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BWW Review: COMPANY at Just Off Broadway is a Fun, Funny and Fast-Paced Show with Heart BWW Review: COMPANY at Just Off Broadway is a Fun, Funny and Fast-Paced Show with Heart
by Kristen Price - October 18, 2017

For a majority of my adult life I've assumed Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY was a show about the backstage workings of a company of actors a bit like NOISES OFF. It was only recently I learned that the show's title actually refers to an entirely different meaning of the word company. Thanks to the cas... (more...)
BWW Review: Annapolis Shakespeare Company Opens Their New Cabaret Space With An
Evening Celebrating THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK BWW Review: Annapolis Shakespeare Company Opens Their New Cabaret Space With An Evening Celebrating THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK
by Kristen Price - October 16, 2017

The cabaret show has been a staple in the entertainment industry for some time. Singers and performers alike relish the opportunity to tell stories in a different way than they're used to, while performing songs they've never had the opportunity to sing. These evenings are more intimate and audience... (more...)
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Annapolis Shakespeare Company Charms in a Fresh Take on a Classic BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Annapolis Shakespeare Company Charms in a Fresh Take on a Classic
by Kristen Price - October 10, 2017

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. At the center of the story is one stubborn couple that everyone except them - knows should be together. Annapolis Shakespeare Company's production of this play is fresh and delightfully funny, and showcases every last comedic mo... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS at Baltimore's Center Stage Looks at Church Dogma in a Complex Way BWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS at Baltimore's Center Stage Looks at Church Dogma in a Complex Way
by Charles Shubow - September 29, 2017

You don't have to be Christian to love THE CHRISTIANS (with apologies to the 1960's famous ad 'You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's Jewish Rye Bread). But I do think a new name of the play would be appropriate. Have there been plays called 'The Hindus', 'The Jews',... (more...)
BWW Review: The Glass Menagerie at the Vagabond BWW Review: The Glass Menagerie at the Vagabond
by Tina Collins - September 18, 2017

Perfect casting makes for a beautiful rendition of The Glass Menagerie at the Vagabond. In this Tennessee Williams' classic, a fractured family struggles to maintain the illusion of hope in a harsh reality. Michael Byrne Zemarel's sensitive direction extracts the timeless elements from the mid-centu... (more...)
BWW Review: Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre LIGHT UP THE STARS with a Tribute to Broadway BWW Review: Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre LIGHT UP THE STARS with a Tribute to Broadway
by Kristen Price - September 16, 2017

Last summer, the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre performed 50 YEARS UNDER THE STARS, an evening of Broadway songs and dances to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. It was such a hit that they decided to mount another production this year, and after seeing their gorgeous production of RENT last summer,... (more...)
M. BUTTERFLY at Everyman Theatre - What a Bold Presentation of a Psychological Thriller Full of Surprises M. BUTTERFLY at Everyman Theatre - What a Bold Presentation of a Psychological Thriller Full of Surprises
by Charles Shubow - September 15, 2017

David Henry Hwang Tony winning play is given a riveting presentation by Everyman's Artistic Director and Director Vincent M. Lancisi.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Beautifully-Acted Tragedy Of Ideas: SALLY McCOY at Cohesion Theatre BWW Review: A Beautifully-Acted Tragedy Of Ideas: SALLY McCOY at Cohesion Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - September 15, 2017

Sally, as realized by Katherine Vary, is amazing to watch, as she constantly calculates what tactic, rhetorical, pugilistic, or personal, to employ next. When her bag of tricks appears empty to us, and apparently empty to her for a moment, she keeps coming up with one more and you can see her own ... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Olney Theatre Center - Come for the Fireworks! BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Olney Theatre Center - Come for the Fireworks!
by Charles Shubow - September 12, 2017

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BWW Review: An Embrace of Dangerous Illusions, Stunningly Portrayed: M. BUTTERFLY at Everyman BWW Review: An Embrace of Dangerous Illusions, Stunningly Portrayed: M. BUTTERFLY at Everyman
by Jack L. B. Gohn - September 11, 2017

Bruce Randolph Nelson's portrayal of Monsieur Gallimard is authoritative: all the glibness of a would-be mandarin who cannot quite pull it off, a lyrical self-awareness that does not quite go far enough, and a touch of madness. Every line rang true.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Generation and a Movement Considered in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES at The REP BWW Review: A Generation and a Movement Considered in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES at The REP
by Jack L. B. Gohn - September 11, 2017

The play has aged well. Women are, of course, still grappling with some of the issues that Heidi confronts. But it is not the specific issues that make the play last and lead me to predict that there will be revivals a century hence. One thing is for sure: the pop culture time-stamps like specific s... (more...)
BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Signature Theatre - 'Send In The Crowds' BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Signature Theatre - 'Send In The Crowds'
by Charles Shubow - September 01, 2017

Waltz right in to see Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer's stunning classic rendition on the musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.... (more...)
BWW Review: Red Branch Theatre Company Shoots and Scores with an Inspired Production of LYSISTRATA JONES BWW Review: Red Branch Theatre Company Shoots and Scores with an Inspired Production of LYSISTRATA JONES
by Kristen Price - August 24, 2017

