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Review: ‘Annie’ at Olney Theatre Center

The musical Annie is 40 years old this year, and thanks to the Olney Theatre Center’s cheerful new production, a whole new generation of theater goers will get the chance to travel back in time to Depression-era New York City, for the heart-warming tale of the world’s most optimistic orphan. With a book by Thomas […]

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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 #10: Best Direction in Musicals in Professional Theatres in DC/MD/VA

Here are the DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s honorees for Best Direction of Musicals in Professional Theaters in 2016. Congrats to all our honorees: David James for A Christmas Carol at Toby’s The Dinner Theatre of Columbia. Matt Lenz for A Christmas Story: The Musical at The Hippodrome Theatre. Pierre-Jacques Brault A Christmas Story: The Musical at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. […]

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Review: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Olney Theatre Center

How do you make a stage musical from a movie that was “Practically Perfect in Every Way”? A movie that won five Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects for cinematic magic tricks and a sequence combining animation and live action that would be impossible to reproduce onstage? Well, first you go back to the source: […]

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Review: ‘Hamlet’ at National Players at Olney Theatre Center

At dusk yesterday, the stage lights of Olney Theatre Center’s outdoor Root Family Stage shined bright, as the National Players enlightened the audience with their imaginative take on the Bard’s darkest tragedy: Hamlet. Directed by Jason King Jones, the production is the National Players’ first rendition of the Prince of Denmark’s story in over 30 […]

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Review: ‘Dial M for Murder’ at Olney Theatre Center

If Frederick Knott had only written the classic thriller, Dial M for Murder, it would have been enough. Knott actually went on to write only two great mystery dramas  – Write Me a Murder and Wait until Dark. This week his first play, Dial M for Murder, opened at the Olney Theatre Center. This classic is […]

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Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at National Players

National Players is presently in their 67th season, and they are currently performing Julius Ceasar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Tale of Two Cities, as they travel around the country. The Players merged with Olney Theatre Center in 1953, and have been a fundamental part of the Theatre’s education department ever since. I had the great […]

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‘Godspell’ at Olney Theatre Center

Do you remember when “psychedelic” and “flower power” were prevalent in the American vocabulary? It doesn’t really matter, because Olney Theatre Center’s tuneful and energetic production of Godspell can be enjoyed by theatre lovers of all ages. Originally produced off-Broadway in 1971, with music by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak, Godspell is a […]

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‘The Tempest’ at Olney Theatre Center

How beauteous mankind is! Particularly the beauty found in those willing to brave the natural tempest of Maryland’s summer weather at Olney Theatre Center this summer season. A fantastical stormy adventure, by way of the Bard, sets shore upon the Root Family Stage beneath the stars and The Tempest provides a brilliant evening of classic […]

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Olney Theatre Center Announces 2014 Season: 5 Plays and 4 Musicals by Laura Asendio

Olney Theatre Center’s Artistic Director Jason Loewith announced the company would scrap its traditional subscription format while producing an ambitious slate of three seasons and nine productions for the Theatre’s 2014 – 76th Anniversary Season. Three “mini-seasons” will feature Rolling World Premieres, 20th century American classics, four extraordinary musicals and an outdoor Shakespeare production beneath the stars. “After many […]

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