Appropriate at Silver Spring Stage

Are people anything more than porous vessels susceptible to
influence from— other people? Spirits? And is family really anything more than
mismatched memories or stories that you tell yourself when you feel a certain
way?’ What happens when the spirits of families past haunt you and influence
you right into a catastrophe? You get Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Appropriate, now on stage at Silver
Spring Stage
, Directed by Jeff Mikoni.

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Ghost-Writer at Quotidian Theatre Company

“The waiting is part of the work. One never knows when the
words will come.” The words may be Michael Hollinger’s from his play Ghost-Writer, but they are in fact
relatable to anyone who has ever tried their hand or pen or keys (of any
vintage) at writing. A mysteriously intriguing ghost story springs to life on
the stage of The Writer’s Center in Bethesda as resident theatre Quotidian
Theatre Company opens their 2019 calendar season with its production.

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Pantheon at Happenstance Theatre

Oh workers, builders, and destroyers of the world! Heed the
call— it is your destiny— in seats at Theatre Project for your bodies to be—  feel the sweetness of Eurydice— and rest
assured the show’s lyricist (Craig Jaster) is far better at this rhyming stuff
than me— and to prove it you must take yourself forth and see— Pantheon. The latest in the Happenstance
Theatre
realm of fantastical fabrications,

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Jessica Bennett (left) as Esmerelda and Sam Kobren (right) as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Jeri Tidwell Photography)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Here it is— the moment you’ve been waiting for! Here it is—
you know exactly what’s in store! A story like you’ve never seen or heard
before! Now’s the time to head to Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia to see the
DC-regional premiere of The Hunchback of
Notre Dame
. Directed by Toby Orenstein & Mark Minnick, with Musical
Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings, this musical masterpiece inspired by the
Victor Hugo novel with musical selections from the Disney animated feature film
presents a hauntingly beautiful tale with striking,

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Sister Act at Scottfield Theatre Company

It’s time to make a joyful noise and
“Raise Your Voice” for Scottfield Theatre Company and their latest production: Sister Act the Musical! Based on the
film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg, this disco fairytale follows
the misadventures of Deloris Van Cartier, a nightclub singer forced into the
Sisterhood after witnessing a crime! Directed by Allan Herlinger with Musical
Direction by Niki Tart and Choreography by Becky Titelman,

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Beehive at Spotlighters Theatre

Hey, mamma, welcome to the 60’s! Whoa-oh-ooooh— go, mamma! Go,
go go! Wait— no. That’s a different musical. But such is par for the course
these last few months at The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre where stumbling
blocks like pulled rights have failed to thwart the creative and artistic efforts
of staunch thespians in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. Despite being
three weeks into rehearsal for Smokey Joe’s
Café
(and having the rights pulled due to a potential national tour) the
cast and crew at Spotlighters was able to switch gears and turn out a pretty
impressive production of Beehive…the 60’s
Musical.

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A Bronx Tale at The National Theatre

As a
performance piece, A Bronx Tale has
had maybe an even more colorful history than the events that inspired it. Back
in the late 80’s, Calogero Lorenzo “Chazz” Palminteri, a young, struggling
actor with big dreams met with a series of closed doors. Intent on making his
own luck, he realized that as a child he had a unique experience, and developed
a one-man show based on those events. The result was the critically acclaimed
1989 off-Broadway hit A Bronx Tale,

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The World Goes Round at The Salem Players

The World
Goes ‘Round
, currently being performed at Salem Players in
Catonsville, is a musical revue showcasing the more well-known and favorite
songs of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb; composers of shows such as
Chicago, Cabaret, Funny Lady, Zorba,
and many others. It would be surprising for any person to be unfamiliar, or not
fond of, at least some the music to be heard in this show.

