Top 5 Shows of The Week

1. Kathleen Turner in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-a*s Wit of Molly Ivins at Arena Stage

“You’ll be engaged from beginning to end and leave the theatre dreaming about the death of an era.” -Robert Michael Oliver, MD Theatre Guide

READ Robert Michael Oliver’s review.

Synopsis: Academy Award and Tony Award nominee, Kathleen Turner, brings her sizzling blend of sensuality and intelligence to the bravado of newspaper columnist Molly Ivins. A dyed-in-the-wool liberal from deep in the heart of Texas, Ivins’ rapier wit made her one of America’s highest-regarded columnists, satirists and beloved rabble-rousers.

Kathleen Turner in Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of ‘Red Hot Patriot The Kick-a*s Wit of Molly Ivins.’ Photo by Mark Gavin.

2. Time Stands Still at Everyman Theatre

Everyman has begun their inaugural season on Fayette Street! The 2012/13 Season has six spectacular plays, all famous for their brilliance, and all Baltimore premieres!

READ Morgan Halvorsen’s review.

Synopsis: Sarah and James – a photographer and a journalist – share a passion for the adrenaline rush caused from reporting in the world’s deadliest war zones. As reporters, their lives are devoted to telling the toughest stories from across the globe. But how do you separate yourself from the action you witness? How do you create an impartial lens? When their own story takes a sudden turn during a bomb blast in Iraq, the wounded Sarah returns home with James to the safety of New York. Pressed to consider settling into a more “conventional” life, Sarah must face her addiction to the drama and chaos of war.

James Whelan (Richard), Beth Hylton (Sarah Mandy), Nicole Moore (Mandy), and Eric M. Messner (James) in ‘Time Stands Still.’ Photo by Stan Barouh.

3. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Signature Theatre

Grab your partner because this show will have you two-steppin’ and boot-scootin’ in the aisles with a score that includes, “Twenty Fans,” “Girl, You’re a Woman,” “Twenty-Four Hours of Lovin,’” and “Hard Candy Christmas,” along with the new musical number “A Friend to Me.”

READ Elliot Lanes’ review.

Synopsis: Miss Mona’s Chicken Ranch brothel comes to life in this rollicking new production of the award-winning musical. When crusading television watchdog Melvin P. Thorpe ogles the whorehouse as his next moral target, Miss Mona, her bevy of working girls and Sherriff Ed Earl Dodd must buck the muckraker to keep the ranch open. A gritty satire about moral hypocrisy and media sensationalism, this musical is the perfect election-year event!

Sherri L. Edelen as Miss Mona leads the cast in the finale. Photo by Scott Suchman.

4. The Temperamentals at Rep Stage

“An engaging romantic parallel story offers additional humanity to this well-written, well-directed, expertly performed play.” -Steve Charing, MD Theatre Guide

READ Steve Charing’s review.

Synopsis: “Temperamental” was code for “homosexual” in the early 1950′s, part of a created language for secret words that gay man used to communicate. Winner of a Drama Desk Award in 2010, “The Temperamentals” tells the story of two men – the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich – as they fall in love building the first gay rights organization in the pre-Stonewall United States.

Alexander Strain, Nigel Reed, and Vaughn M. Irving. Photo by Stan Barouh.

5. Reals at Theater Alliance

MD Theatre Guide’s Robert Michael Oliver says, “‘Reals’ teeters along a fine edge between a zany “Batman and Robin” poke-fun-at-itself storytelling and a sinister “24” torture-the-bad-guy psychosis.”

READ Robert Michael Oliver’s review.

Synopsis: The District’s own Batman of the Beltway was just the tip of the iceberg.  Welcome to the world of real life superheroes (aka “Reals”) who don disguises and fight crime.

Andrés C. Talero as Nightlife and Blair Bowers as Belt. Photos courtesy of Alliance Theatre.

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.