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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

1. “A Chorus Line” at Dundalk Community Theatre “…talented cast…if you go see this production of “A Chorus Line,” you’ll see a lot of wonderful…” – Timoth David Copney …

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

May 1-7, 2022 1. “John Proctor is the Villain” at Studio Theatre “…biting and exquisite world-premiere play…riveting…” – Charlotte Selton READ review. Synopsis: Things are …

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Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

April 24 – 30, 2022   1. “Dream Hou$e” at Baltimore Center Stage “Flitting in and out of reality and across the entirety of the playing space, ‘Dream Hou$e’ is a well-oiled mach…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

News: The 2022 Tony Award Nominees Announced, ‘A Strange Loop’ Leads the Pack by Lynne Menefee

The nominations are here! It’s a big anniversary and the 75th Annual Tony Awards returns to the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 12, 2022, presented by The Broadway L…

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Clark Young, Teacher and Co-Author of ‘Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski’ at Georgetown University by Lynne Menefee

“Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski” returns to its roots at Georgetown University. In a tour-de-force, solo performance by Academy Award-Nominee David Strathairn, “Remember This…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Steve McBride, Director of ‘Side by Side by Sondheim,’ presented by Fauquier Community Theatre by Lynne Menefee

  The “Side by Side by Sondheim” musical revue celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics and mus…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Caroline Daye Attayek, Swing and Dance Captain in the National Tour of ‘Hairspray’ by Lynne Menefee

Based on John Waters’s 1988 film of the same name, “Hairspray,” Broadway’s Tony Award-winning, musical comedy blockbuster is back on tour and “coming home.” The tour is making it…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Cody Boehm in ‘Bright Star’ at Reston Community Players by Lynne Menefee

Reston Community Players current show is “Bright Star,”created by comedy legend Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell. It tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Mousetrap’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Lynne Menefee

There’s nothing like a cozy Agatha Christie murder mystery and Spotlighters Theatre has a classic with its current production of “The Mousetrap.” It is, in fact, the longest running pl…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Moustrap’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Lynne Menefee

  There’s nothing like a cozy Agatha Christie murder mystery and Spotlighters Theatre has a classic with its current production of “The Mousetrap.” It is, in fact, the longest running…

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Dance Review: Ballet Theatre of Maryland adds comic flair to ‘Coppélia’ at the Maryland Hall  by Lynne Menefee

Subtlety has never been considered a characteristic of “Coppélia,” performed with flash, acrobatics, heart, and a huge dose of comedy by Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM). Based on the 1…

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Rocky’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Lynne Menefee

In 2014, I attended the Broadway opening of the musical adaptation of “Rocky” based on Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 film—the sleeper hit that won the Best Film Oscar and catapulted Stal…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Sense and Sensibility’ at Everyman Theatre by Lynne Menefee

  Jane Austen is one of Britain’s most beloved writers on both sides of the pond thanks, in part, to A&E which first offered the fan-favorite 1995 “Pride and Prejudice” with Colin…

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Playwright R. Eric Thomas About His Trifecta of World Premiere Plays in Philadelphia and Baltimore by Lynne Menefee

We interviewed R. Eric Thomas last August when his ‘Time Is On Our Side’ was being presented by Perisphere Theatre. Since then, he has been a very busy man. Thomas has three world-premie…

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Catch Me If You Can’ at Arena Stage by Lynne Menefee

  Based on the true story of the young con artist, Frank Abagnale Jr. (and the 2002 film), the musical “Catch Me If You Can” opened on Broadway in 2011 and starred Aaron Tveit (currentl…

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

News: The Essential Theatre Presents Two Virtual Faith Plays in Repertory, Streaming Free and On-Demand by Lynne Menefee

The Essential Theatre New Play Reading Series presents The Faith Play Project, two plays in workshop presentations during the Lenten season. “A Matter of Faith,” by La’Chris Jordan and…

