Author Archive | Ilene Chalmers

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Review: ‘Loves and Hours’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Laurel Mill Playhouse offers up an ideal evening of theatre in Loves and Hours by Stephen Metcalfe and directed by Daniel Douek. This intriguing play looks at love and aging through the perspective of the central character Dan Tilney (Alan Barnett), a newly divorced empty nester, and a man now totally at a loss as […]

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Review: ‘The 39 Steps’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Laurel Mill Playhouse offers up a pleasing mix of comedy, melodrama, pathos and mystery in their amusingly fun production of The 39 Steps written by Patrick Barlow and directed by Stephen Deininger. The play was adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production […]

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Review: ‘Charlotte’s Web’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Charlotte’s Web spins a charming tale at Laurel Mill Playhouse. This wonderful piece of Children’s Theatre was adapted by Joseph Robinette from E. B. White’s delightful children’s book and is directed by Patrick Pase. It tells the story of a pig named Wilbur who is desperate to avoid the butcher’s knife and Charlotte the spider’s […]

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Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Arts Collective @ HCC

HCC Arts Collective’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is hilariously F-U-N-N-Y (enjoyment, amusement or lighthearted pleasure) and delightfully Q-U-I-R-K-Y (characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits) night of theatre directed by Anthony Scimonelli with musical direction by Mayumi Baker Griffie and choreography by Jess Beach. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a […]

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Review: ‘Assassins’ at the Laurel Mill Playhouse

Assassins, comes to Laurel Mill Playhouse for a murderously fun evening of theatre. This quirky little musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. The premise of the show is a murderous carnival game. It is a revue style portrayal of […]

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Review: ‘Man of La Mancha’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Laurel Mill Playhouse proves the dream is possible in their powerful production of Man of La Mancha. This 1964 musical with its book by Dale Wasserman and music and lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion stands the test of time. It tells the story of a “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play-within-a-play, performed by […]

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Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy Twelfth Night rings in the New Year at Laurel Mill Playhouse. The run of the show cleverly opens on the actual twelfth night, which was the original intention of its playwright. Twelfth Night was written to be performed for the close of the Christmas season. According to the calendar, the twelfth […]

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‘Morning’s at Seven’ at The Colonial Players in Annapolis

Morning’s at Seven Delights at The Colonial Players in Annapolis Paul Osborn’s award-winning play Morning’s at Seven graces the stage at The Colonial Players in Annapolis, Maryland. The play originally opened on Broadway in 1939. Since that time, Morning’s at Seven went to Broadway in two highly successful revivals, one in 1980 and another in 2002. […]

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‘Marisol’ at Montgomery College’s Theatre Department

Marisol keenly follows the traditions of Magical Realism and Theater of the Absurd. It is clear that Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Becket, who are known for this genre, are major influences of the playwright Jose Rivera. Director Eric Ruffin plays upon that genre to take us on a dark and violent journey into a world just […]

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