The Illusionists: Magic Of The Holidays at The National Theater

What is magic? Is it just a misdirection that a magician
attempts to hide their secret moves? Or is it something more than that? You’ll
have to find out this holiday season at The National Theater as The
Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays
lands for a one-week limited engagement
in the unprecedented 16-show season of one of DC’s national artistic treasures.
Featuring world-class magicians— The Elusive, The Trickster, The Daredevil, The
Delusionist, The Manipulator,

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Latin Histsory for Morons at The National Theater

Actor/writer/one-man-force-of-nature John Leguizamo
entered the National Theatre opening night to thunderous applause, which he
immediately attempted to quell. “We can’t waste any time,” he interjected, “We
have to unteach everything you’ve learned so far, and that’s a lot of shit to
undo.” He was not wrong, in the next two hours proceeding to offer a strong
opposition to the whitewashed revisionist history we’ve all been taught in high
school. Expertly guided by Tony Taccone’s taut direction,

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Seussical at St. Gabriel Miracle Players

After all of those years being
stuck on a page, did you ever imagine it up on the stage?

And what is this “it” to imagine,
you ask? It’s some pretty big thinks; it’s a mighty big task!

As Christmas approaches, write to Santa,
say your prayers,

Because Seussical— the
musical! Is now on stage at St. Gabriel Miracle Players!

They went out of the box— and
their sky turned bright pink!

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A Christmas Story at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

It’s almost nearly getting close to counting down to Christmas!
It’s almost time to see the show light up the stage for Christmas! It’s really
only just 34* days away! It’s almost nearly getting close to counting down to
Christmas Day! And what better way to spend your festive holiday? Then by
seeing A Christmas Story at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia! Directed
by Shawn Kettering with Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings and Choreography
by Mark Minnick &

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Kaenaonālani Kekoa (left) as Jasmine and Jonah Ho'okano (right) as Aladdin. Photo: Deen van Meer

Aladdin at The Hippodrome

Gotta keep— one jump, ahead of the box-office line! One
swing— ahead of the rest! Disney’s got a show that truly tops the rest! So make
way— for Disney’s Aladdin! Make way— for Disney’s Aladdin! Coasting
in on a magic carpet just in time for the holidays this highly adventurous, memorably
Disney stage show brings you a cave of wonders and them some when it comes to
theatrical spectacle.

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Occupant at Theater J

“Interviewer: Did you ever think
maybe you were no good?

Nevelson: …No, I don’t think I ever thought that, but I did think I’d maybe never get where I knew I could–to that space I knew was supposed to stand in… To occupy.”

The compulsions that drive an artist to fame, and the nebulous line between truth and created persona, animate Edward Albee’s Occupant, directed by Aaron Posner, which opened last night in a sharply mounted production at the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater at the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center (Theater J).

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Terrifying Thrills with Baltimore Theatre Collective’s Creepy Kooky Cabaret

They’re being pulled in a new direction! Quite literally in
all senses imaginable too! Baltimore Theatre Collective, formerly known as The
Purple Light Theatre Company, has progressed into its next phase of life, now
under the auspices of Baltimore Theatre Collective. And just as their first
major cabaret was attempting to get underway, a snag in their original performance
venue pulled them right over to Genesis Arts, a dance studio in Columbia’s Red
Branch corridor.

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The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. Photo: Amy Boyle

Rent at The National Theatre

How can you connect in an age when strangers, landlords,
lovers, your own blood cells betray? What binds the fabric together when the
raging, shifting winds of change keep ripping away? RENT! While often
appreciated as somewhat of a “period piece” or an iconic stamp in musical
theatre history, now entering its 25th years (in the fourth
incarnation of the 20th Anniversary Tour), Rent is still
incredibly relevant to today and all that’s happening around us in our 525,600
minutes.

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Man of La Mancha at Third Wall Productions

Hear me now! Oh thou bleak and unbearable world— thou art in
need of good quality musical classics on the stage! There’s a company, with
their banners all bravely unfurled now hurling their gauntlet to thee— they are
they— Third Wall Productions— bringing you the Man of La Mancha and all
of its exquisite fantasy! They are they— Third Wall Productions— with their Man
of La Mancha
and your destiny calls you to go!

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Devil In Me at Green Globe Theatre

Truth is stranger than fiction. But don’t you fret,
Baltimore, this one will be a real Lally-cooler, you’ll see. Once it figures
out just what it wants to evolve to be. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s
rewind, right back to the 1890’s with America’s first serial killer. Enter
Green Globe Theatre and their production of Devil In Me, a new work
written and directed by Lianna von Haubritz. There is much happening in this intriguing
theatrical endeavor,

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Politics, Pomp & Proprieties at The Woodbrook Players

If you’re looking for a little something different this
fall, if you need a change of pace but still want to support local theatre then
The Woodbrook Players have your ticket. They’re actually offering up four
one-act plays of the 20th century all gently squeezed together and
bundled up as an evening— or afternoon’s— entertainment. While the through-line
of what ties these four specific works together is a bit of a stretch, the
performances are solid,

