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: ‘The Me Nobody Knows’ presented by UMD School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland

L-R Catherine (Noelle Roy) & Lloyd (Noah Israel), Bottom: Donald (Avery Collins), Clorox (Christopher Lane), Lillie Mae (Chioma Dunkley), and Rhoda (Rebecca Mount). Photo by Dylan Singleton.

Seems like this is the year for colleges to produce lesser known musicals and thank heavens for that! I can only take so many Hairspray and Spring Awakening productions at one time. University of Maryland’s entry is the Obie and Tony Award winning musical The Me Nobody Knows which premiered off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Parker Esse

Parker Esse

Parker Esse is currently the choreographer for Fiddler on the Roof  at Arena Stage which begins performances on October 31st. This is Parker’s  fifth production with Arena Stage and with artistic director Molly Smith. He previoulsy choreographed Arena Stage’s The Music Man (Helen Hayes nomination), critically acclaimed Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award), The Light in the Piazza and A Christmas Carol 1941. […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Joseph Ritsch

Joseph Ritsch

Joseph Ritsch is currently the Co-Producing Artistic Director at Rep Stage. You would think that would be enough of a job to keep him busy but Joseph is also the director for Rep Stage’s season opener Venus in Fur.  Joseph is a principal ensemble member with Jane Comfort and Company, and has performed at The Joyce […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Bruce Coughlin

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Bruce Coughlin is currently the orchestrator for Elmer Gantry at Signature Theatre which begins performances on October 7th. Elmer Gantry is not the first time Bruce has worked at Signature Theatre. He co-orchestrated Giant with Larry Hochman and also scored A Second Chance and Sycamore Trees.Bruce’s resume is as varied as anyone’s you’ll ever see. […]

Theatre Review: ‘Evita’ at Kennedy Center

Caroline Bowman as Eva Perón. Photo by Richard Termine.

The original productions of certain musicals are forever etched in your memory. West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof are two examples of this. The original choreography and production concepts were so perfect it’s impossible to see the shows any other way. The 1980 Tony Award winning production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim […]

News: A Touching and Fitting Tribute for Actress Tana Hicken

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This past Monday evening, in the Studio Theatre’s Metheny space, members of the DC theatre community came together, to remember one of our finest actresses. Tana Hicken passed away at age 70 on August 17th from a rare autoimmune disorder. In her distinguished career she performed in a staggering 156 productions playing everything from Shakespeare […]

Concert Review: ‘Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.1’ presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore

Marin Alsop and James Ehnes

Going to a classical concert can be somewhat of a crapshoot. Sometimes the music is glorious and other times it’s a crashing bore. This past Saturday evening’s BSO concert at the Music Center at Strathmore not only had music that was interesting musically but ran the gamut from old time classical all the way up […]

‘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

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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 […]