offered thro
Do I Look Like a Guy With a Plan?
In last week’s blog post, I talked about working to convince more Richmonders to come out to see locally-produced professional theater. So what does that work actually look like? Well, we’ve got ideas galore around here and they are starting to coalesce into actual plans, consumables, gatherings, things that we hope will start generating more interest in the local scene. Here are a few of them: You’re looking at the first one! It’s just a blog but it’s going to act as the wal