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Review: ‘The Book of Joseph’ at Everyman Theatre

With the advent and popularity of exploratory DNA tools like 23andMe and Ancestry.com to unearth family lineage, people are increasingly fascinated with discovering who they are and where they come from. This was particularly epitomized in Karen Hartman’s The Book of Joseph, which was based on former Baltimore News American and WBAL-TV reporter Richard Hollander’s […]

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Review: ‘Incredibly Dead!’ by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s latest creation, Incredibly Dead!, is a damn good time. From the flying severed heads to the ridiculous collection of characters, the B-horror original musical spoof offers a joyride of lunacy and kitsch. Writer and Co-Director Michael Ziccardi’s enthusiasm for the B-horror genre is palpable in every aspect of the production. […]

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Review: ‘Farce of Nature’ by The Potomac Playmakers

By Karen Lane Spring is in the air and the current production in the Potomac Playmaker’s season, Farce of Nature by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, is here to tickle your funny bone. Who doesn’t love a farce especially when it’s chop full with southern charm, crazy characters, mistaken identity, and laugh out […]

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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: ‘Deathtrap’ at Wolf Pack Theatre Company

The first thing you notice about Deathtrap is its busy and detailed set. The set contains posters of plays by the fictional playwright Sidney Bruhl on the wall; a skull with a pipe between its teeth; old desks; old typewriters; fancy lamps, and a dozen or so swords and guns. The next thing you notice […]

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Review: ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ at Other Voices Theatre

World’s Fairs – those gaudy showcases of civic and national pride, corporate promotion, new technology, consumerism, over-the-top temporary architecture, sideshow entertainment, and an occasional lasting imprint on the cities where they take place – have been a frequent setting for books, plays, and films. Showboat’s characters visit Chicago during its 1893 fair. Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins […]

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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: ‘Gypsy’ at the Cumberland Theatre

The original full title of the show now playing at the Cumberland Theatre was Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Emphasize that final word. Gypsy Rose Lee was none too particular about the facts of her life in the 1957 memoir on which the show was based; telling a good story easily trumped telling a true story. The […]

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News: Avant Bard to Conjure a ‘Tempest’ for Our Changed Climate

Culminating its 28th season making theatre on the edge, Avant Bard proudly presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy The Tempest at Gunston Arts Center May 31 to July 1, 2018, directed by Artistic and Executive Director Tom Prewitt. “Shakespeare imagined a world fraught with possibilities, and he filled it with young love and dazzling magic,” says Prewitt. […]

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Jennie Bissell, Ian Charles, Matt Acquard, and Joe Rossi in Kiss Me, Kate. Photo by Joshua McKerrow.

Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Kiss Me, Kate is a treat for the eyes and ears. Directed by Sally Boyett, this version of the 1948 musical with a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter (his biggest hit) combines wonderful singing and dancing with fabulous costumes and inventive lighting. […]

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Review: ‘Iron & Coal’ at Strathmore

The sheer magnitude of the concert event was enough to inspire wonder and awe. More than 200 musicians packed the Strathmore stage and a balcony above—two orchestras, three choirs, a rock band—plus animated projections on a widescreen scrim and a stadium-scale light plot flooding the hall. For two nights only, Jeremy Schonfeld’s 2011 rock concept […]

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Review: ‘Derek Jeter Makes the Play’ by Best Medicine Rep

The resources of upstart Best Medicine Rep are optimized in this charming production of Robin Rothstein’s new work, Derek Jeter Makes the Play. Tucked in a corner of Lakeforest Mall, Best Medicine’s goal is to add something new to the culture of Montgomery Village and the greater Gaithersburg area. As directed by Linda Lombardi, this […]

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