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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...)
BWW Review: HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED at Round House Theatre - Truly a Triumph! BWW Review: HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED at Round House Theatre - Truly a Triumph!
by Charles Shubow - June 19, 2017

If you are a fan of the late August Wilson, you must not miss HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED now playing at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD. Even if you have never heard of August Wilson, you should not miss it for it is an exciting and remarkable piece of theater.... (more...)
JAZZ Has World Premiere at Baltimore Center Stage Based on Toni Morrison Novel JAZZ Has World Premiere at Baltimore Center Stage Based on Toni Morrison Novel
by Charles Shubow - June 02, 2017

Playwright Nambi E.Kelley's adaptation of Morrison novel is a herculean effort.... (more...)
NOISES OFF at Everyman Theatre - You Will Laugh Until It Hurts!! NOISES OFF at Everyman Theatre - You Will Laugh Until It Hurts!!
by Charles Shubow - May 30, 2017

It truly is one of the funniest plays I've ever seen.... (more...)
BWW Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN at Vagabond Players Confuses and Amuses BWW Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN at Vagabond Players Confuses and Amuses
by Kristen Price - May 30, 2017

A farce should be full of slamming doors, confusion and missed opportunities. Because of this, you need a stage that's able to accommodate the action and actors that understand exactly what's happening at every point, even if the characters they're playing do not. In the case of SEE HOW THEY RUN pla... (more...)
DORIAN'S CLOSET at Rep Stage - World Premiere Musical is Stunning! DORIAN'S CLOSET at Rep Stage - World Premiere Musical is Stunning!
by Charles Shubow - May 10, 2017

Directed by Co-Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch, with book and lyrics by Richard Mailman and music by Ryan Haase, DORIAN'S CLOSET is a fictionalized account of Buffalo native Dorian Corey who headed to New York City for a life as a 'female impersonator' and 'performer' and became a huge hit. One may ... (more...)
BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW at Fells Point Corner Theatre  Delights Musical Theater Lovers BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW at Fells Point Corner Theatre Delights Musical Theater Lovers
by Kristen Price - May 02, 2017

It must be said. TITLE OF SHOW is an enigma. It's one of those shows that, even after someone has explained it to you, you don't really know exactly what to expect until you take your seat in the theater and the curtain goes up. It's a tricky premise - a show about its own creation. If you really st... (more...)
BWW Review: Single Carrot's Magical Mystery Tour: A SHORT REUNION BWW Review: Single Carrot's Magical Mystery Tour: A SHORT REUNION
by Jack L. B. Gohn - April 23, 2017

The Therapist, embodied by Paul Diem, launched into a spirited evocation of the art of theater, which morphed into a vision of all life as a work of art. In that spirit, flags and funny hats were passed out to the congregation, as the Therapist stripped down to Superman skivvies and led the whole as... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE at Vagabond Theatre is Full of Wit and Snark BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE at Vagabond Theatre is Full of Wit and Snark
by Kristen Price - April 12, 2017

THE ODD COUPLE at the Vagabond Theatre, from start to finish was a pretty perfect production full of misfits and lovable rogues. Felix played by Eric C. Stein and Oscar played by Larry Malkus were standouts, which is good since the entire show rests solely - and comfortably - on their shoulders. Thr... (more...)
BWW Review: HT DARLING'S INCREDIBLE MUSAEUM at Submersive Productions Explores Life on Another Planet BWW Review: HT DARLING'S INCREDIBLE MUSAEUM at Submersive Productions Explores Life on Another Planet
by Kristen Price - April 05, 2017

Immersive theater has been an idea I've heard good things and bad things about but haven't had any real experiences with. I know the general idea - you're sort of dropped into this world and you have to react based on what's going on around you. It's a creative and equally terrifying prospect for ac... (more...)
BWW Review: RENT at Hippodrome Fills Hearts With Its Message of Love BWW Review: RENT at Hippodrome Fills Hearts With Its Message of Love
by Kristen Price - April 03, 2017

For about 6 years, RENT was the show I just didn't want to see. While all my friends were head over heels for this brand new musical, I just couldn't get excited about it. I was very in to the traditional back then and RENT was anything but traditional. However, in 2002 my best friend turned 21 and ... (more...)
BWW Review: LOS OTROS at Everyman Theatre - New Musical by Michael John LaChiusa is Ripe for Our Time BWW Review: LOS OTROS at Everyman Theatre - New Musical by Michael John LaChiusa is Ripe for Our Time
by Charles Shubow - March 31, 2017

See the Baltimore/Washington premiere featuring two stunning actors: Judy McLane and Philip Hernandez.... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre is Rapturous BWW Review: RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre is Rapturous
by Charles Shubow - March 21, 2017

Do not miss this spectacular presentation of the Tony Award-Winning musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WHITE SNAKE at Center Stage BWW Review: THE WHITE SNAKE at Center Stage
by Daniel Collins - March 17, 2017

Audiences are in for a magic journey both on and off stage as Center Stage, now unveiled after a $28 million renovation, presents award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of the Chinese fable, 'THE WHITE SNAKE.'... (more...)