Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

David Bosley-Reynolds News

 
BWW Review: ELF - THE MUSICAL at Toby's Dinner Theater Photo BWW Review: ELF - THE MUSICAL at Toby's Dinner Theater
by Cybele Pomeroy - Jul 6, 2021

Attending the musical ELF in July, (and August) in the air-conditioned comfort of Toby's, which is featuring reduced capacity pod seating until further notice, is a sweet novelty, and a community-supportive way to emerge from seventeen months of dormancy. You're in for holiday sweetness with heart and soul and singing and dancing and sparkle and jolly and a side of cheese. It's delicious food for the soul.

BWW Review: It All Comes Down To A CHRISTMAS STORY at Toby's Photo BWW Review: It All Comes Down To A CHRISTMAS STORY at Toby's
by Cybele Pomeroy - Dec 2, 2019

Hang your stockings, mull your beverage of choice and light up your leg lamp, then go to Toby's in Columbia to see A Christmas Story, The Musical, music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Joseph Robinette. It's a sweet series of youthful holiday escapades full of quirky characters, brought to you with a wealth of warm fuzzies, in Toby's usual heartwarming style.

 BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD Protects Toby's Superstar Reputation Photo BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD Protects Toby's Superstar Reputation
by Cybele Pomeroy - Oct 2, 2019

There's much to like about this production of THE BODYGUARD, story aside. It's predictable, superficial and just barely passes the Bechdel-Wallace test. The script is measurably better than the story and the performance is even better than the script. Ross Scott Rawlings' accompanying mini-orchestra is flat-out terrific, and there are some extremely interesting tech things happening. Overall, a strong thumbs-up.

BWW Review: Take Time To Smell, See, And Especially Hear The Roses In GYPSY At Toby's Photo BWW Review: Take Time To Smell, See, And Especially Hear The Roses In GYPSY At Toby's In Columbia
by Cybele Pomeroy - Feb 7, 2019

Cathy Mundy as Momma Rose creates a faceted character with depth, backstory and motivation. The Ensemble is full of experienced leading men and women who blend beautifully and as Louise, MaryKate Brouillet manages to look about fourteen years old for most of the show before her Act II transformation. Full of catchy tunes, powerhouse vocalists, lively choreography and adorable children, Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia's production of GYPSY is an impressive crowd-pleaser.

BWW Review: Scrooges Galore: Two Distinct Takes on A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Chesapeake Shakespeare and Toby's
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Dec 9, 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that as Christmas rolls around, A Christmas Carol appears in theaters. And it's no wonder; Charles Dickens' irresistible holiday tale is irresistibly theatrical. It is machine-tooled to go right for the heartstrings. A lot of different things can be done within this framework, a versatility well-illustrated by two distinct takes on A Christmas Carol currently on offer at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia.

BWW Review: RAGTIME at Toby's Dinner Theatre - It's Like Seeing It on Broadway
by Charles Shubow - Sep 29, 2015

Superb cast at Toby's is not to be missed.

BWW Review: Diverse and Parentless at the Turn of the Century: RAGTIME Revived at Toby's
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Sep 23, 2015

The America depicted here is a place of quests: Father's for the unknown horizon, Tateh's for a land where he and his daughter can prosper, Coalhouse's for reuniting with Sarah and raising his son in a world where blacks are regarded and treated as equals. To these quests might be added two more: Younger Brother's for some ideal he can build a life around and Mother's, a quieter one, to nurture a family, whatever contours her decency and generosity cause it to assume. And all of these quests are played out among the novelties and sensations of an exuberant American decade: among the things which will figure in the plot are Henry Ford's Model T, J.P. Morgan's library of priceless incunabula, the notorious charms of uber-courtesan Evelyn Nesbit, and the antics of escape artist Harry Houdini.

