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Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Charm City Players

For a day of family fun, it doesn’t get much better than Charm City Players. Charm City’s current production, Mary Poppins, continues their tradition of affordable family entertainment helmed by talented actors and showcasing large ensembles of talented area children. Mary Poppins tells the story of the quirky, magical nanny who brings harmony to the […]

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Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Prince William Little Theatre by Tamela J. Ritter

It’s probably helpful to be well versed in Chekhov and Greek tragedies to understand many of the in-jokes and allusions in Christopher Durang’s 2012 Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike now being performed by Prince William Little Theatre at George Mason’s Hylton Performing Arts Center; but it’s not essential. After all, […]

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Review: ‘Night Watch’ at Bowie Community Theatre

The setting is mysterious, the music is strange, and the lighting is ominous. This is what one will experience when attending Bowie Community Theatre’ Night Watch, a murder mystery by Lucille Fletcher. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc, Night Watch is directed by Randy Barth and produced by Andrew Negri. Elaine Wheeler cannot sleep. […]

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Review: ‘Lucky Stiff’ at Silhouette Stages at Slayton House

The musical Lucky Stiff with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty opened March 10, 2017, at Silhouette Stages and performed at Slayton House in Columbia, MD, under the direction of Conni Trump Ross. This fast-paced production lives up to the exceptional reputation of Silhouette Stages as it takes you on […]

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Meet the Cast of Greenbelt Arts Center’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’: Part Three: Rachel Pino-Elliott and John Carter

In part two of a series of interviews with the cast of Greenbelt Arts Center’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, meet Rachel Pino-Elliott as Schwartzy and John Carter as Leaf Coneybear. Joel: Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you on local stages. Rachel: My name is Rachel […]

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Meet the Cast of Greenbelt Arts Center’s ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’: Part Two: Pamela Northrup and Jim Adams

In part two of a series of interviews with the cast of Greenbelt Arts Center’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, meet Pamela Northrup as Rona Lisa Peretti and Jim Adams as Vice Principal Douglas Panch. Joel: Pamela and Jim, please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you on […]

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Review: “Key for Two” at The Little Theatre of Alexandria

When I hear the words “British” and “Farce” together, I usually think of the stereotypical over-the-top show involving: a. slamming doors, b. cheating spouses, and c. people running around a couch. The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s Key for Two breaks that mold into a thousand riotously funny pieces. Written by Dave Freeman and John Chapman, […]

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Review: ‘Motherhood Out Loud’ at Vagabond Players

There’s no one like your mother, as an old song goes. Vagabond Players’ production of Motherhood Out Loud, wonderfully directed by Rikki Howie Lacewell, explores that theme and nearly every angle of motherhood, from birth to old age. As performed by her outstanding cast, Motherhood Out Loud is a compelling and at times emotional journey […]

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Review: ‘Anton in Show Business’ at Silver Spring Stage

Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin opened last night at Silver Spring Stage. The show is produced by Jim Robertson and directed by Erin Bone Steele. The plot is a strange one that satirizes the audition and rehearsal process of a production of Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters scheduled to open in San Antonio, Texas. Two […]

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Review: ‘I Hate Hamlet’ at Dundalk Community Theatre

“It’s Shakespeare! Which is like algebra on stage!” If you’ve ever struggled with The Bard, you’ll appreciate the character Gary Peter Leftkowitz’s sentiments on the subject. In I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick, the cast and crew of Dundalk Community Theatre (DCT), directed by Tom Colonna, explore the trials and triumphs of acting Shakespeare. This […]

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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: ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Politics, laughter, and lunacy come together in this lesser known Neil Simon comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor which opened last night at Laurel Mill Playhouse. Directed by John D’Amato and produced by Maureen Rogers, guffaws abound in this semi-autobiographical play by one of America’s funniest playwrights. The setting is a comedy writer’s room in the […]

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Review: ‘Two Rooms’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

International diplomacy is like a game of chess, full of strategy, maneuvering and calculation. You take risks you hope won’t prove fatal and you never want to be the pawn. Two Rooms, by playwright Lee Blessing, soberly explores the world of US foreign policy by examining a fictitious kidnapping in Beirut, and the calculations made […]

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