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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Time is On Our Side’ presented by Perisphere Theater by Susan Brall

“Time is On Our Side,” by local playwright R. Eric Thomas and presented by Perisphere Theater, is currently playing at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. The play is produced by Kevin …

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with R. Eric Thomas, Playwright of ‘Time Is On Our Side’ presented by Perisphere Theatre by Susan Brall

On August 13, 2021, Perisphere Theatre will be opening with their production of “Time is On Our Side” by R. Eric Thomas at the Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. It will run, …

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

‘A Quick 5′ with Luke Frazier, Founder and Director of the American Pops Orchestra, and the Musical Director for PBS’ ‘Wicked in Concert’ by Susan Brall

In recognition of Broadway’s reopening, PBS will present “Wicked in Concert: A Musical Celebration of the Iconic Broadway Score” on Sunday, August 29, 2021. The performance will have …

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Mark Minnick, Associate Producer and Artistic Associate of Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Susan Brall

In 1979 I moved to Columbia, Maryland, the same year Toby Orenstein opened her dinner theatre. Since then, it has become one of the treasured members of Howard County’s artistic community.…

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Judgement Day’ Benefiting the Barrington Stage Company (Streaming) by Susan Brall

An encore presentation of “Judgement Day” will be streaming starting on July 26, 2021 and running through August 1, 2021. The proceeds benefit the Barrington Stage Company, an award-winn…

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Classic Theatre of Maryland by Susan Brall

What is more idyllic than watching “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on a warm July evening at a beautiful historic estate? Your answer might be, not much, especially after a year of theatri…

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Concert Review: Christian Douglas at Strathmore Music Center, Patio Stage by Susan Brall

A perfect way to spend a summer night might be sitting on the Patio at Strathmore Music Center listening to a talented local artist as part of their Summer Concert Series. Despite a short de…

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Elf The Musical’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Susan Brall

Waiting breathlessly for live theatre? Well, wait no longer, Toby’s Dinner Theatre is fully open with its imaginative production of “Elf The Musical.” The book is by Thomas Meehan and …

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Matthew R. Wilson, Director of “The Adventures of Pericles” plus Lesley Malin, Managing Director of Chesapeake Shakespeare Co by Susan Brall

Summer is just around the corner and theatre and concert venues are gearing up for outdoor performances — just what we need to get through this last bit of the pandemic. If you want to see…

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘A Musical!’ presented by Howard Community College’s Theatre Program by Susan Brall

Director Bill Gillett and musical director Drew Wutke found a wonderful solution for several very talented, theatre students — some still in high school and others from HCC and nearby coll…

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Ann Turiano and Makeima Freeland, co-founders of the new Baltimore theatre company, Sisters Freehold by Susan Brall

Ann Turiano and Makeima Freeland have a new theatrical calling with their new, innovative theatre company in Baltimore. They are the co-founders and co-artistic directors of Sisters Freehold…

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘BKLYN: The Musical’ at Silhouette Stages by Susan Brall

“BKLYN: The Musical” is being presented by Silhouette Stages virtually on Broadway on Demand. It is produced by Rebecca Hanauer and directed (and lighting design) by TJ Lukacsina with mu…

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Monday, May 31, 2021

News: Arena Stage Announces Three-Year Partnership with Step Afrika! by Susan Brall

As part of their commitment to diversity by presenting many different voices to their ever-expanding audience, Arena Stage has formed a three-year partnership with Step Afrika! This will beg…

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News: Arena Stage Remembers Martha Knight Clements, Stage Manager Extraordinaire by Susan Brall

The Arena Stage family mourns the loss of Martha Knight Clements. She was the stage manager of many productions, including Arena Stage’s “The Shoplifters.” She passed away at the age o…

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘To the New Girl’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company by Susan Brall

Peace Mountain Theatre is presenting “To the New Girl: Sound Advice for My Husband’s Wife or Mistress,” written by Samantha Macher and streaming on YouTube. The play is produced by Hal…

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Friday, May 14, 2021

‘A Quick Five’ with Laley Lippard, Director of ‘In the Middle of the Fields’ at Solas Nua by Susan Brall

