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BWW Review: Unexpected Stage Company's BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW is a tear-jerker at River Road Unitarian ChurchBWW Review: Unexpected Stage Company's BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW is a tear-jerker at River Road Unitarian Church
by Hannah Wing - July 15, 2018

Unexpected Stage Company's Be a Good Little Widow is a tear-jerking and heartbreaking to watch, but there are moments of humor brings a bit of relief from the intensity. (more...)
BWW Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at Imagination StageBWW Review: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - June 27, 2018

For all the bad in this country right now, there are still things that bring us happiness and joy. The musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown is a prime example of how innocent children and their pets can make you remember that not everything is bad in the world. How many times have we thought that Snoopy would catch the Red Baron or that Charlie Brown would win that baseball game? Yes, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown is the type of show we need to see right now to give us something to root for in this country. (more...)
BWW Review: Eva Noblezada at AMP Powered by StrathmoreBWW Review: Eva Noblezada at AMP Powered by Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - June 26, 2018

Tony Award-nominated actress Eva Noblezada has had a kind of meteoric rise to stardom over the last few years. She was discovered at age seventeen by a New York casting agent at the Jimmy Awards and won the role of Kim on the West End in the Cameron Mackintosh revival of Miss Saigon. She went on to reprise the role on Broadway and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance. (more...)
Adventure Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Professional SeasonAdventure Theatre Announces 2018-2019 Professional Season
by BWW News Desk - June 18, 2018

Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recipient of 8 Helen Hayes awards, including its most recent win for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation, 2018, brings to the stage familiar friends, new and old, as they learn to navigate the world in its action-packed 67th season. A season of classic and beloved stories featuring the wonderful imaginations of children, this season promises to be one of Adventure Theatre MTC's biggest adventures yet. (more...)
BWW Review: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT stumbles in Her High Heels at Kensington Arts TheatreBWW Review: PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT stumbles in Her High Heels at Kensington Arts Theatre
by Hannah Wing - May 14, 2018

A musical like Priscilla is a big endeavor for any theatre company to take on due to its well-known songs and extravagant costumes. Kensington Arts Theatre's (KAT) production, directed by John Nunemaker, fell short of reaching diva status due to its poor production quality. Despite all of this, KAT manages to pull off an entertaining second half. (more...)
BWW Review: JUDY MOODY & STINK: THE MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TREASURE HUNT at Adventure TheatreBWW Review: JUDY MOODY & STINK: THE MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TREASURE HUNT at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - April 30, 2018

Adventure Theatre's visionary Artistic Director Michael J. Bobbitt has, for many years, pushed the boundaries of Theater for Young Audiences (TYA).  For example, out of its location at Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre has created original productions of the popular comic strip Garfield, Big the Musical and a two character The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Those are only a few examples of the company's vast repertoire. (more...)
BWW Review: ROBIN HOOD at Imagination StageBWW Review: ROBIN HOOD at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - April 23, 2018

The tale of Robin Hood has provided source material for several famous screen adaptations over the years, including the classic Hollywood film with Errol Flynn and the Disney animated feature that portrayed all the characters as animals. With the exception of Young Robin Hood at Round House Theatre a few years back, there really hasn't been a good stage treatment for the guy who steals from the rich to give to the poor...until now. (more...)
BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore is so Much More than OKBWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore is so Much More than OK
by Kristen Price - March 9, 2018

OKLAHOMA! was not a show that I new much about before seeing it performed this week by the lovely cast and crew of Artistic Synergy of Baltimore. It's one of those classic 40s musicals that doesn't get revived much these days, but a classic becomes a classic for a reason. And while the show itself wasn't my idea of a great musical, the performances of this cast made me smile and dance along in my seat, which is always an indicator of a delightful evening. (more...)
BWW Review: HOBSON'S CHOICE at Quotidian Theatre CompanyBWW Review: HOBSON'S CHOICE at Quotidian Theatre Company
by Elliot Lanes - February 23, 2018

Last season on Broadway there was a play called Time and the Conways presented at Roundabout Theatre Company. The play hadn't been seen on Broadway since 1937 and after seeing it I understood why. That said, the production had a great look and a very good cast so you could forget about the stodginess of the script. Bethesda, Maryland-based Quotidian Theatre Company's current production of Hobson's Choice bears a resemblance to Time and the Conways because you don't ever see it performed. Unfortunately, the production values – a result of a limited budget – and some questionable casting can't hide all the warts of Harold Brighouse's over 100-year-old script. (more...)
BWW Review: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at Adventure TheatreBWW Review: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - February 20, 2018

