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

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1. The Foreigner at The Vagabond Players.  “This type of comedy, a farce, asks the audience to suspend common sense and realistic plot lines in exchange for fun physical humor and over-the-top characters.  It also needs perfect comedic timing, energy and commitment from all the actors and precise guidance from the director. The Vagabond Players […]

MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star: Sheridan Merrick

Sheridan Merrick. Photo provided by Sheridan Merrick.

I first met Sheridan in her 8th grade production of The Love of Three Oranges at The Park School of Baltimore (my other job is costume designer for Park School) and she was a standout even then.  I have enjoyed watching Sheridan’s obvious natural acting talent grow and her singing voice is amazing, strong and […]

Theatre Review: ‘Jack & The Beanstalk – The Story of Jack and Daisy’ at Pumpkin Theatre

The cast of 'Jack & The Beanstalk - The Story of Jack and Daisy.' Photo provided by Pumpkin Theatre.

Pumpkin Theatre’s new show, Jack & The Beanstalk – The Story of Jack and Daisy, opened April 19, 2014 to a large and enthusiastic crowd.  Written by Jimi Kinstle, Music by Ryan Haase and Directed by James Hunnicutt, this twist on the classic story of Jack & The Beanstalk cleverly focuses on the friendship of […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Foreigner’ at The Vagabond Players

Tavish Forsyth (Ellard Simms), Eric C. Stein (Charlie Baker). Photo by Tom Lauer.

The Vagabond Players continues their highly entertaining 98th season with Larry Shue’s comedy, The Foreigner.  And this Vagabond production, directed by Steve Goldklang, fits right in with their season as one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen produced on stage. The Foreigner’s original opening night was November 1, 1984, and it has since won […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]