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Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of The Glass Menagerie is a quietly powerful rendition of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, which premiered in 1944. Directed by Donald Hicken, this show combines wonderful acting and directing with inventive lighting, a gorgeous stage, and a creative use of music to create an enchanting night of theater that will linger […]

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Review: ‘Blithe Spirit’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

By Betsy Lizotte The Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Noel Coward’s world-class comedy Blithe Spirit was an old-fashioned roller coaster of fun: an essentially delightful thrill-ride of sustained, euphoric runs, flecked by a few short intervals of arid and rickety ascents. In the play, Charles and Ruth Condomine, British socialites, are preparing to host a […]

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Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of A Christmas Carol is a fun, faithful translation of Charles Dickens’ famous holiday classic. Adapted by Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken, and directed by Donald Hicken, it is a perfect show for the holiday season. Brian Keith MacDonald dominates the stage as Scrooge, capturing perfectly the miser’s remarkable range of […]

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Review: ‘Alice and the Book of Wonderland’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Alice and the Book of Wonderland is an entertaining treat for all ages, with delightful acting, colorful costumes, a creative use of technology, excellent directing, and sly political humor. Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken, and directed by Sally Boyett, […]

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Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a colorful, spirited spectacle. Co-directed by Donald Hicken and Sally Boyett, The Tempest is performed outdoors, in the gardens of the historic Charles Carroll House. It combines talented acting, directing, choreography, and lighting with a beautiful setting for a night of wonderful theater, with magic, romance, and […]

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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: ‘Our Town’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Our Town, their first show at their new location on West Street, is a thoughtful, creative take on Thornton Wilder’s classic American play. Directed by Sally Boyett, it is performed in their smaller secondary theater, which will be used for their educational programming, while the larger main theater completes its […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #12: Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theater in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees! THE BEST DIRECTION OF PLAYS  in 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Paul Morella for A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at Olney Theatre Center. Michael Baron for A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre. Laurie T. Freed […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances and Ensembles in Plays in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #9: Best Performances in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC, MD, and VA Are: Gassan Abbas in I Shall Not Hate at Mosaic Theater Company of DC. Lizzi Albert as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Megan Anderson as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre. Megan Anderson […]

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Meet the Cast of Avant Bard’s ‘TAME.’ Part 2: Brendan Edward Kennedy

In Part 2 of a series of interviews with the cast of Avant Bard’s production of TAME., meet Brendan Edward Kennedy. Joel: Where have local audiences seen you perform recently on stage? Brendan: This past year, I’ve played d’Artagnan in Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s Three Musketeers, Florizel in Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s The Winter’s Tale, and Kulygin […]

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Review: ‘The Turn of the Screw’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

This staged reading of Henry James’ story proves that a small, scaled-down production can produce chills and suspense; all it takes is a good script, excellent direction, and two talented actors. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Donald Hicken, this show is performed in Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s intimate black-box theater to great dramatic effect, […]

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Review: ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Annapolis Shakespeare Company has done an excellent job with their production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. Directed by Sally Boyett, it presents three actors (John Bellomo, Brian Keith MacDonald, and Johnny Weissgerber) finding highly creative, unusual, and funny ways of performing all 37 […]

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Lizzi Albert and Sue Struve on Appearing in ‘Collected Stories’ at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions

Lizzi Albert and Sue Struve takes us on their journey of preparing for their roles and appearing in Collected Stories at Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions. Joel: Please introduce yourselves and tell our readers where they may have seen you perform on local stages. Lizzi: For the last several years I’ve worked mainly with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company […]

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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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