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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Opera Review: ‘Ruddigore’ by Victorian Lyric Opera Company at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Ruddigore,” currently presented by Victorian Lyric Opera at Rockville’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, has an unusual combination on offer—comic opera and got…

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Sunday, June 2, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Riverside Theatre for the Performing Arts by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the best-known classic American tales for children, and just about everyone, from young to old, seems to love this slice of Americana. In Riverside Center…

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Monday, May 27, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Matchbox Magic Flute’ by the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

The Shakespeare Theatre Company concludes its season with “The Matchbox Magic Flute,” based on the well-known and final opera by Mozart. It features a fantasy plot of two unlikely advent…

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Audio Drama: ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ by the Literary Adventure Society by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

During the corona virus pandemic, when theatres around the world were closed, the Capitol Hill-based theatre troupe, We Happy Few, hit upon a unique idea: to present audio versions of classi…

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Opera Review: ‘The Elixir of Love’ at Catholic University of America by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“The Elixir of Love” is one of the funnier operas you will see among the classic opera repertoires. The presentation of it by students at the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at Cath…

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 11:16PM
Thursday, February 29, 2024

Operetta Review: ‘Die Fledermaus’ at Victorian Lyric Opera Company at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Lady Rosalinda (Christa Beveridge) lounges on an elegant divan in a dress of jacquard satin and cuffs of embroidered organza. Rare viands are at her table, and the parrot above her is like a…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Audio Review: ‘Artaban and the Quest for the King’ by Markiewitz Audioworks by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“Long and tenderly he gazed at it, with unspeakable love. At last, he felt that he must go a little nearer to it…” We quote but speak not of the “The Blue Flower,” but of another o…

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Monday, December 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“Miracle on 34th Street,” celebrating as it does Christmas and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which precedes it, is a perennially popular, holiday film. In the early 1960s, Meredit…

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 12:25PM

Opera Review: ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ at Bel Cantanti Opera by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is currently being performed by Bel Cantanti Opera. The one-act opera is in the tradition of many a work based on the fictionalized …

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 12:03PM
Friday, November 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Sound of Music’ at Catholic University of America by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“The Sound of Music” recently delighted audiences at Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre in a production directed superbly by Tracy Lynn Oliviera. Students from the univers…

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 11:57AM
Monday, September 11, 2023

Theater Review: ‘Lights Out’ by the Gotham Radio Players at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention at first presents a panoply of opportunity for the connoisseur of yesteryear—symposiums (histories of Wonder Woman and Captain Midnight); vintage f…

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Friday, September 1, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“Guys and Dolls” is a popular musical based on several stories by Damon Runyan, a writer enormously popular in the first half of the twentieth century for his comic tales of gangsters, g…

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 09:40AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Summer Sings 2!’ by Bel Cantanti Opera by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Bel Cantanti Opera was very active producing operas last season and is preparing an ambitious new season as well. Even in the summer, it seems the Montgomery County-based opera company does …

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Sunday, August 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ’42nd Street’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

In the Hollywood-musical-turned-Broadway show ”42nd Street,” Peggy Sawyer, a young girl from Allentown, PA, dreams of being in a New York Broadway show in the theatre district of 42nd St…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Opera Review: ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ presented by the Victorian Lyric Opera Company at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  Victorian Lyric Opera Company (VLOC) is famous for producing a full spectrum of comic operas, some of them little performed and less widely known. Such is not the case with the “H.M.S. …

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Concert Review: The RVA Big Band Weekend with the Royal Virginians and the Sound of Swing by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

During the 1930s and 1940s, there were the famous Battles of the Bands. In these jazz performances, two swing bands would set up in the same ballroom and play rotating sets. Such a battle of…

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Saturday, June 3, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Elvis: A Musical Revolution’ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  “Elvis: A Musical Revolution” takes its audience on a nostalgic road trip (we like to imagine in a pink Cadillac) back to the 1950s. Staged at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster,…

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 06:52PM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Anything Goes’ at Catholic University of America by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

The academic year is winding down at area universities, but before the summer break begins, Catholic University of America presented their production of the famed Cole Porter musical comedy,…

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 02:24PM
Sunday, April 16, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Ragtime’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, VA is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. It is including some very special shows this year, including the current produc…

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Opera Review: Handel’s ‘Serse’ presented by Catholic University of America’s Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  Last weekend, Catholic University of America’s Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art produced a Baroque opera, Handel’s “Serse,” in a way which made it highly accessible to a moder…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty” at The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“The King’s daughter shall in her fifteenth year prick herself with a spindle and fall down dead.” Thus reads a frightening line in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of “Little Briar Ros…

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Theatre Review, On the Road: ‘Sister Act’ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Fans of “Sister Act” will be delighted to know that Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre has brought the musical version of the film to stage in Lancaster, PA. It is based on the 1992 film of the …

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Operetta Review: Sigmund Romberg’s ‘The New Moon’ by Victorian Lyric Opera Company at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

It is in Louisiana, just prior to the French Revolution, where we meet the nobleman Robert Mission who is himself on a “mission” to start a new life and a new society of a quality, frate…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Opera Review:  Mozart’s ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ by Bel Cantanti Opera by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“It is a far greater pleasure to repay injustices suffered by good deeds than to compensate evil by more evil.” Thus speaks the voice of Enlightenment reason in Mozart’s “The Abducti…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Concert Review: Joe Enroughty and His Royal Virginians at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs, VA by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“New Year’s Eve with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians” was a long-standing hotel, radio, and television tradition for large swaths of the American public for some fifty years. The …

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Peter and the Wolf’ at the Puppet Co. in Glen Echo Park by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

The story of “Peter and the Wolf ”—Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s program music fairy tale introducing instruments of the orchestra for children—is told effectively by the Pup…

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Saturday, January 14, 2023

Audio Review: ‘The Gift of the Magi’ and ‘Three Christmas Trees’ at the Mutual Audio Network by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“Post Christmas” is how the Mutual Audio Network describes its January offering of a dramatized version of O. Henry’s classic Christmas tale, “The Gift of the Magi.” This story is …

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Audio Review: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ presented by Sole Twin Audios by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

This holiday season we were presented with a unique take on “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The classic Christmas poem by Clement C. Moore is the new audio drama by Sole Twin Audios called,…

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 06:44PM
Saturday, December 31, 2022

Concert Review: The Olney Big Band at The Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

The Olney Big Band is a Maryland jazz orchestra which plays in many venues in the Maryland suburbs around Washington, D.C. We had an opportunity to see them on the lawn of the Potomac campus…

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Concert Review: ‘A Stan Kenton Christmas’ by Capitol Bones All-Brass Big Band at The Carlyle Room by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

The Capitol Bones All-Brass Big Band has presented “A Stan Kenton Christmas” for over 15 years at various venues in Washington, D.C. A few days before Christmas 2022, they performed thei…

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 11:10AM
Friday, December 16, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ by The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“Call to mind the table covered with your last Christmas gifts […] You will then be able to imagine the astonishment of the children, as they stood with sparkling eyes, unable to utter a…

SOURCE: mdtheatreguide.com at 11:02AM

All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards