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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins’ by the Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

Hershel of “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.” Photo by  Elizabeth Dapo. “Hershel just wants to celebrate Hanukkah with the community,” states the Puppet Co.’s description of “H…

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Opera Review: Richard Strauss’ ‘Elektra’ presented by the Washington National Opera at Kennedy Center by Dr. Mark Dreisonstok

  “It is so terrifying that my soul wants to be extinguished.” So sings Klytämnestra on stage. The same might be said of Richard Strauss’ ability to bring the “pity and fear” (ca…

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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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