Author Archive | Susan Brall


Review: ‘Hands on Hard Body’ at Drama Learning Center

Hands on Hard Body opened on January 13th at the Drama Learning Center in Columbia, MD presented by the TYA Professional Training Program. The book was written by Tony and Pulitzer winner Doug Wright with Lyrics by Amanda Green and Music by Trey Anastasio (lead singer for Phish) and Amanda Green. The plot is based […]

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Review: ‘Silent Sky’ at Silver Spring Stage

Friday marked the opening at Silver Spring Stage of a very timely drama, Silent Sky, by Laura Gunderson. Produced by Seth Ghitelman and directed by Bill Hurlbut, Silent Sky is the fascinating story of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, an American astronomer who started working at Harvard in 1893 as a “human computer.” Eventually, as her brilliance permeated the […]

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Review: ‘Underground Rooftop Coffee House’ at Arts Collective @ HCC

Thursday, September, 22, 2016, marked the beginning of the 22nd Season for Howard Community College’s Arts Collective. Thursday night’s performance of the Underground Rooftop Coffee House presented by Arts Collective’s “What Improv Group?!” (W.I.G.), HCC’s Humanities Department, and Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) was another step in expanding these young artists’ horizons to […]

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Review: ‘The Emperor of North America’ at Silver Spring Stage

Friday night was a very special night at Silver Spring Stage as they opened their 49th Season with Thomas Hischak’s play, The Emperor of North America. This production was presented as part of the American Association of Community Theatre NewPlayFest 2016. Every two years AACT chooses seven plays and seven community theaters to present their debuts. […]

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Review: The 2016 One-Act Festival Performed by The Montgomery Playhouse on 8/20/16 at Silver Spring Stage

This weekend two theater companies, Silver Spring Stage and The Montgomery County Playhouse, collaborated to present the 2016 One-Act Festival. This weekend, The Montgomery Playhouse performed their One Act Plays at Silver Spring Stage. The first play, Marriage Suite, was comprised of a talented young cast. Playwright Daria Kerschenbaum is still a student at Thomas […]

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Review: ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre & Children’s Theatre

A first-rate production of Monty Python’s Spamalot opened last night in the intimate Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre & Children’s Theatre, in Frederick, Maryland. Spamalot is the creation of Monty Python’s Eric Idle who wrote the book and lyrics and with John du Prez the music. It is a very funny, farcical, British satire about the fabled […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Better A Witty Fool’

This short political farce by Louis James Brenner is reminiscent of the comedy of SNL with the irreverence of South Park. Better A Witty Fool is a timely comedy reflecting the present presidential race. The playwright used Shakespearean character names for his characters, but don’t let that throw you -it has little to do with the Bard’s […]

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Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at Silhouette Stages

A powerful production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Next to Normal, opened Friday night at Silhouette Stages. With music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal is produced by Alex Porter and directed by Steven Fleming, with musical direction by Scott AuCoin. Next to Normal deals with the contemporary […]

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Review: ‘Miss Witherspoon’ at Silver Spring Stage

Christopher Durang’s outrageous Miss Witherspoon opened last night at Silver Spring Stage. The show is directed by Kevin O’Connell and produced by Devon Seybert. Durang’s black comedy is a perfect meld with the type of quirky, but thoughtful, plays SSS is most adept at presenting. The focus of the play is an unhappy woman, Veronica, who commits […]

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Review: Classical Guitarist Mark Edwards at Columbia Festival of the Arts

The Columbia Festival of the Arts under Executive Director Todd Olson, presented a Mark Edwards, Classical Spanish Guitar at the historical Oliver’s Carriage House on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Mark Edwards has performed all over the world and won many international prizes including the 2016 Rising Star competition presented by the Howard County Arts Council. He, like […]

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Review: Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘W.I.G.nition: Actors and Writers Fire It Up’

On Friday, April 8, 2016, the fourth and final performance this season of W.I.G., (“What Improv Group?!”) – the improvisational group that is part of Howard Community College’s Arts Collective – performed W.I.G.nition: Actors and Writers Fire It Up at the Smith Theatre. Friday night’s show was produced in collaboration with HCC’s Creative Writers and the […]

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