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DREAMING THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM WITH THIRD WALL PRODUCTIONS- INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST OF MAN OF LA MANCHA: Robert Howard, Jim Morgan, Nick Ruth, Mike Zellhofer

The impossible dream interview series may be coming to a
close— just in time for you to stop dreaming of Third Wall’s Man of La
Mancha
and go see it! They open tomorrow! (Friday 11/8/19) and there are
still tickets available! You won’t want to miss this timeless classic, rarely
produced in Baltimore, as it sweeps past its own impossible dreams and brings
you hope of dreaming once more. In the final installment of the interview
series,

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Scrooge at Scottfield Theatre Company

Christmas before Thanksgiving?
Humbug! Don’t let me see one light, hear a carol, or find Santa in a mall until
I’ve had my turkey. Unless of course you are talking about seeing Scrooge, directed by William Price, at
Scottfield Theatre Company.

Scrooge at Scottfield Theatre Company. Photo: @machpe@machpe Scrooge at Scottfield Theatre Company. Photo: @machpe

With this aversion for early
Christmas you can imagine my thoughts while driving forty minutes north to
Havre de Grace.

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DREAMING THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM WITH THIRD WALL PRODUCTIONS- INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST OF MAN OF LA MANCHA: Henry Cyr, Maggie Flanigan, Valerie Foxburrow, Emily Machovec

To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause!
Surely that’s everyone’s feeling on Tech-week Tuesday when it comes to any
production, but particularly that of Third Wall Productions’ Man of La
Mancha
. In the penultimate installment of the “Dreaming the Impossible
Dream” series, we feature members of the ensemble, the horse, the good Duke
& Doctor, and the innkeeper’s wife.

(L to R) Maggie Flanigan, Emily Machovec, Henry Cyr, Valerie Foxburrow in Man of La Mancha.Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom (L to R) Maggie Flanigan,

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DREAMING THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM WITH THIRD WALL PRODUCTIONS- INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST OF MAN OF LA MANCHA: Eve Carlson, Olive DeVille, Sarah Joyce, Will Zellhofer

And their Don Quixote, their— Man of La Mancha opens in
just days! Carrying on further into the Dreaming The Impossible Dream interview
series, the fourth installment of the cast features the Housekeeper, a member of
the ensemble, Don Quixote’s niece, the assistant choreographer, and the show’s
musical director.

If you want to tell us who you are, who you play in this
show, and the most recent thing you’ve done in/on/around/adjacent to a stage,

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Melanie Kurstin & Jon Townson in Rocky Horror Show

Rocky Horror Show at Wolf Pack Theatre Company

There’s a liiiiiiiight! Over at the Taylor Street Plaaaace!
There’s a liiiiiiiii— iiiiiiii— iiiiiiight! Burning in their fireplace, there’s
a light— in the darkness of the October-November calendar and it is blazing
rainbows, folks. That’s right, as only Wolf Pack Theatre Company can do, they’ve
but a kooky and queer-positive spin on an already zany cult classic. Are you
just dying with antici— PATION to know what we’re talking about? Cause it’s
just a jump to the left (of Bladensburg) and then a step to the right (of DC.) Put
your hands on your hips— and HOLD ON TIGHT because Wolf Pack Theatre Company is
bringing you their very own Rocky Horror Show.

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Moon Over Buffalo at Spotlighters Theatre

Ken Ludwig’sMoon Over Buffalo is the second installment from Spotlighters
Theatre’s 58th season. If you are looking for some gut chuckling, tears
down your cheeks humor, then you won’t want to miss this show. Director Brandon
Richards has mentored his cast through door slamming, side splitting hysterics that
will keep you laughing all the way home.

Moon Over Buffalo at Spotlighters Theatre. Photo: Shealyn Jae PhotographyShealyn Jae Photography Moon Over Buffalo at Spotlighters Theatre. Photo: Shealyn Jae Photography

The first thing you notice upon
entering the theatre is the very cozy and well-designed set of Sam Martin.

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Happenstance Theatre's Cabaret Macabre 2019. Photo: WAGS Media

Cabaret Macabre at Happenstance Theatre

Did the devil make the world while God was sleeping? Do you
have a little drop of poison coursing through your veins? Then come, dark
denizens of Baltimore and areas surrounding, and delight in this autumnal treat
that appears every so often on the stage of Baltimore Theatre Project. What Gorey
work am I speaking of, you ask? Why, Happenstance Theatre’s Cabaret
Macabre
, now in its most current rendition.

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Motherhood Out Loud at Greenbelt Arts Center

Motherhood: sometimes a complete joy,
sometimes an utter pain… but either way, the ladies (and gentleman) at
Greenbelt Arts Center are taking us through ALL the motions; the good, the bad,
and the ugly of being a mom in Motherhood Out Loud by Leslie
Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece
Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck,
Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L.

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Today 4 U, Tomorrow 4 Angel: An Interview With Joshua Tavares on playing Angel in the 20th Anniversary Tour of Rent

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights in cups of coffee— in
cities you tour through, in shows that you do— it’s 525,600 minutes! How do you
measure, measure a year? In a TheatreBloom exclusive interview, we are
fortunate enough to chat with Joshua Tavares, playing Angel in the current
touring production of Rent, all about the seasons of love and what it
means to fulfil the iconic role in this show.

