Peter Rouleau

Peter Rouleau

Peter Rouleau is an indie author, college professor, and theater artist who lives in Montgomery County Maryland. His favorite theatrical memories include getting to recite "To Be or Not to Be" on the Globe Stage and writing and directing his own stage play in college.






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Review: LEND ME A SOPRANO at Olney Theatre Center
Review: LEND ME A SOPRANO at Olney Theatre Center
February 12, 2024

Olney Theatre Center's Roberts Mainstage is presenting Ken Ludwig's 'Lend Me a Soprano' through March 10. This is a reimagining (by the author) of Ludwig's Tony-winning farce 'Lend Me a Tenor,' a staple of professional, community, and school theatres nationwide...which I've somehow never seen.  As the change in the title suggests, the production is gender-swapped; the male roles in the original are female in the new version and vice versa. Having not seen the original, I cannot speak to the difference in effect in the new version, but can only evaluate 'Soprano' on its own merits...and it has many merits.

Review: ANNIE at Broadway at the National
Review: ANNIE at Broadway at the National
January 25, 2024

A pleasantly diverting spectacle.

Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY At The Kennedy Center
Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY At The Kennedy Center
December 16, 2023

An interesting and engaging interpretation of the work of one of the most consequential American songwriters.

Review: QUILTERS at 1st Stage
Review: QUILTERS at 1st Stage
December 12, 2023

Just over a year ago, I reviewed 1st Stage's production of N. Richard Nash's 'The Rainmaker,' about a conman offering hope to a drought-racked farm family. Now, the Tyson's Corner-based company is presenting another story of hope, love, and determination in the prairies.

Review: KILL THE RIPPER at Capitol Hill Arts Worskshop
Review: KILL THE RIPPER at Capitol Hill Arts Worskshop
October 29, 2023

An intriguing venture into oft-visited territory.

Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Adventure Theatre
Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Adventure Theatre
September 23, 2023

What did our critic think of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Adventure Stage?

Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Kennedy Center
Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Kennedy Center
July 23, 2023

A brilliantly-performed, well-mounted play about a horribly-performed, disastrously staged play.

Review: LOVE AND VINYL at KA-CHUNK!!! Records
Review: LOVE AND VINYL at KA-CHUNK!!! Records
July 10, 2023

For a variety of logistical reasons, immersive or environmentally-staged theatre, in which the audience is seated in the midst of the action, is rarely undertaken. Prior to seeing the show I'm reviewing, the only such performance I recall was in college at Salisbury University. An ambitious directing student chose a scene from Sean O'Casey's 'The Plough and the Stars;' transformed the black box theatre into the tenement house where the play takes place and sat the audience members at various places therein.

Review: INCENDIARY at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Review: INCENDIARY at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
June 6, 2023

Let me tell you a bit about myself. Even before the death of George Floyd and the political earthquake that followed, I have long been of the opinion that drastic and systemic changes are needed in the American judicial system.

Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at NextStop Theatre Company
Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at NextStop Theatre Company
May 21, 2023

A touching and engaging portrait of an immigrant community confronting the struggles of daily life.

Review: A NICE INDIAN BOY at Olney Theatre Centre
Review: A NICE INDIAN BOY at Olney Theatre Centre
March 13, 2023

A funny, touching variation on a familiar story.

Review: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN at 1st Stage
Review: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN at 1st Stage
March 6, 2023

A humane, engaging look at how shared trauma can lead to meaningful connection. How often does a play draw you in before it even begins? The set for 1st Stage's production of E.M. Lewis' 'How the Light Gets In,' designed by Kathryn Kawecki, is one of the most creative and innovative I have ever seen at a regional theater. The black box is transformed into the Japanese garden that serves as the epicenter of the play's action, complete with a wooden bridge, realistic floral displays, and a pond. The set is well-complemented by Helen Garcia-Alton's lighting and sound designer Gordon Nimmo-Smith's ambient noise.

Review: STEP AFRIKA!'S MAGICAL MUSICAL HOLIDAY STEP SHOW at Arena Stage
Review: STEP AFRIKA!'S MAGICAL MUSICAL HOLIDAY STEP SHOW at Arena Stage
December 12, 2022

This time of year, various professional and amateur theater companies present Christmas-oriented stage productions. Pardon me while I spoil 80 percent of them: Scrooge realizes he's a prick and gives Cratchit a raise. Those searching for an alternative to the usual fare could do far worse than to attend Step Afrika!'s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show at Arena Stage this week.

Review: THE RAINMAKER at 1st Stage
Review: THE RAINMAKER at 1st Stage
November 23, 2022

American literature has a soft spot for con artists, those ruffians who, lacking the skills or inclination to earn an honest living, prosper by using sheer charm and creativity to tell other people what they most want to hear. These rapscallions, despite living by lying, often find themselves in a position to help other characters discover certain truths about themselves. 1st Stage's production of N. Edward Nash's 1954 play The Rainmaker is an enjoyable and entertaining visit with one such miscreant.

Review: THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD at Atlas Performing Arts Center
Review: THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD at Atlas Performing Arts Center
November 12, 2022

A lively contemporary rethinking of a classic Irish comedy.






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