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

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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 […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Jon Kalbfleisch

Jon Kalbfleisch

Jon Kalbfleisch is currently the musical director for Signature Theatre’s 25th anniversary season opener Sunday in the Park with George. Jon has been the resident musical director for Signature Theatre from the very beginning and has been on the podium for some of their biggest productions. Recent productions include Gypsy, Side by Side by Sondheim, […]

Theatre Review: ‘Blue Man Group’ at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas Nevada

Blue Man Group. Photo by  Denise Truscello.

What has gobs of toilet paper, plenty of tube like structures and three not of this world performers? If you guessed the global sensation Blue Man Group then you get a MD Theatre Guide mug! (Joke) I saw this show last year in Boston in the intimate Charles Playhouse and was very curious how it […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Sound of Music’ presented by Central City Opera at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver Colorado

Front Row, L to R: Margaret Pilkinton (Louisa), Katherine Manley (Maria Rainer), Lucy Crile (Gretl), Kaylee Rooks (Marta); Back Row, L to R: Cooper Causey (Kurt), Grant Bradow (Freidrich), Grace Pouliot (Brigitta). Photo by Mark Kiryluk.

Many opera companies fail miserably in presenting Broadway musicals because traditionally opera singers cannot act. They are trained to sound pretty and not much else. The show I saw the first night of my vacation in Denver Colorado disproves this theory. Central City Opera’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music reminds us […]

News: ‘Le Rêve’ Making a Unique Splash in Las Vegas

Ballroom Tango. Photo courtesy of the production.

When in Las Vegas your entertainment options are endless. Le Rêve, which is playing at the Wynn, might be one of the most unique and spectacular choices. Entertainment in Las Vegas is done on a grand scale, but I don’t know of any other show on the strip that has a 1.1 million gallon, 27ft […]

News: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Mystère': 20 Years of Theatrical Magic in Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil's Mystère. Photo courtesy of the production.

My fellow readers, it’s that time of year again when this aging theatre type goes on vacation with his wife Jen to recharge before the upcoming season. The cities this year are Denver and Las Vegas and while there are side trips to the Grand Canyon, Pike’s Peak and even the National Atomic Testing Museum […]

News: Tina Ghandchilar to be Featured Artist for Month of August at LA-TI-DO

Tina Ghandchilar

Actress, singer and MD Theatre Guide writer Tina Ghandchilar will be the featured artist for the month of August at LA-TI-DO the place where musical theatre and poetry collide every Monday evening at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle. Expect to hear anything from showtunes to Disney to pop as Ms. Ghandchilar never dissapoints […]

Concert Review: ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis’ at Wolf Trap

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis.

On an unusually cool night at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, the stage heated up with the swinging stylings of NYC’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis co-founded the jazz program at Lincoln Center 25 years ago and today the program continues to entertain and educate all over the world. …Wynton […]