About Elliot Lanes

Elliot Lanes has been a professional stage manager/sound designer/board op for over 20 years. After relocating to Washington, DC from the New York City area and marrying the girl of his dreams Jennifer Perry, he has been privileged to work on productions at Theatre J, Synetic, Prince George's Community College and Studio Theater to name a few. He has contributed designs for many shows in the last three Capital Fringe Festivals, two of which garnered critical raves. He is also the creator of MD Theatre Guide's highly successful 'A Quick 5' column.

Theatre Review: ‘Underneath the Lintel’ at Metro Stage

Paul Morella as The Librarian in 'Underneath the Lintel.'
Photo credit: Chris Banks.

Glen Berger’s play, Underneath the Lintel, shows us the effects of taking your job way too seriously. The solo piece, now playing at Metro Stage, features veteran actor Paul Morella as a Dutch librarian known to us simply as The Librarian in an “Impressive Presentation of Worldwide Instances.” Here is a man whose job it […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Ines Nassara

Ines Nassara

Ines Nassara is currently playing Ronny in the smash hit production of Hair at Keegan Theatre. Ines recently made a big impression on me and everyone else as the Civil Rights Marcher in Crossing at Signature Theatre. She is currently attending Towson University and has appeared in their productions of Spring Awakening and Rent. Other stage […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Kate Skinner

Kate Skinner

Kate Skinner is currently playing the role of Mistress Quickly in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s epic rep of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. Kate’s many appearances at STC include The Alchemist, King Lear (mainstage and Free For All), Peer Gynt, Othello, Henry VI, Measure for Measure, The Misanthrope, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. On Broadway she appeared […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Thousandth Night’ at Metro Stage

Marcus Kyd as Guy de Bonheur. Photo by Chris Banks.

Many plays and movies deal with one of the most horrific events in modern history –  the Holocaust and anyone that’s seen the movie Schindler’s List or C.P. Taylor’s play Good knows how terrifying and senseless it was. Carol Wolf’s play The Thousandth Night currently playing at MetroStage, is a chance for a solo performer […]

Concert Review: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Ithzak Perlman Conductor and Violin at the Music Center at Strathmore

Ithzak Pearlman.

Itzhak Perlman is one of the world’s greatest violinists. His performances have garnered fifteen Grammy Awards and four Emmys. If you don’t know Perlman’s work from the classical world then you most likely will know his name from the movie Schindler’s List. He performed all of the violin solos in John Williams’ Oscar winning score. […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Peter Flynn

Peter Flynn. Photo by Gary Erskine.

Peter Flynn is currently the director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Ford’s Theatre. Peter’s main production debut at Ford’s Theatre was a  big one as he helmed the record-breaking production of 1776 in 2012 . He previously directed the February 2009 Grand Reopening Celebration of Ford’s Theatre featuring James Earl Jones, Audra […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey

Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey

Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey is currently portraying Haikumom (Odessa) in Water by the Spoonful at Studio Theatre after appearing there last season in The Motherf***er with the Hat. Ms. Fernandez-Coffey is a member of Woolly Mammoth’s Company of Artists and received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in After the Fall at Theater J. Other Washington area credits include Detroit, […]

Theatre Review: Hal Holbrook in ‘Mark Twain Tonight!’

Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain.

Scratch one off the bucket list for this reviewer. I have been fortunate to see and work on a number of solo shows in my career and have now seen live onstage the one piece that is the pre-cursor to all the others. It featured an award-winning actor as one of America’s preeminent humorists and […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Julie Dixon

Julie Dixon

Julie Dixon is currently playing the title role in Violet at the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. Julie’s story is an another example of why Theatre Lab is my favorite arts in education institution in the area. Here is a performer that performed in shows all through school and then left theatre for a […]

Theatre Review: ‘Bring It On The Musical’ at the Music Center at Strathmore

The cast of 'Bring It On The Musical.' Photo by Clint Tuccio.

The current tour of the high energy production Bring It On The Musical roared into the Music Center at Strathmore this past weekend and turned, what is usually a hall known for concerts, into a Broadway theatre. With its driving score and snazzy cheerleading production numbers, the show proves that sometimes it’s ok to go to […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Hallie Foote

Hallie Foote

Hallie Foote is currently making her Arena Stage debut as Rosalynn Carter in the world premiere of Camp David . On Broadway she earned a Tony nomination for her performance as MaryJo in Dividing the Estate. Off-Broadway she was seen in The Orphan’s Home Cycle (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), The Trip to Bountiful (Lucille Lortel Award—Best Supporting Actress), The Last of the Thorntons (Drama […]

Theatre Review: ‘Not by Bread Alone’ presented by Nalaga’at Theater Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble as part of World Stages International Theater Festival at Kennedy Center

The cast of Not By Bread Alone. Photo courtesy of Kennedy Center.

Eleven deaf and blind actors are in a kitchen making, kneading, and baking dough. “Welcome to our darkness and silence,” one says. “We invite you to share our everyday lives together. In the darkness, you may encounter things you would prefer to forget.” These thought-provoking words illuminate what some people may take for granted; one’s sight and one’s […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Sam Edgerly

Sam Edgerly

I see all kinds of theatre and for college level productions, American University ranks as one of the highest. Sam Edgerly went through the theatre program at American University and is now making a name for himself professionally. Recent credits include Gypsy at Signature Theatre, GoodNight Moon at Adventure Theatre, Flora the Red Menace at 1st […]

Theatre News: Signature in the Schools Gives Area Students a Professional Experience with ‘Hero Worship’

Ghosts of our fallen heroes in Hero Worship.
Photoby Dennis Deloria.

Lots of theatre programs give young people a chance to be in a production in an educational setting. A recent example of this would be Les Misérables at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. For the past 19 years, Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA has been kicking this concept up a notch by […]