Reviews

You Can’t Take It With You at Twin Beach Players

Every family has one. Alice Sycamore is that one. She’s the normal one. She isn’t raising snakes and sneaking off to commencement ceremonies like grandpa; she isn’t creating and exploding fireworks in the basement like father; she isn’t writing sex-starved plays like mother; she isn’t training for the ballet while making candy like sister; Alice Sycamore is an ordinary run of the mill secretary type. Too bad for Alice the rest of her family is absolutely bonkers!

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Reasons To Be Pretty at The Green Globe Theatre

We all have a different perception of what real beauty is. We all have our reasons to be pretty; there are people we make ourselves pretty for; there are people who we let define where we fall on the scale of ugly to pretty. But beauty has its price, just like ugly does, and it’s a steep price to pay regardless of which side you’re on. Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty explores this dark and dangerous notion of external beauty through heavy humor and deeply dramatic twists in the way only a Neil LaBute play can.

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Steel Magnolias at Heritage Players

Wouldn’t you rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime full of nothing special? Well, you’re in luck because Truvy’s beauty shop, where the gossip’s going non-stop in Chinquapin Parish, has more than just 30 minutes of wonderful. They have almost five times that tucked away for an evening’s escape in a heartfelt, inspirational, and truly touching coming of age tale that the masses knows well. Co-Directed by Kevin James Logan and Katie Sheldon,

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The Life and Death of Richard II at The Rude Mechanicals

Discomfort guides this servant’s tongue, you see

When first to speak on the venue known as the DCAC

But fear not, playgoers, for I share with you

Good news of The Rude Mechanicals and their show of Richard II

Laboriously titled The Life and Death Of

They present to you from one floor above

A judiciously rendered version that moves quite free

Of this early and poetic tale of history

Directed by Michael F.

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Teatro El Público: Antigonón, un contingente épico

Antigonón, un contingente épico at The Kennedy Center

There is time for everything in this life. There is even time to believe. Find the time to put your belief in Alicia Adams the current curator of the Spotlight on Directors series now debuting at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Adams, who is the Vice President of International Programming and Dance, has brought together a series of theatrical features to appear in this festival-style collection, with each running just a few performances in and out of the various houses of The Kennedy Center in the months of March and April.

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What Every Girl Should Know at Forum Theatre

Every girl should first understand herself. And in order to understand herself she must fully understand herself, inside out and all throughout. After all, what’s the point of sinning if you can’t tell a good story about it? Playwright Monica Byrne crafts up quite a good story with What Every Girl Should Know, even if it is set 100 years prior to when she penned it. Appearing as the other half of the #NastyWomenRep at Forum Theatre,

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Dry Land at Forum Theatre

What happens when you’re faced with the unthinkable? What happens when you’re uninformed and faced with the unthinkable? That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the present-day half of Forum Theatre’s #NastyWomenRep. With two shows cycling through the repertory rotation, both dealing with extremely important women’s rights issues, Dry Land, written by Ruby Rae Spiegel, dives headlong and unapologetically into the dicey subjects of abortion;

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Night Watch at Bowie Community Theatre

A lie is such a small betrayal. And a murder mystery can be such a grizzly arranged spectacle. Hold onto your hats and your sanity when it comes to Bowie Community Theatre’s latest offering to the stage— Lucille Fletcher’s Night Watch. A chilling suspense-driven drama, Directed by Randy Barth, this maddening thriller has all the hallmarks of Gaslight, all the decadence of Deathtrap and all the charm that such plays require to set the hairs at the back of your neck on edge.

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Lucky Stiff at Silhouette Stages

Something funny’s going on and it isn’t very pretty.

This is how it all began: with a murder of a man!

In Columbia City, Maryland— something funny’s going on. There’s a lot I haven’t told yet— there’s a musical, a show, and it’s real important you go! To Silhouette Stages to see their production of Lucky Stiff, a delightfully humorous musical farce based on the book The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth.

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Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing at Signature Theatre

Who knows what other people hear when they hear Mrs. Miller sing, but what she hears when she sings it the beauty of the music because music makes her happy; music makes her joyful. Find what makes you happy and do your thing. That’s exactly what Signature Theatre is doing with this world premiere production of Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine. Starring the incomparably talented Debra Monk as Mrs.

