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Review Round-Up: Basra Boy

The Washington Post “In a succinct 70 minutes that pulse with slangy lyricism, “Basra Boy” paints a vibrant portrait of an exuberant teenager and his quirky, down-at-heels community. As brought to life by director Abigail Isaac and the appealing performer Josh Sticklin, who portrays multiple characters, it’s a piece that starts as a funny, antic

Washington Post Going Out Guide: Basra Boy

In “Basra Boy,” Keegan Theatre’s new production, a teen aches to join the army, if only to escape the boredom and sheer claustrophobia of small-town life. If the story of a young man bound for the Mideast has a familiar ring, perhaps that’s because it could have easily been set in Topeka or Tennessee or Texas.

But “Basra Boy” takes place in Belfast, home of playwright Rosemary Jenkinson, who has witnessed the current wars affect her own insular community.

DC Theatre Scene: THE WEIR

The Keegan Theatre’s production carries on the play’s award-winning tradition, dropping its incredibly-talented cast into a cozy, intimate rural Irish pub and letting the players take it from there …
“The Weir” is art, entertainment, and a spiritual quest all rolled up into one deceptively simple bundle …”.

Washington City Paper on Basra Boy

Keegan Theatre’s One-Man Northern Irish Punk Rock War Story: “Basra Boy is a Belfast play to its core. The one-man production centers on an 18-year-old Belfast punk, who has a dirty mouth, a penchant for trouble, and who debates joining the Royal Army to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan. It was written in dialect, with plenty of Belfast slang. And, needless to say: Its playwright, Rosemary Jenkinson, is a Belfast native.”

DCist: “A Shadow of Honor”

After you walk into the cavernous converted church to see A Shadow of Honor, the new play by Peter Coy being premiered by Keegan Theatre one of the first things you see is a rifle hanging above the fireplace in an old Virginia homestead. Later, when this rifle is taken down, you see that it

Review Round-Up: “A Shadow of Honor”

The actors do an admirable job of injecting life into their characters … Herren is splendidly natural as Caroline Ruffin, and Rhea is forceful as her thuggishly idealistic husband … Listol brings the right mixture of warmth and intensity to Kathy … And in the play’s early scenes, before his character has become a psychological

Keegan named ‘The Best Stage of 2010?

Metro Weekly named Keegan’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa one of the best of 2010: Dancing at Lughnasa, The Keegan Theatre — One of the first e-mails I ever got telling me that, as a critic, I didn’t know what I was talking about was from Keegan. It’s that spirit, so often reserved for defending

RENT Rocks City Paper

In its annual round-up of the year in theater, the Washington City Paper says: …RENT; I know you’ve been around the block a few times, but when your Alphabet City rocks as hard as it did in the Keegan Theatre’s production, I’ve gotta pay you your due.” – Trey Graham

DC Theatre Scene: “Golden Boy”

This being a Clifford Odets play, told with tender humanism, we see our own lives right away in the plight of the young boxer. … Lynch and Keena do nice work depicting the growing difficulty with which the traditional father and the rebellious son are able to connect. … Rhea is impressive as the brash



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