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Duck (Shaquille Stewart) in the cage of his mind being harassed by his brother Crumb (James Nelson). Photo courtesy of Tom Block.

Review: ‘Duck’ by Tom Block at the Highwood Theatre

What difference does 1% make? In the case of Duck, a new play by Tom Block currently playing at the Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring, 1% can be the difference between life and death. Duck follows the internal struggle of Duck, a CIA statistician who earned that eponymous nickname because, under periods of great stress, […]

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Review: ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ at Silver Spring Stage

One Man, Two Guvnors directed by William T. Fleming and produced by Karen Flemling is now playing at Silver Spring Stage. This play is a British farce by Richard Bean, based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni. The updated British version includes songs by Grant Olding. Goldini wrote his play in 1746 […]

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‘Peter Rabbit’ at Red Branch Theatre Company

The world premiere of the new musical Peter Rabbit at Red Branch Theatre Company in Columbia finally puts to rest one of life’s great riddles: Why are bunny tails so short? Answer: To keep tiny young playgoers from squirming in their seats. At only 90 minutes including intermission, Dustin Merrell’s original musical doesn’t so much run […]

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Meet the Cast of Damascus Theatre Company’s ‘The Wedding Singer’: Part 3: Tim Kurtzberg and Cam Sammartano

In Part 3 of a series of interviews with the cast of The Wedding Singer, meet Tim Kurtzberg & Cam Sammartano who play Robbie Hart’s bandmates Sammy and George in Damascus Theatre Company’s production of The Wedding Singer at the Arts Barn. Please introduce yourselves and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform before […]

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‘The Wedding Singer’ at Cockpit in Court

As someone who grew up in the 1980’s, I desperate try to forget my penchant for crimped hair, huge bangs and shoulder pads. Cockpit in Court’s production of The Wedding Singer, however, manages to bring back the 80’s in such a way that makes me proud to be an 80’s kid! Based on the 1998 […]

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‘And Then There Were None’ at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre

And Then There Were None is considered to be Agatha Christie’s murder mystery masterpiece. Ten strangers all arrive, for various reasons, on a remote island where their host, Mr. Owen, is unusually absent. During their first dinner on the island, a mysterious gramophone record plays and accuses each of the guests of murdering another person […]

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‘Twelfth Night’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” William Shakespeare probably never imagined a cowboy reciting one of his most famous lines, but Twelfth Night, currently running at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET), is a great comedy with a unique twist. The production, directed by Tim Seltzer, is set […]

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‘You’re Gonna Love Tomorrrow’ at the Red Branch Theatre Company

Musical theater doesn’t get more challenging than Stephen Sondheim — for audiences and performers alike. So hurrah for Columbia’s fearless Red Branch Theatre Co. for bringing us the Sondheim revue You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow as a mid-season fundraiser. At Saturday night’s performance, the onstage cast of 18 adult singers gave the score a fresh hearing, and […]

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Capital Fringe 2014 Review: ‘The Program Assistant’

(Best of the Fringe!) Fringe favorite John Krizel is at it again with his new show The Program Assistant, which he wrote, directed, and produced. It is a polished, fast-paced, painfully funny comedy about two recent GW grads living together and applying for the same job. It’s filled with the lightning dialogue and DC insider knowledge […]

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Rockville Musical Theatre Opens ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ April 4th at The Arts Barn by Ellen Ryan

How does a group of strangers coalesce into an ensemble that moves together, laughs together, and entertains together? In the case of Rockville Musical Theatre’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical, here’s the formula: Take an engaging director, a script she likens to The Jerry Springer Show, and a rich score; mix for something over […]

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Capital Fringe Review: “The Snuff Musical’ by Maddie Gaw

They’ll make anything into a musical these days. Well, not just anything. Any movie gets a musical these days. If all future movie-based musicals are half as clever as The Snuff Musical, then we might be in good shape. This is a self-aware and biting satire about the perceived current state of musical theatre, and […]

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Frieda Enoch (Frau Schneider) and Mickey Goldstein (Herr Schultz). Photo by Ellie Swink.

‘Cabaret’ at Damascus Theatre Company by Amanda Gunther

Willkommen! Beinvenue! Welcome! Sit back and relax and the Damascus Theatre Company will be your host to Kander and Ebb’s most scandalous musical as they present Cabaret for their spring musical. Directed by Keith Tittermary, this wildly entertaining musical encourages you to leave your troubles at the door as you explore the warm steamy nights […]

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