Drama & Comedy articles

Military Drone Piloting Comes to Life in Grounded

Military Drone Piloting Comes to Life in Grounded

By Jerome Langston   “I got wild in New York!” That’s almost the opening line of director Laley Lippard’s part of our recent conversation about Grounded, the last full run play of Virginia Stage Company’s current season. Lippard is not yet here, of course ─ she flies into Norfolk tomorrow, but more importantly, the New

PREVIEW: The Hampton Years

By Jerome Langston   I’ve always been deeply passionate about theater,” explains playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton during a recent phone call about her fascinating new play, The Hampton Years, which is being produced and presented by the Virginia Stage Company later this month. Lawton is detailing how she used to write stories to entertain her

Killer Fun Anglo-American Duo

By Montague Gammon III The greatest English writer’s bloody tragedy of ancient Scottish royalty, in company with the greatest American humorist’s fanciful tale of an ancient English court, comes to Christopher Newport’s Ferguson Center a few days after the Ides of April in new productions by The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater.

Stage Preview: Major Tom

By Montague Gammon III   A British performance artist successfully turned beauty queen, and a “stubborn” basset hound somewhat less successfully turned show dog, bring their irreverent and humorous two performer multi-media look at competitive beauty and associated topics to the Virginia Arts Festival’s Robin Hixon Theater for a 6 evening run this April. The

VA Stage Company: Puzzler of a Play

  By Montague Gammon III   Call The Other Place, the upcoming Virginia Stage Company production, a “thriller” or a “psychological thriller” or a “Hitchcock style psychological thrill ride” or the term director Chris Hanna likes best, “a puzzle play,” the script arrives bearing a host of good reviews, and the cast is earning high

The Fresh Push on Granby Street

By Montague Gammon III   The freshest venue in Norfolk’s Granby Street Arts District might be The Push Comedy Theater, which opened, after about a year of development and preparation, in early November as the new and first permanent home of Norfolk’s almost venerable comedy troupe, The Pushers. At nine years old and counting, this

PREVIEW: Book Club Play

By Montague Gammon III Two young veterans of local stages return to Norfolk as stars of Virginia Stage Company’s upcoming comedy, The Book Club Play. Brian Monihan, whose talents stood out during his days at Virginia Wesleyan College, and Ashton Heyl, late of Hurrah Players and Governors School for the Arts (and Carnegie Mellon and

Open Stage for Actors

By Montague Gammon III   A new opportunity for local actors to get stage time, professional coaching and make professional connections has been operating under the radar at Norfolk’s Venue on 35th for the better part of a year. It’s called Actors Open Stage, currently scheduled for the first three Sunday nights of each month,