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.

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Richard II at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. “The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II should not be missed because of its historical significance and for its extraordinary production value.” – April Forrer. READ review. Synopsis: One of Shakespeare’s most eloquent works is this poetic chronicle of the cultured and vain King Richard II, who believes […]

Theatre Review: ‘Richard II’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Jonas David Grey as Richard II and Patrick Kilpatrick as Henry Bollingbroke. Photo by Teresa Castracane Photography, LLC.

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard II is such a terrific success that I was astonished to learn that it is the first professional production of the play in Maryland in over two hundred years. CSC handled the material so deftly that I hope they have broken whatever curse that had scared away […]

Theatre Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Brit Herring as Macbeth and Rebecca Swislow as Lady Macbeth. Photo provided by Annapolis Shakespeare Company.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth makes a big impact in their new space – a small black-box theatre – that I think is all the better for the feeling like part of the action. And in this production, directed by Sally Boyett, there is a lot of action to relish. Macbeth, otherwise known as “the Scottish […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at Reston Community Players. “Overall, the Reston Community Player’s managed to take Charlie Brown and make it their own while still reflecting the beloved characteristics of the original.” – Jennifer Minich. READ review. Synopsis: Winner of two Tony awards- featured actress (Kristin Chenoweth) and featured actor (Roger Bart),the musical showcases […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ at Spotlighters Theatre

Garrett Zink as Dr. Frank N. Furter. Photo by Spotlighters Theatre/Chris Aldridge, CMAldridgePhotography

The Rocky Horror Show is back in Baltimore thanks to Spotlighters Theatre and this show is produced like the original London production at the Royal Court Theatre on June 19, 1973. Richard O’Brien wrote The Rocky Horror Show to pay homage to Steve Reeves and his muscles, and science fiction and B horror movies. Throw in some […]

Theatre Review: ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at The Vagabond Players

Brenda D. Parker, Timoth David Copney, Amber Hooper, Kevin Sockwell, Michelle Bruno, Melissa Broy Fortson. Photo by Tom Lauer.

The Vagabond Players’ 2nd entry in their 99th season is Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical revue with a book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., and music by various composers and lyricists and directed by Rikki Howie Lacewell. This toe-tapping revue is named after the song by Thomas “Fats” Waller (with Harry Brooks and Andy […]

Theatre Review: ‘Next to Normal’ at Center Stage

The cast of 'Next to Normal.' Photo by Richard Anderson.

Next to Normal, Center Stage’s second entry into their “Step Into New Worlds” season, directed by David Schweizer with music by Tom Kitt and Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, is a modern rock opera that tackles very complex, contemporary issues, and it does so with hard-hitting lyrics and music, and strong characters. This dark […]

MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star: Isaac Lunt

Isaac as a prince in 'Into the Woods' in 2012.

As a college student at Johns Hopkins University, Isaac is the oldest MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star so far, but I’ve watched him on stage for years and from the first time I saw him, I knew he has a special talent. I have seen you in many community theatre shows, and I know that […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Bug at Dominion Stage. “Ultimately, the best part about this challenging and slick production is that the cast and crew are making a concerted effort to engage their audience and effectively communicate the importance and cultural relevance of the issues raised throughout Bug.” – Jennifer Minich.  READ review. Synopsis: Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, […]

Theatre Review: ‘Doktor Kaboom! LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour’ at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

David Epley as Doktor Kaboom. Photo by Martin Albert.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Young Audiences program presents Doktor Kaboom! LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour, written and performed by David Eplay as Doktor Kaboom, directed by Annie Lareau and Technical Assistant, John Jeckins. David Eplay chose to be an actor and a writer of comedy shows after he decided not […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. The Game’s Afoot by McLean Community Players. “In this regional premiere, MCP offers up a fine evening of outrageousness through challenging motifs. Nothing here is ‘elementary.’” – Brian Bochicchio. READ review. Synopsis: Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Night Fairy’ at Imagination Stage

Flory the Fairy (Tia Shearer). Photo by  Margot Schulman.

Imagination Stage opens their new season with The Night Fairy, based on a book by Newbery award winner Laura Amy Schilitz, adapted by John Glore and directed by Jeremy Skidmore. Schilitz’s story is brought to exciting, colorful life as the audience is plunked into a miniature world that is full of adventures. Here, friendships are […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Florencia in the Amazon at the Washington National Opera. “…the WNO’s season opener is a mystical, stunning, magical performance which marks a season of firsts and exceptions…” – Jennifer Minich. READ review. Synopsis: Two-time Grammy Award–winning American soprano Christine Goerke stars as a famous opera singer who embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey in late Mexican […]

Theatre Review: ‘Stuart Little’ at Adventure Theatre MTC

Chris Dinolfo as Stuart Little. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Adventure Theatre, MTC launches it’s 63rd season with the heart-warming production of Stuart Little, based on the classic story by E.B. White and directed by Colin Hovde. Adventure Theatre’s Stuart Little reinforces the lesson that families come in all shapes and sizes and the only common thread needed is love. Stuart Little is a mouse […]