Tag Archives | Vanessa Strickland


‘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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‘The Arsonists’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Brilliantly directed by Gerard Stropnicky, The Arsonists at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre is a morality tale about how ordinary, everyday people can take part in evil acts without even knowing it. Originally written by Max Frisch and adapted by Alistair Beaton, the play was written in the 1950s as a metaphor for the gradual rise […]

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Julie Herber (Amanda) and Victoria Strickland (Laura). Photo by Joe Williams.

‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) by Mike Spain

Maryland Ensemble Theatre continues its tradition of producing thought-provoking theatre with their heartfelt and powerful production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Director Peter Wray has the luxury of working with an exceptional cast. Set Designer Ira Domser uses so many stacks of boxes to create the set it looks like they were filming an episode […]

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The Best of 2012: Part 9: ‘Solo Performances, Children’s/Young Adult, Directors, Performances & Special Award

 BEST SOLO PERFORMANCES Joe Brack in My Princess Bride at DC Capital Fringe Festival. Alex Brightman in How I Paid for College at The Hub Theatre. Mike Daisey in The Agony and The Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Kathryn Kelley in The Belle of Amherst at Bay Theatre Company. Jason Lott in Wonderful Life […]

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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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Maya Jackson (Holly) and Vanessa Strickland maneuvering a puppet doll that looks a lot like Broadway legend Carol Channing. Photo courtesy of Forum Theatre.

‘Holly Down In Heaven’ at Forum Theatre by Jessica Vaughan

Forum Theatre successfully takes on religion, teenage pregnancy, and Chucky’s slightly milder cousins in Holly Down in Heaven – their new work by Resident Playwright Kara Lee Corthron. Forum Theatre has a mission to ask big questions and build community with the pieces they choose. They were founded in 2003, and have grown their reputation for taking […]

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The cast of 'Heidi.' Photo by Joe Williams.

‘Heidi’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre by Mike Spain

Everything about going to a Fun Company production at Maryland Ensemble Theatre involves having a good time. The afternoon starts on a high note with free face painting before the show begins. Then the friendly ushers escort us to our seats, the lights go down, and the fun continues. This time the presentation is Heidi. It’s […]

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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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