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Review: ‘Disgraced’ at NextStop Theatre Company

What a combustible evening at NextStop’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. Under Thembi Duncan’s adroit direction and with fascinating casting, this in-your-face drama aims to stimulate, challenge, and yes, even chafe audiences. And does it ever. It is right for these messy times in America. There is nothing timid about Duncan’s […]

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Kurt Elftmann as Richard III. Photo courtesy of Annapolis Shakespeare Company.

Review: ‘Richard III’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III is a darkly compelling piece of theater. Directed by Donald Hicken, it strips the stage of all but a few props, allowing great acting and directing, as well as creative lighting, to tell the story of a madman’s rise to power. Even those familiar with Shakespeare’s play will […]

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Review: ‘The Giver’ at NextStop Theatre Company

I loved the book and hated the movie, so I was really curious to see how The Giver, Lois Lowry’s Newbery award-winning story about a dystopian society where everything has gone to “sameness”, would hold up on the stage. Sameness, we are told, has solved a lot of the problems in the world. In sameness […]

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Review: ‘Snow White’ at NextStop Theatre Company

Adapted from the Brothers Grimm classic, originally published in 1812, NextStop Theatre’s current family-friendly production of Snow White is by no means an untold story. Yet, this version by Kyle Encinas, with music and lyrics by Alyssa Wilden, breathes new life into the old tale, making Snow White a relevant and inspirational story that will […]

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Review: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a delightful period piece (late 19th Century) and a sentimental comedy that revolves around marriage, misbehavior, and mistaken identities. Director Sally Boyett (Founding Artistic Director) offers up a cocktail of pristine acting, an elegant set, and splendid costumes that is certain […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival ‘Princess Margaret’ at The Thelma Theatre

Princess Margaret, a world premiere by Thelma Theatre, is an intriguing new play about a Catholic school and the universal power struggle between student and teacher, teacher and administrators, and administrators and community. It’s a meaty script bolstered by solid performances. Thelma Theatre, led by Patricia Connelly, who also wrote the play, is dedicated to […]

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