Tag Archives | Mark T. Allen


Review: ‘ 33 Variations’ at Colonial Players of Annapolis

Colonial Players’ production of 33 Variations is a musical and visual delight. Written by Moises Kaufman and directed by Terry Averill, it is a mix of a biographical play about Beethoven, and the 21st Century music scholar hoping to understand the origins behind his Diabelli Variations. It is a masterful exploration of obsession, the artistic drive, […]

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Review: ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Politics, laughter, and lunacy come together in this lesser known Neil Simon comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor which opened last night at Laurel Mill Playhouse. Directed by John D’Amato and produced by Maureen Rogers, guffaws abound in this semi-autobiographical play by one of America’s funniest playwrights. The setting is a comedy writer’s room in the […]

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Review: ‘I Hate Hamlet’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Laurel Mill Playhouse’s most recent production is Paul Rudnick’s comedic drama, I Hate Hamlet. Having never seen this production, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into but I was ready and willing to have a laugh. I got so much more. There was love, sex, betrayal, sword fights, blood (almost), soliloquies, history, unbridled […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #17: Best Directors of a Play in Community Theatres

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Best Directors of Plays in Community Theatres honors go to:  Mark T. Allen for Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None at Laurel Mill Playhouse. Laura Andruski for To Kill a Mockingbird at Rockville Little Theatre. John Dellaporta for Venus in Fur at Silver Spring Stage. Terry Averill […]

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‘Death Takes a Holiday’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Directed by Mark T. Allen and produced by Maureen Rogers, Death Takes a Holiday follows the fate of a group of aristocrats at the mansion of Duke Lambert, played by Larry Simmons. We hear that death was barely avoided by various characters when suddenly Death himself pays the Duke a visit. Death wants to feel […]

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‘The Mousetrap’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Crime fiction is a literary genre that has spanned the test of time. First appearing in the early 1800’s, crime novelists and playwrights have gripped audiences for centuries. Agatha Christie is heralded as one of the best; novelist, short story writer and playwright she well known for her innovative story telling. Her classic play The […]

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‘You Can’t Take it With You’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

What’s new in the world of plays, snakes, ballet, and fireworks? You’ll have to head over to the Laurel Mill Playhouse and see their production of You Can’t Take it With You to find out! Directed by Patrick Pase, this classic Kauffman and Hart Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a brilliant comedy about a perfectly quirky, […]

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Anne Hull as Auntie Mame. Photo by John Cholod.

‘Auntie Mame’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Amanda Gunther

Laurel Mill Playhouse welcomes winter and the upcoming holidays with their production of Auntie Mame. Directed by Larry Simmons this non-musical telling of the infamous eccentric rich aunt from Beekman Place up in New York City offers a family treasure trove of light-hearted loving warm stories for the winter season. A team of set designers […]

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