‘A Quick 5′ with Don Harper

Don Harper

Click on the links in the introduction to hear samples of Don Harper’s music. Don Harper is a Los Angeles based film and TV composer, orchestrator, and conductor whose work is currently being heard on stage in Sight & Sound Theatres latest biblical extravaganza Moses which recently opened in Lancaster County PA. Previously for Sight & Sound […]

Theatre Review: ‘Beautiful Boy’ at Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3 in Philadelphia PA

Phillip Brown and Jeffrey Coon.  Photo by Mark Garvin.

Beautiful Boy, written by Eric Conger, recently completed its world premiere engagement at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre’s black box space, which is appropriately named Independence Studio on 3. This play, while not perfect, gives a brutal assessment of how messed up the adoption system is in the US and how it makes it almost impossible for […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Lynne Shankel

Lynne Shankel

Lynne Shankel is currently the orchestrator for Beaches at Signature Theatre. While being a musical director, conductor and pianist for such Broadway musicals as Beauty and the Beast, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Cry-Baby, she is one of the few females I know working in the male dominated field of orchestration. Her work as […]

Theatre Review: ‘Moses’ at Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster County, PA.

Photos courtesy of Sight and Sound Theatre

The Bible has been coming to life on the stage at Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster County, PA, for almost 38 years. The company never ceases to amaze me in the way they present theatrical spectacle while never forgetting the real reason why they are presenting their stories. Even with all of the bells […]

‘A Quick 5′ with James Sugg

James Sugg

James Sugg is currently the composer and musical supervisor for Mother Courage and her Children at Arena Stage. His previous Arena Stage design credits include Good People, The Chosen and Long Day’s Journey into Night. While James is a talented composer he is equally comfortable performing onstage. He has previously been seen in Washington performing […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Alex Zavistovich

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Today’s Quick 5 column features a man with many sides. Alex Zavistovich is the co-founder and board president of Molotov Theatre Group which is America’s second oldest theatre of Grand Guignol which is a dramatic entertainment of a sensational or horrific nature.  I say Alex has many sides for these reasons. When you see him onstage he […]

Theatre Review: ‘Spring Awakening’ at Kensington Arts Theatre

Ryan Alan Jones and Emily Dey. Photo by Ernie Achenbach.

When the 2007 Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening opened on Broadway in December of 2006 it was revolutionary for a number of reasons. It featured a cast of young talent including Lea Michelle from TV’s Glee and a score by Duncan Sheik (music) and Steven Sater (lyrics and book), which fused chamber and rock […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Marty Lodge

Marty Lodge

Marty Lodge is back home at Round House Theatre where he is currently playing Leonard in Seminar. I say home because Marty has been seen in over 30 plays at Round House. He was an Associate Artist for the company and his association goes all the way back to its original location. A few of […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Rafael Untalan

Rafael Untalan

Rafael Untalan is currently making his Theater J debut playing Marcus G. Dahlman AKA Marcus Gee in Yellow Face.  He last performed in the area at Imagination Stage in Anime Momotoro. For three years he was part of the acting company at Oregon Shakespeare Festival playing a wide range of roles in plays such as Cyrano […]

News: ‘Most Unique Theatrical Experience’ as Part of MD Theatre Guide’s Reader’s Choice Awards

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Today I am giving the last of my four special awards as we start to wind down this year’s Reader’s Choice Awards on MD Theatre Guide. The word “unique” is sometimes used to describe why either something is different or stands out. This past year there was a production that had both of these qualities […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Naomi Jacobson

Naomi Jacobson

Naomi Jacobson is currently playing the role of Queen Margaret  in Richard III at Folger Theatre where she has also performed in The Winter’s Tale and Henry VIII. Area credits include  Mary T & Lizzy K and A View From The Bridge at Arena Stage, The Guardsman at Kennedy Center, Measure for Measure, Richard II, Henry V, and […]

Theatre Review: ‘Stomp’ at the National Theatre

Stomp.  Photo by Steve McNicholas.

For over twenty years the international rhythm extravaganza known as Stomp has been proving that sound and rhythm can be made with pretty much any kind of object. From obvious things like trash can lids to things not so obvious like cigarette lighters, Stomp is a high octane evening at the theatre. The current touring […]

Theatre Review: ‘Violet’ at Ford’s Theatre

Erin Driscoll as Violet. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

There is nothing better on a cold winter’s night than being out with your sweetheart and seeing a heartwarming musical with a strong score and book and a high-end group of performers. Violet at Ford’s Theatre is a show you might not be familiar with but you owe it to yourself to see it while […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Jay Crowder

Jay Crowder

Jay Crowder is currently the musical director for Violet at Ford’s Theatre. His previous work at Ford’s includes 1776 and Liberty Smith (Helen Hayes nomination), A Christmas Carol and The Civil War (Helen Hayes nomination). At  Signature Theatre Jay won the 2006 Helen Hayes Award for Urinetown  and also conducted Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Christmas Carol Rag, and Side Show (Helen Hayes nomination). […]