All posts by Amanda N. Gunther

A full-time theatre reviewer in the Baltimore, Washington, and surrounding areas; Amanda holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Maryland Baltimore County as well as a minor in Creative Writing. Having spent two of her five years at college studying abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, she has learned a great deal about improv, devised work theatre, and interpretive movement pieces. Striving to promote theatre of all types, she can often be found in a theatre of some type, even on her nights off.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Radio Golf at Everyman Theatre

Right is right and right don’t wrong nobody. A strong decry
of truth and justice in a time when its sorely needed; to think such words
originated from August Wilson just 14 years ago (taking place a mere decade
before that) in Radio Golf, the last in Wilson’s Century Cycle play
series. Now appearing on the main stage of Everyman Theatre as the second dramatic
offering in their 2019/2020 season,

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The Heidi Chronicles at The Salem Players

Do you ever feel like what makes you a person is what keeps
you from being a person? Poignant question from Wendy Wasserstein’s s The Heidi
Chronicles
, which just so happens to be on the stage of The Salem Players
this fall under the direction of Kate Leisner. What if what makes you who you
are is what keeps you from being who you are? The show itself, while a Pulitzer
Prize-winning piece of theatrical drama from the late 80’s,

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She Loves Me at Silhouette Stages

Thank you, Madam (and gents and everyone), do come again, do
come again— to Silhouette Stages to see a rather invigorating production of She
Loves Me
, Directed by Stephan Foreman with Musical Direction by Andrew
Zile. The dated and somewhat stale musical finds a vivacious new life under
Foreman’s magical direction; his attention to detail, precision casting choices,
and overall approach to the performance gives it a bubbly exuberance that makes
for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of musical theatre (even if they are
tricking you into your first Christmas show of the 2019 calendar season— in
mid-October.)

Angelica Peaco (left) as Ilona Ritter and Kelly Rardon (right) as Amalia Balash in She Loves Me at Silhouette StagesAmanda N.

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Korie Lee Blossey as The Genie in Aladdin. Photo: Deen van Meer

POOF! What Do You Need? An Interview with Korie Lee Blossey on playing The Genie in Disney’s Aladdin

Well Ali Babba had them had them 40 thieves!

Scheherezade had a thousand tales!

But Baltimore you in luck ‘cause on your stage— you got a
brand of magic that never fails!

Make way— for Disney’s Aladdin! Hey, clear the way,
on the street downtown, hey you, let us through, and come on down— get your
tickets in your hand and be the first to see this show!

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Dreaming The Impossible Dream with Third Wall Productions- Interviews With The Cast Of Man Of La Mancha: Andy Collins, Timoth David Copney, Jessica Preactor, Nick Rose

To right the unrightable wrong! To love pure and chaste from
afar! To try when your arms are too weary! To reach— the unreachable star! This
is their goal— Third Wall Productions— with their upcoming production of Man
of La Mancha
, directed by Mike Zellhofer. In a TheatreBloom exclusive,
we’ve sat down with the entire cast of the production and gotten an idea of
what it is to dream the impossible dream.

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The Phantom of the Opera at The Hippodrome

Night time sharpens, heightens each sensation…darkness wakes
and stirs imagination…open up your mind…let your fantasies unwind…because it’s
here— The Phantom of the Opera! The much-awaited, long anticipated
return of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece, wearing its new-age millennial
skin, The New Production of The Phantom of The Opera tells Broadway’s
most haunting love-adjacent story with much more smoke and whistles for the new
age of theatergoers. Directed by Laurence Connor with Choreography by Scott Ambler,

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Proxy at Rapid Lemon Productions

They say try and remember the good times, or think about the
good memories, when doling out advice for how to cope with the loss of a loved
ones. But good memories get ruined by grief; they make you wish you could
forget entirely. What if there was no more need for forgetting? What if loss
was no longer necessary? Enter Proxy, the last show on the Rapid Lemon stage
for their 2019 calendar season.

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Escape to Margaritaville at The National Theater

You may not know where you’re gonna go when the volcano
blows but three chords is all it takes to find yourself wasting away with a
cheeseburger in paradise. If you want a license to chill, The National Theatre
in Washington DC has just the thing for you (and all your Parrotheads out
there!) Escape to Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffet Musical, is making a
one-week vacation in the nation’s capital and has 25 different songs on the
Buffet buffet for all your relaxation needs.

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The Deer in the Spotlight Productions company of Evil Dead: The Musical (2019) Photo: Matthew Peterson

Evil Dead: The Musical at Deer in the Spotlight Productions

Deadites always like to get their freak on! And when they
get together, they do the NECRONOMICON!!! It’s that time of year— that’s right,
fellow S-Mart shoppers! Time to pick up your BOOM Stick, lend good ol’ Ash a
hand, and— what the f*ck was that!? OH. It was Deer in the Spotlight Productions
bringing their sold-out sensational annual production of Evil Dead: The
Musical
to Baltimore for just two weekends this October.

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(L to R) JacQuan Knox as Alice Russell, Parker Bailey Steven as Lizzie Borden, Caitlin Weaver as Emma Borden, and Siobhan Beckett as Bridget Sullivan in Lizzie. Photo: Shealyn Jae Photography

Lizzie at Guerrilla Theatre Front

In the house of Borden, there’s a lock on every door. And a
story with those 40 whacks— here’s your chance to learn much more! About Lizzie
Borden— more than just the creepy nursery rhyme about the girl who gave her folks
40-ish whacks with an axe to do them in. Guerrilla Theatre Front is putting up Lizzie
as their fall offering to the musical theatre community and it’s a stellar
show. Directed by Greg Bell with Musical Direction by Megann Baldwin,

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