All posts by John Nunemaker

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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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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The Babylon Line at Colonial Players

How would you write your story? Would you tell the truth or a lie? Can your story change someone else or even yourself? Do you truly remember your past or is your memory altered by your perspective? So many questions to ask, a multitude of outcomes, and for a show that last 2 hours and 20 minutes plus an intermission, too much time spent unnecessarily exploring how to transmit answers. The Babylon Line by Richard Greenburg and currently being produced by The Colonial Players of Annapolis has a strong cast that does the best that they can with a show that cannot find its voice and struggles to find a conclusion to the problems proposed.

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Alexander Matrosov, Peter Rykov, Alexander Arsentyev in Measure for Measure

Measure For Measure at The Kennedy Center

Raw emotions and a powerhouse of a production on display!

The 2018-2019 World Stages season opens with Measure for Measure, produced by Cheek by Jowl and the Pushkin Theatre Moscow, a production filled with raw emotions and powerful performances. This production is superbly directed by Declan Donnellan and extraordinarily designed by Nick Ormerod. In the politically charged atmosphere that we are currently living in, this timeless piece is presented in such a relatable,

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Becky’s New Car at Bowie Community Theatre

How do you spend your summer? At the pool? In the sun at the beach? How about in your car driving down the highway? Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz is a summer sensation performing now at Bowie Community Theatre and take my word for it – drive your car straight to the theatre in the woods and see this show! Bowie Community Theatre’s production is under the talented direction of Ilene Chalmers and has a tour de force cast of seven talented actors.

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Rapture, Blister, Burn at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Is the grass really greener on the other side? Ever wonder what life would be like if you chose to take the opposite path? What if you could live whatever life you wanted what would it be, and do you really think that would be the key to eternal bliss or end in eternal sorrow? Rapture, Bliss, Burn written by Gina Gionfriddo, directed by Suzanne Beal and on stage now at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick,

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Review: The Secret Garden at Colonial Players

When I was younger I read the book The Secret Garden. A few years later I watch the movie when it was released so I was very excited to get to see the musical adaptation of the story. Walking into the theatre at The Colonial Players of Annapolis I was transported by the stage decorations, painting, and lighting of their production of The Secret Garden with Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman and Music by Lucy Simon.

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Review: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

This time of year there is one story that always puts me in the holiday spirit and that’s It’s a Wonderful Life. The story of George Bailey giving everything for the people of Bedford Falls only to have everything he has done come crashing around him when Uncle Billy loses the business’s $8,000 while heading to deposit it in the bank— and on Christmas Eve none-the-less! It is because of this moment that George intends to end his life but when Clarence the angel is assigned to help him;

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Review: Side Man at Colonial Players

Sideman: noun – a member of a band or orchestra and especially of a jazz or swing orchestra who is not the leader or a featured soloist.

Side Man written by Warren Leight is a memory play currently in production at The Colonial Players of Annapolis. This memory play is nicely Directed by Jim Reiter and features outstanding performances by Jason Vellon, Mary MacLeod, Ali Vellon,

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Review: 9 to 5 at Silhouette Stages

Growing up in the 80’s I had several heroes, one of whom was Dolly Parton. I saw every movie, had every album and knew everything I could about her; I was a fanboy before the term fanboy was used in normal conversation. So getting the opportunity to see one of my favorite movies turned into a musical was extremely exciting for me and overall after leaving the theatre I was not disappointed. Silhouette Stages’ production of 9 to 5: the musical,

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Review: Eleanor: Her Secret Journey at Compass Rose Theatre

Google Eleanor Roosevelt, if you look at the Wikipedia page, or the White House history page or even your history book in school, you will learn quickly that she was the longest-serving First Lady. She served as First Lady during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms as president (1933-1945). Yet there is so much more to Eleanor than the history books and articles will tell you, even today as historians begin to reexamine the role Eleanor played in the White House and politics most people do not realize what an effect she had on women in the U.S.

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