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BWW Review: THE BOOK OF DAYS at The Colonial Players is a Creative Take on Small Town AmericaBWW Review: THE BOOK OF DAYS at The Colonial Players is a Creative Take on Small Town America
by Kristen Price - February 23, 2020

Colonial Players production of Lanford Wilson's play THE BOOK OF DAYS, is a creative take on one of the playwright's lesser known works. The piece, which tells the story of the townsfolk in Dublin, Missouri, is billed as a murder mystery, though I think it's less about the mystery of who, and more about how it came to this. Events in the work unfurl unusually, with characters informing the audience of each passing day. It's quite a different way to tell a story and allows the audience to see just how easily and quickly action escalates. (more...)
BWW Review: THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES at Adventure TheatreBWW Review: THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES at Adventure Theatre
by Barbara Trainin Blank - February 18, 2020

A recent article in The New York Times declared that Ezra Jack Keats's The Snowy Day and Other Stories is the most widely borrowed book in the Big Apple's public library collection. It's popular not only for the way it evokes the wonder and innocence of childhood but for breaking the color barrier in children's literature.  (more...)
BWW Review: RICHARD & JANE & DICK & SALLY Celebrates its World Premiere at Baltimore Center StageBWW Review: RICHARD & JANE & DICK & SALLY Celebrates its World Premiere at Baltimore Center Stage
by Kristen Price - February 15, 2020

The new play RICHARD & JANE & DICK & SALLY, written by Noah Diaz and directed by Taylor Reynolds, had its world premiere at Baltimore Center Stage Thursday evening. The play is a simultaneously quirky and heartfelt look at grief, loss and accessibility.  While the Dick & Jane stories, the characters names and play's title have been derived from, have been around for decades, this play is entirely new and definitely of today. It depicts a family dealing with grief, past and future, and the struggles of those with differing abilities. (more...)
BWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL at Rorschach TheatreBWW Review: THE TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL at Rorschach Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - February 12, 2020

With very few exceptions stage musicals based off of comic books and horror movies are never truly successful. You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and Little Shop of Horrors are two very rare examples where those genres succeeded commercially. (more...)
BWW Review: ZOMO THE RABBIT: A HIP-HOP CREATION MYTH at Imagination StageBWW Review: ZOMO THE RABBIT: A HIP-HOP CREATION MYTH at Imagination Stage
by Hannah Wing - February 10, 2020

Imagination Stage's Zomo The Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth, directed by Raymond O. Caldwell, brings back old school hip-hop for a fun, interactive show for kids and adults. (more...)
BWW Review: THE VELVETEEN RABBIT at Adventure TheatreBWW Review: THE VELVETEEN RABBIT at Adventure Theatre
by Jane Horwitz - November 20, 2019

This veddy British tale of the undying love between a child and her lop-eared, sawdust-filled velveteen rabbit is a storybook treat to look at --  pretty enough to honor the classic children's book on which it is based and well played by a cast adept at posh British accents and lots of hopping.  (more...)
BWW Review: ELEPHANTS & PIGGIE'S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!” at Adventure TheatreBWW Review: ELEPHANTS & PIGGIE'S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!” at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - October 6, 2019

DC Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) visionary Michael J. Bobbitt left us to start a new artistic chapter in his life a few months ago. The season opener at Adventure Theatre shows that even though he isn't here physically his vision for the company will be felt all season. Bobbitt made his picks for the company's 19/20 season before his departure. (more...)
BWW Review: Rumor Has It that RUMORS at Just Off Broadway is a Delightfully Funny ProductionBWW Review: Rumor Has It that RUMORS at Just Off Broadway is a Delightfully Funny Production
by Kristen Price - May 11, 2019

Just Off Broadway's (JOB) delightful production of Neil Simon's RUMORS includes exactly what we all need right now - an evening full of plenty of laughs. From the setup to the final pay off, this cast brings the chuckles (and a few guffaws) to a decades old script, that still holds up today. The story begins, how every great story should, with a party. In this instance, it's in a fancy house in New York, circa 1990. However, from the start, things seem a little off. The man of the house, may have tried to end his life, and the woman of the house is missing. Also, all of their closest friends are gathered for their anniversary party. From then on, things go spectacularly awry. Basically, it has all the makings of a fabulous farce. (more...)
BWW Review: Alan Cumming at StrathmoreBWW Review: Alan Cumming at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - April 26, 2019

