Author Archive | Francine Schwartz


‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge’ at Silver Spring Stage

Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge is an alternative to the usual uplifting Christmas stories playing during the holiday season, and Silver Spring Stage has staged an outrageous production. Christopher Durang takes the focus off the moral education of Scrooge and instead posits the question, “What if Dickens’ Mrs. Cratchit wasn’t so goody-goody, but instead was […]

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre’ at Black Rock Center for the Arts

On Saturday night Germantown’s Black Rock Center for the Arts presented a straight shot of Christmas joy – the touring production of Immediate Theatre Project‘s Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life, based on the Frank Capra holiday film classic   The iconic story of George Bailey, who finds meaning in life during a fiscal crisis, was […]

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‘Menopause The Musical’ at The Warner Theatre

If a musical about not being able to the pay the rent or a plant that eats people can make it big, a musical about Menopause is following in a great tradition. It’s long run demonstrates it’s enduring appeal. It’s now playing in Spanish and soon will be updated as Menopause the Musical Extreme “for […]

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‘Rumors’ at Providence Players of Fairfax

Rumors is  Neil Simon’s first farce and The Providence Players of Fairfax wring every possible laugh out of it. The zingers fly everywhere, and Director Liz Mykietyn and her hilarious and hard-working cast make sure those funny one-liners land-and land they do. At the performance I attended, the audience was howling! So if you need a […]

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‘Brother Hal’ at Lumina Studio Theatre

I was so impressed by Lumina Studio Theatre’s Brother Hal, adapted from Shakespeare’s Henry V by David Minton and Jamie Raskin, which was performed on Sunday, May 4th at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Directed by David Minton, one of the founders of the celebrated youth Shakespeare Company, it champions and retells the […]

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‘Etiology’ at The Catholic University of America by Francine Schwartz

The Catholic University of America’s Department of Drama presented a very moving production of Etiology, a new play – an M.F.A. playwriting  thesis – written by Teri Gillmor. The passionate production was directed by Shirley Serotsky. Etiology tells the story of three estranged sisters who ponder reconciliation or to simply go their separate ways after their mother […]

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