Starting on May 20, Solas Nua will be presenting “In the Middle of the Fields” until June 12 at P Street Beach Park in Washington, D.C. Solas Nua, which means “new light” in Irish, i…

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Concert Review: Mount Vernon Virtuosi presented by Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

On Saturday, May 8, 2021, the Candlelight Concert Society presented its first concert since the pandemic began. Mount Vernon Virtuosi, with Amit Peled conducting, performed at the Chrysalis …

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up’ at Round House Theatre by Susan Brall

“Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up,” written by Oscar-nominated (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) Lucy Alibar, is directed by Ryan Rilette and has opened virtually at the Round …

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

‘A Quick Five’ with Laurie T. Freed, Director of ‘To the New Girl’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company by Susan Brall

Since the pandemic, Peace Mountain Theatre Company’s productions have switched gears to virtual. They used their Educational Outreach Program department to produce plays more critical to o…

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Theatre Review: ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ at Signature Theatre by Susan Brall

Signature Theatre’s third production of this season opened virtually this week on Marquee TV. “Midnight at the Never Get” was originally developed in 2015. With book, lyrics and music …

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Oedipus Project: Nobel Prize Summit Our Planet, Our Future’ by Susan Brall

On April 27, 2021, the Theater of War Productions presented “The Oedipus Project: Nobel Prize Summit Our Planet, Our Future.”  The first part of the presentation was a dramatic reading …

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Monday, April 26, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Amit Peled, Conductor and Cellist with Mount Vernon Virtuosi by Susan Brall

It’s time to hear great music live again! Get out your lawn chairs and blankets because on May 8, 2021 at 2 pm, the Candlelight Concert Society will present Baltimore’s own Mount Vernon …

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Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ presented by the National Theatre on PBS Great Performances by Susan Brall

A new film of William Shakespeare’s iconic and tragic love story, “Romeo & Juliet, ”premiered April 23, 2021 on PBS’ Great Performances series. It was adapted for television by E…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune’ at Metro Stage by Susan Brall

It seems hard to believe it was a year ago that Terrence McNally, often called the Bard of American Theatre, died tragically of Covid-19. In his honor, Metro Stage is streaming a reading of …

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Christian Douglas, appearing in ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ at Signature Theatre by Susan Brall

From April 30 – June 21, 2021, Signature Theatre will virtually present “Midnight at the Never Get” with book, lyrics, and music by Mark Sonnenblick and conceived by Sam Bolen, Max Fri…

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ presented by Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath, produced by Lennie Magida and directed by Claire Derriennic, opened virtually at Silver Spring Stage this weekend. The original production prem…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A Quick 5 with Louis E. Davis in ‘The Freewheelin’ Insurgents’ at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

As part of the “Arena Riffs” program that began March 17 with “My Joy is Heavy!” by the Bengsons, Arena Stage will be presenting “The Freewheelin’ Insurgents” starting March 31…

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Little Women: The Broadway Musical’ presented by The Heritage Players by Susan Brall

This weekend, The Heritage Players presented a live-streamed production of “Little Women: The Broadway Musical” on March 20 and 21, 2021. The book is by Allan Knee with lyrics by Mindi D…

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Theatre News: Olney Theatre Looks Back One Year with Cast, Director and Playwright of ‘The Amateurs’ by Susan Brall

When I sat in the audience for the opening of “The Amateurs,” I did not know that one week later the theatre would go dark. As the first week of performances ended, the cast and crew had…

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Hamless’ presented by The Rude Mechanicals by Susan Brall

The Rude Mechanicals, in residence at the Greenbelt Arts Center, is currently offering their unique, take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” online, entitled “Hamless.” This interesting loo…

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Monday, March 8, 2021

News/Opinion: Looking Back – ‘The Amateurs’ by Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

It is eerie to remember that just one year ago, on March 8, 2020, I went to review “The Amateurs” at the Olney Theatre Center. I attended with a close friend and fellow theatre buff. We …

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All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 17, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre