About Morgan Halvorsen

Morgan Halvorsen, a Maryland resident since 1998, is a community college teacher, freelance writer, and budding playwright. Her journalism credits include The Gazette, Marine Tactical, and PBS’s Frontline, in addition to publishing credits in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, The Flask Review, and Two in the Bush. She has also performed during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was a writer/director for Bedlam Theatre in its 2010-2011 season.

Theatre Review: ‘King Lear’ at Folger Theatre

Joseph Marcell copes with madness, rejection, and familial disloyalty as King Lear in the Globe's touring production, now at Folger Theatre. Photo courtesy of www.folger.edu.

One might think that the stunning intimacy of Folger Theater would be too cozy for King Lear, but the space only serves to amplify the drama, humor, and overall human characteristics of a play about the conflict between people and the natural order. The Globe Theatre’s touring production, now playing at Folger through September 21, […]

Fringe Review: ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ at Flashpoint

The Duchess (Lindsey D. Snyder) faces off against her brothers (Brit Herring, left, and Matthew Pauli, right). Photo courtesy of Paul Reisman.

The phrase “Jacobean tragedy” may not inspire enthusiasm in modern theatergoers, but We Happy Few’s production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, directed admirably by Paul Reisman, proves that William Shakespeare was not the only timeless playwright to emerge from the early seventeenth century. Malfi has love, lust, intrigue, murder, and even some elements […]

Theatre Review: ‘Rodney King’ at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company

Roger Guenveur Smith in Rodney King. Photo courtesy of woollymammoth.net

On March 3, 1991, a Los Angeles construction worker was beaten with police batons over 50 times by local police. A year later, the acquittals of all four police officers would spark the 1992 LA Riots, and the name of Rodney King would become synonymous with anger, destruction, and chaos–even as he pleaded for peace. […]

Theatre Review: ‘Air Heart’ by In-Flight Theater at Baltimore Theatre Project

Aerial artist Mara Neimanis. Photo by Second Glance Photography.

Mara Neimanis has truly taken In-Flight Theater to a new level in her production of Air Heart. Written by Neimanis, and performed by her on a spectacular metal sculpture of a plane made by Lara Scults and Tim Scofield, Air Heart takes us back to a time when the sky no longer became the limit. […]

Theatre Review: ‘Henry IV Parts I & II’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company

Stacy Keach as Falstaff and Maggie Kettering as Doll Tearsheet in the Shakespeare Theatre Company production of Henry IV, Part 2. Photo by Scott Suchman.

The Wars of the Roses were a time of extreme turmoil in Britain. In 1399, Henry of Bolingbroke, grandson of Edward III, deposed his cousin Richard II and took the throne for himself as Henry IV, displacing Richard’s heir Mortimer and upsetting quite a few loyal aristocrats. During Henry IV’s reign, his place as king […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Admission’ at Theater J

L to R: Pomme Koch, Hanna Eady, Leila Buck, Danny Gavigan Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

In 1987, the First Intifada broke out and plunged Israeli cities and Palestinian villages into utter chaos. Every neighbor was suddenly a potential enemy, and many feared for their lives and those of their loved ones. It is during these troubled times that, in Motti Lerner’s The Admission, Avigdor (Michael Tolaydo) begins construction on a […]

Theatre Review: ‘American Idiot’ at the National Theatre

The company of AMERICAN IDIOT. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Green Day’s seventh studio album, American Idiot, is almost a decade old but the sentiments expressed have changed little since 2004. The American public is still oversaturated with media–television, 24-hour news cycles, images, and tabloids. The stage musical American Idiot, based on the album and now playing at the National Theatre, adequately reflects and occasionally […]

Theatre Review: ‘Our Suburb’ at Theater J

Jjana Valentiner, Barbara Rappaport, Sarah Taurchini, Joshua Dick. Photo by Stan Barouh.

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town, which first premiered in 1938, has left a lasting mark on American drama. Its minimalist, meta-theatrical style and its keen insight into the life of small-town America reverberate even now, 75 years later, and nowhere more so than at Theater J, where Darrah Cloud’s Our Suburb is currently playing. […]

Music Review: ‘Happy Holidays! with Brian Stokes Mitchell’ featuring the NSO and the UM Concert Choir at the Kennedy Center

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There are few things that get people into the holiday spirit better than holiday music. The Kennedy Center’s Pops series concert Happy Holidays!, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra, the University of Maryland Concert Choir, and Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, certainly fits the bill. … one of the best concerts the Kennedy Center could possibly have.  […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Misanthrope’ at Vagabond Players

Adam Bloedorn, Laura Malkus, and Matthew Shea.
Photo by Tom Lauer.

In life and in love, one of the chief questions is whether it is more important to be tactful or truthful. Molière’s The Misanthrope, now playing at Vagabond Theatre, follows the story of Alceste (Eric Stein), the eponymous hero, and his friends in a search to answer this question. As the title suggests, Alceste is […]

Theatre Review: ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ at Spotlighters Theatre

Front Row: Honey (Mary Czar), Nick (Zak Zeeks) Back Row: Martha (Valerie Lash). George (Jim Hart).
Photo by Ken Stanek Photography.

Virginia Woolf, the woman after whom Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (now playing at Spotlighters Theatre) was named, was part of the high modernist movement, an artistic community in which writers and artists expressed themselves without necessarily worrying about being understood. While Albee’s play is not stream-of-consciousness, main characters Martha (Valerie Lash) and […]

Theatre Review: ‘Neverwhere’ by Rorschach Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center

The Marquis de Carabas (Grady Weatherford) Photo by C Stanley Photography.

Attempting a stage edition of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (in its theatrical adaptation by Robert Kauzlaric) is, at the very least, ambitious. A cynic might call it borderline impossible–after all, Neverwhere is the story of a man landed in the strange and fantastical darkness of London Below, where bizarre and frightening creatures emerge from the gap […]

BPF Review: ‘Countdown to the Happy Day’ at Heralds of Hope Theater

Gerti (Terry Johnson-Bey) and Cervin (Paris Alexander).
Photo provided by Heralds of Hope Theatre.

Countdown to the Happy Day by Thomas W. Stephens, currently playing at Heralds of Hope Theater, is a profound and startling look at the ways that grief and poverty impact people. Two very different people, a homeless war veteran named Gerti (Terry Johnson-Bey) and a lonely street kid named Cervin (Paris Alexander) meet on the […]