Tag Archives | Reiner Prochaska


Review: Junie B. Jones in ‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Junie B Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells! is a charming piece of family comedy playing at Maryland Ensemble Theatre through January 1, 2017. The Fun Company takes on Allison Gregory’s adaptation of the Barbara Parks youth novels with a nicely enlarged sense of childhood’s daily existential pleasures and terrors. Gregory’s adaptation dramatizes many of […]

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Review: ‘Superior Donuts’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Humor and calories abound in Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s production of Superior Donuts, written by Tracy Letts and directed by Gené Fouché. Set in uptown Chicago, the play follows the story of Polish-American Arthur Przybyszewski (Tad Janes) and his struggle to keep his donut shop afloat. The shop has fallen on hard times and is increasingly […]

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‘Frankenstein’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

“I saw a figure…or was it a reflection?” This rhetorical question literally haunts Frankenstein, an original Maryland Ensemble Theatre (‘MET’) production adapted from Mary Shelley’s classic work of gothic horror. Maryland Ensemble Theatre premiered their newest work, directed by the incredibly talented Julie Herber, on their mainstage just a few steps below West Patrick Street, […]

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‘The Elephant Man’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

The Elephant Man, fantastically directed by Julie Herber, poses some interesting morality questions for a modern audience, though it is set in Victorian-era England. Based on a real-life story, The Elephant Man is a dramatized account of the life of The Elephant Man, changed in the show to John Merrick). Merrick was horribly deformed, born with […]

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‘A Revolutionary Christmas’ at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre

A Revolutionary Christmas, directed by Suzanne Beal, is a hilarious and heartwarming original Christmas play. Written by Reiner Prochaska, the show is a Maryland Ensemble Theatre original production and was a very inspired and refreshing story for the fast-paced, hectic holiday season. Set in Frederick County on Christmas Eve in 1778, the Kober family, a […]

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Capital Fringe Review: ‘Young Olympians and the Most Amazingly Awesome Adventure Ever!’ by Howard Lee Levine

Keeping the stories of Greek mythology fresh and evergreen for the present day, as well as instructive and entertaining to those of student age and older, is the tall order which Director Julie Herber and the Frederick MD-based cast of The Young Olympians and the Most Amazingly Awesome Adventure Ever! carried off at The Studio Theatre. The […]

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‘The Commedia Puss in Boots’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre (‘MET’) by Mike Spain

The Fun Company at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre has brought back the Commedia Troupe from last year’s wonderful production of The Commedia Pinnochio. This year it’s the cat with the sword – the entertaining presentation of The Commedia Puss in Boots, written by Lane Riosley, who also wrote The Commedia Pinnochio. Like the popular 2011 Puss and Boots movie, based on […]

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The cast of 'The All New, Grand Ole Hee Haw Hootenany Hoe Down Jamboree!' Photo by Joe Williams.

‘The All New, Grand Ole Hee Haw Hootenany Hoe Down Jamboree!’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre by Mike Spain

Director Tad Janes bills The All New, Grand Ole Hee Haw Hootenany Hoe Down Jamboree! as ‘a spoof country variety show.’ It’s really a collection of special guests, bluegrass bands, skits, crowd interactive improvised scenes, and some of the corniest humor you will find. It is also a very ambitious theatrical production with special guests […]

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‘Antigone’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre by Mike Spain

Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s ( MET) presents a new world premiere adaptation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Antigone by MET ensemble member Reiner Prochaska. This sets Antigone against King Creon and the honor of her brother who has died during the war as she attempts to bury him. The production mixes modern technology with an excellent ensemble, […]

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