A Theatre Lover's Guide to DC/Capital Area Theatres - August 2010 Offerings

Now that The Capital Fringe Festival has finally packed up its tent, (read all 132 reviews of the Fringe reviews and reflections here), DC theatergoers are being offered some musical offerings this month including new productions of the popular musicals Chess, Nunsense, Buddy--The Buddy Holly Story, The Fantasticks and Side Show. There's a lot of good "buzz" going around town about a DC premiere of a recently Tony-nominated Best Play, to be produced at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. If you are visiting the Nation's Capital, come visit one of our many theatre venues.

SPECIAL EVENT

DC Black Theatre Festival, from August 1st through the 8th.

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There is a new theatre festival about to grace eight venues around the DC area. Washington DC's first-ever Black Theatre Festival will be offering 70 theatrical performances by local and national artists, theatre companies, producers, and writers. Among the offerings will be a series called "Intimate Conversations; History Told Through the Eyes of Those Who Were There," celebrating the "giants" in Black theatre. There will be many workshops including a round table about the state and future of black theater in America, a directing workshop, children's workshop, acting, and a "One-Act Battle" - a nightly one-act play competition hosted by Bus Boys & Poets, visual presentations, and monologue Competition and after each performance, as well as a nightly After Party featuring live music and entertainment, and a lively discussion with audience members and performers. Tickets are only $15.00 for all shows and just $10.00 for all workshops.

OPENING IN AUGUST MUST-SEES:

(1) Nunsense, from August 5th to September 19th (and some limited dates TBA through November 14th during the run of RENT), at Toby's Columbia, in Columbia, MD.

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After tearing up the dance floor in their wonderful production of Toby's Hairspray, cast members MaryLee Adams (Sister Mary Leo), Jesaira Glover (Sister Mary Hubert), and Heather Beck (Sister Robert Anne) are joined by Jessica Ball (Sister Mary Amnesia), and Jane C. Boyle (Sister Mary Regina) as a group of wacky nuns in Dan Goggin's crowd-favorite musical Nunsense. With this amount of amazing talent on the in-the-round stage at Toby's Columbia location, it will be a very funny production and these Sisters will sing the hell (Oops! Pardon me Sisters! - the heck) out of the funny score. Look, the story is really stupid but it's lots of silly fun, and you never know - you might develop some good "habits" if you see the show.

"Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of Grease. Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon."




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Joel Markowitz Joel Markowitz grew up in Buffalo, NY. At a young age, between shoveling snow and eating hot Buffalo wings, he fell in love with theatre, particularly musical theatre. Moving to the DC area after graduating from Syracuse University, Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Social Group, where he leads groups to performances in the DC area, and theatre weekends in NYC and Philadelphia. This year, The Ushers is celebrating its 21st anniversary. Joel also coordinates Broadway Bound Meetup groups in the DC, Baltimore, and VA areas.

In May 2011, Joel became the Editor and Senior Columnist for Maryland Theatre Guide, after writing his popular column Theatre Schmooze, and recording interviews with DC, Philadelphia, and New York actors, directors, and composers for DC Theatre Scene for 5 years. Joel is also a regular contributor on the weekly NYC radio program ‘The Lunch and Judy Show’ where he talks with host Judy Stadt about theatre in NYC and the DC area. Joel is a fan of Stephen Sondheim, William Finn, Jason Robert Brown and Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. His favorite musicals include Ragtime, The Secret Garden, Spring Awakening, Gypsy, The Light in the Piazza, Sweeney Todd, The Last Five Years, and In The Heights. He is a huge supporter of children's theatre. Joel is also a Buffalo Sabres fan, so you may see him at hockey rinks, as well as at stage doors, where he schmoozes with the stars.


 
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