Theatre Review: ‘4.48 Psychosis’ at Iron Crow Theatre Company

Nick Horan and Katie Keddell  (Photo: Zachary Z. Handler)

In keeping with the Iron Crow Theatre Company’s tradition of staging unconventional, thought-provoking, often dark dramas, the kick-off to their three-play 2014-2015 Season did not disappoint. You know you’re in for a signature Iron Crow theatrical experience when before the play begins the audience observes a body dressed in white, highlighted by occasional red lighting, […]

Theatre Review: ‘Spamalot’ at Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre

Asher Varon as Patsy and Paul Margolis as King Arthur.  Photo by Steve Isack.

For a musical to be successful, all the components must jell.  Of course, there must be a good a score and lyrics as the starting point.  But then you need a solid ensemble, good technical elements and staging and proficient direction to put it all together.  The Beth Tflioh Community Theatre’s (BTCT) professional-caliber production of […]

Theatre Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Olney Theatre Center

Cast of Olney Theatre Center's 'Avenue Q'  Photo: Stan Barouh

If you never contemplated your purpose in life, raise your hands.  Not that many rose I see. Identifying one’s purpose in life is the central theme in Avenue Q—a clever, funny, poignant and uplifting story of young adults navigating their way through real-life’s unforeseen challenges to fulfill their dreams.  The satirical musical, currently playing at […]

Theatre Review: ‘Bareback Ink’ at Iron Crow

Tanner Medding as Canvas (L.) gets “inked” by Steve Satta as Artist. Photo by Daniel Ettinger.

There are three groups of theatergoers who will particularly enjoy the Iron Crow Theatre Company’s production of Bareback Ink: aficionados of Greek mythology, gay men, and folks who appreciate a well-directed production with stellar acting performances—or any combination of these.  However, if you are not in the first group, you may not comprehend the symbolism […]

Top 10 LGBT Broadway Shows


June is LGBT Pride month, which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall uprising regarded by most historians as the beginning of the modern day gay rights movement. To salute LGBT Pride month, I am offering my Top 10 all-time LGBT-oriented Broadway plays and musicals. The criteria chosen for these shows include: 1) a successful run on Broadway […]

Theatre Review: ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ at Dundalk Community Theatre

Edward J. Peters as Albin, Jeff Burch as Georges, and Randy Dunkle as Jean-Michael.  Photo courtesy of DCT.

Ce qu’est un grand spectacle!  A kaleidoscope of lovable characters in a town on the French Riviera, zany humor, high camp, splashy costumes, chromatic sets, superb music, stellar performances, and a good dose of family values place a big exclamation point on the conclusion of Dundalk Community Theatre’s 40th season with the entertaining production of […]

Theatre Review: ‘Once On This Island’ at Olney Theatre Center

Aisha Jackson as Ti Moune (foreground), Theresa Cunningham as Asaka (Mother of the Earth), Nicholas Ward as Agwe (God of Water), Fahnlohnee Harris-Tate as Erzulie (Goddess of Love), and James T. Lane as Papa Ge (Demon of Death). Photo by Stan Barouh.

A booming storm yet again rocks this vulnerable Caribbean island, which happens to be Haiti, “The Jewel of the Antilles.”  And in a matter of 90 minutes—the length of a typical wind-swept, drenching and damaging tempest —theatre patrons attending the musical Once On This Island playing at the Olney Theatre Center will be told how […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Homo Poe Show’ at Iron Crow Theatre Company

Alec Weinberg and Nick Horan in “Grieving and Sequins.”  Photo by Zachary Handler.

It was an ambitious undertaking for the Iron Crow Theater Company’s founder and artistic director Steven J. Satta to create a production inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and present them through a “queer lens,” as he put it.  The offbeat 19th century author, poet and critic who died in Baltimore from a […]

Theatre Review: ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ at Olney Theatre Center

The cast of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' at the Olney Theatre Center.  Photo by Stan Barough.

I don’t think anyone wants to return to the time when the workplace was rife with sexism and sexual harassment was a normal occurrence.  Nor does anyone want to see a business setting where the only upward mobility for a woman is limited to being a secretary to the highest male executive in the corporate […]

Theatre Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Spotlighters Theatre

The cast of 'Romeo and Juliet.' Photo by Chris Aldridge.

“Two households, both alike in dignity/In fair Verona, where we lay our scene/From ancient grudge break to new mutiny/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean./ From forth the fatal loins of these two foes/A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life/Whose misadventured piteous overthrows/Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.” Arguably the world’s most […]

Theatre News: A Labor of Love: A Silver Anniversary Cabaret


A joyous, tuneful 25th anniversary cabaret called A Labor of Love took place at the Smith Theatre of the Howard Community College Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on December 2, 2013.  As in past years, all the money raised will support an Emergency AIDS Fund, by the Howard County Health Alliance. Some of the […]

Theatre Review: ‘Into the Woods’ at Spotlighters

The cast of 'Into The Woods' at Spotlighters.  Photo by Ken Stanek Photography.

I was a little skeptical that the intimate, in-the-round stage at the Spotlighters Theatre would be able to do justice to the action-packed musical production Into the Woods. Failing to learn from the past, I always had those misplaced reservations when Spotlighters ambitiously tackles a grand splashy musical only to discover the creative team and […]