Theatre Review: ‘The Tempest’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Brian MacDonald (Prospero) and Jenny Donovan (Miranda). Photo by Joshua McKerrow.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest is fanciful in story, aesthetically pleasing in design, and acted with enthusiasm and a sense of humor. The Tempest tells the story of Prospero, once the duke of Milan, who was usurped by his brother and exiled to a far-flung island in the middle of nowhere. Prospero’s only […]

Theatre Review: ‘Coyote on a Fence’ at Colonial Players of Annapolis

Kecia A. Campbell as Correctional Officer Shawna DuChamps and Thom Sinn as John Brennan. 
Photo by Bud Johnson.

Colonial Players’ production of Coyote on a Fence features an unflinching ensemble of actors willing to bring depth and humanity to characters capable of inhuman acts of cruelty. The story concerns John Brennan, a morally ambiguous anti-hero who plays chess, fights for justice, and just so happens to be on death row for a crime […]

Theatre Review: ‘Natural Novice’ at Charm City Fringe Festival

Siobhan V O'Loughlin.
Photo provided by http://siobhanoloughlin.com.

In Natural Novice, now playing at Charm City Fringe Festival, writer-performer Siobhan O’Loughlin captures an all-too-familiar phenomenon— that feeling of a lifetime of self-evaluation flashing before your eyes in the span of a single moment. One November night in New York, O’Loughlin finds herself in the company of a certain gentleman (a “bro,” if you […]

Theatre Review: ‘A Young Lady of Property’ at Rep Stage

Yvonne Erickson, Kathryn Zoerb and Christine Demuth.
Photo by Stan Barouh.

Rep Stage’s A Young Lady of Property is an unobtrusive, atmospheric period piece that takes you back to a simpler time. Set in the 1920’s but written for television in the 1950’s, the play feels very much like a product of its time, with a heavy emphasis on family values. Playwright Horton Foote also wrote […]

Theatre Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Grayson Owen (Benedick) and Chandish Nester (Beatrice).
Photo provided by Annapolis Shakespeare Company.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing is a bright, cheeky spin on a classical comedy. Set in the 1950s, the atmosphere feels more suited to Noel Coward than William Shakespeare. Well-dressed sailors chain-smoke and swill martinis while a swarm of young, eligible women lounge by the pool discussing romantic pursuits. For all […]

Fringe Review: ‘Murder on the Bare Stage’

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In Murder on the Bare Stage, actor Stephen Mead invites the audience to inhabit the minds of murderers and other vagrants, and to experience vicariously the thrills and perils of criminal life. Alone on a bare stage (as advertised), Mead recites three pieces from classic literature: an excerpt from Macbeth, a dark comedy by W.S. […]

Fringe Review: ‘R.U.R.’

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Karel Capek’s R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), playing at the Capital Fringe Festival, is a frantic cautionary tale of what happens when mechanical efficiency surpasses human intelligence. The production attempts to modernize the 1920s classic with iPhones and electronic music, but works best when it embraces its retro roots. In the future world of R.U.R, Rossum’s […]

Fringe Review: ‘Apotheosis’ by Avalanche Theatre Company

"Apotheosis" at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival.
Photo provided by Anna Lathrop.

Apotheosis, presented by the Avalanche Theatre Company at the Capital Fringe Festival, does not aim to tell a story, but to capture and worship the darkness and light of human emotion. The show consists of a series of ensemble-devised vignettes on the themes of depression, ecstasy, brutality, and addiction. The show opens with a direct […]

Fringe Review: ‘Moths’

Stephen Notes' 'Moths.'
Photo provided by Stephen Notes.

Stephen Notes’ Moths, now playing at the Capital Fringe Festival and directed by Roma Rogers, is an exercise in self-expression masquerading as play about insects. Or rather, people who may or may not be turning into insects. If the plot sounds familiar, that’s probably because at first glance Moths looks like a rip-off of Ionesco’s […]

Theatre Review: ‘Frankenstein’ at Landless Theatre Company

The Creature (Greg Bowen) and Victor (Andrew Lloyd Baughman). 
Photo by Jack Sossman.

A Gothic-novel-turned-musical is good, but a Gothic-novel-turned-rock-opera is better. Landless Theatre Company’s Frankenstein is atmospheric and exciting, a surprisingly faithful adaptation of Mary Shelley’s original novel. Strong vocal performances overshadow a few minor flaws in design. The lyrics are poetic but passive, but the orchestration adds complexity and dimension to a familiar story. If you’re […]

Theatre Review: ‘Prelude to a Kiss’ by Arts Collective at HCC

Jon Kevin Lazarus (Peter) and Keri Eastridge (Rita).
Photo by Nate Pesce.

Howard Community College’s Arts Collective’s production of Prelude to a Kiss treats an absurd premise with sensitivity, shedding light on the themes of love and loss. The story concerns two young neurotics, Rita and Peter. On the day of their wedding, a strange old man asks to kiss the bride— causing his and Rita’s souls […]

Theatre Review: ‘Boeing Boeing’ at Rep Stage

Allison Leigh Corke, Kelsea Edgerly, James Whalen, Paul Edward Hope.
Photo by Stan Barouh.

If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air after a winter of somber drama, look no further than Rep Stage’s production of Boeing Boeing. A lively cast drives this bedroom comedy of errors with kinetic energy. It’s one whole shebang of a farce, too— complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, and outrageous foreign accents. […]