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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Mexodus’ by Mosaic Theater Company at Atlas Performing Arts Center by Ben Fisler

“We’re living in an age of intense and deliberate division. Power structures know the danger of solidarity so they will stop at nothing to make sure we don’t know our collective histor…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Silver Scream’ by Rogue Swan Theatre Company at Milburn Stone Theater by Ben Fisler

  One of the more adventurous theatre companies working in Maryland is Rogue Swan Theatre Company. Their latest production was the B-horror movie, musical homage, “Silver Scream,” creat…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Her, Across the River’ at Rapid Lemon Productions by Ben Fisler

Baltimore theatre is extremely fortunate that Rapid Lemon Productions, now in its 10th year, is providing a venue for original writing and nurturing diverse artistic expression. Their latest…

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Once on This Island’ at Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre by Ben Fisler

“Once on this Island” is a 1990 musical with music by Stephen Flaherty and book/lyrics by Lynn Ahrens—the writing team behind “Ragtime” and “Anastasia.” It is based on Rosa Guy…

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at The Hippodrome by Ben Fisler

    Dear Ben Fisler, Last night I was at The Hippodrome Theatre for the National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen, starring Stephen Christopher Anthony in the title/lead role.  I had heard only a…

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Ben Fisler

  Shakespeare delivered with clarity, a diverse and sizable cast, Edwardian steampunk glamor, many laughs, and romantic charm awaits at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre. Opening a liv…

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Monday, January 3, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations’ at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Ben Fisler

We are now two decades into the jukebox musical vogue, since the record-setting “Mamma Mia” premiered in 1999. Among the latest offerings in the genre is “Ain’t Too Proud,” a spect…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review: ‘The Tale of Serse’ by The In Series by Ben Fisler

The In Series is a place for thought, debate, history, and innovation. With the noble goal to invigorate contemporary theatre, to create innovations in “opera and song,” to “reimagine …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:59PM
Monday, July 23, 2018

2018 Capital Fringe Festival: ‘Show Business 201’ by Ben Fisler

The XY Players have a delightful option at this year’s Capital Fringe: a farce on show business titled Show Business 201. It’s essentially a romp through the training, rehearsal, and per…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:17PM

2018 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Flight of the Xenophobe’ by Ben Fisler

Iamaman Productions, a start-up company focused on telling stories pertinent to African Americans, has chosen to present as its inaugural production, a tale of the recently-paroled 578 retur…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 07:17PM
Friday, March 23, 2018

Review: ‘Shrek the Musical’ at Charm City Players by Ben Fisler

Shrek is one of the most enigmatic modern musicals. A work of two of American theatre’s greatest living authors, David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori, it has some outstanding moments; �…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:26AM
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: ‘Brooklyn the Musical’ at Monumental Theatre by Ben Fisler

From the moment you step into the graffiti-laced environment and make yourself comfortable among the sofas, lawn chairs, and lounge seats, you are surrounded by the aesthetics of a post-mode…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 08:14PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review: ‘Psycho Beach Party’ at Stillpointe Theatre by Ben Fisler

If you’re looking for an escape, there’s a thoroughly entertaining performance of Charles Busch’s perennially popular parody of 1960s beach-blanket cinema that’s just what you need. …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:04AM
Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: Junie B. Jones in ‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre by Ben Fisler

Junie B Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells! is a charming piece of family comedy playing at Maryland Ensemble Theatre through January 1, 2017. The Fun Company takes on Allison Gregory’s a…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 01:00AM
Sunday, September 4, 2016

Review: ‘Murder Ballad’ at StillPointe Theatre by Ben Fisler

In 2013, Playwright Julia Jordan and Indie rock singer/songwriter, Juliana Nash (formerly with Talking to Animals), created a ground-breaking minimalist musical about a tragic love triangle.…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:31PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review: ‘Blood, Sweat, & Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret’ at Molotov Theatre Group by Ben Fisler

