Author Archive | Mara Bayewitz


Review: ‘I Hate Hamlet’ at Spotlighters Theatre

When attending a show whose premise is a “play within a play,” look around. All of those audience members who are cracking up at things that are going right over your head are theatre people, the term given to anyone who would spend their days, nights and eternity in a theatre. The challenge for any […]

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Review: ‘Proof’ at Olney Theatre Center

Who wants to go see a play about math? That could be a typical dialogue when people are perusing the paper wondering how to spend their Saturday night. In the case of David Auburn’s Tony Award-winning play, Proof, this hypothesis would be wrong because, as the characters in this beautiful play say often, we can’t […]

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Review #2: ‘An American Daughter’ at Montgomery Playhouse and Arts on the Green

Just when you thought that scandalous political agendas were restricted to CNN’s 24-hour news cycle, along comes An American Daughter, Wendy Wasserstein’s 1997 play about a woman’s nomination as surgeon general and the threats her past play on her potential political appointment. In our current culture of alternative facts, fake news, and spin doctors, this […]

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‘Hay Fever’ at Olney Theatre Center

Noël Coward himself described his breakout hit, Hay Fever as having “no plot at all, and remarkably little action…” The Olney Theatre Center’s production of this part-farce, part-comedy of manners, beautifully directed by Eleanor Holdridge, defies Coward’s self-effacing description, giving audiences a blessed union of physical and upper crust comedy that drowned out the theater […]

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Rockville Little Theatre

Rockville Little Theatre’s To Kill a Mockingbird ends their 2014-15 season on a smooth note. The play, based on the award-winning book by Harper Lee and adapted by Christopher Sergel, is set in Depression-era Maycomb, Alabama in 1935. A young girl, Scout Finch, lives with her father, Atticus Finch, an attorney, and her older brother […]

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‘Earth and Sky’ at Silver Spring Stage

Earth and Sky by Douglas Post brings Dylan Thomas, cops and robbers, murder and true love to at Silver Spring Stage in an uninterrupted two-hour production. Director David Dieudonne’s signature “relationships-are-life” directing style serves the script well and brings out the best in his actors. Earth and Sky opens with would-be poet and part-time librarian Sara McKeon […]

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Savion Glover at The Howard Theatre

There are those who have never heard of Savion Glover, those who have heard his name, and those who fly from England to see him dance at the Howard Theatre in Washington last night. Savion Glover is billed as “The Greatest Tap Dancer in the World” on the promotional poster hanging in the lobby of […]

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Bill Spitz on His One-Man Show ‘Honest Abe: The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln” Playing This Weekend at the Rosborough Theatre, in Gaithersburg, MD by Mara Bayewitz

Beginning tomorrow night, the Sandy Spring Theatre Group will be hosting another weekend of their original one-man show, Honest Abe: The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln at the Rosborough Theatre in the Asbury Methodist Village, in Gaithersburg, MD. Written by award-winning actor and community theater staple, Bill Spitz, this show takes place in the days […]

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‘War of the Worlds’ Begins Performances at Sandy Spring Theatre Group at Arts Barn October 11th by Mara Bayewitz

Sandy Spring Theatre Group (SSTG) and The Gaithersburg Arts Barn present War of the Worlds and When Welles Collide, a two-part radio play Directed by: David Dossey *PERFORMANCES: October 11th – 27th, 2013 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn 11 Kent Square Road, in Gaithersburg, […]

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Auditions on September 7 & 8th for “Scrooge, the Musical” at Sandy Spring Theatre Group by Mara Bayewitz

Auditions for Scrooge, the Musical at Sandy Spring Theatre Group will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Scrooge, the Musical by Leslie Bricusse Produced by Jim Eustice  Directed by Ken Kemp  SHOW DATES: Weekends (Fri./Sat. night and Sun. matinee) from 12/6/13 through 12/22/13 AUDITIONS: Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th, […]

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‘Jekyll & Hyde’ at The Kennedy Center by Mara Bayewitz

Jekyll and Hyde is simply miraculous, and chilling, sexy, romantic, ironic, dangerous, tragic, jaded, modern, classic, kinky, edgy, and absolutely spectacular. The musical is based on the acclaimed novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, about a London doctor who accidentally unleashes his evil alternate personality in his quest to […]

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The cast of 'A Flea in Her Ear.' Photo by Dean Evangelista.

‘A Flea in Her Ear’ at Rockville Little Theatre by Mara Bayewitz

Mistaken identity? Check. Double entendres that would make your grandmother stifle a giggle? Check. Over-the-top characters going in one door and coming out another? Check mate. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Frisky Puss Hotel, home to Rockville Little Theatre‘s charming and uproarious farce, A Flea in Her Ear. George Feydeau’s classic tale, newly adapted […]

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From left: J.D. Wine, Vince Vecera, Jr., Lori Cole, and Jason Hoffman. Photo by Bill Adkins.

‘Rumors’ at The Fredericktowne Players by Mara Bayewitz

You know when you go to your favorite neighborhood restaurant and the wait is too long, so you shlepp to another place farther away-and that becomes your NEW favorite restaurant? This is what happened when I drove to Frederick to see Neil Simon’s Rumors at The Fredericktowne Players. This show has the perfect combo: classic farcical plot and […]

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