Author Archive | Charles Green

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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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Review: ‘Our Town’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Our Town, their first show at their new location on West Street, is a thoughtful, creative take on Thornton Wilder’s classic American play. Directed by Sally Boyett, it is performed in their smaller secondary theater, which will be used for their educational programming, while the larger main theater completes its […]

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Review: ‘One Singular Sensation – A Celebration of the Music of Marvin Hamlisch’ at Live Arts Maryland

One Singular Sensation, presented by Live Arts Maryland, was a loving tribute to the life and work of Broadway and film composer Marvin Hamlisch. J. Ernest Green led the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale, as well as several solo performers, in renditions of Hamlisch’s pieces, including the themes from Sophie’s Choice and The Way […]

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Review: ‘South Pacific’ at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Annapolis Opera’s production of South Pacific was a fun, charming musical. Based on James Michner’s novel Tales of the South Pacific, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II, and directed by Braxton Peters, there was  wonderful singing, music, and dancing combined with an inventive set and superb lighting. It was […]

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Review: ‘Mozart’s Requiem’ with The Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra at St. Anne’s Church

The Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem, presented by Live Arts Maryland, was a well-performed clever combination of old and new pieces. Before performing the famous classical choral work, they also presented two other compositions, Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul, from 2010, and Francis Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in G […]

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Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Compass Rose Theater

Compass Rose Theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Lucinda Merry-Browne, is subtle and restrained, yet powerful. Wonderful acting and directing meet creative use of lighting and staging to make a small stage seem much larger, and create a suspenseful performance. Hamlet (Phil Gillen) is a joy to watch. When he first appears, he […]

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Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s visually and musically stunning production of Twelfth Night is a creative resetting of Shakespeare’s play. Set in 1929 Hollywood, it is a loving tribute to the romantic comedies of the era, with identical twins, mistaken identity, pranks, lots of singing and dancing, and true love winning out in the end. Directed by Sally […]

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Review: ‘Louis and Ella! A New Jazzical’ at LiveArts

Louis and Ella! A New Jazzical was a fun, inventive journey with two greats of music. Written by Trent Armand Kendall and directed by Jeff Whiting, it imagines Louis Armstrong (Trent Armand Kendall) meeting Ella Fitzgerald (Anita Jackson) in heaven. With a full band behind them, they sing, individually and together, some of their classic songs, in […]

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Review: ‘The Turn of the Screw’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

This staged reading of Henry James’ story proves that a small, scaled-down production can produce chills and suspense; all it takes is a good script, excellent direction, and two talented actors. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Donald Hicken, this show is performed in Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s intimate black-box theater to great dramatic effect, […]

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