We all have bad days; it's inevitable. Something happens to us every once in a while that turns our day from good to bad. However, nothing can top the day that twelve-year-old Alexander has in Adventure Theatre's latest offering, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (more...)
BWW Review:  HANDBAGGED at Round House Theatre Offers a Masterclass in ActingBWW Review: HANDBAGGED at Round House Theatre Offers a Masterclass in Acting
by Jennifer Perry - February 11, 2018

While the script is not the most engaging, the acting work is exceptionally strong. (more...)
BWW Review: The Princess & the Pauper is a Delightful Bollywood Tale at Imagination StageBWW Review: The Princess & the Pauper is a Delightful Bollywood Tale at Imagination Stage
by Hannah Wing - February 11, 2018

Imagination Stage's The Princess & the Pauper, written by Anu Yadav and directed by Janet Stanford, successfully captures the ambience and energy of Bollywood in a show which is excellent for both kids and adults alike. (more...)
BWW Interview: Johanna Gruenhut Readies Everyman Theatre's Female-Led SALON SERIESBWW Interview: Johanna Gruenhut Readies Everyman Theatre's Female-Led SALON SERIES
by Kristen Price - February 2, 2018

Theatre has always been a lens through which to view the current world. Productions such as RENT, illuminated issues like the AIDS crisis in ways that hadn't been seen before on a stage. Audiences confronted these issues in a very real way, and one would hope that they learned and grew from the experience. We're in another turning point in time right now, in the midst of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. Women are standing up and resisting in droves. It's a powerful statement on the endurance and the drive of women. So it seems only fitting, that for the third year, Everyman Theatre is producing a SALON SERIES of readings of plays written by women, and directed by women, allowing the women of the company to "stretch that directing muscle" and take a step outside of their comfort zone. (more...)
BWW Previews: WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT at Baltimore Center Stage Promises Surprises for Audiences and Actors AlikeBWW Previews: WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT at Baltimore Center Stage Promises Surprises for Audiences and Actors Alike
by Kristen Price - December 17, 2017

It's not often you have the chance to preview a show that's shrouded in such mystery, that even the cast doesn't know the full story. But that's exactly what happened in the case of WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT. This solo play written by Nassim Soleimanpour, follows a simple, yet possibly terrifying formula. A different actor is scheduled to perform each evening. That actor is finally given the script the moment the curtain rises. They have no idea of the plot or the story until they're standing in front of an audience. Fittingly, most of the audience isn't sure what the show is about either. (more...)
BWW Review: SCROOGE at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore Spreads Christmas Magic to Audiences Young and OldBWW Review: SCROOGE at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore Spreads Christmas Magic to Audiences Young and Old
by Kristen Price - December 11, 2017

Ebenezer Scrooge is a distinctive character in literature; one of those characters every great actor wants to tackle. He's a redeemable grump, whom you hate but by the end of the story you kind of love. I suppose that's why Leslie Bricusse chose to write SCROOGE, a musical version of this wonderful character's memorable Christmas Eve. What's a better way to expand on this curmudgeon than with song? And even though I call myself, a huge fan of musicals, I was not aware that this Holiday-themed musical romp existed, until Artistic Synergy of Baltimore decided to bring it to life. (more...)
BWW Review:  THE BOOK OF WILL Delights at Round House TheatreBWW Review: THE BOOK OF WILL Delights at Round House Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - December 8, 2017

Under Ryan Rilette's excellent direction, a uniformly marvelous cast gives one of the best ensemble performances I've seen this season of a very strong play. (more...)
BWW Review: CHARLOTTE'S WEB at Imagination StageBWW Review: CHARLOTTE'S WEB at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - November 29, 2017

E. B. White's Charlotte's Web has been adapted in many ways. There was an animated movie musical back in the 70s, a live action film a few years back, and a stage adaptation that Theatreworks USA toured around the country for years. Imagination Stage in Bethesda is currently presenting the latter as its holiday attraction. The creative team takes a very heavy-handed approach to material that isn't that light to begin with, unfortunately. (more...)
BWW Review: FROSTY Serves Up an AdventureBWW Review: FROSTY Serves Up an Adventure
by Keith Tittermary - November 28, 2017

