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 Robert Michael Oliver

Robert Michael Oliver

Robert Michael Oliver is currently embodying Walt Whitman in his one man tour de force solo piece called Song of Myself: The Whitman Project. This is the second in Oliver’s American poetry-in-performance series which started with his one man show based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe which also played Capital Fringe. Some of you might […]

Fringe Review: ‘Dream Love’ at The Shop at Fort Fringe

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What happens when you take the dance elements of a Synetic Theater production and merge it with a traditional theatre script? Avalanche Theatre Company’s devised theatre piece Dream Love answers this question. …Dream Love is an interesting merging of dance and traditional theatre and is definitely worth checking out. The show tells the story of six […]

Theatre Review: ‘Gidion’s Knot’ at Forum Theatre

L-R Caroline Stefanie Clay and Katy Carkuff. Photo by Melissa Blackall Photography.

Any play that deals with a hot topic like bullying in school is likely to get a lot of attention from theatre companies across the country. Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams is one of those shows and is currently being presented by Forum Theatre in Silver Spring as a co-production with Next Stop Theatre Company […]

Fringe Review: ‘TAME.’ At Gearbox

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A southern take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in Jonelle Walker’s TAME. is being presented by Blind Pug Arts Collective as part of this year’s Capital Fringe festival. Good script, acting and direction make for a great night of theatre and TAME. succeeded in all of these departments. In this interesting  and sometimes moving […]

Fringe Review: ‘Medea’s Got Some Issues’ at Warehouse

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In the theatre the life of an understudy is a hard one. You never know if you are going to get a chance to go on after spending weeks learning a particular role. It’s enough to make you turn bitter as a performer. The esteemed No Rules Theatre Company’s entry into this year’s Capital Fringe […]

Fringe Review: ‘Mandarin Orange’ at Caos on F

Kate Robards

Solo shows need a few elements to make them successful. First the solo performer needs to engage you as an artist. Kate Robards is attractive to look at and has lots of energy onstage so this point is covered in Robards’s solo turn called Mandarin Orange. …a performer with lots of spunk The other thing […]

Fringe Review: ‘Bethesda’ at Goethe Institut- Gallery

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  Jennie Bergman Eng’s play Bethesda starts off promising enough. Barry (James Whalen) is a Foreign Service officer who has been sent back to his home in Bethesda, MD with his family from South America after having an inappropriate affair with the family’s domestic named Maria Consuelo (Arianna Almajan). Barry is married to Joy (Adrienne […]

Cabaret Review: ‘Tracy Lynn Olivera and Bobby Smith’ part of the Sizzlin Summer Nights Cabaret Series at Signature Theatre

Tracy Lynn Olivera and Bobby Smith

There is something wonderful about certain kinds of cabaret acts. In the case of Signature Theatre veteran performers Tracy Lynn Olivera and Bobby Smith’s show, there was plenty of great music and patter to go around. When you have two performers they truly enjoy each other it makes for a good time. A few of […]

Cabaret Review: ‘Erin Driscoll’ part of the Sizzlin Summer Nights Cabaret Series at Signature Theatre

Erin Driscoll

This past theatre season has been a banner year for actress Erin Driscoll. She started the season out in a supporting role in Miss Saigon at Signature Theatre and then graduated big time to leading lady in Violet at Ford’s Theatre. From there it was back to Signature Theatre to play Polly Peachum in the […]

Fringe Review: ‘The 27 Club’ at Warehouse

The cast of The 27 Club.
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Paige Taylor, Alex Piper and Ian Anthony Coleman.

The names Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones and Jim Morrison are synonymous with classic Rock ‘n’ Roll. They unfortunately all have something else in common. All of them died at age 27 from some kind of addiction. Director/Writer Carolyn Agan has put together a piece that definitely deserves a future […]

Fringe Review: ‘Master Harold…And the Boys’ at Goethe Institut-Gallery

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One of the nice things about theatre festivals in general is that there is something for everyone. In the case of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival, there is a Tony Award winning play as one of its entries. The 1982 drama Master Harold…And the Boys by Athol Fugard is presented in a well acted and […]

Fringe Review: ‘Tomorrow’s Dawn’ at Mountain – Mount Vernon United Methodist Church

The cast of Tomorrow's Dawn.

La Petite Famillie is a theatre company based out of Souillac in the south of France. Their performers are all between the ages of 15 and 22. The company’s entry into this year’s Capital Fringe is one that initially got me excited because anytime I have a chance to see a new musical, I jump […]

Fringe Review: ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ’ at Goethe Institut Mainstage

David Kleinberg now and during his time in the Vietnam War.

You have to applaud anyone who is willing to get up onstage alone and tell his or her story. David Kleinberg’s story is one that is compelling and sometimes moving. In his current solo piece entitled Hey, Hey, LBJ, Kleinberg recounts his tale of how he was a 23 year old drafted during the Vietnam […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Rebecca Ende

Rebecca Ende

Rebecca Ende has just completed a very ambitious season that featured something like 224 performances, 16 readings and 86 discussions, all at one theatre company. The company I speak of is Theater J and Rebecca is their Managing Director. Most of us that work in the arts don’t like to think about the budget but as […]