Thank you so much for giving us some of your tome,

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Carrie at Stand Up For Theatre

Sometimes you can only shake your
head and ask, “Why?” Why the need to turn everything into a musical? Shows like
Pipe Dream, Kelly, and Via Galactica top Smithsonian.com’s list
of Broadway’s Top Ten Musical Flops; also
making the list, Carrie the Musical. Carrie opened on Broadway in 1988 and
after 16 previews and 5 performances it closed. In 1991, Ken Mendelbaum wrote a
book chronicling the history of Broadway musical flops,

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Circle Mirror Transformation at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Have you ever taken one of those intro to acting classes
where nobody’s really sure they want to be there but they all desperately want
to learn all the secrets behind good acting? Then this show might be for you.
Have you ever taken one of those acting classes where all of the exercises that
are supposed to be revealing all the secrets to good acting feel a bit like the
instructor is trying to unload some of their own personal garbage from
childhood onto the students?

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DREAMING THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM WITH THIRD WALL PRODUCTIONS- INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST OF MAN OF LA MANCHA: Jim Driver, Frederick Frey, Ann Pallanck, Hope Standish-Pallanck

Continuing their quest! Following that star— no matter how
hopeless— no matter how far! Third Wall Productions opens their production of Man
of La Mancha
in just a few weeks. With tech week just around the corner,
much like a windmill giant that must be slain, Part 3 of The Impossible Dream
interview series comes to you now.

Here we are, four more in the cast of Man of La Mancha,

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Port Authority at Quotidian Theatre Company

If you long for a simpler time, you’re not alone. In that
simpler time— in those days— you just spoke to people. Nowadays it’s all
digital, no one really knows how to connect. If you’re longing to connect with
nostalgia, or traipse lazily down memory lane— not your own, of course, but one
perhaps like it? Then Quotidian Theatre Company offers up a fine ghost of a
different past for this haunting autumnal season. Putting Conor McPherson’s Port
Authority
on their stage as the final production of the 2019 calendar year,

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A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder at Dundalk Community Theatre

I am standing here with poison in my pocket…one eye on the
target, one eye on the clock— which is running out— only three more chances to fancify
your theatrical endeavors with this refined production of gruesome murder and
grisly mayhem. Why, it’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a
serious undertaking for Dundalk Community Theatre this autumnal season. Directed
and Choreographed by Todd Pearthree with Musical Direction by Catina McLagan,

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A Shayna Maidel at The Strand Theatre

A Shayna
Maidel
is a play I had never heard of, and that’s really a shame,
because it was a powerful experience that left me thinking, for days.  I’ve seen favorite plays performed in an
underwhelming way, and also saw a play I didn’t anticipate liking performed by
such talented thespians that I was converted to a fan, but the real treat with
this particular production of A Shayna Maidel,

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Ruthless! at The Heritage Players

Talent. Either you’ve got it. Or you don’t. Luck for you,
The Heritage Players production of Ruthless! has got it. And they’ve got
it pouring out of their wazoos in spades. Directed & Choreographed by
Ashley Gerhardt with Musical Direction by Michael Clark, this zany and
uproarious musical send-up will have your gut aching with laughs. Nobody’s in
the mud, nobody’s in distress in this production— except the characters
themselves— and it’s a madcap scream from simple start to diabolical finish.

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Jekyll & Hyde at Free Range Humans

This is the moment! This is the time! When their momentum
and their moment is in rhyme. Free Range Humans is bringing you a deliciously
devious rendering of Jekyll & Hyde, unlike you’ve ever seen, felt,
heard, or experienced it before. Remarkably transcendent into the emotional
core of Leslie Bricusse (book & lyrics) and Frank Wildhorn (music)’s staged
conceptualization (with Steve Cuden) based on the gothic novella— Strange
Case of Dr.

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Thoughts of a Colored Man at Baltimore Center Stage

“Who is the colored man? Is he a king or is he a slave?” Profound
question contained within Kennan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man,
now playing at Baltimore Center Stage in the Pearlstone Theatre. Directed by
Steve H. Broadnax III (as a co-production with Syracuse Stage in association
with Brian Moreland and Ron Simons), this evocative dramatic theatrical
experience presents the inner monologues of men of color to the audience in a
series of loosely interconnected vignettes,

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DREAMING THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM WITH THIRD WALL PRODUCTIONS- INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST OF MAN OF LA MANCHA: Lance Bankerd, James Doggett, Brian Reagan

To beat the unbeatable foe! To bear with unbearable sorrow!
To run where the brave dare not go— this is dream! This is Part 2— continuing
on in a multi-part interview series with the company of Third Wall Productions’
Man of La Mancha, we explore the impossible dreams of three more
individuals involved with the production.

Thank you all for continuing to donate precious rehearsal
time to us so that the denizens of the greater Baltimore area can be privy to
your impossible dreams!

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