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DC Theatre Scene: AN IRISH CAROL 2020

No, this isn’t just A Christmas Carol with an accent; [Keegan Theatre’s An Irish Carol by Matthew J. Keenan] is a riff on the familiar Dickens structure, transported to the equally familiar stage world of an old Irish bar. The ghosts and visitations are traded for recriminations and memories; the supreme miser Scrooge for the

MD Theatre Guide: TRANS AM

It’s old news that theatre is undergoing a transformation this year due to the pandemic. At the same time, it might be the most important moment for the rawness and immediacy the institution offers. This is something that is perfectly captured in Keegan Theatre’s new show, Trans Am, a world-premiere musical and one-woman rock performance.

Broadway World: TRANS AM

TRANS AM is the autobiographical tale of Lisa Stephen Friday’s life so far – her upbringing in conservative Fayetteville, her rise to fame, her fall from grace, her journey to rebuild, and, most importantly, her path of self-discovery. Lisa shows us what it’s like to struggle with an identity when you don’t have the vocabulary or


In two live shows at Keegan Theatre, a trans woman and two Black men get real The Keegan Theatre’s streamed live performances from their stage are the closest thing I’ve seen so far to theater as we remember it avant le deluge. They are presenting two pieces in repertory, which investigate vital aspects of identity,

DC Theatre Scene: TRANS AM

Trans rock star Lisa Stephen Friday debuts her personal story in TRANS AM At its heart, Trans Am is an autobiographical ode in the style of a rock opera, that draws inspiration from the folk-rock like stereotype of the singer-storyteller. Lisa Stephen Friday, in her one-woman autobiographical show receiving its world premiere at Keegan Theatre, brings


Keegan Theatre returns for a virtual fall season that looks a little bit different, but still packs an emotional punch Within the first few minutes of Keegan Theatre’s From Gumbo to Mumbo, I was struck with a sense of panic: how could I, a New York Jew, give a fair review to a show that


The tangy DC streets or a soulful bowl of NOLA. From Gumbo to Mumbo celebrates each from its first notes — for what writers and performers Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown do is something just shy of sing. This show is about their roots and life routes. Which, predictably, also include a lot of pain. From being

Washington Blade: BOY

Keegan’s BOY is gut-wrenching coming-of-age tale Anna Ziegler’s Boy is a searing story of sex and gender. Currently making its Washington-area premiere at Keegan Theatre, the prolific playwright’s 2015 work unblinkingly explores the pain and struggle that results when gender is imposed regardless of what the person feels he/she/they are. With the help of Jeremy Bennett’s

The Washington Post: BOY

Looking back as a 20-something, Adam Turner remembers his high school prom as agony. He was living as a girl back then. He wore a dress. His date groped him. Years after the traumatic event, he recounts the experience to his soul mate, Jenny. He speaks quietly, but his pain manifests with such immediacy that

DC Metro Theater Arts: BOY

“Oh, god. Maybe it didn’t work,” the mother exclaims in alarm. It’s the moment in this hold-your-breath drama when she realizes the gender experiment done on her child, one of two identical twins born male, had been a horrendous failure. The play by Anna Ziegler, titled Boy, was inspired by a true story. The riveting

Current Productions

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