Author Archive | Anne Vandercook

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Review: ‘Book of Days’ at Rockville Little Theatre

Written in 1998, Book of Days is one of the final writings from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson. The play is set in a fictional rural Missouri town of 4,500 or so residents, and follows 11 of those residents and one outsider at the “cusp of the new millennium,” whose lives and stories are all […]

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

What’s the buzz you ask? Well Jesus Christ Superstar now playing at the Kensington Arts Theatre of course! Arising out of the tumultuous 1960’s the era of the Rock Opera gave to way for artists expressing themselves and a story through song. Jesus Christ Superstar with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyric by Tim Rice […]

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‘The Wiz’ at The Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Opening almost a half a century ago, in 1974, The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a fun evening based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum. Featuring a rock, gospel, and soul music score by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown, usually cast with an all African […]

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2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Wombat Drool’

If you are not quite aware of what you are getting into before watching Uncle Funsy’s production of Wombat Drool, you may be a bit confused as the retired Zookeeper David S. Kessler begins to talk about his fascination of wombats and other small mammals. It is not what one might expect when attending a […]

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‘Chess’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

Rock musicals have engaged audiences in the US and abroad for over 50 years. Coming to prominence in the late 60’s the genre hit its stride in the 70’s and 80’s with classics like the Rocky Horror Show, Evita, and Little Shop of Horrors. Coming off his epic hit Evita lyricist Tim Rice joined forces with […]

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‘How the Other Half Loves’ at the British Players

Alan Ayckbourn is a renowned British playwright and director well known for his flair for the bedroom farce. One of the more successful of his works is How the Other Half Loves which premiered in 1969. The first of Ayckbourn’s Broadway debuts How the Other Half Loves was a roaring success in the early 1970s […]

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‘Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape’ at The Kennedy Center

Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape, a new work written and directed by renowned Japanese visual artist Miwa Yanagi, made a brief Washington D.C. premier this past weekend at The Kennedy Center. The newly constructed show marks the opening in the series, Stories of War, presented by the Japan Society commemorating the 70th anniversary of WWII. […]

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‘The Comedy of Errors’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

First performed in 1594, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors is one of his earliest and most farcical of his comedic works. With adaptations on stage, film and television, its story is classic. The Comedy of Errors is full of heavy slapstick and many ‘plays on words.’ Most theatres shy away from Shakespeare because of […]

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‘Go Back for Murder’ at Rockville Little Theatre

What is more exciting to watch than a story based on Murder? Intrigue? Romance? Seduction? Well look no further than Rockville Little Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s Go Back for Murder to get your dose of thrilling crime fiction. Based on Christie’s novel Five Little Pigs, Go Back for Murder takes you into the investigation of […]

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‘The Good Doctor’ at Upcounty Theatre

The Good Doctor is a play written by famed playwright Neil Simon. First produced on Broadway in November of 1973, this show is not widely produced by Community Theatre. Undaunted, Upcounty Theatre and Director Michael Abendshein conquers it admirably. The Good Doctor takes several short stories of renowned writer Anton Chekhov and whittles them down into […]

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‘Wake Up Brother Bear’ at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage is renowned for its inventive children’s theater, their very popular interactive theatrical experience for youngsters, Wake up Brother Bear is no different. First produced in 2010, Wake Up Brother Bear opens Imaginations Stage’s 2014-2015 season in their early childhood program called My First Imagination Stage. Creators Janet Stanford and Kathryn Chase Bryer and […]

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‘Touch’ at The Montgomery Playhouse

Written in 1999, the play Touch by award-winning playwright Toni Press-Coffman, is sure to tug at the heartstrings of any who watch. The earnest drama about a young scientist and the death of his wife, a tragedy that consumed his life, is a moving experience, to say the least. This type of drama is very […]

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