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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Concert Review: ‘American Voices’ at Columbia Pro Cantare by Susan Brall

On May 14, Columbia Pro Cantare (CPC) presented “American Voices,” a compilation of music that reflects our American heritage of inclusion and our goal to create a society of many voices…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Octavio Vazquez, Composer and Pianist, Performing with the American String Quartet at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

On May 22, 2022, Candlelight Concert Society will present “American String Quartet with Octavio Vazquez, Composer and Pianist.” The Quartet and Vazquez will perform his “Piano Quintet.…

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Closer’ by Cogent Theater Collective at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

“Closer” is currently playing at Silver Spring Stage in a co-production with Cogent Theater Collective, a newly formed professional theatre company based in Silver Spring. The play is wr…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Alberta Hall, First Soprano in Columbia Pro Cantare’s ‘American Voices’ by Susan Brall

On Saturday, May 14, 2022 Columbia Pro Cantare will be performing “American Voices” at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland. Conducting will be Laura Lee…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by Susan Brall

The jukebox musical, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” with music and lyrics from “The Legendary Motown Catalog,” a book by Dominque Morisseau, and directed…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Rep Stage by Susan Brall

Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical memory play, “The Glass Menagerie,” presented by Rep Stage, may raise some eyebrows for some traditionalists. Director Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Stage…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame the Musical’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

The musical, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and the 1996 Disney animated film, with music by the great Alan Menken, lyrics by the equally recognized …

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Wilson Chin, Set Designer for ‘Our Town’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Susan Brall

“Our Town” by Thorton Wilder might arguably be the play that most captures small town America.  Although written in 1938 about the imaginary New England town of Grover’s Corners somet…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Concert Review: ‘Cuarteto Latinoamericano’ at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

All of the people who attended the Candlelight Concert Society’s presentation of the string quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano were privileged to hear this special treat. The quartet consis…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Concert Review: ‘Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín’ at Strathmore Music Center by Susan Brall

The Defiant Requiem Foundation presented “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín,” created by conductor Murry Sidlin, at the Strathmore Music Center on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Theresienst…

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Monday, April 18, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Elam Ray Sprenkle, Composer by Susan Brall

Fans of Bach in Baltimore will have a special treat at the upcoming April 24th concert. Local resident, Elam Ray Sprenkle’s composition, “Go Down Death,” with text by James Weldon John…

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, String Quartet by Susan Brall

If you are like me, when you think of classical music, you think of all the European composers, Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, etc.  You may also think about some of the English-speaking Americ…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Concert Review: Vocal Ensemble, Room Full of Teeth, presented by Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble, “Room Full of Teeth,” presented by the Candlelight Concert Society, performed beautifully at the Smith Theatre in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Ar…

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘OKLAHOMA!’ at Kennedy Center by Susan Brall

The Bard Summerscape Production of “OKLAHOMA!” by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein is currently playing at the Kennedy Center. This is the re-imagined version by “visionary directo…

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

A Quick 5: with Murry Sidlin, Conductor, ‘Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín’ at the Strathmore by Susan Brall

On April 20, 2022 The Defiant Requiem Foundation presents “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín” at the Strathmore in honor of the musicians of the Terezín Concentration Camp. This will b…

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Susan Brall

When Shakespeare wrote “The Merchant of Venice,” it was done as comedy and the hero and heroine did not die—that was the differentiation at the time between a comedy and tragedy. Comed…

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor and Playwright, Ingrid Griffith by Susan Brall

When a young playwright comes onto the theatre scene, their main goal is to get his/her play seen. Of course, who wouldn’t appreciate earning some money as well, but a play without an audi…

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Monday, March 21, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Jeff Walker, Director of ‘Noises Off’ at Fauquier Community Theatre by Susan Brall

Fauquier Community Theatre is presenting the wonderful British comedy, “Noises Off” written by Michael Frayn and directed by Jeff Walker. “Noises Off” is a Tony Award-winning play th…

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

“The Vagina Monologues” was conceived and written by Eve Ensler in 1996. It is currently being presented by the Laurel Mill Playhouse, produced by Maureen Rogers and directed by Hillary …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Nurse Antigone’ by Theatre of War Productions by Susan Brall

On March 17, 2022, Theater of War Productions premiered “The Nurse Antigone” via Zoom. The work was translated, directed, and conducted by Bryan Doerries and co-facilitated by Cynda Rush…

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Theatre Review: ‘Calendar Girls’ at Silhouette Stages by Susan Brall

After waiting two long years due to the pandemic, “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth, produced and directed by Connie Ross, opened triumphantly on March 18 at Silhouette Stages in Slayton Hou…

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Dénes Várjon, International Pianist, presented by the Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

On March 27, 2022, the Candlelight Concert Society will be presenting Dénes Várjon, the “a most exciting and highly regarded pianist on the international stage.” The program will inclu…

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Migguel Anggelo, Performer and Co-creator of ‘English with an Accent’ by Susan Brall

On April 1, 2022 Washington Performing Arts, one of our capital’s foremost arts presenters, and GALA Hispanic Theatre, which since 1976 has been a vital supporter of Latino arts and cultur…

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Back of the Throat’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

“Back of the Throat,” written by Yussef El Guindi, produced by Jackie Williams, and directed by Nicholas Bashour, is now playing at Silver Spring Stage. It was first produced at Furious …

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Conni Ross, Director of ‘Calendar Girls’ at Silhouette Stages by Susan Brall

Beginning March 18, 2022, Silhouette Stages will be presenting “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth at Slayton House in Columbia, Maryland. It is based on the motion picture of the same name by…

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Radio Golf’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company by Susan Brall

Peace Mountain Theatre Company is currently presenting the iconic August Wilson’s “Radio Golf,” produced by Hal Freed and directed by Eleanore Tapscott. This play was the last of Wilso…

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Monday, February 14, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Eleanore Tapscott, Director of ‘Radio Golf’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company by Susan Brall

Beginning on February 17, 2022 Peace Mountain Theatre Company will be presenting August Wilson’s “Radio Golf.” This play was the last of Wilson’s works highlighting African-American …

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Playwrights Bernie Gabin and Phoebe Roberts by Susan Brall

Breaking Light Productions is currently streaming the original play, “Mrs. Hawking,” by Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin on YouTube. Breaking Light is a Boston-based film and stage compan…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Reggie Phoenix, Director of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Susan Brall

On February 4, 2022, “A Raisin in the Sun,” the iconic play by Lorraine Hansberry, opens at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. It is directed by Reggie Phoenix. “A Raisin in the Sun” wa…

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Online Theatre Review: ‘Mrs. Hawking’ by Breaking Light Productions, in Partnership with The Manchester Community Theatre by Susan Brall

Online theatrical programming can be anything from polished, professionally-crafted Shakespeare to an original script performed by a small local theatre group from their homes. This opens up…

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Michael Blum, Director of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Susan Brall

Shakespeare wrote “Much Ado About Nothing” in 1598, and it has become one of his most revered comedies.  “Nothing” in Elizabethan days meant “Noting” and refers to gossiping and…

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