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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with David Jones of Montgomery Playhouse Celebrating its 90th Anniversary by Susan Brall

This year marks the 90th Anniversary of Montgomery Playhouse a regional theatre group located now in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  The City of Gaithersburg (the Mayor, Jud Ashman, and City Counc…

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Theatre News: Baltimore’s Own, André De Shields, Wins Tony Award for ‘Hadestown’ by Susan Brall

Baltimore’s theatre lights were shining a little brighter Sunday when native son André De Shields won a Tony Award for the role of Hermes in the acclaimed production, “Hadestown.” Her…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with Jessica Henkin, ‘Stoop Storytelling Series’ by Susan Brall

The “Stoop Storytelling Series” is a Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features “ordinary” people sharing the extraordinary, true tales of their lives.  If you have never s…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Macbeth’ (Movable/Outdoors Production) by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company at PFI Historic Park by Susan Brall

 “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare and directed by Ian Gallanar is being presented by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company at PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City, Maryland.  This is a uniq…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with John Barker, actor in ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Cumberland Theatre by Susan Brall

The Cumberland Theatre sequestered in picturesque Cumberland; Maryland will be presenting Tennessee Williams “Streetcar Named Desire.  This American classic follows the seemingly proper B…

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Theatre Review: ‘Grease’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Susan Brall

“Grease” with Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Directed and Choreographed by Mark Minnick, and Artistic Director, Toby Orenstein is presently rocking at Toby’s Di…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘A Quick 5 with Ian Gallanar, Director of ‘Macbeth’ for The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Susan Brall

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company began in 2002 with a small group of artists committed to changing how people think about Shakespeare, by producing shows that allowed audiences to connect…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

‘A Quick 5′ with Jason Love, Conductor, Columbia Orchestra by Susan Brall

Jason Love is both a cellist and conductor, presently leading the Columbia Orchestra in Columbia, MD.  Jason just celebrated his 20th Anniversary as Artistic Director and Conductor of the C…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Arts Preview: Columbia Festival of the Arts is Rocketing Up for June 14th Launch by Susan Brall

The much-anticipated annual event in Howard County is the Columbia Festival of the Arts.  The performances and events go into high gear for more than two weeks commencing on June 14th.  It…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Concert Review: ‘The Rite of Spring’ at Columbia Orchestra by Susan Brall

Saturday night, June 17, 2019, the Columbia Orchestra performed “The Rite of Spring” at the Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, Columbia, MD and featuring Kelli Young, vocalist, K…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Cabaret’ at Silhouette Stages by Susan Brall

“Cabaret” with Book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Deuten and stories by Christopher Isherwood with Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb is presently playing at S…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Theatre News: Helen Hayes Awards Presentation and Recipients by Susan Brall

The Washington Theatre family was dressed in the finery at The Anthem for the Helen Hayes Awards on Monday night, May 13, 2019.  Dozens of performers, directors and designers were honored f…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Escher String Quartet’ at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the Candlelight Concert Society presented “Escher String Quartet” at Howard Community College’s Smith Theatre, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center.  …

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Concert Review: ‘Salute to Gershwin & Kern’ at Columbia Pro Cantare by Susan Brall

Columbia’s Pro Cantare presented “Salute to Gershwin & Kern” at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland.  Under the leadership of Frances Motyca Daws…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘The 39 Steps’ at Rep Stage by Susan Brall

Rep Stage’s “The 39 Steps” adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, is presently playing at the Studio Theatre at the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at H…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with Brook Speltz, Cellist, Escher Quartet by Susan Brall

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 7 PM Candlelight Concert Society will be presenting Escher Quartet and Christopher Shih, piano, at the Smith Theatre at the Horowitz Center for the Arts at Howa…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with Kerry McGee, Director, ‘Treasure Island’ by Susan Brall

We Happy Few, a theatrical group in the D.C. area, continues its Classics-in-Action series with a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s seminal pirate story Treasure Island directed b…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Matthew Morrison at Strathmore’s Annual Spring Gala by Susan Brall

Strathmore will be holding its Annual Spring Gala on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 9 PM at The Music Center.  The night will start with a dinner for Strathmore Patrons before the show.  Ticket…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Jekyll and Hyde the Musical’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

“Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical” conceived for the Stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn, Book and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, Music by Frank Wildhorn and based on the story by Robert Lou…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with Pat Montley, Playwright and Director, ‘Plays on Principle’ by Susan Brall

On Saturday, April 27 at 8 pm and Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2 pm in celebration of Channing’s Baltimore Sermon “Plays on Principle” written and directed by Pat Montley, will be perform…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Who’s Tommy’ at The Kennedy Center by Susan Brall

The Broadway Center Stage production of “The Who’s Tommy” is presently playing at The Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in the Eisenhower Theater directed and choreographed by Josh…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with Kelley Curran Appearing as Clytemnestra in “The Oresteia” at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Susan Brall

Shakespeare Theatre Company will be presenting playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s adaptation of Aeschylus’ “The Oresteia,” directed by Michael Kahn, at Sidney Harman Hall at the Harman Ce…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with Zachary Michel, President and Co-Founder, Charm City Fringe by Susan Brall

Charm City Fringe, Inc. (CCF) which began in 2015 holds its Festival in Baltimore, Maryland. According to CCF, they provide a platform for theatrical artists to elevate their work and reach …

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘A Quick 5’ with Carolyn Koch, ‘All New People’ at Green Globe Theatre by Susan Brall

The Green Globe Theatre will be presenting “All New People” which will run Friday and Saturday nights from April 26-May 4 at The Green Globe Theatre in residence at Breath of God Luth…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Adam Downs, ‘P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!’ at Dominion Stage by Susan Brall

Dominion Stage will be performing “P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!” – a dark, funny, physical comedy about losers on their worst day. It will be performed at Gunston Theatre Two, 2700 S. Lang …

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Concert Review: ‘ECCO – East Coast Chamber Orchestra’ at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

The Candlelight Concert Society changes venues for the day and presented “ECCO – East Coast Chamber Orchestra Program-An Ancient Walkabout” at the Linehan Concert Hall on the campus of…

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Concert Review: ‘Lewis Black’ at Strathmore by Susan Brall

On Sunday, April 13 the Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland presented the comedy of Lewis Black.  Black is known for his acerbic, angry wit and his off-beat look into social and politica…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Concert Review: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Porgy & Bess’ at Strathmore by Susan Brall

On Thursday, April 11, 2019 the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore in North Bethesda, presented a “semi-staged” production of George Gershwin’s classic, Porgy and Bess. with li…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Susan Brall

Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is presently playing at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Maryland.  This is a new musical adaptation based on the Hugo novel and uses s…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Scotland Road’ at APL Drama Club by Susan Brall

“Scotland Road” by Jeffrey Hatcher, presented by the APL Drama Club and directed by Sharon Maguire is playing at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel Marylan…

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

“Appropriate” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Jeff Mikoni and produced by Diego Maramba is now playing at Silver Spring Stage in Silver Spring, MD.  The play premiered in 2013 an…

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