BWW Reviews: Solemn and Unusual: 1776 at Toby's
by Jack L. B. Gohn - May 18, 2015

There are times it's hard to credit that 1776 is even a musical. In this retelling of the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence, there is some singing and some dancing, and even some laughs, but little effort to follow the tried-and-true path to rousing musical success. This is fundamentally a tale of a group of men sitting in a room debating, and Peter Stone, author of the book, gives us - a group of men sitting in a room debating. And yet the work has considerable power and appeal, and it is not strange either that it won the Tony for Best Musical in 1969, or that Toby's has revived it.

Photo Flash: First Look at Daniel Felton, Lawrence B. Munsey and More in LES MISERABLES at Toby's Dinner Theatre
by Christina Mancuso - Aug 27, 2013

Toby's Dinner Theatre presents Les Miserables, July 26 - November 10, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production shots below!

BWW Reviews: IN THE HEIGHTS at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia - A Smashing Success
by Charles Shubow - May 21, 2013

Tony-winning musical brings a breath of fresh air to dinner theatre patrons.

BWW Reviews: IN THE HEIGHTS at Toby's - Energetic But Inaudible
by Jack L. B. Gohn - May 12, 2013

In The Heights is not standard Maryland dinner theater fare, concerning, as it does, the residents of a largely Dominican and Puerto Rican barrio at the northern end (and highest part) of Manhattan. The lyrics are often in Spanish, often delivered in rap monologue, and largely assume a kind of cultural literacy not common among Maryland dinner theater patrons: knowing, for instance, what it means for someone to say she comes from La Vibora or from Vega Alta (things I had to look up after the fact) or what kind of comestible a mamey might be (ditto), or what it means to yell 'Wepa!' (ditto again). This is probably a good thing; all of us should constantly be looking to broaden our horizons, especially in our theatergoing. At the same time, as much help as possible should be extended to make the proceedings as comprehensible as possible for us Anglo newbies. And sadly, barring a half-page insert of explanation in the program, that kind of help was in scant evidence in Toby's new production.

BWW Reviews: A Rousing FIDDLER at Toby's Columbia
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Feb 20, 2013

Fiddler traffics in the safest kind of nostalgia, reminiscences of a world no one would want to return to. It's a lovely flirtation with a way of life that is safely dead. The only real question is whether it is done well. And I'm pleased to say that it's done very well by Toby's.

BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ: Finding Magic Beyond The Rainbow
by Tracy Danoff - Apr 17, 2012

Toby's Dinner Theatre has a long history of presenting high quality productions. However, could they pull off the technicolor vision of The Wizard Of Oz that most people see in their mind's eye? Happily for the audience, answer is yes.

Shall We Dance and Think About Privilege and Race? THE KING AND I at Toby's
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jan 24, 2012

Rodgers and Hammerstein designed the ending to reduce you to tears, and they knew what they were doing. Resist, even at this excellent revival,and think about the conundrums of race, class and gender that that lie just beneath the surface.

BWW Reviews: Strine, Skating and Screeching - A Hilarious XANADU at Toby's Baltimore
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jun 27, 2011

Fortunately, Toby's has the right Kira in Heather Marie Beck. In her game willingness to clown rather than just be pretty and sound lovely, she reminds me a bit of Cameron Diaz. I will long treasure the memory of her staggering along, one skate on and one skate off, as she doggedly makes her escape from a too-importunate Sonny. Beck may know, and we may know, that the character looks ridiculous, but the character doesn't know; that's real comedy.

Toby's Dinner and Show Presents XANADU June 18- Sept 4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2011

Toby's Dinner and Show Baltimore - Xanadu runs June 18, 2011 through September 4,2011.

Toby's Dinner and Show Presents XANADU June 18- Sept 4
by Gabrielle Sierra - May 19, 2011

Toby's Dinner and Show Baltimore - Xanadu runs June 18, 2011 through September 4,2011.

Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Closes 1/2
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2011

Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore - A Christmas Carol runs Nov 13,2010 - Jan 2,2011.

Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL 11/13-1/2/2011
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2010

Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore - A Christmas Carol runs Nov 13,2010 - Jan 2,2011.

Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore Presents CATS 9/16-11/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2010

Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore. "Cats" runs September 16,2010 - November7, 2010.

 1