An Art Critic and a Dealer Battle in the New Drama The Old Masters
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The last date listed for The Old Masters was Sunday February 9, 2014 / 2:30pm.
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George Bernard Shaw's magnum opus, Back to Methuselah is a comedic look at the history of humanity, from the Garden of Eden to 30,000 years into the future. One of the first works of science fiction ever put on stage, this monumental cycle of plays is rarely performed due to its size. In anticipation of the Washington Stage Guild's 30th anniversary, the company is mounting a multi-year cycle of each of the plays. This first production stages two chapters, In the Beginning, which takes place in the Garden, where Adam and Eve choose between mortality and immortality, and The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas, a present day tale in which two brothers discuss the need to increase the human lifespan if civilizations are to function. Sparkling with Shaw's trademark wit and satirical touch, this fantastical examination of humanity's failings is as vital as ever. Learn More
Recommend Arcadia for dinner ($$$) - it's just around the corner at 9th & New York Ave. Parking is crazy. We found a spot on 10th, there are parking lots, but check what's happening at the convention center and plan travel/parking time accordingly.dining • Feb 03 2014 star this tip starred
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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Although it starts slowly, this play becomes more and more engrossing as it unfolds. Especially interesting is the additional background information on the painting in question on display in the lobby at the end of the show.
Quotes & Highlights
- "The best thing about director Laura Giannarelli’s straightforward, handsomely designed production ... is how unimpressed the actors are by the highbrow talk. They keep an easy humor in the air, even as they let you know that between all these operators, there’s blood on the floor." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-old-masters-the-art-of-the-deal/2014/01/06/e444df2a-76f8-11e3-a647-a19deaf575b3_story.html"><em>Washington Post</em></a>
- <em>"</em>"Simon Gray’s thoroughly enjoyable drama<em> The Old Masters</em> is indeed about important art. It’s also about the art of the deal. But mostly it’s about the interdependent professional relationship (and sometimes friendship) between famed art historian Bernard Berenson and the equally famous art dealer Joseph Duveen. Washington Stage Guild’s take on Gray’s 2004 work currently playing at the intimate Undercroft Theatre features a very capable cast in a production straightforwardly staged by Laura Giannarelli." --<em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/01/08/the-art-of-the-matter-the-old-masters-washington-stage-guild-theater">Washington Blade</a></em>
- "<em>The Old Masters</em> takes us into a world that seems far removed from our own lives, but which, by virtue of the issues it raises and aided by a highly skilled cast and crew helmed by director Laura F. Giannarelli, a Stage Guild founding member who has regularly appeared on both sides of the footlights, often succeeds in drawing us into it. Giannarelli manages to mine much of the ‘gold’ from the script and her actors, making for a generally absorbing nearly three hours." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2014/01/06/the-old-masters-at-washington-stage-guild-by-leslie-weisman/"><em>DC Metro Theater Arts</em></a> (4.5 stars)
By Simon Gray
Directed by Laura Giannarelli
Featuring Conrad Feininger, David Jackson, Jewell Robinson, Steven Carpenter and Thomasin Savaiano
About the Ticket Supplier: Washington Stage Guild
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