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.

‘A Quick 5′ with Maggie Boland and John Hance

John Hance and Maggie Boland with daughter Willa.

Today marks the third anniversary of A Quick 5 on MD Theatre Guide. When I started this column I never thought it would last this long and be as popular as it has become. Today’s column is number 328 which means I have asked 1,640 questions in the past three years. I always knew I […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Dee Hoty

Dee Hoty

Broadway actress/singer Dee Hoty is currently performing in 9 to 5 the Musical  at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia PA in the role of Violet Newstead. On Broadway she has been seen in such blockbusters as The Will Rogers Follies a Life in Revue (Tony Nomination) and City of Angels. Her two other Tony nominations were […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Shoplifters’ at Arena Stage

(L to R) Delaney Williams as Otto, Adi Stein as Dom, Jayne Houdyshell as Alma and Jenna Sokolowski as Phyllis. Photo by Teresa Wood.

Arena Stage’s 65th  Anniversary Season opened in a big way last night with a world premiere comedy that goes far beyond the jokes to make a point about the human condition. Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters tells the story of Alma (Jane Houdyshell) who has lots of sass and is a career shoplifter at one particular […]

‘A Quick 5′ with John Preece

John Preece

To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof , today’s A Quick 5 subject is a man who knows the show very very well. John Preece has played in many productions of Fiddler on the Roof  either as Lazar Wolf or Tevye. All totaled he has played the show 3,455 performances. Broken down, […]

Theatre Review: ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia PA

The cast of 9 to 5 The Musical. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Taking a hit movie and turning it into a property for the stage is always a risky proposition. Sometimes it comes off successfully and other times it fails miserably. When it does fail, it’s because the production team usually throws the movie up on stage without doing anything to make it theatrical. This however is […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Jane Horwitz

Jane Horwitz

Jane Horwitz is someone you might know from a number of local entertainment mediums. If you read the Washington Post regularly, then you know about Jane’s work as a reviewer and that she has a column called The Family Filmgoer which she has been writing since 1993. From 1997 to 2011 she wrote the Post’s Backstage […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Gillian Williams

Gillian Williams

Gillian Williams is currently starring as Abby in Belleville at Studio Theatre. She was recently seen in Venus in Fur at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company. Other regional theatre credits include Cabaret at Trinity Repertory Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Hartford Stage, and Hamlet and boom at Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre. Gillian was one of […]

News: Actor Joseph Marcell Keeping a Strong Theater Tradition Alive by Touring Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ to the Masses

Joseph Marcell

Actor Joseph Marcell is living his dream right now. He is currently touring the states playing the lead role in Shakespeare’s King Lear. This production started at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and is now playing at our very own Folger Theatre through September 21st. The DC press core was recently invited to participate in a […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Brynn O’Malley

Brynn O'Malley

Brynn O’Malley is currently starring in the dual roles of Dot/Marie in Signature Theatre’s fantastic production of Sunday in the Park with George.  She has appeared on Broadway in Annie (revival), Wicked, Sunday In The Park With George (revival at Roundabout Theatre Company), Hairspray and Beauty And The Beast. In DC she appeared at Arena Stage in She Loves […]

Theater Review: ‘Spark’ presented by Theater Alliance at Anacostia Playhouse

L-R Anna Lathrop and Alison Donelly. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

The topic of what happens to our service men and women has been explored in numerous film and TV shows as well as on stage. Theater Alliance is opening its twelfth season with a world premiere play in which the main topic is just that. Spark by Caridad Svich tells the story of the Glimord […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Jenna Sokolowski

Jenna Sokolowski

Jenna Sokolowski is currently opening the 2014/15 season of Arena Stage as Phyllis in the world premiere of The Shoplifters which runs through October 19th. Although this is her Arena Stage debut, she has been performing in and around the area for over ten years. Select area appearances include Beneatha’s Place and Clybourne Park at CenterStage, Maria […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Cole Porter Project: It’s Alright with Me’ presented by the In Series at Source Theatre


Have you ever wondered what would happen if Congress made musical theatre lovers happy for a change and signed a bill saying that once a year would be known as a day for commemorating composer/lyricist Cole Porter? The In Series is making a case for this with a remount of their earlier hit production called […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Katie deBuys

Katie deBuys

Katie deBuys is currently in rehearsals at Round House Theatre for Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love in which she plays the role of May. She appeared at Round House Theatre last season in Seminar. Recent DC area credits include Stupid F***ing Bird (both the original run and the recent remount) and In The Next Room at Woolly Mammoth […]

Theatre Review: ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver Colorado

The cast of Phamaly Theatre Company's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photo courtesy of the production.

Our second night of vacation in Denver bought us back to the Denver Performing Arts Complex having seen The Sound of Music the night before. This time around we are in the Space Theatre for a production of a show that I always enjoy seeing. This musical was Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice’s […]