About April Forrer

April Forrer has been a Maryland resident for over 15 years, having moved from Washington, DC after graduate school at the George Washington University. She began her writing career on Capitol Hill as a speech and legislation writer for two U.S. Representatives. She then started working with non-profits to enhance their media and development outreach. She now spends her professional time writing her first novel and designing and constructing costumes for theatrical productions. She savors her time spent with her three children, her dog and her husband. April is thrilled to be the Maryland Theatre Guide’s Editor for the Greater Baltimore area.

Top 5 Shows of the Week

MDtheaterguidetop5-06262012-0927-blue-in-gold-out

1. Golda’s Balcony at Theater J. “Tovah Feldshuh’s carefully-researched, fully-realized embodiment of one of Israel’s most controversial founders is a wonder to behold.” - Andrew White. READ Andrew White’s review. Synopsis: A riveting portrait of one of the great women of our time, Golda Meir,Golda’s Balcony is the final work from Tony® Award-winning playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two […]

Theatre Review: ‘Cinderella: The Remix’ at Imagination Stage

Cinderella (Paige Hernandez). Photo provided by Imagination Stage.

In the land of Hip-Hop Hollywood, girls are limited in what they are allowed to do.  The people in Hip-Hop Hollywood don’t let girls disc jockey (DJ), and if you can’t DJ, then you have no power – you’re not hip in Hollywood.  Imagination Stage’s production of Cinderella: The Remix is the last installment of […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Jungle Book’ at Adventure Theatre, MTC

A Monkey and Mowgli in 'The Jungle Book.' Photo by Bruce Douglas.

Adventure Theatre, MTC produces an updated look at Roger Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book.  Rewritten into a play format, Tracey Power invites new audiences to discover Mowgli, a young boy abandoned in the jungle and raised by animals.  Through this “man cub,” the audience learns that there are rules in the jungle that keep you […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

MDtheaterguidetop5-06262012-0927-blue-in-gold-out

1. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Ford’s Theatre. “This production is a must-see for everyone and will leave the heart singing.” -  Lynne Menefee. READ Lynne Menefee’s review. Synopsis: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six awkward adolescents through their daunting and hilarious championship quest. As they navigate the tournament’s pressures, the eccentric coterie […]

Theatre Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Nafeesa Monroe* (Gertrude) and Manu Kumasi (Hamlet) in Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s 2014 production of HAMLET directed by Sally Boyett.  Photo by Joshua McKerrow.  * Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company opens its new season with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and director Sally Boyett chooses to modernize their production by adding guns, credit cards and 21st Century business attire. Manu Kumasi plays Hamlet, and he plays the doomed prince of Demark with all the emotional range and angst needed to portray a young man […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

MDtheaterguidetop5-06262012-0927-blue-in-gold-out

1. Water by the Spoonful at Studio Theatre.  “Water by the Spoonful is just the kind of thing great theater is supposed to do: Shine a light on human conditions that people are often all too willing to ignore, even as it suggests at its end a ray of light and possibility amid the darkness. No wonder the play […]

MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star: Jake Miller

Rising Star logo

Our Rising Star for March is 11-year-old Jake Miller.  I saw him perform in Pumpkin Theatre’s Suessical Jr. last month as the Mayor of Whoville.  As soon as he stepped on the stage and opened his mouth to sing, I knew he would be a wonderful addition to our group of Rising Stars. So far, […]

Theatre Review: ‘Twelfth Night’ at Center Stage

Brian Reddy as Sir Toby Belch and Richard Hollis as Sir Andrew.  Photo by Richard Anderson.

Center Stage’s production of Twelfth Night, directed by Gavin Witt, celebrates one of Shakespeare’s best comedies by focusing on the humor that drips from the text.  And Centerstage’s Night wrings out every drop, even with a story that is constructed from the pain of loss, and loving someone just out of reach. Twelfth Night is […]

Theatre Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ at The National Theatre

Michael Colavolpe as Bill Austin, Mark A. Harmon as Harry Bright and Jeff Drushal as Sam Carmichael. Photo provided by Work Light Productions.

The touring company production for Mamma Mia! opened Tuesday at The National Theatre and will close in a few short days on March 9, 2014.  There’s not a lot of time to catch this cast, but I wouldn’t worry about it too much.  If you are up for an evening of tapping your foot to […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

MDtheaterguidetop5-06262012-0927-blue-in-gold-out

1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at The Vagabond Players. “Overall, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is very well done and is an evening both your “good” and “evil” side are sure to enjoy!” -  April Forrer. READ April Forrer’s review. Synopsis: A smart, tense and suspenseful new take on Stevenson’s look at the evil that lurks in […]

Theatre Review: ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ at The Vagabond Players

Tom Moore, Michael Styer, Tiffany Spaulding, Gregory Guyton, Michael Panzarotto, Thom Peters. Photo by Tom Lauer.

The theatre goes dark, a scream rips through the night, and the sound of pounding footsteps fade as the murderer hastens from the scene.  And this is just the first few minutes of the production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at The Vagabond Players.  Trust me when I say that the excitement, thrills and […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

MDtheaterguidetop5-06262012-0927-blue-in-gold-out

1. The Wedding Dress at Spooky Action Theater. “The rest of the 10-member ensemble is full of talent, both when they are stepping up to play multiple roles or striking a pose in the background, essentially becoming part of the striking visual panorama.” - Roger Catlin. READ Roger Catlin’s review. Synopsis: Two sisters. One man. A car accident. Those are some […]

MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star: Calla Fuqua

Rising Star logo

I first met 17-year-old Calla Fuqua during the 2013 Memorial Players’ musical production of Meet Me In St. Louis.  She played Esther Smith, the second-eldest daughter (played by Judy Garland in the 1944 movie of the same name), who is in love with the boy next door.  Esther’s songs are quite demanding vocally, and they […]

Theatre News: Interview with Ian Gallanar, the founding Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company about CSC new building

Ian Gallanar, Founding Artistic Director. Photo by  Teresa Castracane.

Ian Gallanar, the founding Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, has directed over 120 productions over his 30 years in the profession, including CSC productions of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Cyrano de Bergerac, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and King Lear. Gallanar is a recipient of the Telly, Helen Hayes and Howie […]