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Macbeth at We Happy Few

Into the air as breath into the wind…a Bard quote, yes, but
the truest sanguine nature of theatre; it is ephemeral. And if it is bad, then
we breathe its essence into the wind with breath and it is gone from us,
perchance as if it never existed. But what if it be good? What if it be
superbly refocused? Is it still not ephemeral? Perhaps then we breathe more
slowly, savoring the sounds,

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Anything Goes at Silhouette Stages

The world has gone mad today and good’s bad today and black’s
white today and day’s night today— and the show today you should see today—
well, God knows…it’s Anything Goes!
Springing up on Silhouette Stage’s stages as the second show of their 2018/2019
season, Cole Porter’s classic ship-set musical is setting sail this spring!
Directed by Conni Ross with Musical Direction by William Georg and Choreography
by Tina Marie DeSimone,

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Once On This Island Jr. at Children’s Playhouse of Maryland

Life! Pain! Love! Grief! Hope! Faith! You! THAT is why they
tell the story! What story, you ask? Once
On This Island Jr.
! Who’s telling it, you ask? Children’s Playhouse of
Maryland! Their incredibly talented cast of young performers presents a
whimsical tale of two worlds that were never meant to meet, joined together by
the island they share. Directed by Liz Boyer Hunnicutt, with musical Direction
by Charlotte Evans,

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The Women of Lockerbie at Bowie Community Theatre

Bowie
Community Theatre
is concluding its year of the woman with Deborah Brevoort’s The Women of Lockerbie Directed by
Estelle Miller, a fitting end to a season celebrating women. The play itself is
a nod to ancient Greek drama and a requiem for all the innocent lives lost on
PanAm Flight 103 and on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland.  The production currently on stage at the
Bowie Playhouse is a tour-de-force performance of five spectacular female
thespians.

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Urinetown at Phoenix Festival Theatre

It was a
cold and rainy night. Ironic, since I was on my way to see a play about a drought.
I was driving to Harford County. A place that has been in the news recently
because one of its politicians apologized for making a racial remark that she
didn’t recall making. Fitting since this show also features nasty politicians.
Finally, I arrived at Harford Community College and Urinetown. Wow! What an unexpected surprise!

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The Company of ASoB's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Artistic Synergy of Baltimore

Miraculous— (adjective.)
“performed by or involving a supernatural power or agency. Of the nature of a
miracle; marvelous. Having or seeming to have the power to work miracles.” This
current production of The 25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
is a miraculous show put forth by
Artistic Synergy. M-I-R-A-C-U-L-O-U-S. Produced
by Melissa Broy Fortson, with Direction by Atticus Cooper Boidy, and Musical
Direction by Rachel Sandler, the astonishing talent, the heartfelt
performances,

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Heathers at Tidewater Players

Freak,
slut, burn out, bug eyes, poser, lard ass, loser, short bus, bull dyke, stuck
up, hunchback, white trash! Names. Labels. Words used to describe people who
are different or don’t fit our image of what we consider the “norm.” Words that
one might associate with high school, but all to often are used far more common
in our everyday speech. In fact, if I am being honest, although I didn’t speak
the words,

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The Gondoliers at Victorian Lyric Opera Company

The Gondoliers,
currently being presented by The Victorian Lyric Opera Company at the F. Scott
Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, Maryland, is a valiant interpretation of
Gilbert and Sullivan’s last great success. Directed by Catherine Huntress-Reeve
and music directed by Joseph Sorge the cast and musicians keep up with the
beautiful score both in appropriate action and full-bodied sound that you would
expect from a Gilbert & Sullivan opera.

Amanda N.

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Pygmalion at Spotlighters Theatre

In
ancient Greek mythology, the shy artist Pygmalion expressed no interest in
women, but when he created a statue of Galatea so fair he fell in love with it,
he made sacrifices to the goddess Aphrodite to give him a woman as beautiful as
his sculpture. She does him one better by bringing the marble Galatea to life
as his reward. In 1912, master Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw used that metaphor
of taking the basest elements of the earth and sculpting them into a real lady
in a very literal sense in his masterpiece Pygmalion.

