Author Archive | Susan Brall


Review: ‘The Invisible Hand’ at Olney Theatre Center

The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar is a riveting political drama now playing at Olney Theatre Center under the direction of Michael Bloom. It will move you and keep you on the edge of your seat while imparting a few lessons on the role of economics in political upheavals and terrorism around the world. The […]

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Review: ‘Big Fish’ by Silhouette Stages at Slayton House

Big Fish, directed by TJ Lukacsina, opened this weekend at Slayton House in Columbia, Maryland. With the musical, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by John August, Big Fish opened on Broadway in 2013 and only lasted 98 performances. It is based on the 1998 novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, written […]

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Review: ‘The Speed Twins’ at Venus Theatre

The Speed Twins by Maureen Chadwick is presently playing at Venus Theatre in Laurel Maryland. This is the National Premiere of the British drama and is directed by Deborah Randall who is also the Founder and Visionary of Venus Theater. The play’s parallels to Jean-Paul Sartre’s play of purgatory, No Exit, are undeniable. Three characters […]

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Nick Henle and Dana Fleischer in Moon Over Buffalo. Photo Courtesy of the Laurel Mill Playhouse.

Review: ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ at the Laurel Mill Playhouse

Moon Over Buffalo, written by Ken Ludwig, opened at the Laurel Mill Playhouse, directed by Larry Simmons and produced by Maureen Rogers. Moon Over Buffalo is a farce in the Shakespearean tradition. There are mistaken identities, funny drunks, “magic” potions, romance, and more. Although it doesn’t always quite measure up to the Bard, there are […]

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Review: ‘This Little Light’ at Venus Theatre

This Little Light by Jennifer Faletto opened this week at Venus Theatre. Deborah Randall is the director of this remarkable play. In her director’s notes, Randall calls This Little Light a comedy. Although there are undoubtedly lighter comedic moments, there is a lot of angst and conflict, both outward and inward, in this drama. The […]

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Review: ‘Titanic in Concert’ at the Heritage Players

Titanic in Concert, story and book by Peter Sone, lyrics and music by Maury Yeston, opened this weekend at the Heritage Players at the Rice Auditorium in Catonsville. This 1997 Tony Award-winning musical is directed by David Jennings and produced by Lenny Taube. This is not the James Cameron movie of the 1990s or A […]

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Preview: Howard Community College’s Arts Collective Presents ‘W.I.G. Valentine Affair’ at HCC

Underscoring the romance of the Valentine Holiday, W.I.G. Valentine Affair is presented by Howard Community College’s Arts Collective (AC) and its popular improv troupe, “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.), and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo). The show features W.I.G.’s ground-breaking, edgy take on improvisation, complete with audience participation. W.I.G. Valentine Affair will be performed on […]

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Review: ‘Company’ presented by Fredericktowne Players

Company, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, is now playing at the JBK Theater at the Frederick Community College presented by the Fredericktowne Players. It was directed by Alex Prete and produced by Matt Kopp. This is Prete’s debut as a director, and he has created a fine production […]

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Review: ‘Holiday Memories’ at HCC Art’s Collective

Holiday Memories plays this weekend only at Howard Community College in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center’s Studio Theatre produced by the Howard County Arts Collective and directed by S.G. Kramer. The play was adapted for the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke from Truman Capote’s holiday Stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory.” These […]

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Review: ‘Omnium Gatherum’ at Silver Spring Stage

In keeping with performing plays from five different decades in celebration of their 50th Anniversary Silver Spring reached back to right after Sept. 11, 2001, to do Omnium Gatherum by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Theresa Rebeck. The play produced by Lennie Magida and directed by Bill Hurlbut deals with the aftermath of that horrible day. The […]

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Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

To Kill a Mockingbird, written by the enigmatic Harper Lee and dramatized by Christopher Sergel, opened at the Laurel Mill Playhouse, directed by Jen Sizer and produced by Maureen Rogers. A great dramatic story like this can still hold our attention and stir our emotions no matter how familiar you are with the tale. Many […]

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Review: ‘Into the Woods’ at Fredericktowne Players

Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is now playing at the JBK Theater at the Frederick Community College, presented by the Fredericktowne Players. Into the Woods received many accolades on its Broadway runs and, more recently, as a movie. This production is directed by Zachary Harris […]

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Review: ‘Deathtrap’ at Silver Spring Stage

The opening of Ira Levin’s Deathtrap this weekend marked the start of the 50th Season for Silver Spring Stage. The play, which opened on Broadway in the late 1970s, is a suspense thriller with lots of laughter. The play, directed by Roxanne Fournier Stone and produced by Alika Codispoti, is full of plot twists that […]

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Review: ‘Aglaonike’s Tiger’ at Venus Theatre

Aglaonike’s Tiger, written by Claudia Barnett and directed by Deborah Randall, is playing now at the Venus Theatre in Laurel, MD. The drama is based on the first recorded woman astronomer of Ancient Greece. Aglaonike (Ann Fraistat) seems to have been one of the first accurate prognosticators of the phases of the moon and lunar […]

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Review: ‘An Inspector Calls’ at the Laurel Mill Playhouse

An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestly, is currently playing at Laurel Mill Playhouse, produced by Maureen Rogers and directed by Ilene Chalmers. Priestly was from the working class, albeit white collar, in England. He became a respected writer and one of the leading proponents of socialism after World War II. Thus, it is not surprising […]

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Review: Silver Spring Stage 2017 One Act Festival

Silver Spring Stage opened its 2017 One-Act Festival which has been part of their season for fifty years. Each weekend several short plays from the past and present are produced. There is usually no common thread except this year, two of the plays were previously directed by the late Leta Hall at SSS, Clean by […]

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