Top 5 Shows of The Week

1. Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center

Giving nearly 11,000 performances, Shear Madness is the second longest play in the history of American Theater (its sister production of Shear Madness in Boston is #1.)

READ Elliot Lanes’ review of the play.

Synopsis: Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night.

(L to R) Jonathan Lee Taylor as Mikey Thomas, Joe Sampson as Tony Whitcomb, Tiernan Madorno as Barbara DeMarco. Photo by Margot Schulman.

2. August: Osage County at Keegan Theatre

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County is a play where MD Theatre Guide’s Robert Michael Oliver says that “you are guaranteed to leave the theatre knowing that the play will haunt you for a long time.”

READ Robert Michael Oliver’s review of the play.

READ Elliot Lanes’ ‘A Quick 5′ with cast member Belen Pifel.

Synopsis: August: Osage County is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another.

(L-R): Charlie Abel, Lyndsay Rini, Karen Novack. By C. Stanley Photography.

3. Following Sarah at Fells Point Corner Theatre

As part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, Following Sarah by Rich Espey, covers topics that are important to today’s teens.

READ Morgan Halvorsen’s review of the play.

Synopsis: Maddy, Kat and Julia are high-achieveing, super-stressed seniors on the Cross Country team at Thwaite Academy. An email from their former teammate Sarah threatens to push them over the edge. Why? Because Sarah died after winning last year’s Cross Country Championship.

Mike Zemarel and Rachel Reckling. Photo by Ken Stanek.

4. TOTEM at Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM is a unique theatrical experience that will make you see the world in a different way.

Synopsis: TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

5. Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at Wolf Trap

The Wolf Trap hills are alive with the sound of music and this Oscar-winning movie, which will be shown on HUGE SCREENS! Plus, don your favorite outfit reminiscent of the movie and enter the enormously popular costume contest!

Synopsis: Set in Austria in 1938, this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical follows the adventures of a high spirited young woman who is ill-fitted for the life of the convent. Sent to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval officer, Maria wins their hearts (and his) with her exuberant love of life. This beloved family classic features a glorious score including “Do Re Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” and “The Sound of Music.”

Photo Courtesy of Wolf Trap.

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.