There is an old expression in theater about knowing when to shut up and sing. Some performers refuse to subscribe to that theory. If I use Wednesday's concert at the Music Center at Strathmore as a basis, multi-award-winning singer/activist Alan Cumming is – or at least can be or is prone to be – one of those performers. (more...)
BWW Review: A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore is a Treat for Mystery FansBWW Review: A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore is a Treat for Mystery Fans
by Kristen Price - April 25, 2019

As in most great mysteries, a murder has been committed. Yet in the case of Artistic Synergy of Baltimore's new show, a murder has also been announced. Their production of Agatha Christie's A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED is an enjoyable treat for any mystery-lover or fan of one of the great writers of all time. The play, adapted from the Christie novel of the same name, is set in a small village in England just after the war. (more...)
BWW Review: KRISTIN CHENOWETH at StrathmoreBWW Review: KRISTIN CHENOWETH at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - April 9, 2019

Sometimes a singer just needs a microphone and a killer accompanist to create a fine evening of music. Of course, it helps if the singer's material is good as well. Tony and Emmy Award-winning singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth combined these few simple ingredients, walked out onto the stage of The Music Center at Strathmore, and treated her audience to an audible feast. (more...)
 BWW Review: WINNIE THE POOH at Adventure Theatre BWW Review: WINNIE THE POOH at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - April 8, 2019

Oh bother! Adventure Theatre is currently presenting a hunny of a show with Le Clanché du Rand's delightful stage adaptation of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh.  Under the fine direction of Shirley Serotsky, Milne's 100 Acre Wood and its inhabitants magically come to life with a story of lost tales, huffalumps, and much more. (more...)
BWW Review: Quotidian Theatre Company's GHOST-WRITER at the Bethesda Writer's CenterBWW Review: Quotidian Theatre Company's GHOST-WRITER at the Bethesda Writer's Center
by Hannah Wing - April 7, 2019

Under all the pressure of finishing the novel, Myra finds herself having to explain her circumstances to an inquisitive visitor. Quotidian Theatre Company (QTC)'s Ghost-Writer, written by Michael Hollinger and directed by Laura Giannarelli, is a slow-paced, yet unexpected "love" story with a layer of mystery. (more...)
BWW Review: DINNER WITH FRIENDS at Everyman Theatre is a Well Told Story of Friendship and MarriageBWW Review: DINNER WITH FRIENDS at Everyman Theatre is a Well Told Story of Friendship and Marriage
by Kristen Price - March 16, 2019

Friday's opening performance of DINNER WITH FRIENDS was a family affair at Everyman, attended by many of the resident company, as well as season-ticket holders and friends of the theatre. The production of the Pulitzer prize winner is stellar; as one comes to expect from the talented team at Everyman. The play, by playwright Donald Margulies, tells the story of two married couples in the wake of divorce. (more...)
BWW Review: ANATOLE: MOUSE MAGNIFIQUE at Imagination StageBWW Review: ANATOLE: MOUSE MAGNIFIQUE at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - March 2, 2019

Oooh la la, the good folks at Imagination Stage have a Parisian musical spectacular in store for you with the non- cheesy story about a couple of mice out to save the cheeses of Paris. Anatole: Mouse Magnifique features a dynamic and fun score by James Valcq (Music), book and lyrics by John MacLay and Lee Becker, and a terrific no-holes-like-a-piece of-Swiss-cheese-staging from Tom Story. (more...)
BWW Review: DICKENS'S DAVY COPPERFIELD at Imagination StageBWW Review: DICKENS'S DAVY COPPERFIELD at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - March 2, 2019

Over the years, Charles Dickens' works have been turned into many stage and film adaptations. I'm sure we've all seen A Christmas Carol or Oliver Twist in one form or another. While both are set against some bleak backdrops, they feature some larger-than-life characters that make them ripe for theatrical presentation. (more...)
BWW Review: HUCKLEBERRY FINN'S BIG RIVER at Adventure TheatreBWW Review: HUCKLEBERRY FINN'S BIG RIVER at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - February 15, 2019

The 1985 Broadway season might have been one of the weakest on record for musicals; in fact, only three shows were nominated for Best Musical at the Tony Awards that year. We had an Ellie Greenwich jukebox musical (Leader of the Pack), one of Harold Prince's big budget disasters (Grind), and a musical based on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Big River). Needless to say, at least in my opinion, Big River won the Tony Award for Best Musical and several other awards in part due to a lack of competition. Despite some catchy songs by Roger “King of the Road” Miller the show suffered, in my opinion anyhow, from there simply being too much of it. William Hauptman's book tried to focus on multiple stories as opposed to having Huck and his relationship with runaway slave Jim be the true heart. (more...)
BWW REVIEW: FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS at Adventure TheatreBWW REVIEW: FANCY NANCY: SPLENDIFEROUS CHRISTMAS at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - November 28, 2018

