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. Annie Get Your Gun at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre. “The cast gives a truly high-spirited performance and Annie and Frank are a fun and feisty couple to watch.” – Danielle Angeline. READ review. Synopsis: Annie Oakley is the best shot around. And when she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join […]

Theatre Review: ‘Art’ at Vagabond Players

Mark Scharf as Marc, Eric C. Stein as Yvan, and Steven Shriner as Serge. Photo by Tom Lauer.

Vagabond Players analyze the friendship among three men in Art, the opening show of their 99th Season. Directed by Howard Berkowitz and written in French by Yasmina Reza with the translation by Christopher Hampton, Art uses an ambiguous, white painting as the impetus for dissecting the role played by each man in their friendship with […]

MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star: Clare Peyton

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I can’t think of another local young actor who was starring in musicals along side adult actors at the age of 10, and holding their own so well everyone in the audience knew you were a natural onstage. Jimi Kinstle, previous Producing Artistic Director at Pumpkin Theatre, has worked with Clare for years, has this […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. The Understudy at Everyman Theatre. “The three-person cast has wonderful chemistry that brings an immediate comfort to the audience…” – April Forrer READ review. Synopsis: The Understudy places the backstage tension of a frantic rehearsal in the spotlight. Meet Harry, the “real” actor who’s just a tad bitter about his lot in the theatrical world […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Understudy’ at Everyman Theatre

Danny Gavigan (Jake), Beth Hylton (Roxanne) and Clinton Brandhagen (Harry). Photo by Stan Barouh.

The Understudy at Everyman Theatre begins as a seemingly simplistic comedy about the trials of being an underpaid and underused actor, but as the play continues, comedy becomes a lesson in profound, stark truths. Written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, The Understudy delves into relationships between people and people’s relationship with […]

Theatre Review: ‘Dani Girl’ at Unexpected Stage Company

Caroline Wolfson as Dani and Zach Brewster-Geisz as Marty (Photo provided by Unextected Stage).

Although Dani Girl is about a nine-year-old, this is not a play for children. Dani Girl touches on almost every subject that is scary and serious to adults – divorce, religion, cancer and the death of a child. The Unexpected Stage Company’s production of Dani Girl, written by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond and directed […]

Theatre Review: ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre

Bridget Linsenmeyer as Elle Woods starring in 'Legally Blonde, The Musical.' (PHOTO CREDIT - Freyphotographics)

Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre presents Legally Blonde: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach and directed by Robert W. Oppel. Cockpit in Court’s production of Legally Blonde is toe-tapping fun. Legally Blonde follows Delta Nu Sorority President Elle Woods through her college graduation to her fight to […]

Theatre Review: ‘Annie Jr.’ at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre

Allison Naglieri as Annie. Photo by freyphotographic.

Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, Royal Court Jesters Young People’s Theatre presents Annie Jr. Box office reports state that every show in the short run was sold out, and after seeing the show, I can understand why. Annie Jr. is just like the classic 1977 Broadway play Annie based on the 1924 Harold Gray comic […]

Theatre Review: ‘Carrie: The Musical’ at Studio 2nd Stage

Emily Zickler as Carrie. Photo by Igor Dmitry.

Studio 2nd Stage presents the reboot of Carrie: The Musical and open to a packed house.  Carrie: The Musical is based on the chilling novel by the famous horror writer Stephen King, with book by Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, music by Michael Gore and directed Keith Alan Baker. King’s Carrie was published […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Stone Tape Party at Atlas Performing Arts Center. “Everything comes together inParty: fantastic writing, talented acting, great directing (Angela Pirko) and wonderful song choices.  Please don’t miss this one!” – April Forrer. READ review. Synopsis: Sex, drugs, jazz: y’know, the classic ghost story. In a house of misanthropes where the party never stops, Dusty has […]

Fringe Review: ‘The Tournament’ at Sprenger – Atlas Performing Arts Center

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Live Action Theatre in partnership with Preferred Arms presents The Tournament as part of the Capital Fringe Festival.  Written by Kyle Encinas and directed by Lex Davis, The Tournament claims to be a martial arts extravaganza where, “Spirits with be tested. Blood will be spilt. Asses. Will. Be. Kicked.” All of the above is true, and […]

Fringe Review: ‘Stone Tape Party’ at Atlas Performing Arts Center

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With a name like Stone Tape Party and a synopsis of, “Sex, drugs, jazz: y’know, the classic ghost story,” I think it is easy to question how good this Capital Fringe show is going to be.  Well, let me put your mind to rest and assure you all that this is an excellent show!  Everything […]

Fringe Review: ‘Séance’ at Lab II – Atlas Performing Arts Center

The Crimson Herring (Steve N. Bradford). Photo provided by Borealis Theatre.

Séance, Save MacGuffin’s! Featuring the World Famous Crimson Herring, presented by Borealis Theatre and directed by Steve N. Bradford, invites the audience into Madame Minerva MacGuffin’s Medicinal and Curio Shoppe on what could be its last day of operation.  The store must close due to lack of customers, so Madame MacGuffin and Wilhelmina Strix, the […]

Fringe Review: ‘Dracula. A Love Story’ at Mountain

Lee Ordeman as Dracula and Carolyn Kashner as Lucy (Photo: Teresa Wood)

Dracula, A Love Story by Tim Treanor and Directed by Christopher Henley and Jay Hardee is a modern retelling of the classic Bram Stoker novel of 1897, Dracula,. Treanor’s Dracula is “married” to a dying Mina, and when Lucy answers his employment ad for a caretaker for his wife, Dracula realizes that he has found […]