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Bye Bye Birdie at Artistic Synergy

You’ve gotta be— sincere! You’ve gotta see it here! Cause when you see it here— at Artistic Synergy of Baltimore— you’re honestly going to see— sincere! If you’re seein’ it here— at Artistic Synergy— then it’s really sincere! And if you’re seein’ it here— Bye Bye Birdie that is— then it’s gonna be right, oh baby! Directed by Jeff Baker, this fast-movin’ 50’s feel-good musical is showing the east side of Baltimore that there’s such a lot of living to do!

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The Last Five Years at Stillpointe Theatre

For the next ten minutes— well times eight but hey— will you share your life with them? With Jamie and Cathy and their story? Can you handle that? They can. Stillpointe Theatre takes Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years and breathes a curious new life into the production by running two casts in rotating rep over the course of the show’s four-weekend run. Featuring a male and female cast, as well as a female and female cast,

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The Lion King Jr. at Children’s Playhouse of Maryland

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba! Sithi uhm ingonyama. You may not recognize it in print, but when you hear it? You know it. And the English translation? Here comes a lion! Oh, yes, it’s a lion! And oh yes— here comes The Lion King Jr. to The Children’s Playhouse of Maryland this spring! Breaking onto the stage for a sold-out run, CPM delivers the stellar children’s community theatre area premiere of one of Disney’s finest musical stage adaptations.

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Assassins at Phoenix Festival Theater

Hey, pal! Feeling blue? Don’t know what to do? Hey, pal— I mean you! Come on and shoot a president! Pretty darn appealing prospect, isn’t it? Especially when you listen to their stories and hear it in their songs; you learn that angry men don’t make the rules and guns don’t write the wrongs! Everybody’s got a right to their dreams! So come on, and shoot a president! But if you’d rather not take the rap sheet and fry up in the hoosegow,

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Portraits in Song at The Strand Theater Company

She wears a window on her heart, ellen cherry does. And if you’re fortunate enough to attend the limited engagement performance of Portraits in Song you’ll get to glimpse through this portal into a vast emotional galaxy of complex understanding when it comes to storytelling and setting flight to the voice of Gynaika. Making its Baltimore debut as a part of the She Speaks Second Series offered at The Strand, solo performer and creator ellen cherry,

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The Women at Spotlighters Theatre

Pride is a luxury a woman in love cannot afford. And the devilish lengths a woman in love will go to in order to maintain that love is unseemly and unsightly to the modern feminist. But in the world of Clare Booth Luce’s The Women, where the utmost priority for the women of society was maintaining a marriage and quashing scandals before they could rise, it’s quite a different story. Directed by Fuzz Roark,

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I Hate Hamlet at Dundalk Community Theatre

You know you’ve made it in Hollywood when your face is five stories high and six zeros wide. But what about the theatre? Can you ever truly say you’ve made it there if you haven’t played the Bard’s greatest role? Doesn’t everyone dream of playing Hamlet? Not Andrew Rally, television’s hot-shot novice surgeon who moonlights as a nature-loving chipmunk-kissing commercialist on the side. That is, of course until he finds himself in New York City in John Barrymore’s apartment,

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The Bodyguard at The Hippodrome

One moment in time— is all you’ll need to procure your ticket to The Bodyguard musical as it lands in The Hippodrome Theatre at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. As a part of the CareFirst Hippodrome Broadway Series, the iconic film turned stage musical— based on the Warner Bros. screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and newly adapted book by Alexander Dinelaris— is bringing the spirit of Whitney Houston to Baltimore.

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All My Sons at The Students’ Theatre at The Highwood Theatre

There is a universe of people outside and you’re responsible for it. A profound life learning lesson, far deeper than the simple application of the butterfly effect. In a time-honored American dramatic classic, The Students’ Theatre of The Highwood Theatre bring an all-student production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons to the stage and it nothing short of phenomenal. Directed by Christopher Brown, this evocative and gripping drama in three acts spins the story of the aftermath of war— the lesser acknowledged All-American struggle that all too often accompanies that coveted All-American dream.

