Category Archive for: Reviews

The Georgetowner: American Idiot

What’s affecting about the production at the Keegan — directed by founders Mark and Susan Marie Rhea — is the energy, the way it seems like a prolonged, authentic outburst of feeling and confusion, and the way it pays respect to the music. For artists sort of bagged in the punk-garage milieu, the music is

Talkin Broadway: American Idiot

Washington’s Keegan Theatre and directors Mark A. Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea have created a high-intensity production of American Idiot, propelled by a powerful young cast and in-your-face staging and design. Read the full review

DC Theatre Scene: American Idiot

Keegan Theatre’s production is sharp, loud, and grimy—all in a good way. The set is a series of open windows which the cast and ensemble continually climb up and down and through; it also provides a broken backdrop for projections of the G.W. era’s media coverage, which ground the musical in a reality whose aftereffects reverberate today.

MD Theatre Guide: American Idiot

Keegan Theatre’s hurricane of a production, directed by Susan and Mark Rhea, with musical direction by Jake Null, is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Just like the album, it is at times percussive and violent, and at other times profoundly human and raw. The production is also a word that I never thought I’d apply to Green Day: gorgeous. There were gorgeous performances from the entire cast.

DCist: American Idiot

Welcome to a new kind of tension: Keegan Theatre’s production of American Idiot has the right sense of youthful urgency and earnestness that befits the Green Day rock opera. A young, diverse cast energetically brings to life the unarticulated anguish the teens are experiencing …

DC Metro Theatre Arts: American Idiot

The Keegan Theatre’s American Idiot speaks to collective genius. Hardly a no-brainer to mount this explosive, war-weary work, weaned in the Bush II era, at the height of today’s media-hijacked, cock-eyed presidential campaign. (Careful, now, no name-calling or naming names. Hand gestures should suffice.) The payload of mixing Ritalin-wracked choreography, transcendent stagecraft and megaphonic riffs on arrested suburban development? Effing inspired.

The Tower: Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Ever wonder what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso ran into each other at a bar? Well Steve Martin did and decided to write his 1993 hit, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The Keegan Theatre will be hosting this highly entertaining work until the end of February. It is an incredible take on

Washington Life: Picasso at the Lapin Agile

The intimacy of the Keegan Theatre creates a feeling of being at a side table in the Lapin Agile, watching the crazy arguments of the two brilliant men about the significant role each will play in the coming 20th century. Read the full review here

Broadway World: Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Keegan Theatre’s PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE by Steve Martin is a wonderfully absurdist comedy that considers the potential influence of science and art in the century to come. … Matthew J. Keenan’s Picasso is all sexual energy and confident bravado. Bradley Foster Smith’s Einstein is quieter and quirkier with a gentle wide-eyed wonder. …

Great Evenings Out: Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Though we’d seen the play once before, we had forgotten how full-on funny the script is. It also gives you some interesting things to think about: Do individuals, or groups and movements, have more significant long-term impact? What were the major themes of the twentieth century? Is art more moving than science? A lot of laughs with something to talk about after make for a worthwhile play any night.



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