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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘#Enough-Plays to End Gun Violence’ by 1st Stage by Susan Brall

What happens when respected playwrights like Lauren Gunderson and David Henry Hwang team up with 1st Stage to produce an online reading of seven plays written by teens from around the county…

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Lobby Hero’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

“Lobby Hero” by Kenneth Lonergan, produced by Seth Ghitelman, and directed by Rob Gorman, is currently playing online via Silver Spring Stage.  The play was to open the season but, due …

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Theatre News: Arena Stage Produces First Live Production, ‘Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!’ by Susan Brall

On Friday, Arena Stage produced its first live production from the Transit Pier Floating Stage at the Wharf since their closure due to the pandemic. The performance is an adaptation by Chery…

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Antigone in Ferguson’ by Theater of War Productions via Zoom by Susan Brall

Sunday, August 9, 2020, Theater of War Productions performed “Antigone in Ferguson” via Zoom. The production was translated, directed, and conducted by Bryan Doerries and co-facilitated …

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with Patti Restivo, Actor, Director, Filmmaker, Journalist, and Reviewer by Susan Brall

I have never interviewed a person for Maryland Theatre Guide that I have known longer than Patti Restivo or as well. Ms. Restivo and I met over three decades ago when we worked together on p…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Theatre Review: 2016 Broadway Production of ‘Hamilton’ (Streaming on Disney+) by Susan Brall

This summer’s bargain may well be a subscription for one month for the new Disney+ streaming service. The 2016 Broadway production of “Hamilton” with the original cast is available on …

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Theatre News: ‘Arena Stage Turns 70,’ Part II: Arena Stage in the 21st Century by Susan Brall

The last 20 years at Arena Stage could be called the years of Molly Smith.  Since she began, although the quality of the productions remained high, the focus changed to American musicals an…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Gloria: A Life,’ Great Performances on PBS by Susan Brall

“Gloria: A Life,” written by Emily Mann and directed by Diane Paulus, originally opened off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theater in October 2018 and ran until March 2019. This production, …

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Theatre Review: The Bridge Theatre’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at National Theatre at Home by Susan Brall

This week, The National Theatre is streaming Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” produced in 2019 by the Bridge Theatre in England. This is a smart and novel approach to this …

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Theatre Review: ’24 Hour Zoom Fest’ by Rude Mechanicals (Streaming) by Susan Brall

Our local acting troupes are getting quite creative. Rude Mechanicals had five playwrights put together a group of one-act plays on Zoom. They chose the directors and performers and with onl…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Arena Stage by Susan Brall

Like so many other area theatres, Arena Stage has been closed since March.  As luck would have it, they were set to celebrate their 70th Anniversary in May. Molly Smith has been the Artisti…

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Theatre Review: ‘Small Island’ at National Theatre in London (Streaming) by Susan Brall

“Small Island” a 2019 drama based on the epic and award-winning novel by Andrea Levy, adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Rufus Norris. It is now streaming on YouTube, thanks to t…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Pandemic Theatre, Acts IV and V by Susan Brall

The death of George Floyd and the protests that followed affected almost everyone in one way or another. The Pandemic Theatre decided to postpone showing Act IV of “Much Ado About Nothing…

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Theatre Review: PBS’s Film on Stage Presents ‘Red’ Starring Alfred Molina by Susan Brall

PBS is currently streaming concerts, Broadway musicals, and plays online from their library – some are free to view and, depending on the PBS station that pops up when you click the link, …

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Theatre Review: PBS’s Film on Stage Presents Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ Starring Patrick Stewart by Susan Brall

For two weeks starting May 15, PBS has released several concerts, Broadway musicals, and plays for the general public via streaming.  “Following a London West End run in December 2007, a …

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Pandemic Theatre by Susan Brall

Last Friday, Pandemic Theatre began their quarantine interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing.”  Each week they will have another act, totaling five in all.  Y…

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Theatre News: ‘Arena Stage Turns 70’ Part I: Arena Stage in the 20th Century-The First 50 Years by Susan Brall

Back in 1949 Washington D.C. theatre was not the pride of the country it is today.  There was no Kennedy Center, no Folger and no Arena Stage.  The two main theatres, Ford’s Theatre (iro…

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with Marissa LaRose, New Managing Director at Everyman Theatre by Susan Brall

In these very strange times Everyman Theatre, along with many arts organizations, is looking forward to reopening for the 2020-2021 Season.  They will be doing this with a brand-new Managin…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

News Report: One Less Shining Star on Broadway by Susan Brall

Today word came out that “the bard of American theater,” Terrence McNally died at age 81, probably the first well-known victim and certainly the first multi-Tony Award winner to die from…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

‘A Quick Five’ with Alex Guyker, ‘The Spitfire Grill’ at Rockville Little Theatre by Susan Brall

“The Spitfire Grill” with Music and Book by James Valcq and Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff, produced by Dean Fiala and directed by Terri Magers wit…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Amateurs’ at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

“The Amateurs” written by Jordan Harrison and Directed by Jason King Jones is presently playing at The Olney Theatre Center’s Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab through April 6, 2020.  This …

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

A Quick 5 with Connie Ross, director, ‘Calendar Girls’ by Susan Brall

On March 20, 2020 Silhouette Stages will open their production of “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth based on the motion picture of the same name by Firth and Juliette Towhidi.    The play…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Mother Road’ at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Production of “Mother Road” is presently playing at Arena Stage until March 8, 2020.  “Mother Road” is written by Octavio Solis and directed by Bill …

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with Roxy York starring in ‘Bandstand’ by Susan Brall

The Tony Award winning musical “Bandstand” opens next week on March 3, 2020, at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. It was originally directed and choreographed by three-time Tony A…

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Kill Move Paradise’ at Rep Stage by Susan Brall

Rep Stage under the Producing Artistic Director, Joseph W. Ritsch, is presently performing “Kill Move Paradise” by James Ijames and directed by Danielle A. Drakes.  The play will be per…

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Theatre Review: ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

“Moonlight and Magnolias” written by Ron Hutchinson, directed by Ilene Chalmers and produced by Maureen Rogers is playing through March 15, 2020, at Laurel Mill Playhouse in historic Lau…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Henry V’ at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory by Susan Brall

William Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” directed by Grayson Owen, is presently playing on the Kestrel Stage at the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory in the Roland Park area of Baltimore until Mar…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with Kaitlyn Pietras, Projection Designer for ‘Mother Road’ at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Production of “Mother Road” is presently playing at Arena Stage until March 8, 2020.  “Mother Road” is written by Octavio Solis and directed by Bill …

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Concert Preview: Candlelight Concert Society Present the Award-Winning ‘Schumann Quartett’ by Susan Brall

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 7:30 pm Candlelight Concert Society Presents “Schumann Quartett” at the Smith Theatre, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard Community Col…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with John Desmone, Director ‘Mamma Mia!’ Dundalk Community Theatre by Susan Brall

“Mamma Mia!” presented by Dundalk Community Theatre is back by demand for a second run at the Community College Baltimore College, Dundalk Campus at the College Community Center Theatre …

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Concert Review: ‘Inna Faliks Plays Mozart’ at Columbia Orchestra by Susan Brall

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, The Columbia Orchestra, Jason Love, Conductor, presented “Inna Faliks Plays Mozart” at the Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, Columbia, MD. Faliks …

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