Liza Lorenz, the Shakespeare Theatre’s associate director of communications, tells me that the duo of Harman Hall and the Lansburgh Theater on Sixth Street makes for “a national destination theater.” Visitors can see The Taming of the Shrew at the Lansburgh and Tamburlaine or Edward II at the Harman.
I say the entire Penn Quarter is becoming a national destination for people who love theater. Downtown DC will never have Broadway, but it does have six theaters: Lansburgh, Harman, Warner, National, Ford’s, and Woolly Mammoth.
Architect Jack Diamond, of Toronto’s Diamond and Schmitt group, gets credit for Harman’s glass front and open interiors. In addition to Shakespeare, the Harmon will present modern dance, ballet, and classical music.
Harmon Hall gets a thumbs up. Be there.
Now to the play: Tamburlaine was a brawling and bloody drama where the unwashed warriors get the women and the land and the crowns. Hard to find the heroes in the mess. Thumbs up—but watch out: they might get lopped off.