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Review: ‘The Pillowman’ at Vagabond Players

Just about at the midway point of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, Katurian K. Katurian – the writer of macabre short stories who is the focus of the play – mutters the phrase:  “There are no happy endings.” By this point in the evening, audience members have already acclimated to that nihilistic point of view, and […]

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Review: ‘The Secret Garden’ at Memorial Players

If you’re looking for a musical of Broadway quality in the Baltimore area, look no further than some of the work being produced by Memorial Episcopal Church’s drama ministry, Memorial Players, now in its 16th season. Having recently produced the superb Ragtime, Memorial Players is sustaining excellence with its current production. With themes of rejuvenation […]

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #13: Best Direction and Musical Direction in Musicals and Best Direction of Plays in Community Theatres in DC/MD/VA

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts Best Direction and Musical Direction in Musicals and Best Direction of Plays of 2016 in Community Theatres in DC/VA/MD Are: BEST DIRECTION AND MUSICAL DIRECTION IN MUSICALS IN COMMUNITY THEATRES IN 2016 IN DC/MD/VA ARE: Director Kevin Sockwell and Musical Director Arielle Bayer for A Grand Night for Singing at Montgomery Playhouse and […]

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Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Vagabond Players

Vagabond Players’ Avenue Q, expertly directed by Eric C. Stein, is a “Triple Crown”-winning musical (Tony for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book) with a spectacular cast. The show is another big hit for Vagabond, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary at a gala October 16th at nearby Admiral Fell Inn. With Music & […]

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‘Really Rosie’ at The Heritage Players

Heritage Players is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and so is its newest production, Really Rosie, which is directed by Stuart C. Kazanow. Written by Maurice Sendak, with music by Carole King, Really Rosie is a children’s’ musical based on several of Sendak’s books, Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around, and The Sign on Rosie’s Door. […]

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‘Godspell’ at Silhouette Stages

Silhouette Stage’s Godspell, directed by Stephen M. Deininger, opened last night at Slayton House in Columbia. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak, it’s based on the “Gospel According to St. Matthew. The musical opened Off-Broadway in 1971, has been a favorite with high schools, universities, and community theatres. It had a revival […]

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‘Rumors’ at The Heritage Players

The Heritage Players’ uproarious production of the farce Rumors is written by Neil Simon. Yes, the word farce and Neil Simon usually don’t go together, but if you are old enough you will remember that one of America’s most prolific playwrights (of the comedy of human experiences and personalities) once wrote skits for Your Show of Shows for Sid […]

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‘Anything Goes’ at Heritage Players by Amanda Gunther

It’s delightful! It’s delicious! It’s de-lovely! What is, you ask? Why the Heritage Player’s fall production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes! Directed by Brian Mellen with Musical Direction by Stephen M. Deininger, this timeless classic will have you dancing on the deck of a swinging high-seas adventure before you can shout- “All Aboard!” Scenic Designer […]

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