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Review: ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ at 2nd Star Productions

A merriment of song and dance from stunning cast, 2nd Star Productions’ H.M.S. Pinafore, is a toe-tapping delight. The Music is by Arthur Sullivan and Book & Lyrics by W. S. Gilbert. Director Jane B. Wingard brings together a stellar cast, whose voices fill the auditorium with joy and passion. Ms. Wingard also has a knack […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet’

The Tragedy of Mario and Juliet, presented by Dead Cat Productions/Wayne Nicolosi (as well as written and directed by Nicolosi), reinvents well-known Shakespearean characters and plots to explore some pretty weighty themes with comedy largely trumping drama. Nicolosi’s dialogue blends contemporary, Jersey-accented vernacular with the occasional Elizabethan verse, both can be challenging to the ear […]

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Magic Time! OpenStage New Works Showcase

The theater term “packed house” took on all new meaning for me the night I caught this month’s OpenStage New Works Showcase. Not only was there no empty folding chair; the show went on stage in what was literally a private home. To be exact, it was the exposed-brick-walled living room of Kris Swanson and […]

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Review: ‘The Philadelphia Story’ at 2nd Star Productions

It’s always fun to peer into the lives of the rich and famous. As a native Philadelphian, I found Christopher Overly’s revival of Phillip Barry’s 1939 Broadway hit a delightful throwback set amidst my hometown’s Main Line society, its wealth and power, privilege and arrogance. Originally written for the stage for Katherine Hepburn, The Philadelphia […]

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‘The Music Man’ at 2nd Star Productions

Second Star’s current production of The Music Man takes its audiences back a full century to the (fictional) town of River City, Iowa in 1912. This classic tale of a con-artist who wins over skeptical townspeople and finds love along the way will enchant you and get your toes tapping. This version of the musical, with […]

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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ at 2nd Star Productions

As the weather turns sultry, Baltimore theater goers with an appreciation for irony should make it a point not to miss 2nd Star Productions current show, Kiss Me, Kate, the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, and book by Samuel and Bella Spewack. Here the lives of the actors start to mirror […]

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‘A Shot in the Dark’ at Prince George’s Little Theatre

Prince George’s Little Theatre’s A Shot in the Dark, adapted by Harry Kurnitz from the French play L’ldiote by Marcel Achard is a French farce that is dialogue-driven and reliant on comedic timing. Set in Paris, France in 1962, the action takes place in the chamber of an Examining Magistrate’s office. Director Keith Brown’s set design […]

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‘The Murder Room’ at Bowie Community Theatre

Verbal wordplay flies faster than bullets Jack Sharkey’s The Murder Room” is a delightfully wacky, witty spoof of the dead serious British murder mysteries of the post-war era of the 1950s. The sophisticated, madcap script is catnip for the talented Bowie Community Theatre ensemble deftly directed by Gayle Negri. The set by Dan Lavanga, and […]

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‘Big River’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by Amanda Gunther

If you’ve ever wanted a chance to drift down the Mississippi river on a raft with Mark Twain and his fantastical imagination, then Greenbelt Arts Center is giving you your chance with their production of Big River. A charming venture into America’s past time with music and lyrics by Roger Miller and book by William […]

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 (l to r) David Frost (Kyle McGruther) and Richard Nixon (Sandy Irving). Photo courtesy of Greenbelt Arts Center.

‘Frost/Nixon’ at Greenbelt Arts Center by Amanda Gunther

“I am not a crook.” The vehemently certain words of Richard Nixon defending his actions during the Watergate Scandal made infamous as one of his taglines throughout the course of history. The chance to determine the validity of that statement is now yours as Greenbelt Arts Center presents Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon. The play inspired by […]

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Sarah (Samantha McEwen) and Coalhouse (Anwar Thomas). Photo by Brian Binney.

‘Ragtime’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Amanda Gunther

You’ll get a sensational feeling for that music of the early 1900’s and life in New York City as Ragtime rolls into the Laurel Mill Playhouse to kick off the summer season. Directed by Michael V. Hartsfield, with musical direction provided by Stephen Deininger, this powerful musical is heartfelt and Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahren’s […]

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