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Author Archive | Charles Green

Gary Goodson and Andy Clemence in Inherit the Wind. Photo courtesy of Compass Rose Theater.

Review: “Inherit the Wind” at Compass Rose Theater

Compass Rose Theater’s production of Inherit the Wind is a powerful work of theater. Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee in 1955, it dramatizes the famous “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, in which the teaching of evolution was put on trial. Spencer Tracey and Gene Kelly starred in a 1960 movie version. Directed […]

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Review: ’33 Variations’ at Colonial Players of Annapolis

Colonial Players’ production of 33 Variations is a musical and visual delight. Written by Moises Kaufman and directed by Terry Averill, it is a mix of a biographical play about Beethoven, and the 21st Century music scholar hoping to understand the origins behind his Diabelli Variations. It is a masterful exploration of obsession, the artistic drive, […]

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Review: ‘The Liar’ at Compass Rose Theater

Compass Rose Theater’s production of The Liar is a hilarious farce with a great deal of charm. Written by acclaimed Restoration French playwright Pierre Corneille in 1642, it became his most famous comedy; Richard Wilbur translated it into English in modern times. Directed by Steve Tobin, it is a great show to kick off Compass […]

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Review: ‘Alice and the Book of Wonderland’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Alice and the Book of Wonderland is an entertaining treat for all ages, with delightful acting, colorful costumes, a creative use of technology, excellent directing, and sly political humor. Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken, and directed by Sally Boyett, […]

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Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a colorful, spirited spectacle. Co-directed by Donald Hicken and Sally Boyett, The Tempest is performed outdoors, in the gardens of the historic Charles Carroll House. It combines talented acting, directing, choreography, and lighting with a beautiful setting for a night of wonderful theater, with magic, romance, and […]

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Review: ‘Sister Act’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s production of Sister Act, directed by Clare Shaffer, is a funny spectacle of a musical. Based on the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane, it combines wonderful music and singing […]

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Kurt Elftmann as Richard III. Photo courtesy of Annapolis Shakespeare Company.

Review: ‘Richard III’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III is a darkly compelling piece of theater. Directed by Donald Hicken, it strips the stage of all but a few props, allowing great acting and directing, as well as creative lighting, to tell the story of a madman’s rise to power. Even those familiar with Shakespeare’s play will […]

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Report #2: “The 33rd Annual Helen Hayes Awards” at the Lincoln Theatre

The 33rd Annual Helen Hayes Awards, held at Washington’s Lincoln Theatre, was a fabulous celebration of the D.C. area’s wonderfully talented theater community. Hosts E. Faye Butler and Lawrence Redmond started off the festivities with a fun rendition of “Celebration” that had the audience grooving in their seats. The American Pops Orchestra provided the music, […]

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Review: ‘Pygmalion’ at Compass Rose Theater

Compass Rose Theater’s production of the George Bernard Shaw classic Pygmalion is an entertaining, thought-provoking show. Directed by Jim Knipple, it combines great acting with a clever set and interesting costumes to have audiences laughing and, at the same time, thinking about the issues of class, gender, and, in this version, race. Both Eliza and […]

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Review: ‘Nine’ at Colonial Players of Annapolis

Colonial Players of Annapolis’ production of Nine is a musical extravaganza, with lots of marvelous singing and dancing, as well as beautiful costumes. With a book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, directed by Ron Giddings, and music direction by Andrew Gordon, it blends the past with the present, and mixes fantasy with […]

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Review: ‘Madama Butterfly’ at Annapolis Opera

Annapolis Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is a beautiful marriage of music and singing. Directed by Braxton Peters, with music conducted by Ronald J. Gretz, it brings together excellent staging, scenery, and lighting to highlight Puccini’s tragic classic tale. Eleni Calenos commands the stage as the title character, […]

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Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ at Ballet Theatre of Maryland

Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s production of The Little Mermaid, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, is a gorgeous spectacle of storytelling through dance. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, adapted and directed by Dianna Cuatto, it brings together talented dancers, colorful costumes, ingenious sets and lighting with the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel […]

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Review: ‘Calendar Girls’ at Colonial Players of Annapolis

The Colonial Players’ production of Calendar Girls is a screamingly funny, yet poignant comedy. Written by Tim Firth, who co-wrote the 2003 movie, and directed by Debbie Barber-Eaton, it’s an incredibly successful melding of talented acting and directing, creative props and staging to create an evening of laughs and tears. Set in Yorkshire, the play […]

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Review: ‘Treasure Island’ at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis’ production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure story Treasure Island is a rollicking, exciting spectacle. Adapted by Ken Ludwig and directed by Jeff Miller, there’s lots of pirates, swordfights, and wrestling matches to entertain the whole family. It even has a surprising casting twist, in that many of the male characters […]

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