Critics do our best to stay rational and objective, to reflect on the goals and execution of a given piece of theatre, and thus evaluate the work on its own terms, with as little of our pers…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:42AM
Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 Capital Fringe Review ‘…and a Ghost Grrl’ by Ben Fisler

The King’s Players are presenting an exploration of modern love and supernatural forces, by Founding Artistic Director Timothy R. King, at the Trinidad Theatre for the 2016 Capital Fringe …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:06PM

2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Before the Lights Go Up’ by Ben Fisler

Bucky Mitchell, Jr. presents an intelligently written and thought-provoking new play at the Upstairs Theatre of the Logan Fringe Arts Space, a comedy reminiscent of the cerebral metatheatric…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:36PM
Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ at The Heritage Players by Ben Fisler

Thoroughly Modern Millie, a tale of a “modern” gal from small-town America who takes on the business and social world of big-city New York, is a popular choice for community theatre seas…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:19PM
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: ‘Three Sisters’ at Annapolis Shakespeare Company by Ben Fisler

Chekov is a challenge for even the most experienced and skilled artists of our profession. It is not merely that his characters are the most psychologically dense in drama (which they are), …

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:34AM
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Review: ‘Venus in Fur’ at The Colonial Players by Ben Fisler

Like all David Ives plays, Venus in Fur is built on everyday life becoming fantasy, as the primary devices of drama, language, and character, systematically move from ambiguity, to instabili…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:35PM
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

‘Flamenco Men 2’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre by Ben Fisler

It is said that there are four elements of flamenco: Cante, or voice; Baile, or dance; Toque, or guitar, and; Jaleo – audience participation. All were in full force at GALA Hispanic Th…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 12:41AM
Saturday, October 17, 2015

‘From a Black Egg’ at Yellow Sign Theatre by Ben Fisler

Yellow Sign Theatre’s mission promises “pranks with a B-movie aesthetic” and low art, and usually they deliver productions that are unapologetic, kitschy fun. Surprisingly, however, t…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:03PM
Sunday, September 20, 2015

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Ben Fisler

In Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, there is an endless menu of farce devices, a beautifully carved and textured faux-marble façade (Daniel O�…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 03:14AM
Sunday, August 30, 2015

‘The Journey of Thing Three’ at Boom Theatre Company by Ben Fisler

What makes productions by Boom Theatre Company so valuable is that they bring to audiences, specifically those in Harford County, theatre that is truly cutting edge. The Journey of Thing T…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 11:49AM
Saturday, August 15, 2015

‘Shrek the Musical’ at Glyndon Area Players by Ben Fisler

All the components of a phenomenal production march across the stage of the Sacred Heart School Auditorium for the Glyndon Area Players’ (GAP) 2015 summer musical: Shrek The Musical. There…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:32PM
Monday, July 13, 2015

2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Ten Principles )'(‘ by Ben Fisler

The mission of AWol (A Way of Life) Productions is to “share the values of communities by collaborating, creating, and telling stories of the performing arts.”  Its current production f…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:27PM
Friday, July 10, 2015

2015 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Priest/Penitent’ by Ben Fisler

Bob Lohrmann brings Wally K. Daly’s monodrama, a two-sided exploration of the world of Catholic confessionals, to the Capital Fringe this year.  The play is a thoughtful, entertaining, an…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 02:17PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015

‘The Business End’ at Yellow Sign Theatre by Ben Fisler

You have only one more weekend to catch one of the most interesting pieces of theatre in Baltimore, a tragic parody of the plight of the B-horror screenwriter longing to create art. Mike Jan…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 05:57PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015

‘Marley’ at Centerstage by Ben Fisler

Director/Book writer Kwame Kwei-Armah showcases the three most productive years of Bob Marley’s career (1975-78) in a jukebox musical experience nearly as electric as the legend and his Wa…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 10:53AM
Saturday, April 18, 2015

‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Ben Fisler

Director Ian Gallanar, and his cast and crew have thoroughly delivered on the promise of a “lusty, fiery production” of the classic tale of woe, that of Juliet and her Romeo. In fact, wh…

SOURCE: DC Metro Theater Arts at 04:09PM

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