Gene Autry's famous song, Frosty The Snowman (written by Jack Rolling and Steve Nelson) first the radio in December of 1950 and since then there have been many incarnations of Frosty: from famous recordings like The Chipmunks or The Jackson 5 to the beloved 1969 animated special, which airs on TV every year. A new version of this holiday classic written by William Francis is currently playing at Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park. (more...)
BWW Review: Joyful A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Annapolis Shakespeare Company Spreads the Message of ChristmasBWW Review: Joyful A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Annapolis Shakespeare Company Spreads the Message of Christmas
by Kristen Price - November 28, 2017

Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL has been a considered a classic almost since the time when it was written. The story of Scrooge's haunted Christmas Eve is composed of everything that makes a story grand supernatural visions, likeable characters, heart and redemption. It's the perfect tale to read during the holidays, as well as throughout the year. So it only makes sense that Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken at Annapolis Shakespeare Company (ASC) decided to adapt a version of this classic during the Christmas season. (more...)
BWW Review: LEADING LADIES at Salem Players is an Uproarious Good TimeBWW Review: LEADING LADIES at Salem Players is an Uproarious Good Time
by Kristen Price - November 15, 2017

It's fortuitous that I'm publishing this review on #LoveTheatre day because it must be said - I loved LEADING LADIES playing currently at Salem Players in Catonsville. This particular show with this talented cast of actors was a pretty fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon. For some reason, this was my first experience seeing a Salem Players show. As I've learned, this theatre company has been around for nearly 50 years. Judging by the time I spent there, I can certainly see why. (more...)
BWW Feature: The Cast of INTIMATE APPAREL at Everyman Theatre Chats about Strength and ResilienceBWW Feature: The Cast of INTIMATE APPAREL at Everyman Theatre Chats about Strength and Resilience
by Kristen Price - November 13, 2017

Everyman Theatre's production of INTIMATE APPAREL has been gaining rave reviews over the past few weeks. Their production of the Lynn Nottage work is not only wonderful, but also beautifully performed by a small cast of extremely talented actors. Dawn Ursula, who plays Esther whom the play revolves around gives a powerhouse performance. She's run through a gamut of emotions throughout the play and she does so flawlessly. (more...)
BWW Review: POE AND ALL THE OTHERS at Annapolis Shakespeare Company is a Creative Ghost Story about Baltimore's Favorite StorytellerBWW Review: POE AND ALL THE OTHERS at Annapolis Shakespeare Company is a Creative Ghost Story about Baltimore's Favorite Storyteller
by Kristen Price - October 27, 2017

Annapolis Shakespeare Company's (ASC) POE AND ALL THE OTHERS imagines Edgar Allan Poe in a literal fever dream visited by lost loves and family. Poe as played by Brian Keith MacDonald is at times reliving wonderful moments and at times arguing with figments of his fever-addled imagination. His long dead mother, his recently dead wife, even characters from the grim stories he told all visit him while he lay in his hospital bed. The performance is full of fast-talking speeches, and references to Poe's macabre world. The two performers everyone except Poe was played by Olivia Ercolano handled the dark material beautifully. (more...)
BWW Review: SERGIO MENDES at StrathmoreBWW Review: SERGIO MENDES at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - October 23, 2017

For 57 years Sergio Mendes has been a driving force in the world of popular music. since 1966. Starting withHerb Alpert presents Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66, he took Brazilian and Bossa Nova music and bought it to the masses. His recordings of such pop songs as The Look of Love and Mas Que Nada were and continue to be classics. (more...)
BWW Review: THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD at Imagination StageBWW Review: THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - October 20, 2017

Sometimes playwrights don't know when to quit and there's a situation where an incidental plot point becomes a major one because it's unnecessarily brought to the forefront again and again. Miriam Gonzales' The Smartest Girl in the World suffers from this problem and it's too bad because otherwise there is plenty to like in Imagination Stage's season opener. (more...)
BWW Review: COMPANY at Just Off Broadway is a Fun, Funny and Fast-Paced Show with HeartBWW 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 cast and crew of Just Off Broadway's fabulous production for clearing that up for me! While on the subject of confessions, I must also share that like the director Jason Crawford Samios-Uy mentioned in his note in the program, I've also never been a huge fan of Sondheim. I think he's equal parts creative genius and musical mastermind, however his shows have never appealed to me the way others have. (more...)

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