LYSISTRATA JONES is a show that I knew next to nothing about before seeing the lovely production this past weekend at the Red Branch Theatre. I had heard one song in a concert of Lewis Flynn music, and had loved it. Also, I knew it was about basketball - which is also a topic I know next to nothing ... (more...)
BWW Review: Take a Tumble down the Rabbit Hole in the Delightful ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND at Annapolis Shakespeare Company BWW Review: Take a Tumble down the Rabbit Hole in the Delightful ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND at Annapolis Shakespeare Company
by Kristen Price - July 31, 2017

The delightful production of ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND, produced by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company has found a way to make the story of Alice and Wonderland new and fresh for children and adults alike. That's no easy feat. Alice and Wonderland is a reliable classic that most people know ba... (more...)
BWW Review: THURGOOD at Olney Theatre Center - Supreme Court Justice Comes Alive BWW Review: THURGOOD at Olney Theatre Center - Supreme Court Justice Comes Alive
by Charles Shubow - July 25, 2017

Actor Brian Anthony Wilson gives a brilliant portrayal in a one man show under the direction of Walter Dallas.... (more...)
BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Creates Magic and Fun in the Forest BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Creates Magic and Fun in the Forest
by Kristen Price - July 18, 2017

There are few things I love more than finding fun and new things to do outside in the dog days of summer. And lately, it seems that others have shared my love for all things sunshine by planning more and more of these events. One of these events is theatre outside, which may not be a new idea, but i... (more...)
BWW Review: Confronting the Paradoxes of Faith in EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF BWW Review: Confronting the Paradoxes of Faith in EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - July 16, 2017

I do not read Marcantel as indicting religion as such; she shows us how much groundedness and understanding faith gives. Every faith needs, and has, its own 'Ordnung,' but in order to live fully and well, Marcantel seems to be saying, believers will always need to transcend it. And then, as the pla... (more...)
BWW Review: The Bronx is Up – and Dancing to Hip Hop – in CATF's WELCOME TO FEAR CITY BWW Review: The Bronx is Up – and Dancing to Hip Hop – in CATF's WELCOME TO FEAR CITY
by Jack L. B. Gohn - July 15, 2017

Welcome to Fear City, premiering at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, WV, shambles along amiably, looking as if it has no more greater object than to be a loose black family dramedy set forty years ago. That is, until it dawns on you that the play's ambition is to be nothi... (more...)
BWW Review: A Gripping Struggle for Souls: WE WILL NOT BE SILENT at CATF BWW Review: A Gripping Struggle for Souls: WE WILL NOT BE SILENT at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - July 13, 2017

If by betraying her principles Scholl could prolong her life, as opposed to adhering to her principles, dying, and having no impact at all, which choice should she make? And this is not just her existential question: It is her interrogator Grunwald's as well. It would appear that Grunwald has made t... (more...)
BWW Review: You Should Visit BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI at CATF BWW Review: You Should Visit BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - July 12, 2017

The virtue of Byhalia, Mississippi lies precisely in its modesty. It prescribes no rules, apart from loving one another and telling the truth, for getting through a marital and race-inflected social crisis in a small town; it simply shows how one not-overwhelmingly admirable couple does it. And at t... (more...)
BWW Review: A Clash of Perfectly Opposed Titans in THE NICETIES at CATF BWW Review: A Clash of Perfectly Opposed Titans in THE NICETIES at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - July 11, 2017

A two-fisted drama of ideas, The Niceties may well leave you devastated, and will certainly send you out talking. Itwill keep you thinking and probably angry, regardless of where you come down on the issues very articulately debated in it.... (more...)
BWW Review: Incandescent Youth and WILD HORSES, a Heady Combination at CATF BWW Review: Incandescent Youth and WILD HORSES, a Heady Combination at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - July 10, 2017

The group portrait of the youngsters (The Woman's younger self, her partners in crime Zabby and Skinny Lynny, the callow young men who pursue them or whom they pursue, and The Woman's big sister, aka The Favorite) in all their confusion, pain, and, most important, their exuberance and their desire t... (more...)
BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at Olney Theatre Center is Just Plain 'Loverly' BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at Olney Theatre Center is Just Plain 'Loverly'
by Charles Shubow - July 06, 2017

I recall with reverence the illustrated cover of the original cast album of MY FAIR LADY by the acclaimed caricaturist, the late Al Hirschfeld (who has a Broadway theater named in his honor). It featured the author of 'Pygmalion' which MY FAIR LADY is based on, George Bernard Shaw, overlooking a clo... (more...)
BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at the Hippodrome - It's a Memorable Musical That Is Both Thrilling and Magical! BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at the Hippodrome - It's a Memorable Musical That Is Both Thrilling and Magical!
by Charles Shubow - June 30, 2017

I always find it exciting to see a musical I know nothing about and FINDING NEVERLAND fits that bill. I remember watching Jennifer Hudson sing 'Neverland' on the 2014 Tony Awards and recall watching the cast perform on the NBC 'Thanksgiving Day Parade' in November, 2014. The cast included Matthew Mo... (more...)
BWW Review: 'FINDING NEVERLAND' is a Magical Journey at Hippodrome Theatre BWW Review: 'FINDING NEVERLAND' is a Magical Journey at Hippodrome Theatre
by Daniel Collins - June 28, 2017

If you've seen the Johnny Depp 2004 film, 'Finding Neverland,' you're aware of the story of playwright J. M. Barrie and how his relationship with widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four boys, George, Jack, Peter and Michael, inspired him to write the classic play, 'Peter Pan.' If you haven't, you ... (more...)