News: FINAL BOW: A Tribute to Tana Hicken

Grant Harrison and Tana Hicken in Studio Theatre's production of 4000 Miles.  Photo by Scott Suchman.

by Bill Largess In the spring of 1978, I went to see a play at Baltimore’s Center Stage, David Rudkin’s Ashes. The play, about a couple’s struggle to conceive a child (that somehow or other became a metaphor for the troubles in Northern Ireland) was not the sort of thing I usually enjoyed. My grad-school-taste […]

News: ’1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera’ Performances August 22-24 at Silver Spring Black Box Theater

'1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera.'  Photo courtesy of the production.

1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera is a one-hour musical theater piece dramatizing the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. The events of that perilous time—the routed resistance at Bladensburg, the burning of Washington, D.C., the climactic bombardment of Fort McHenry—come to life in a cycle of original rock songs performed live by […]

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News: Bowie Community Theatre Presents ‘Sex Please We’re Sixty’

Sex Please We’re Sixty by Michael Parker and Susan Parker Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many years. Her guests (nearly all women) return year after year. Her next door neighbor, the elderly, silver-tongued, “Bud the Stud” Davis believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons, and Mrs. Stancliffe reluctantly accepts […]

News: ‘The Goddess Diaries’ Celebrating 3rd Year at Capital Fringe

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The Goddess Diaries, created by Carol Campbell, is a series of true-life monologues. It is celebrating its third year at the Capital Fringe Festival in July. The Diaries stays current by drawing on women’s stories reflecting today’s critical issues, yet also infuses humor found in the everyday world of women. ~ Friday, July 11, 6:30-8:00pm ~ Sunday, […]

10 Ways Being a Theatre Major Prepared Me for Success

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by Tom Vander Well  I have a confession to make. I was a theatre major in college (yes, complete with the snooty but appropriate “re” spelling). I’ll wait for you to stop snickering. Judson University (it was Judson College when I attended), the small liberal arts college outside of Chicago labeled the major course of studies as “Communication Arts” […]

Cappies Review: ‘Hairspray’ at Thomas S. Wootton High School

"You Can't Stop the Beat" from Wootton's Hairspray featuring Edna (Jeffrey Morse), Amber (Jackie Kempa), Velma (Meghan Wright) and Motormouth Maybelle (Aaliyah Dixon).  Photo by Joe McCary.

Review submitted by Zoe Le Menestrel of McLean High School. Superficiality and ignorance abound in Baltimore, Maryland circa 1960, but lion-hearted Tracy Turblad, whose sense of social justice surpasses the height of her heavily lacquered hair, is prepared to turn the tide. Diving straight through the taunts about her large physique, she uses her prowess and […]

Cappies Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Northwood High School

Noah Wasco (Donalbain), Sam Gracia (Duncan), Simon Enagonio (Malcom), Muhammed Rafinelli (Lenox), Emily Tartaglia (Angus/Menteth/Old Man), and Blake Johnson (Rosse).  Photo by Stephanie Smestad.

Review submitted by Makiko Miyazaki of Walt Whitman High School. Yet here’s a spot. Out, damned spot!” Lady Macbeth’s shriek of agony pierces the audience in any production of the poignant play, Macbeth. The unsettling scene, in which she, driven mad by the countless murders she helped commit to push her husband to power, tries to […]

Cappies Review: ‘Oklahoma!’ at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Jordan Reilly as Aunt Eller, Billy Weber as Curly, Amelia Heesen as Laurey. Photo by Bruce Weber.

Review submitted by Yena Seo of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. A single fiddle’s melody can be heard in the distance as the lights come up on a quaint little town, and one can almost smell the churned butter and hear the rustling of corn stalks on the plain. In a charming production […]

Cappies Review: ‘The Pajama Game’ at Connelly School of the Holy Child

Hines and Mabel (John Anderson and Becca Rizkalla). Photo by Stone Photography.

Review submitted by Elena Schwam of Walt Whitman High School. Seven and a half cents doesn’t buy a heck of a lot, but a ticket to Connelly School of the Holy Child’s production of The Pajama Game is worth every penny for a production plucked out of the 1950s. The Pajama Game is based on Richard […]

News: Interview with Tosin on CD Release Concert at Strathmore This Friday

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Interview by Victoria Colbert Nigerian-born musician Tosin Aribisala soaks up the indigenous sounds of his homeland with a phenomenal fusion of traditional Yoruba rhythms, Afrobeat, highlife, jazz, funk, and Neo-soul. This “Afrikan Rhapsody” is an amalgam of African rhythmic characteristics and melodic elements of the American blues, which has its roots in African traditional folk […]

Cappies Review: ‘Figments’ at Albert Einstein High School

Michiko Feehan as Mama, Marc Cioffi as Rick.  Photo by Joe McCary.

Review submitted by Lillian Constance of George Mason High School. Writers Block. The worst fate a writer can face or at least the second worst after overbearing mothers. This past weekend, Albert Einstein High School showed us just how entertaining a writer’s imagination can be in their production of Figments, by Billy St. John. Figments […]

Theatre Review: ‘Dance of the Holy Ghosts: A Play on Memory’ at Center Stage

Viola (Denise Burse) and Oscar (Michael Genet). Photo by Richard Anderson.

by Brandon Ambrosino The capable playwright Marcus Gardley wrote Dance of the Holy Ghosts: A Play on Memory. The play revolves primarily around Oscar, a blues musician, and his estranged grandson, Marcus. Dance opens with Marcus surprising his grandfather with a visit – an event that sets them on a trajectory that forces them to confront […]

Commentary: An Open Letter from Ilona Dulaski to Patrons and Friends of Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA

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Dear Patrons and Friends of Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA. I was/am very distressed when Warner Crocker, former Artistic Director of Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA, and very, very dear friend, informed me that he was resigning from his duties as Artistic Director for the last 14 years, a week ago Friday. I am a […]