Entries in Theatre (6)

Friday
Sep022016

2015 Broadway World DC Awards

I was recently honored by Broadway World DC as 2015 Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Local/Regional, Professional Theatre) for my performance as Poe in Molotov Theatre Group's production of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe!

See the other nominees here:

Monday
Nov242014

Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe - Review Roundup

Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe has been playing for sold out houses throughout the month of November and will close December 7. Molotov Theatre Group specializes in horror and suspense, and we have had the pleasure of creeping out many Poe fans during the course of the run thus far.
 

Photo: Kristin Jackman

I have the privilege of playing Edgar Allan Poe himself. My constant objective was to deliver the Poe that his fans would want. It was a long, challenging process of creating the character, and you can read more about that process in an article I authored for DC Metro Theatre Arts.

The reviews for the show have been overwhelmingly positive. Here is a sample of some reactions:

"Elliott Kashner strikes a dashing and tortured figure as Poe."
~DC Theatre Scene 

"Kashner does a wonderful job portraying the mad genius, and besides having the physical attributes of young Poe, Kashner gives him a voice that is much more than a narrator, but one who is also a puppet master or 'crypt keeper', given the genre."
~Broadway World 

"Nightfall’s cast of six were impeccably exact as Poe’s characters and narrators, obviously taking great care and pleasure in the theatrical flourishes of madness."
~MD Theatre Guide 

"...as Kashner’s Poe hangs over the pit, certain that he is about to fall eternally to his doom, you’ll believe his racing pulse."
~DC Metro Theatre Arts

 The show itself is now Helen Hayes recommended. There is only one weekend weekend left in the run. Get your tickets here.

Friday
May162014

Light of Night - Review Roundup

Light of Night runs now through June 1 at Venus Theatre. Written by Cecilia Copeland, this play is incredibly dangerous. It challenges the audience on many different levels, and based on on first week, may overwhelm some. Despite how dark things get, Light of Night is ultimately a hopeful and uplifting play. In the Latin retelling of the Persephone myth, before we get to heaven, we have to go through hell.

Photo: Curtis Jordan

I play Jim, a charismatic husband who deeply loves his wife. However, by the end of the first act, it becomes clear that the relationship is deeper than darker than we first think. Jim is an incredibly complicated and terrifying. It has been incredibly difficult stepping into Jim's skin, and getting into that character has been incredibly taxing.

So far, we have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, which is especially rewarding considering the number of big risks we've taken to stage this work.

Here are what some of the reviews have had to say.

Kashner delivers a striking stage presence, particularly when responding to both female characters in scenes near the end of the performance. His working chemistry, not to be confused with that of the loving and affectionate kind, is startling and intense.
~Amanda Gunther, DCMTA

The most challenging role is played by Elliott Kashner who finds ways to make the character of Jim work even at the most difficult moments. It is a powerful performance that has taken up an uncomfortable residence in this reviewer’s memory.
~Steven McKnight, DC Theatre Scene 

The Venus Theatre Play Shack is a small and intimate space, so I would recommend getting tickets sooner rather than later. You can get tickets and see the performance schedule here. Be prepared for a show that will be difficult to watch, but rewarding at the same time.

Thursday
Sep192013

Come Blow Your Horn - Review Roundup

In case you have some free time between now and October 12, it would be worth you time to come by The American Century Theater to enjoy our performance of Come Blow Your Horn. I play Alan Baker, a swinging bachelor from the 1960s.

Photo: Johannes Markus

If you are the type of read the reviews first, here's what the critics had to say (specifically about me, because... well... this is my website):

"Elliot Kashner is impressive in the central role of Alan. His savoir faire oozes off the stage as he brings an exasperated charm to the Manhattan playboy who is cruising through life with no worries, no commitments and no depth."
~The Connection 

"The acting skills employed by both Mr. Kashner and Mr. Alferov are what will draw audiences to The American Century Theater to witness and take in some remarkable comedic talent."
~DC Metro Theater Arts

"Kashner exudes cool confidence as a man who thinks he has everything figured out..."
~Talking Broadway

"[Kashner] never loses his cool as he steers the show through a flurry of implausible yet entertaining action."
~DC Theatre Scene 

The entire ensemble gives some killer performances. Come on out and share in a couple laughs. Tickets are on sale now, although several of the shows are sold-out already! Visit The American Century Theater to see which nights still have seats left. See you there!

Monday
Jun182012

Ecce!

All of Judea is clamoring for the execution of Jesus Bar Joseph of Nazareth. The man is accused of a litany of crimes, which, in aggregate, will destabilize the region. Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea, has to choose whether to A) execute a hated man in accordance with the direct orders of his caesar or B) protect a man that Pontius knows is ultimately innocent.

(Photo coutesy of Wikipedia)

Instead, he presents Jesus back to the citizens of Judea, bound and in crown of thorns. Pontius declares, "Ecce homo!" (Latin for "behold the man") and delivers Jesus back to the Judean citizens. It may be the most famous non-decision in all history. But the most interesting question is "Why?"

I'll be playing Pontius Pilate in the upcoming production of Ecce, producted by A.J. Rhodes Entertainment for the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival. The play really focuses on the build up to that Ecce Homo moment. I think the challenge for me as Pontius is to really put the audience there and make them consider what they would have done under the same circumstance, but to do this without sugar coating Pontius' serious personal flaws.

More information on the show at the website for A.J. Rhodes Entertainment.