Author Archive | Susan Brall

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‘The Price’ at Olney Theatre Center

Arthur Miller’s The Price, now playing at Olney Theatre Center, is brilliantly directed by Michael Bloom. The play, which opened in 1968 on Broadway, takes place in the late 1940s. Like Arthur Miller’s family who were financially decimated during the Depression, The Franz family – brothers Walter and Victor, who have been estranged for 16 […]

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‘Godspell’ at Silhouette Stages

Silhouette Stage’s Godspell, directed by Stephen M. Deininger, opened last night at Slayton House in Columbia. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak, it’s based on the “Gospel According to St. Matthew. The musical opened Off-Broadway in 1971, has been a favorite with high schools, universities, and community theatres. It had a revival […]

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Israeli Tea at the Strathmore Mansion

What a glorious day to go to tea at a beautiful mansion. The Israeli Tea at the Strathmore Mansion was a special as the beautiful Spring Afternoon. If you get there early, you can browse the Artwork in the Mansion. Right now there is an exhibit of If the Show Fits ranging from shoes with […]

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Little Shop of Horrors opened last night at the Laurel Mill Play House directed by Michael Hartsfield and produced by Maureen Rogers. This quirky satirical farce has become an American classic. It is hard to believe that it has been around over 50 years. That this originally off-Broadway musical has become an American standard is […]

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‘Eat The Runt’ at Arts Collective at Howard Community College

College theaters have always been forerunners in experimental theater, and Arts Collective at Howard Community College’s zany production of Avery Crozier’s Eat the Runt is no exception. The play is a satire that pokes fun at the art world as well as the job interview process. It’s wild and funny show performed by a hard-working and talented cast. […]

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Neil Simon’s ‘Fools’ at APL Drama Club

Fools by Neil Simon opened this weekend presented by the APL Drama Club located on the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab campus in Laurel, MD.  The members and performers are mostly the scientists, engineers, and support staff that work on the campus. Fools is not your typical Neil Simon comedy. It is closer in style […]

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‘The Language Archive’ at Silver Spring Stage

The Language Archive at the Silver Spring Stage, is not a play about the language of love but of language and love, or more specifically, communication and emotion. The play centers on the marriage, now faltering, of George (Jonas David Grey) and Mary (Karen Fleming). George is a linguist. He archives languages both living and dead […]

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‘Rumors’ at The Heritage Players

The Heritage Players’ uproarious production of the farce Rumors is written by Neil Simon. Yes, the word farce and Neil Simon usually don’t go together, but if you are old enough you will remember that one of America’s most prolific playwrights (of the comedy of human experiences and personalities) once wrote skits for Your Show of Shows for Sid […]

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‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at Silhouette Stages

Silhouette Stages’ hilarious production of Monty Python’s Spamalot opened last night at Slayton House in Columbia, MD. It is based on the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, with Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame) and Music by John du Prez and Eric Idle. Whether or not you saw the movie, you […]

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’33 Variations’ at Silver Spring Stage

33 Variations is a drama by Moisés Kaufman that deals with the nearly always fatal disease of ALS and the study, not just of music, but also the variations of life. The main character is Dr. Katherine Brandt who is a musicologist studying Beethoven. She has recently been told she has ALS and a limited […]

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Pianist Jenny Lin at The Strathmore Mansion

The intimacy of the recital room at the Strathmore Mansion creates the perfect atmosphere to listen to a piano virtuoso play a night of sonatas. Jenny Lin chose these particular composers, because she felt they were worth “hearing and discovering.” More than that, I felt these pieces were well-worth hearing live,because I may never hear […]

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The President’s Own United States Marine Band: ‘Time Capsule 1945: The 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII’ at Strathmore

The main emotion I felt last night at Strathmore, while I watched The President’s Own United States Marine Band, was pride. These very talented musicians gave up the chance for a professional career to join the armed forces. Many of them have served tours of duty. More than a few have been in the marines more than […]

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‘Harvey’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Harvey, currently playing at Laurel Mill Playhoue, and produced by Maureen Rodgers, is a wonderful classic American comedy. It was unique when it opened in the 1940s. First of all, it won a Pulitzer Prize, but even more so, it was written by a woman. There was, until recently, a paucity of women playwrights, but […]

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‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ at Epic Productions, Inc.

Epic Productions, Inc.’s inaugural production of the popular musical I Love You, Your Perfect,  Now Change, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, is being performed at Ciao Bella, a fine Italian restaurant located in Little Italy in Baltimore. This wonderful production of I Love You, Your Perfect, is so masterfully done that you […]

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‘Orson’s Shadow’ at Silver Spring Stage

I would say that Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow is the best show I’ve seen all year, even though the year is only about a week old. So, I will state it is the best show I have seen since I saw Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike on Broadway – and that production received the Tony Award […]

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Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Interviews Part 3: ‘Leaps in Time With Noah Bird, Rachel Bailey, and Emma McDonnell’

If George and Mary Bailey, the main couple in It’s a Wonderful Life, time traveled from the 1940s to the 2010s, they might have trouble identifying with the young actors cast in three of the pivotal roles in the play (produced by Arts Collective @HCC [AC]. If they spoke to Noah Bird who plays George, […]

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Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Interviews Part 2: A Peek at the Multi-Generational Cast of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

In James W. Rodger’s play adaptation of the Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life, you have the confluence of many generations from little Zuzu to Uncle Billy. When doing a play that is not only a classic on both stage and screen, you can see how these generations view the subject matter and the […]

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Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Interviews Part 1: ‘Paths Intersect Again After 20 Years’: Co-Directors Gareth Kelly and Anthony Scimonelli

When the Arts Collective at HCC (“AC”) decided how to mark its 20th Anniversary with James W. Rogers’ play, It’s A Wonderful Life, Producing Artistic Director Susan G. Kramer reached out to two former HCC students Gareth Kelly and Anthony Scimonelli. After graduation, the two had gone separate ways. Both had made their own marks in theater as directors in […]

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