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News: Theater J, The Jewish Theater in the Nation’s Capital, Announces Its 32nd Season of Plays  by Lynne Menefee

At a time when hate crimes and antisemitism are on the rise, Theater J’s 5-play season grapples with the timeless struggle for acceptance and love. (Washington, DC) – Theater J Artistic …

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‘A Quick 5′ with Clare A’Hearn, Winner of the Cappies’ Maryland Theater Guide Returning Critic Award for 2021 by Lynne Menefee

“The Cappies is a writing and awards program that trains high school theatre and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. Student critics vie to be publish…

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

News: Veterans’ Ensemble to Present ‘To Be a Soldier’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Lynne Menefee

Performances on March 25 and 26 2022 are free for veterans and active-duty military. Baltimore, Md. (March 10, 2022) – Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s military veterans’ ensemble will…

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News: Mosaic Theater Company of DC Announces Its Next Chapter with Powerful 2022/23 Season by Lynne Menefee

First season planned by new Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas brings highly anticipated anthology, The Till Trilogy, to the stage, along with work by acclaimed local, national, and inter…

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with DeJeanette Horne and Jaucqir LaFond, performing in Perisphere Theater’s ‘Blue Door’ by Lynne Menefee

Perisphere Theater is currently presenting Tanya Barfield’s “Blue Door,” a play with original songs, about a highly educated and successful Black man who descended from victims of slav…

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by Lynne Menefee

The Queen of Disco is paying a visit to Baltimore this week in the form of the jukebox musical, “SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” at the Hippodrome Theatre. Sadly we lost Summer too ear…

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Anthony Barrese, Conductor of Baltimore Concert Opera’s Full Staging of ‘The Barber of Seville’ by Lynne Menefee

“The Barber of Seville” is Baltimore Concert Opera’s (BCO) first, fully-staged production with orchestra and the first opera of its kind to be done in Baltimore since 2016. After thirt…

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Dr. Harry Kantrovich, Playwright and Director, World-Premiere of ‘SHOAH’ at Fauquier Community Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Fauquier Community Theatre presents the world premiere of “SHOAH,” adapted for stage by Dr. Harry Kantrovich from Claude Lanzmann’s documentary about the Holocaust. The production open…

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

News: Round House Theatre Announces Postponement of ‘Nine Night’ by Lynne Menefee

Hit West End Kitchen Dramedy & American Premiere Rescheduled For September 2022 Bethesda, Md. (January 12, 2022) – Round House Theatre announces the postponement of the American premi…

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Monday, January 3, 2022

Happy New Year from MD Theatre Guide! by Lynne Menefee

MD Theatre Guide thanks all you wonderful makers of theater, opera, dance, ballet, concerts, audio plays, and everything performing arts for working so hard and showing so much invention and…

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Once Upon A One More Time’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Lynne Menefee

Jukebox musicals have become a staple of the theater world over the past couple of decades with mixed results. The immensely successful “Mama Mia!” started the ball rolling with the musi…

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

1. “The Christmas Angel” at Creative Cauldron “…comforting, beautifully sung and choreographed, and brings a sense of home.” – Mary Ann Johnson READ review. Synopsis: Based on a …

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

1. “Man Covets Bird” at Spooky Action Theater “…a brilliant and tenderly meaningful production that will enchant adults and children alike.” – Liz Ruth-Brinegar READ review. Syno…

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Tootsie’ at the at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center by Lynne Menefee

Sidelined by the pandemic, the 1st National Tour of “Tootsie” has finally arrived at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre and runs through December 5, 2021. Based on the 1982 film of the sam…

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Friday, December 3, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Sean Mayes, Musical Director/Orchestrator/Arranger for ‘An Evening with Andre De Shields’ at the BSO by Lynne Menefee

This weekend, native son André De Shields, winner of the 2019 Tony Award® for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “Hadestown,” returns to his hometown to tell the story of Baltimore a…

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