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Two Rooms at Kensington Arts Theatre

The government doesn’t dole out hope. Hope is not an entitlement program. Resonating with surprising strength to the nation’s current political predicament, the prescience of despair in Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms is striking despite being penned over a quarter of a century ago for a war-torn time even further behind us. Appearing as the non-musical offering in the Kensington Arts Theatre’s 2016/2017 season, Two Rooms is a battlefield of emotional carnage,

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Fiddler on the Roof at Third Wall Productions

The papas! The mammas! The daughters! The sons! They’re all there as tradition would dictate— but! This isn’t your grandfather’s Fiddler on the Roof happening as Third Wall Productions approaches its one-year anniversary! Directed by Lance Bankerd, with Musical Direction by Edward Berlett, this reimagined production of a time-weathered classic is an innovative look at how the flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. Pulling the production out of the dreary,

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Top Girls at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

If you could sit down to dinner, or better yet a dinner party, with any five influential women in history, who would you choose? Well-behaved women seldom make history, as Laurel Thatcher Ulrich says. Wouldn’t you want to choose radical women, the movers and shakers of their time? Those that simply refused to live the life of a lady and broke through the gender barrier that so often held them in place, wouldn’t those be your choice invitees to a dinner party in a completely absurdist and fictitious dream sequence?

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Funny is money and you can take it straight to the bank that Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor will have you rolling in riches before the night is through. Comically charged and full of political prescience that will knock your socks clean out the window, the latest production to hit The Laurel Mill Playhouse’s main stage is a hoot! Directed by John D’Amato, this charming comedy captures the epitome of the television screenwriter’s golden era of funny.

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King Charles III at Shakespeare Theatre Company

The United Kingdom has survived for centuries; it has survived being Thatcherized— even Reaganized from afar in recent decades— but can the crowned country survive a reign under King Charles III? Mike Bartlett’s thought-provoking drama examines exactly such a premise, kicking things off at the funerary farewell to the woman who was arguably England’s greatest monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Now appearing in the Sidney Harman Hall of Shakespeare Theatre Company,

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Rock Of Ages at Milburn Stone Theatre

Come on, feel the noise! Milburn Stone Theatre Is taking you back to a sexier time where the hair was big, the chicks were hot, and the music was ROCK-AND-ROLL! They’re getting, wild, Wild, WILD with their current production of Rock Of Ages, an edgy jukebox musical that captures the essence of 80’s rock all in one electrifying evening of classic numbers, theatrical nonsense, and wailing guitars that will make your face melt!

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Honk Jr. at Pumpkin Theatre

Are you ready to experience the magic of Pumpkin Theatre? It’s an experience, not just a place, and that’s for sure! Come on down to the farm where there’s birds a plenty in their waterfowl regalia just waiting to entertain you! Flying through the 49th season with flying colors, Pumpkin Theatre is proud to present their 16th for-kids-by-kids production: Honk Jr. Directed by Erin Confair with Musical Direction by Mandee Ferrier Roberts,

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Baby Screams Miracle at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

The weather has been bad since the beginning of time; it was horrible at the beginning of time. But the weather can get a whole lot worse when a wicked storm tears the lives of a Christian faith-based family asunder without warning. Baby Screams Miracle, a new work by Clara Barron, arrives to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company stage under the Direction of Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz and it crashes upon the boards much like the storm inside the play crashes into the five members of the family contained within its pages.

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Caroline, Or Change at Round House Theatre

Change come fast and change come slow, but change come. And a change— Caroline, Or Change to be exact— is coming to Round House Theatre this season. Nothing happens below ground in Bethesda because all the fiery action of this sensational musical with Book & Lyrics by Tony Kushner and Music by Jeanine Tesori is happening on ground floor stage for everyone to see! Directed by Matthew Gardiner with Musical Direction by Jon Kalbfleisch,

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As You Like It at Folger Theatre

Love is merely a madness; there is a madness running rampant through the forest of Arden— strewing its favors hither and thither, mostly in the form of poetic verse all about the stage and the house of The Folger Theatre. As You Like It, the Bard’s great love story among the comedies, comes to the 2017-side of the season under the Direction of Gaye Taylor Upchurch and brings with it a thorough examination of love in many flavorful varieties.

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Our Town at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

Everybody has a right to their own troubles; some people ain’t made for small town life. The quintessential all-American play about the daily doings of small town life, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, marks the inaugural production of Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s new home at 1804 West Street. Directed by Sally Boyett, this theatrical chestnut settles into the turn of the 20th century in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire with a whole mess of Gibbs’ and Webb’s and other small town folk whose stories are important to no one but themselves.

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