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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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Review: ‘Willy Wonka’ at Other Voices Theatre

From the opening moments of the Other Voices Theatre’s production of Willy Wonka, the audience is swept away into a “world of pure imagination.” The show is based on s classic children’s novel, with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Sean Bryne has the significant responsibility of bringing the mad genius candy […]

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Review: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at 2nd Star Productions

2nd Star Productions’ over-the-top presentation of Peter and The Starcatcher is a recent addition to the cannon of lore surrounding the first appearance of that ever-young, pre-tween character, Peter Pan, in 1902. Many of us grew up with Peter Pan – whether it was a Broadway or televised version by Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan, Cathy Rigby, […]

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Review: ‘I Love You, Because’ at Damascus Theatre Company

Pop-rock musicals are having a moment. With Dear Evan Hanson ruling on Broadway and Freaky Friday recently debuting at Signature Theatre, fun, upbeat musicals are all the rage. While lesser known than some of its contemporary musical counterparts, I Love You Because – with a lively score by Joshua Salzman and book and lyrics by […]

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Review: ‘Company’ at McLean Community Players

Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously urbane, stylistic and sophisticated musical Company was groundbreaking when it first arrived on Broadway in the Seventies and it still remains relevant today. McLean Community Players are now presenting a most serviceable production of this exciting musical under the direction of Sharon Veselic who has stressed the positive aspects of this group […]

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Review: ‘The Miracle Worker’ at Rockville Little Theatre

The Rockville Little Theatre’s production of The Miracle Worker written by William Gibson, produced by Dean Fiala and Emily Mullin and directed by Laura W. Andruski opened Friday, February 3, 2017, at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, MD. This play is based on the real life of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie […]

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Review: ‘Bells Are Ringing’ at The Fredericktowne Players

The Fredericktowne Players have just opened their revival of the classic musical Bells Are Ringing. This is an infrequently performed work from the 1950s, that has many charms. Musical theatre completeists will certainly want to check it out. For others, FTP offers an ambitious production with some memorable performances and strong production values. Bells are […]

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Magic Time! ‘Silent Sky’ at Silver Spring Stage

Lately the news has been resignifying theater more than usual. To resignify is not a commonly used verb but it’s a commonly understood thing. It means “to give new signification to,” to alter what something means. In the case of a play, it’s when life makes art betoken more than the artist imagined. Case in […]

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Review: ‘Spring Awakening’ at Zemfira Stage

The plucky Falls Church based Zemfira Stage has taken on the Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening, a far cry from the company’s joyous summer performance of The Wizard of Oz. Zemfira’s latest musical offering is no less remarkable in quality, but while the Wizard was a perfectly spectacular experience for everyone, especially the kiddies, Spring Awakening is a frank […]

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