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Monday, December 5, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Sammy Jungwirth, Theatre Prodigy, Brings the Premiere of ‘Zelda’ to CCBC by Susan Brall

When Sammy Jungwirth, a 17-year-old theatre prodigy from Baltimore, discovered a musical called “Beautiful and Damned” originally produced in London’s West End, he decided to acquire t…

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Playwright, Author, and Translator, James Magruder by Susan Brall

From the New York Stage to the Iron Crow Theatre in Baltimore comes “Head Over Heels,” the new queer musical that rocked the Big White Way garnering wonderful reviews. The book is writte…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Mr. Roberts’ at Salem Players by Susan Brall

“Mister Roberts,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan (and adapted from Heggen’s book) is currently playing at Salem Players. It is produced by An…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Evie Gurney, Costume Designer for Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Susan Brall

Directed by artistic director Simon Godwin, Shakespeare Theatre Company will be presenting the Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing” beginning on November 10. This play is probably one of th…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Hellbent’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

Laurel Mill Playhouse is currently presenting the world-premiere of “Hellbent” by Jeff Dunne who also directs. The play is a satire of Dunne’s vision of hell. Lacey (Victoria Sova) and…

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Monday, October 3, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Roz White, Actor in ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ at The National Theatre by Susan Brall

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” is the brand new North American tour just coming off the show’s Broadway run. “This new musical reveals a comeback story like no other, of a woman who…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Mark Steinberg, Violinist with the Brentano String Quartet, performing at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

The Brentano String Quartet with Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, will be performing for Candlelight Concert Society on October 9, 2022. The program will include works by Claudio Monteverdi, …

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Theatre Review: ‘Songs for a New World’ at Rep Stage by Susan Brall

Rep Stages production of “Songs for a New World” is a collection of songs by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, and Bridges of Madison County) and is a re…

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Monday, September 26, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Piotr Gajewski, Conductor and Musical Director of the National Philharmonic by Susan Brall

The National Philharmonic has begun its new season which will include great orchestral works from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, along with Berlioz’s “Requiem” and Orff’s “Camina Buran…

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

Co-produced by Bill Hurlbut and Tristan Poje and directed by Rob Gorman, “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker follows an acting class in a small town in Vermont over the course …

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Concert Review: The Knights Chamber Orchestra at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

Candlelight Concert Society began their 50th Anniversary season with a splash. The Knights Chamber Orchestra, with Eric Jacobsen conducting, drew several standing ovations for their performa…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Jef Chi, Performing in The City of Fairfax Theatre Company’s ‘Macbeth’ by Susan Brall

The City of Fairfax Theatre Company will be presenting William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at the Veteran’s Amphitheater in Fairfax, Virginia beginning September 9, 2022. The CFTC is exc…

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Hannah Moscovitch, Playwright of ‘Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story’ at Theatre J by Susan Brall

On September 7, 2022, DC’s Theatre J will open their production of Hannah Moscovitch’s play “Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story.” The play was created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan, …

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Sister Act’ at Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts by Susan Brall

With an audience of mostly family and friends, “Sister Act,” presented by the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA), opened this week in the Smith Theatre at Howard Community Colleg…

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Hamilton’ at Kennedy Center by Susan Brall

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s theatrical sensation, “Hamilton,” has finally returned to DC for a long run at the Kennedy Center after pandemic delays. Like many, I saw the filmed version and wa…

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

‘A Quick 5′ with Playwrights Keith Alessi, Marga Gomez and Caleen Sinnette Jennings, ‘Logan Festival of Solo Performance’ 2022 at 1st STAGE by Susan Brall

1st STAGE is presenting three plays in its “Logan Festival of Solo Performance” through August 7, 2022—“Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Live” written and performed by…

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Pygmalion’ presented by Thunderous Productions at the Howard County Center for the Arts by Susan Brall

George Bernard Shaw’s comedy “Pygmalion” was presented this past weekend by Thunderous Productions. The play was later adapted into the musical classic, “My Fair Lady,” and the bas…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Renea Brown, Actor in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Folger Theatre by Susan Brall

Shakespeare fans can be happy this summer. The Folger Theatre is back with live performances and built a theater from the ground up inside the majestic Great Hall of DC’s National Building…

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Monday, July 11, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Dean Fiala, Playwright for ‘Kill Again’s Island’ at Kentlands Mansion by Susan Brall

In partnership with A Taste for Murder Productions, “Kill Again’s Island,” written by Dean Fiala and directed by Laura W. Andruski, will be performed at Kentlands Mansion this upcoming…

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Susan Brall

The North American Tour of the award-winning musical “The Band’s Visit” has returned to the Kennedy Center. With music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Itamar Moses, the musical …

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Jason A. Ellis, Playwright and Executive Director of Momentum Collective, Inc. by Susan Brall

Momentum Collective, Inc. is presently showing “Last Call, the musical,” the latest “playcert” from Prince George’s County resident, playwright, Jason A. Ellis. He is also the exec…

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Native Gardens’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

Sometimes, less is more. “Native Gardens,” a comedy by Karen Zacarías is a perfect example. Currently playing at Silver Spring Stage, it has a small cast (only four members have any dia…

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

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

“The Music Man” is considered by many to be the epitome of Americana in musical theatre. With lyrics, music, and book by Meredith Willson and story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, Olney…

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Kevin Patrick Martin, Actor in ‘Jersey Boys’ at The Kennedy Center by Susan Brall

If you watched the 2022 Tony Awards, you may remember they took time to honor all the understudies on Broadway. With Covid still plaguing our theatres, understudies have allowed many plays t…

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Anna DiGiovanni, Actor in “Much Ado About Nothing” at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Susan Brall

Summertime in Howard County is always a little brighter when the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to the PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City with one of their memorable outdoor producti…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Theatre Review: Rogers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ at Silhouette Stages by Susan Brall

Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is being presented by Silhouette Stages. While the original book was by Oscar Hammerstein II, this is an updated version written by Douglas Carter…

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ With Nathaniel P. Claridad, Director of ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ at Imagination Stage by Susan Brall

This summer, Imagination Stage is offering a really “cool” treat. They are presenting the musical adaptation of the perennial children’s classic, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” the 193…

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‘A Quick 5’ with January LaVoy, actor, ‘Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities’ presented by Theater J by Susan Brall

On June 9, 2022 Theater J Presents opened the groundbreaking, documentary play, “Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities.” It was conceived and written by Anna …

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ National Players at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

The National Players returns to Olney Theatre Center with the American classic, “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Christopher Michael Richardson. “A Raisin i…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Concert Review: ‘Dénes Várjon, Piano’ at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

The long-awaited concert by pianist Dénes Várjon (Read our interview with Dénes Várjon) was held June 1, 2022 presented by the Candlelight Concert Society. Though I am not an expert, I h…

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Concert Review: ‘American String Quartet with Octavio Vazquez’ at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

On May 22 Candlelight Concert Society (CCS) presented “American String Quartet with Octavio Vazquez” and the audience was in for a real treat. Even though it was getting stormy outside, …

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