The skill of Greg Kalleres in wittily redefining what's "normal" transforms 'Wrecked' into a drama that's quite exceptional on many levels.
Eleanor Burgess creates the academic liberals’ perfect storm, in which a lefty professor ironically “triggers” the raging student monster that will destroy her.
David Meyers’ nail-biting historical-intellectual drama depicts Nazi-era interrogation of a young German university student. But what does it all mean for us today? #NeverTrump?
Evan Linder’s funny and weirdly sympathetic expedition to America’s legendary heart of darkness discovers something else entirely.
Starring Kate Udall, Allison Gregory’s one-woman show is a classic female coming-of-age story joined at the hip with theater of the absurd.
World premiere drama by Kara Lee Corthron, "Fear City" is an in-your-face journey into the closed-loop social system extant in the South Bronx circa 1977.
Set somewhere in Amish Country, Chelsea Marcantel’s "Everything is Wonderful" is a metaphor for modern religious, moral and political contradictions.
Growing annually in popularity and prestige, the Contemporary American Theater Festival presents 6 brand new and nearly new American plays this year.
Contemporary American Theater Festivals (CATF) expansion offers proof of this festival’s durability and growing national reputation. Season opens July 7, 2017.
CATF’s premieres Susan Miller's big-hearted and extraordinarily wise drama that celebrates—and mourns—he Baby Boomers’ Last Hurrah.
The world premiere of “The Wedding Gift,” Chisa Hutchinson’s weirdly funny parable on race relations attracts, repels, amuses and confuses.
Allison Gregory’s (almost) one-woman play, "Not Medea," ups the ante on Euripides' controversial tragedy of a scorned wife and mother who hits her ex with a gruesome act of revenge.
An Irish-guilt haunted, “downstairs” counterpart to Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” Ronan Noone’s chatty drama doesn’t quite become airborne.
Trying too hard to make a statement, Christina Anderson falls back on cardboard character types, favoring them over character itself.
CDN's initial impressions of CATF's dramatic festivities, as 5 new plays unfold in the picturesque Eastern Panhandle of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.
CATF, an increasingly prominent summer theater festival in Shepherdstown, W.Va. near Washington, D.C. launches its summer slate of new and nearly-new American plays this weekend.
SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia, July 23, 2015 – Last but not least, we review the world premiere of Johnna Adams’ intimate and provocative new play, “World Builders.” Subtitled “A Love Story,” we’d agree that it certainly is. Except that it’s not the kind of love story most of us would ever imagine. Adams’ new drama is ...
SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia, July 22, 2015 – The Contemporary American Theater Festival tends to choose dramas that focus on serious things, and that’s appropriate, given that in American culture these days, the certain certainties seem to have gone away. But there’s a ray of comic hope in CATF’s 2015 edition, and it’s called, oddly enough, ...
SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia, July 19, 2015 – To the average American the world of fashion often comes across as an extended freak show. Televised clips of garments being newly debuted on glamorous runway fashion shows tend to run a gauntlet, featuring items either un-wearable or bizarre, most of which are draped around anorexic female models ...
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2015 – Somewhat like CATF’s controversial 2007 production of “My Name Is Rachel Corrie,” the 2015 world premiere production of Barbara Hammond’s “We Are Pussy Riot” may unintentionally raise a barrier for those members of the audience not on top of the latest international pop entertainment happenings or recent international political scandals. ...