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Friday, May 14, 2021

‘A Quick Five’ with Laley Lippard, Director of ‘In the Middle of the Fields’ at Solas Nua by Susan Brall

Starting on May 20, Solas Nua will be presenting “In the Middle of the Fields” until June 12 at P Street Beach Park in Washington, D.C. Solas Nua, which means “new light” in Irish, i…

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Concert Review: Mount Vernon Virtuosi presented by Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

On Saturday, May 8, 2021, the Candlelight Concert Society presented its first concert since the pandemic began. Mount Vernon Virtuosi, with Amit Peled conducting, performed at the Chrysalis …

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up’ at Round House Theatre by Susan Brall

“Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up,” written by Oscar-nominated (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) Lucy Alibar, is directed by Ryan Rilette and has opened virtually at the Round …

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

‘A Quick Five’ with Laurie T. Freed, Director of ‘To the New Girl’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company by Susan Brall

Since the pandemic, Peace Mountain Theatre Company’s productions have switched gears to virtual. They used their Educational Outreach Program department to produce plays more critical to o…

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Theatre Review: ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ at Signature Theatre by Susan Brall

Signature Theatre’s third production of this season opened virtually this week on Marquee TV. “Midnight at the Never Get” was originally developed in 2015. With book, lyrics and music …

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Oedipus Project: Nobel Prize Summit Our Planet, Our Future’ by Susan Brall

On April 27, 2021, the Theater of War Productions presented “The Oedipus Project: Nobel Prize Summit Our Planet, Our Future.”  The first part of the presentation was a dramatic reading …

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Monday, April 26, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Amit Peled, Conductor and Cellist with Mount Vernon Virtuosi by Susan Brall

It’s time to hear great music live again! Get out your lawn chairs and blankets because on May 8, 2021 at 2 pm, the Candlelight Concert Society will present Baltimore’s own Mount Vernon …

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Theatre Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ presented by the National Theatre on PBS Great Performances by Susan Brall

A new film of William Shakespeare’s iconic and tragic love story, “Romeo & Juliet, ”premiered April 23, 2021 on PBS’ Great Performances series. It was adapted for television by E…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune’ at Metro Stage by Susan Brall

It seems hard to believe it was a year ago that Terrence McNally, often called the Bard of American Theatre, died tragically of Covid-19. In his honor, Metro Stage is streaming a reading of …

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Christian Douglas, appearing in ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ at Signature Theatre by Susan Brall

From April 30 – June 21, 2021, Signature Theatre will virtually present “Midnight at the Never Get” with book, lyrics, and music by Mark Sonnenblick and conceived by Sam Bolen, Max Fri…

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ presented by Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath, produced by Lennie Magida and directed by Claire Derriennic, opened virtually at Silver Spring Stage this weekend. The original production prem…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A Quick 5 with Louis E. Davis in ‘The Freewheelin’ Insurgents’ at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

As part of the “Arena Riffs” program that began March 17 with “My Joy is Heavy!” by the Bengsons, Arena Stage will be presenting “The Freewheelin’ Insurgents” starting March 31…

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Little Women: The Broadway Musical’ presented by The Heritage Players by Susan Brall

This weekend, The Heritage Players presented a live-streamed production of “Little Women: The Broadway Musical” on March 20 and 21, 2021. The book is by Allan Knee with lyrics by Mindi D…

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Theatre News: Olney Theatre Looks Back One Year with Cast, Director and Playwright of ‘The Amateurs’ by Susan Brall

When I sat in the audience for the opening of “The Amateurs,” I did not know that one week later the theatre would go dark. As the first week of performances ended, the cast and crew had…

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Hamless’ presented by The Rude Mechanicals by Susan Brall

The Rude Mechanicals, in residence at the Greenbelt Arts Center, is currently offering their unique, take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” online, entitled “Hamless.” This interesting loo…

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Monday, March 8, 2021

News/Opinion: Looking Back – ‘The Amateurs’ by Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

It is eerie to remember that just one year ago, on March 8, 2020, I went to review “The Amateurs” at the Olney Theatre Center. I attended with a close friend and fellow theatre buff. We …

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ presented by Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

The 2019 Silver Spring Stage production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde is now streaming on YouTube. It is produced by Lenny Magida and directed by Bill Hurlbut. The …

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Concert News: Columbia Pro Cantare’s Free Concert Presentation begins on March 7 by Susan Brall

Columbia Pro Cantare will be posting a free concert under the direction of Frances Motyca Dawson. The selections are from its 2016 Duruflé “Requiem” concert with the Howard County Conce…

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Mountaintop’ presented by Rockville Little Theatre with Arts on the Green by Susan Brall

“The Mountaintop” is written by Katori Hall and produced by Eric Henry and Jerry Callistein. The online production is presented by Rockville Little Theatre, in partnership with the City …

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Tamer Tamed’ by The Rude Mechanicals by Susan Brall

For Valentine’s week, The Rude Mechanicals present “The Tamer Tamed,” directed by Liana Olear and produced by Joshua Engel. The first performance was available February 13 on YouTube. …

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Theatre to Film Review: ‘The Prom’ on Netflix by Susan Brall

The musical comedy, “The Prom,” directed by Ryan Murphy and adapted to the screen by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, is now streaming on Netflix. The film is based on the 2018 Broadway mus…

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Theatre News: Silhouette Stages presents ‘Master Classes’ series by Susan Brall

Are you interested in working on stage or behind the scenes of a theatrical production? Have you always wanted to direct or design sets or lights? Perhaps, you just want to hone up on your a…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Jenn Sheetz, Properties Director of Arena Stage by Susan Brall

If you enjoy theater mostly from the audience perspective, you many not realize how many people work behind the scenes. Most pay attention to the actors’ performances. Many may note the co…

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Ada and the Engine’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

“Ada and the Engine” — written by Lauren Gunderson, produced by Alika Codispoti and Maura Suilebhan, and directed by Jon Jon Johnson for Silver Spring Stage — opened virtually on Fri…

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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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