Top 5 Shows of The Week: Halloween Edition

‘A Quick 5′ with Parker Esse

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Parker Esse is currently the choreographer for Fiddler on the Roof  at Arena Stage which begins performances on October 31st. This is Parker’s  fifth production with Arena Stage and with artistic director Molly Smith. He previoulsy choreographed Arena Stage’s The Music Man (Helen Hayes nomination), critically acclaimed Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award), The Light in the Piazza and A Christmas Carol 1941. […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Joseph Ritsch

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Joseph Ritsch is currently the Co-Producing Artistic Director at Rep Stage. You would think that would be enough of a job to keep him busy but Joseph is also the director for Rep Stage’s season opener Venus in Fur.  Joseph is a principal ensemble member with Jane Comfort and Company, and has performed at The Joyce […]

MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star: Isaac Lunt

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As a college student at Johns Hopkins University, Isaac is the oldest MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star so far, but I’ve watched him on stage for years and from the first time I saw him, I knew he has a special talent. I have seen you in many community theatre shows, and I know that […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Bug at Dominion Stage. “Ultimately, the best part about this challenging and slick production is that the cast and crew are making a concerted effort to engage their audience and effectively communicate the importance and cultural relevance of the issues raised throughout Bug.” – Jennifer Minich.  READ review. Synopsis: Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Bruce Coughlin

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Bruce Coughlin is currently the orchestrator for Elmer Gantry at Signature Theatre which begins performances on October 7th. Elmer Gantry is not the first time Bruce has worked at Signature Theatre. He co-orchestrated Giant with Larry Hochman and also scored A Second Chance and Sycamore Trees.Bruce’s resume is as varied as anyone’s you’ll ever see. […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. The Game’s Afoot by McLean Community Players. “In this regional premiere, MCP offers up a fine evening of outrageousness through challenging motifs. Nothing here is ‘elementary.’” – Brian Bochicchio. READ review. Synopsis: Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Maggie Boland and John Hance

John Hance and Maggie Boland with daughter Willa.

Today marks the third anniversary of A Quick 5 on MD Theatre Guide. When I started this column I never thought it would last this long and be as popular as it has become. Today’s column is number 328 which means I have asked 1,640 questions in the past three years. I always knew I […]

Top 10 Things to Watch for in tonight’s PBS ‘Sweeney Todd’ Telecast

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by NY Theatre Guide Staff Writer Jena Tesse Fox   There are many reasons for Sweeney Todd’s enduring popularity: Stephen Sondheim’s rich score, Hugh Wheeler’s grand-est guignol book, the wit, the pathos, the scathing social commentary–all of it combines to create one timeless masterpiece. And while fans will continue to debate the merits of minimalist […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Dee Hoty

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Broadway actress/singer Dee Hoty is currently performing in 9 to 5 the Musical  at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia PA in the role of Violet Newstead. On Broadway she has been seen in such blockbusters as The Will Rogers Follies a Life in Revue (Tony Nomination) and City of Angels. Her two other Tony nominations were […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Florencia in the Amazon at the Washington National Opera. “…the WNO’s season opener is a mystical, stunning, magical performance which marks a season of firsts and exceptions…” – Jennifer Minich. READ review. Synopsis: Two-time Grammy Award–winning American soprano Christine Goerke stars as a famous opera singer who embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey in late Mexican […]

‘A Quick 5′ with John Preece

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To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof , today’s A Quick 5 subject is a man who knows the show very very well. John Preece has played in many productions of Fiddler on the Roof  either as Lazar Wolf or Tevye. All totaled he has played the show 3,455 performances. Broken down, […]

Top 5 Shows of the Week

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1. Annie Get Your Gun at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre. “The cast gives a truly high-spirited performance and Annie and Frank are a fun and feisty couple to watch.” – Danielle Angeline. READ review. Synopsis: Annie Oakley is the best shot around. And when she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join […]

‘A Quick 5′ with Jane Horwitz

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Jane Horwitz is someone you might know from a number of local entertainment mediums. If you read the Washington Post regularly, then you know about Jane’s work as a reviewer and that she has a column called The Family Filmgoer which she has been writing since 1993. From 1997 to 2011 she wrote the Post’s Backstage […]