Theatre Review: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre

Jordan B. Stocksdale as Don Lockwood, Jaimie Lea Kiska as Kathy Selden, Joseph Waeyaert as Cosmo Brown, and cast members from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. Photo provided by Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre.

Singin’ in the Rain, on stage at Way Off Broadway Theatre sings, dances, and acts its way through the waning days of Hollywoodland’s silent screen era circa 1920.  From the opening glitz and glamour scene to the final “Singin’ in the Rain” reprise, this magnificent cast takes the audience back in time. As the story […]

Concert Review: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Ithzak Perlman Conductor and Violin at the Music Center at Strathmore

Ithzak Pearlman.

Itzhak Perlman is one of the world’s greatest violinists. His performances have garnered fifteen Grammy Awards and four Emmys. If you don’t know Perlman’s work from the classical world then you most likely will know his name from the movie Schindler’s List. He performed all of the violin solos in John Williams’ Oscar winning score. […]

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: ‘Arguendo’ by Elevator Repair Service at Woolly Mammoth

Mike Iveson and Vin Knight. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Anyone who has studied law knows about the dreaded Moot Court—an exercise in public humiliation where young law students try to argue fictional cases while they are constantly interrupted by judges who make them look foolish and tongue-tied. Having sat through a couple of these trials I have to say, they look at lot like […]

Theatre Review: ‘Two Trains Running’ at Round House Theatre, Bethesda, MD

Sterling (Ricardo Frederick Evans) and Wolf (KenYatta Rogers) in Round House Theatre’s current production of TWO TRAINS RUNNING.
Photo by Danisha Crosby.

It is pleasure enough to return to the plays of August Wilson, with their breezy informality and their uncanny ability to find the poetry and depth that lurks under the surface of everyday life.  But when you find a cast that is truly in sync, as with Roundhouse’s new production of Two Trains Running, you […]

Theatre Review: ‘The Jungle Book’ at Adventure Theatre, MTC

A Monkey and Mowgli in 'The Jungle Book.' Photo by Bruce Douglas.

Adventure Theatre, MTC produces an updated look at Roger Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book.  Rewritten into a play format, Tracey Power invites new audiences to discover Mowgli, a young boy abandoned in the jungle and raised by animals.  Through this “man cub,” the audience learns that there are rules in the jungle that keep you […]

Cappies Review: ‘Hairspray’ at Thomas S. Wootton High School

"You Can't Stop the Beat" from Wootton's Hairspray featuring Edna (Jeffrey Morse), Amber (Jackie Kempa), Velma (Meghan Wright) and Motormouth Maybelle (Aaliyah Dixon).  Photo by Joe McCary.

Review submitted by Zoe Le Menestrel of McLean High School. Superficiality and ignorance abound in Baltimore, Maryland circa 1960, but lion-hearted Tracy Turblad, whose sense of social justice surpasses the height of her heavily lacquered hair, is prepared to turn the tide. Diving straight through the taunts about her large physique, she uses her prowess and […]

Theatre Review: ‘Richard III’ at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Chris Cotterman as Richard III. Photo provided by The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory.

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory kicks off its 2014 season of “Malice and Misadventure” with the production of one of the most deliciously fun villains in Shakespeare’s canon of historical dramas. Tom Delise directs this Richard III with 15 actors portraying an astounding 50 roles. Richard III is the bloody tale of the crippled, hump-backed member […]

Theatre Review: Hal Holbrook in ‘Mark Twain Tonight!’

Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain.

Scratch one off the bucket list for this reviewer. I have been fortunate to see and work on a number of solo shows in my career and have now seen live onstage the one piece that is the pre-cursor to all the others. It featured an award-winning actor as one of America’s preeminent humorists and […]

Theatre Review: ‘Camp David’ at Arena Stage

Richard Thomas as Jimmy Carter and Hallie Foote as Rosalynn Carter in 'Camp David' at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater March 21-May 4, 2014. Photo by Teresa Wood.

Because he was witness to history — Jimmy Carter’s 13 day peace summit between the heads of Israel and Egypt in 1978 — former White House Communications director Gerald Rafshoon always felt he should capture that moment in history. After trying a couple of screenplays, he found the stage a more natural place for the […]

Theatre Review: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ at Ford’s Theatre

The cast of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Photo by Scott Suchman.

There aren’t enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe the s-u-p-e-r-l-a-t-i-v-e production of the The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC under the brilliant direction of Peter Flynn. This one-act musical comedy – conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin and […]

Theatre Review: Brief Encouter by the UK troupe Kneehigh at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Photo of Hannah Yelland as Laura and Jim Sturgeon as Alec in Kneehigh’s U.S. tour of 'Brief Encounter.' Photo by Jim Cox.

The Noel Coward-based play Brief Encounter, the Kneehigh import now playing at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Landsburgh Theatre, comes to Washington as if from another era, another time and space when reality was defined by beauty, lyricism, and purity of intent.  In it, romantic love becomes but a sliver of time, stolen from the mundanity of […]

Theatre Review: ‘Bring It On The Musical’ at the Music Center at Strathmore

The cast of 'Bring It On The Musical.' Photo by Clint Tuccio.

The current tour of the high energy production Bring It On The Musical roared into the Music Center at Strathmore this past weekend and turned, what is usually a hall known for concerts, into a Broadway theatre. With its driving score and snazzy cheerleading production numbers, the show proves that sometimes it’s ok to go to […]

Theatre Review: ‘Hamlet’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Nafeesa Monroe* (Gertrude) and Manu Kumasi (Hamlet) in Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s 2014 production of HAMLET directed by Sally Boyett.  Photo by Joshua McKerrow.  * Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.

Annapolis Shakespeare Company opens its new season with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and director Sally Boyett chooses to modernize their production by adding guns, credit cards and 21st Century business attire. Manu Kumasi plays Hamlet, and he plays the doomed prince of Demark with all the emotional range and angst needed to portray a young man […]