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Finding Neverland at The National Theatre

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom
Jeff Sullivan and Conor McGiffin in Finding Neverland
Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Literally finding Neverland
entails locating the second star to the right and continuing straight till
morning. Fortunately, a significantly easier path to Finding Neverland entails only a brief 75-minute jaunt to the
National Theatre in Washington, DC where the current NETworks national tour is
camped out for a swashbuckling week of family friendly entertainment.

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In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play at Silver Spring Stage

What thing can put a man to death and bring him back to life
again? Why the cure for women’s hysteria, naturally, or better known as
electricity. Thank you, Mr. Edison, for the focal point of Sarah Ruhl’s play
with two titles, In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play. While electricity
does run as a strong alternating and direct current throughout the script,
there are so many more deeply layered,

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A Year with Frog and Toad at Dundalk Community Theatre

Tweet, tweet! Let’s greet the spring! So what if it’s only
the end of February? Spring is almost here! You know how you can tell? Because A Year with Frog and Toad is on the
stage at Dundalk Community Theatre! Directed by Tom Colonna, with Musical
Direction by Michael Clark, and Choreography by Angelique “Gigi” Cause, this
delightful family-friendly show is perfect for young audiences and audiences
young at heart!

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Sherlock Holmes The Final Adventures at Kensington Arts Theatre

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom

It takes enormous planning to create a random event! Such
elaborate schemes and diabolical deductions can only mean one thing—
elementary, my dear Watson! Oh, not Watson, you say? Just someone looking for a
night out supporting local theatre? Well, that is no coincidence, I’m sure! You’ve
come to the right place— 221 Baker’s Street! Well, actually 3710 Mitchell
Street but we won’t look too closely at the particulars!

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Radium Girls at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom

There is so much light in the world. Light from the sun,
light from inside that glows out from the human spirit, there’s all kinds of
light. But what about artificial light that’s natural? The disturbing glow the
illuminates from a diabolically dangerous substance? Radium. Playwright D.W.
Gregory historically fantasizes a dark spot on American history, shining an
incandescent beam of harrowing truth, with dramatic flair, onto historical
events of the shadowy 20th century.

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Rock of Ages at The Hippodrome

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom

First and foremost, there is
no freaking monkey. It is important to know right off the top that this
national tour of the 2009 Broadway smash hit, written by Chris D’Arienzo,
paying homage to the big hair bands of 80’s pop/rock radio is nothing like
the horrendous, bloated travesty of a movie by Adam Shankman that was more
offensive than his previous ruination of cult classic Hairspray.

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Uncle Vanya at The Rude Mechanicals

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom

Uncle Vanya, written by Anton Chekhov, is the story of a group of people embittered by loss, disappointment, disillusionment, and hardship, and the power of faith through adversity.  A retired professor, Alexandre (Bill Bodie), and his glamorous young wife Yelena (Erin Nealer) visit the rural estate that funds their city lifestyle.  The estate is run by Vanya, (Nathan Rosen) Alexandre’s deceased former wife’s brother,

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Newsies at Third Wall Productions

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom

Now is the time to seize the day! Third Wall Productions are
staring down the odds— and everyone else who wants to tackle this bear of a
musical production— and seizing the day! Proudly carrying the banner of their
first major children’s inclusive production since 13: The Musical (their second-ever production as a company, almost
three full years ago!), TWP is thrilled to present Disney’s Newsies.

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The Music Man at The Kennedy Center

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom

What started out as a bold new
idea last year has realized itself as an exciting new staple of the
Baltimore/DC theatrical scene. The Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage
concert series, which features top notch Broadway and Hollywood talent in
quickly-assembled one week runs to add special event variety to their already
busy tour and concert seasons, once again strikes gold (or perhaps more
accurately, brass—an entire marching band’s worth) in their jubilant current
production of Meredith Willson’s Tony winning classic The Music Man.

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