Top 5 Shows of The Week

1. Dames at Sea at Infinity Theatre Company

Last year Infinity Theatre Company created a wonderful version of Little Shop of Horrors. This year the company brings Broadway’s Randy Skinner to direct and choreograph Dames at Sea!

READ Susan Scher’s review of the play.

Synopsis: It’s the story of Ruby, the sweet, innocent girl who takes a bus to razz-ma-tazzy NYC and instantly becomes a star on Broadway, while falling in love-at-first-sight with a songwriting sailor named Dick. But where will Ruby and the other Broadway beauties shine when the theatre is suddenly torn down?

Joan (Darien Crago) Lucky (Cody Davis) Hennesey (Erick Buckley) Dick (Eric Huffman) and Ruby (Megan Kelley). Photo by Nancy Anderson Cordell.

2. Dr. Science’s Science Time Science-va-ganza! at Capital Fringe Festival

Last year, Adam Ruben made me laugh out loud during his one man show called Please Don’t Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence at the Capital Fringe.  This year he is back with his usual geeky humor!

Synopsis: In this hilarious parody of science demonstrations, the charismatic Dr. Science takes the audience on a science–tastic journey filled with dry ice, potato clocks and a baking–soda–and–vinegar volcano…until something goes horribly, horribly wrong. Horribly.

Adam Ruben and Chuck Na

3.  The History of Singing for the Stage at ARTSCAPE

Color Their World with a Smile! Save up to 40% on Flowers & Gifts at 1800flowers.com

Douglas Brandt Byerly and Megan Morse Jans have created a multi-media performance art piece entitled The History of Singing for the Stage. Performed in under one hour, featuring coloratura soprano Joy Greene, counter-tenor Jacques Snyman, lyric soprano Mary Anne Barcellona, the Opera AACC Company, and DragonFly Dance Experiment.

Synopsis: From Baroque to Rock Opera, the professional singers and students of the Anne Arundel Community College opera company presents excerpts from Dido and Aeneas, The Magic Flute, The Pirates of Penzance, Naughty Marietta, the Great American Songbook and Tommy!

Megan Morse Jans. Photo courtesy of Pamela Doty Bolig.

4. Hairspray at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre

The dancing, singing, and set will dazzle you!

Synopsis: Tracy Turnblad is obsessed with The Corny Collins Show and one of its dancers, Link Larkin. Though rejected by producer Belma Vom Tussle at auditions, when Tracey shows off some moves at the Sophomore Hop, Corny Colins gives her a place on the show. Tracey is soon launched to stardom, but can’t stand that the show won’t allow integration and does everything in her power to make it happen.

Emily Reggia (Tracy Turnblad), and Brian McDermott (Edna Turnblad). Photo courtesy of Montgomery College.

5. Medieval Story Land at Capital Fringe Festival

Think Forrest Gump meets Lord of the Rings meets Monty Python.

Synopsis: The hilarious story of a simple–minded elf named Todd and his quest to save Medieval Story Land from the certain destruction of the evil “Dark Black Darkness.”

Forrest Rilling and Michael Galizia

About Mark Beachy

Mark Beachy is the publisher and video producer of the MD Theatre Guide and the NY Theatre Guide.

In 1997 he wrote the play, music, and lyrics in a musical called, “’Bout Baltimore.” This musical won the WMAR TV Channel 2 and Pumpkin Theatre Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting contest and was produced as a 1-hour television special.

He has directed over 40 productions, including shows for Pumpkin Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, and the Baltimore Children's Theatre where he was the founder and producer for 7 years.

Before starting the MTG in March of 2010, Mark was the performing arts reporter for the Baltimore Examiner.

As a professional actor he has appeared on TV nationally, including on Discovery Health as "Jerry Baldwin" on I Was Dead, “Officer Nunham” on America’s Most Wanted’s Top Cops 2009 and “Alexander T. Crane” in a Japanese TV documentary about Edgar Allan Poe.