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Friday, October 7, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Witch Wartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular’ at the Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  “Witch Wartsmith’s Halloween Spooktacular”at The Puppet Co. is a fun, delightfully eerie Halloween event being presented the entire month of October. It can be best described as an …

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

News: The 2022 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, MD by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

When Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention organizer and cultural historian, Martin Grams, invited me to this year’s convention that was held September 15-17, 2022 in Hunt Valley, MD, he told …

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Chicago’ at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Travelers to Pennsylvania Dutch Country will find an entertaining, top-notch production of the musical “Chicago” at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, PA. In this highly popula…

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Spamalot’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  “You don’t need to know about Monty Python to enjoy the show,” director and choreographer Mark Minnick tells us. “Monty Python’s Spamalot’ is fun on its own.” This is likely…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Directed by Jason Vellon, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a stunning outdoor production at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre. It is both a satire and a celebration of 1920s musicals. Part of the…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Many dinner theatres run primarily on popular musicals. Patrick A’Hearn, producing artistic director of Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia, challenges thi…

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Audio Review: ‘Short Order’ and ‘2462’ from Sole Twin Audios by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Many of us travel to vacation destinations during the summer months. Audio plays are a wonderful way to pass the time, and two excellent, full-cast audio dramas from Sole Twin Audios fit the…

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Monday, July 25, 2022

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

  One day a prince was out disguised as a hunter. He found himself hungry and knocked on the door of a home in which a girl, who appeared to be a household servant covered in dust, kindly s…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ at The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“With one bound, the wolf was out of bed and swallowed up” Little Red Riding Hood; and so “the wolf had appeased his appetite.” Thus wrote the Brothers Grimm in their famous “grim�…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Operetta Review: ‘El Capitán’ by the Victorian Lyric Opera Company at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  The Victorian Lyric Opera Company (VLOC ) is famous for its productions of Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas and Viennese operettas. This time, the company changes things up with an opere…

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Concert Review: Song Cycle Performance –Schubert’s ‘Die schöne Müllerin’ by Bel Cantanti Opera by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Incandescent! This is the best description of Bel Cantanti’s production, led spectacularly by Dr. Katerina Souvorova. It is a dramatic staging of Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Die schö…

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Nathan the Wise’ at Theater J by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

In “Nathan the Wise,” the titular Nathan tells a tale of a unique opal ring which, when worn, causes the wearer to be beloved by both God and men. After passing through generations of ow…

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Monday, February 28, 2022

Audio Review: ‘The Avengers: Steed and Tara King, The Comic Strip Adventures, Vol. 5’ at Big Finish Productions by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

New episodes of some of your favorite television shows from the 1960s and 1970s are happening! Such is the case with “Space: 1999,” “Doctor Who,” “Dark Shadows,” and “The Aveng…

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Opera Review: ‘Variant Valentine’ streaming by Maryland Opera by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

On February 12, Maryland Opera offered its “Variant Valentine” program—a variety of Valentines with staples from the operatic and American musical theatre worlds. The program was live-…

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Audio Review: ‘Holiday Affair’ presented by Sole Twin Audios by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  “Miracle on 34th Street,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and several versions of “A Christmas Carol” are some of the most popular Christmas films. For its Christmas audio offering…

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Audio Review: Sherlock Holmes and Loveday Brooke’s Mysteries by We Happy Few by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

With the holiday season ringing in, two Victorian mysteries by We Happy Few might be just the thing! You can spend New Year’s, Christmas, or Boxing Day (since this is a British subject) so…

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Theatre Review On the Road: ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, Fredericksburg, VA by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  Holidays celebrate tradition, but paradoxically offer vivid new experiences as well. Riverside Center for the Performing Arts captures this tension wonderfully in its current production o…

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Monday, November 29, 2021

On the Road Theatre Review: ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at Dutch Apple Theatre in Lancaster, PA by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

There is a parade of trombones, the beat of snare drums, and a procession of young people in jaunty new band uniforms. We speak not of “The Music Man,” but instead another work by the sa…

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’ at Toby’s Dinner & Show by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Toby’s current production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” is a retelling of the beloved Bing Crosby-Danny Kaye 1954 motion picture, more recently revived as a Broadway and touri…

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Audio Review: ‘Ghost Hunt’ by Sole Twin Audios by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

For several years now, Rachel Pulliam has produced and directed audio productions for various podcast companies. We have enjoyed her fabulous productions of classic books and dramas of the m…

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Audio Review: ‘A Midnight Dreary: Etched in the Wall’ by We Happy Few by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Either the Darkness alters— Or something in the sight Adjusts itself to Midnight . . . These and other lines from Emily Dickinson’s poem, “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark,” introduce …

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Audio Review: ‘Suspense’ and ‘Quiet, Please,’ Audio Plays at Sonic Summerstock Playhouse by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Fans of classic audio drama will be happy to learn that Sonic Summerstock Playhouse is here again in full swing! Whether one’s interest lies in mystery, drama, or thrillers, there is somet…

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Opera Concert Review: “I Puritani” presented by Washington Concert Opera by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

The 1648 victory of the “Roundhead” Puritan forces of Oliver Cromwell over the Cavaliers of King Charles I in England may seem an odd subject for an opera. Yet the event did command the …

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Concert Review: Glen Boswick and the Sound of Swing Orchestra at Elation Brewery by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

The Sound of Swing Orchestra is a 1940s-style big band which faithfully recreates swing-era staples such as Jimmie Lunceford’s “For Dancer’s Only,” Tommy Dorsey’s “Opus One” an…

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Audio Review: ‘The System of Doctor Goudron and Professor Plume’ presented by the National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre on the Air on WYPR by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“The System of Doctor Goudron and Professor Plume” is the latest installment of the National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre on the Air. While modeled on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The System of Doc…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Jazz Review: ‘The Standard Tour: Dreams’ by Aubrey Logan by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Multi-talented jazz vocalist and trombonist, Aubrey Logan, recently performed a fabulous, live-streaming concert, “The Standard Tour: Dreams,” from Austin, Texas, her adopted hometown. I…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Concert Review: ‘One-Year Reunion Tour – At Home and In Concert’ by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ), founded and led by pianist Scott Bradlee, is a unique musical aggregation. It is a collection of largely young jazz musicians and vocalists who perform contemporary…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Audio Review: The Steve Cooper Orchestra’s CDs Cover the Great American Songbook by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

The Steve Cooper Orchestra offers a wonderful window into the American musical past, playing ballrooms in the Chicago area and also sharing their music on CD recordings. Mr. Cooper is especi…

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Audio Review: ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ presented by the National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre on the Air, WYPR by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

“Please, this way,” says Dr. Maillard, the rascally director of the mental institution in the latest National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre on the Air. “My next patient might seem quite… w…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Audio Review: ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Dancing Men’ by We Happy Few by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Brent Morris is a mathematician, scholar of Freemasonry, and Sherlock Holmes aficionado who lectures on “The Adventure of the Dancing Men” and cryptology at the heart of the famous Sherl…

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Opera Review: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ presented by Bel Cantanti Opera by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  The story of Hansel and Gretel is one of the most famous of Grimm’s fairy tales. The story has had many iterations through the years, notably Engelbert Humperdinck’s famous 1893 ope…

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All that Chat

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