Theatre Review: ‘The Foreigner’ at The Vagabond Players

Tavish Forsyth (Ellard Simms), Eric C. Stein (Charlie Baker). Photo by Tom Lauer.

The Vagabond Players continues their highly entertaining 98th season with Larry Shue’s comedy, The Foreigner.  And this Vagabond production, directed by Steve Goldklang, fits right in with their season as one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen produced on stage. The Foreigner’s original opening night was November 1, 1984, and it has since won […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ by Rockville Musical Theatre

The cast of  The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Photo by Elli Swink.

David Nehls (music and lyrics) and Betsy Kelso (book) would be proud to witness such an outstanding performance ofThe Great American Trailer Trash Musical as presented by the Rockville Musical Theatre in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Every scene was executed with great heart and each actor brought his or her character vividly to life. The story takes place […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Sunshine Boys’ at Twin Beach Players

Tom Wines as Al Lewis and Jeff Larsen as Willie Clark in the Twin Beach Players production of 'The Sunshine Boys.' Rehearsal Photo courtesy of Twin Beach Players.

I first saw actors Tom Wines and Jeff Larsen perform in The Foreigner at the Twin Beach Players in 2004. I liked the production so much that I asked the director of the show, Sid Curl if he would reunite the cast to perform The Foreigner at my theatre in Baltimore City in 2005. In […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Wedding Singer’ at Port Tobacco Players

The Band. Photo provided by Port Tobacco Players.

Ah, the life of a wedding singer…When you think about it, it kind of sounds like a great job. Everyone around you is happy, people are dancing as you belt out tunes and love is in the air. But, what do you do when you are humiliated by being ditched at the aisle at your […]

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: ‘An Inspector Calls’ at Saint Mark’s Players

Sybil Birling (Erin Gallalee), Edna (Heather Danskin), Eric Birling (Calder Stembel). Photo by Oscar Alvarez.

There must be a reason that most fusty drawing room dramas of yore stay buried in the past. J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, currently being revived by the St. Mark’s Players in a production at the nearby Lutheran Church of the Reformation, has all the familiar trappings of the drawing room drama: a lot of […]

Theatre Review: ‘Xanadu’ by the Reston Community Players

Evie Korovesis and cast. Photo by Traci J. Brooks Studio.

Xanadu rolls into the Reston Community Center this month as a cheeky time capsule of one of my favorite decades… the 80s. 1980 to be precise. Big hair, spandex, phones with wires on them, and glitter. Artistically, it was a time of experimentation and wild special effects. There was a ‘why not’ disposition when the […]

Theatre Review: ‘Proof’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria

Elizabeth Keith as Claire and Anna Fagan as Catherine. Photo by Matt Liptak.

If thoughts of high school calculus make you cringe, and words like quadratic, derivative, and exponential polynomial make your eyes glaze over, fear not.  Advance prep and number 2 pencils are not required to enjoy the bravura performance of Proof, at Little Theatre of Alexandria. The show is an examination of Catherine (Anna Fagan), a young […]

Theatre Review: ‘Five Course Love’ at Spotlighters Theatre

Rosalinda (Shani Hadjian). Photo by Chris Aldridge.

You will never laugh harder in your life then you will watching Five Course Love, now playing at Spotlighters Theatre. It is a fresh twist on a modern, and at times, not so modern love story. This play will have you at the edge of your seat and practically begging for more. Love is divided […]

Theatre Review: ‘Dark Passages’ at Bowie Community Theatre

From left, Pat Reynolds as Mark Ryder, Amanda Magoffin as Bret Conway and James McDaniel as Detective Russell Craig. Photo by Bud Johnson for The Baltimore Sun.

Dark Passages by Shannon Michal Dow, Jan Henson Dow and Robert Schroeder is a slice of life from any given news headline. In production at Bowie Community Theatre at White Marsh Park, Dark Passages is a true whodunit to the very end. Every male character is suspect and for a minute, it seems that one […]

Theatre Review: ‘Twilight Station’ at Baltimore Theatre Project

Mervin Primeaux and Roslyn Ward. Photo provided by Baltimore Theatre Project.

Twilight Station is a refreshing play that is both experimental and enticing. The play follows three individuals who encounter each other at what appears to be an indeterminate station. As they each begin to travel on their own unique journey their past lives are disclosed and interlaced. Director, choreographer and scenographer Naoko Maeshiba created a […]

Theatre Review: ‘Seven Guitars’ by the Tantallon Community Players

Jivon Lee Jackson Steven Butler and Kandace Foreman.

From the moment the lights go up on that ramshackle Pittsburgh boarding house, and Louise (Brenda D. Parker) sings with her sweet voice, you know you are in a special place—August Wilson territory.  For the past two weekends, Tantallon Community Players has given Fort Washington a tribute to that late African-American playwright, who produced a […]

Theatre Review: ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ at The Vagabond Players

Tom Moore, Michael Styer, Tiffany Spaulding, Gregory Guyton, Michael Panzarotto, Thom Peters. Photo by Tom Lauer.

The theatre goes dark, a scream rips through the night, and the sound of pounding footsteps fade as the murderer hastens from the scene.  And this is just the first few minutes of the production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at The Vagabond Players.  Trust me when I say that the excitement, thrills and […]

Theatre Review: ‘A Soldier’s Play’ at 2nd Star Productions

(From left) David Johnson, Daley Gunter, Dan Kavanaugh and Cristopher Dinwiddie.  Photo provided by 2nd Star Productions.

A Soldier’s Play, by Charles Fuller, is being presented by 2nd Star Productions, in their new location at the Charis Center for the Arts, near the antique district in Old Bowie. Jane B. Wingard is the Director, Set Designer and costumes the cast, along with Producer, Cheramie Jackson. The premise of A Soldier’s Play is […]