We all know how stressful the holidays can be, especially finding the perfect gift for friends and family. But what about the perfect accoutrement, - that's a fancy word now isn't it - for the top of your Christmas tree? Yes, the tree topper can make or break any holiday celebration and you won't find a better illustration of this fact than Adventure Theatre's super splendid (that's a fancy word for really excellent) production of Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas. The show boasts a score by Randy Klein (music), Matthew Hardy (lyrics) and Cara Lustik and Matthew Hardy (book). (more...)
BWW Review: CINDERELLA at Imagination StageBWW Review: CINDERELLA at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - November 13, 2018

The story of Cinderella has been presented in many forms throughout the history of entertainment.  Each has enchanted audiences of all ages. There was the classic Disney cartoon, the Rodgers and Hammerstein television adaptation that has since become a stage musical, a few television remakes, and the famed London pantomimes. No matter which version of the story you've seen, there is something about a common girl's quest for true love that gets us every time. (more...)
BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Just Off Broadway is a Beautiful and Creative Take on an Old ClassicBWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Just Off Broadway is a Beautiful and Creative Take on an Old Classic
by Kristen Price - October 14, 2018

It seems fitting that I would attend Just Off Broadway's thrilling performance of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on the 41st anniversary of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber show. Their production was the perfect way to celebrate the beauty and importance of the piece. You could say that I was predisposed to love it since it is my all-time favorite show, but I don't think it's that. JOB's pared down production perfectly captures the story and allows this fantastic cast to shine. (more...)
BWW Review: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore is a Royally Fun RompBWW Review: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore is a Royally Fun Romp
by Kristen Price - October 6, 2018

A musical comedy starring a very funny leading lady winning her prince simply by being herself, is the perfect anecdote for these stressful times. That's why it's perfectly fitting that Artistic Synergy of Baltimore (ASoB) chose to present ONCE UPON A MATTRESS as the opening show to their 2018-2019 season. ASoB's production, which opened October 5 is a fun and funny musical romp back to medieval England. Prince Dauntless needs a wife, yet his overbearing mother only wants the perfect girl for her perfect son. Cue Winnifred, princess of the swamps. She's loud, brash and fun. In other words, a terrible match for Dauntless, who falls quickly head over heels in love with her. Chaos and comedy ensue. (more...)
BWW Feature: Chattting with the Cast of DANCING AT LUGHNASA at Everyman TheatreBWW Feature: Chattting with the Cast of DANCING AT LUGHNASA at Everyman Theatre
by Kristen Price - September 29, 2018

Everyman Theatre traveled to Ireland for their first show of the 2018-2019 season, producing the Brian Friel work DANCING AT LUGHNASA. The piece revolves around a family living in 1930s Ireland, and the memories of one little boy and one particular summer. The cast, which included many members of the repertory company of Everyman and a few new additions are top-notch. They presented a work that was both beautiful and heartbreaking. (more...)
BWW Review: Diana Ross at StrathmoreBWW Review: Diana Ross at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - September 28, 2018

The word legend is tossed around a lot when talking about pop singers. Many times the term is not warranted, but in the case of pop diva superstar Diana Ross the word legend is an understatement. (more...)
BWW Review: ATMTC Thrills with BLUEBERRIES FOR SALBWW Review: ATMTC Thrills with BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL
by Keith Tittermary - September 26, 2018

Fats Domino once sang, 'I found my thrill, on Blueberry Hill.' He might have been channeling little Sal, the central character in Robert McCloskey's 1948 picture book, Blueberries for Sal. The book which in its almost 70 year existence, has been cited in many best of lists and was an award a Caldecott Honor in 1949. And finally, Adventure Theatre MTC has turned it into a delightful stage adaptation which is now playing through October 21, 2018 at Glen Echo Park. (more...)
BWW Interview: Labhaoise Magee & Tim Getman of DANCING AT LUGHNASA at Everyman TheatreBWW Interview: Labhaoise Magee & Tim Getman of DANCING AT LUGHNASA at Everyman Theatre
by Kristen Price - September 8, 2018

The 2018-2019 season at Everyman Theatre starts this month with the Irish play "Dancing at Lughnasa." The play written by Brian Friel is set in a small village in Ireland in the 1930s. The story is one of five unmarried sisters and is filled with memories of days gone by. Just before this Tony-award winning play opened on September 4, I had the chance to chat with two of the show's stars. Labhaiose Magee is making her Everyman debut in the role of Rose, while Tim Getman, a member of the Everyman company plays Michael. (more...)