Bobtail Bong Bong at InterAct Story Theatre

Are you ready with your watching eyes and your listening ears?
OH! And the most important thing of all! Your I-MA-GI-NATION! That’s right! You’ll
need all three of those things to really enjoy yourself with InterAct Story
Theatre’s brand new immersive theatrical experience for young audiences, Bobtail
Bong Bong: A Monkey’s Tail Tale
, written and directed by Ali
Oliver-Krueger. Inspired by a Japanese folktale, mukashibanashi, this is
a true exploration of the company’s namesake,

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Matilda at Children’s Playhouse of Maryland

When I grow up… I will be smart enough to know that the real
cool place to go is Children’s Playhouse of Maryland to see all these awesome
kids before they grow up! And now’s your chance to change their story— by
coming to support some of Baltimore’s most talented young performers in their current
full-length production of Matilda, the Roald Dahl story turned stage
musical opening the 2019/2020 theatre season for CPM.

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Bright Half Life at The Strand Theatre

When I was
considering attending Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half Life, I committed a
horrendous crime, in that I read a review containing a summary.  A couple starting out like a fire caused by a
comet.  The marvelous beginning, the slow
and painful waning, and an end showcasing the doom that was always in store, as
if asking us if it was really worth the good times.  Knowing the half-life referred to a
relationship and not a radioactive isotope was all I was after! 

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Helen On Wheels at Best Medicine Rep Theatre

Never a dull moment ‘round Helen Wheeler’s house! And that’s
the dag’gum truth, gosh darnit! Making it’s east coast regional premiere, Helen
on Wheels
by Cricket Daniel has sprung up at Best Medicine Rep Theatre
under the direction of Kelsey Yudice and it’s a doozy. A real comic gem about
the aging and grieving process, this delightfully light-hearted comedic romp gives
audiences a glimpse into the life of Helen Wheeler, for all intents and
purposes the first lady of Crockett in Wheeler County Oklahoma.

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The Gulf at Peter’s Alley

In the program for the Peter’s
Alley production of Audrey Cefaly’s The Gulf, the director’s note begins
with a quote from the playwright: “…Audiences want to fall in love. But people
don’t fall in love with plot. They fall in love with people.” It’s a
sentiment the show’s director, Aly B. Ettman, obviously shares, and it’s a
sentiment that clearly informs both Cefaly’s script and Ettman’s direction.

Anna Fagan (left) as Betty and Jasmine Brooks (right) as Kendra in The Gulf.Amanda N.

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Heidi Schreck in What The Constitution Means to Me. Photo: Joan Marcus

What The Constitution Means To Me at The Kennedy Center

Like the play being revieweditself,
this review is by necessity going to be different. No cute opening paragraph.
No clever parallels. No history lesson to set the stage. Let me start right out
by saying that in 2019, this play couldn’t be more important. After two
off-Broadway incarnations and a Tony-nominated Broadway debut last spring
(winning the Obie Award for best new American play, the New York Drama Critic’s
Circle for best American play, and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best new
play as well as a Pulitzer nomination along the way),

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Surfacing: An Inventory of Helplessness at ExPats Theatre

One of the newest companies to grace the DC Theatre Scene—
ExPats Theatre, founded by Karin Rosnizeck— is getting their footing under them
after a performance at the Capital Fringe Festival this past summer. With an
extended version of their production of Surfacing: An Inventory of
Helplessness
, ExPats Theatre sets up shop in The Atlas Performing Arts
Center— in Theatre Lab I— for a weeks to test the waters. The piece, written by
Austrian playwright Julya Rabinowich and translated into English by Karin
Rosnizeck,

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Mr. Wolf at Single Carrot Theatre

Is the universe actually infinite? Or is infinite a generic designation
we apply to whatever it is that we don’t understand? Ponderous thoughts, deeply
vexing, and entirely not my own. They spring from the pen-eternal of playwright
Rajiv Joseph in his work Mr. Wolf, now an immersive theatrical
experience with Single Carrot Theatre. Directed by Genevieve de Mahy and Lauren
Erica Jackson, Mr. Wolf is taking on an infinite life of its own inside
The Rectory of St.

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Love Sick at Theater J

Never rouse love. But once love has been awakened, never put
it back to sleep! The chilling and inspiring message behind a new musical now
on stage with Theater J, not only kicking off their 2019/2020 season, but
welcoming the company home to their space in residence at the Edlavitch DC Jewish
Community Center on The Trish Vradenburg Stage inside the Aaron & Cecile
Goldman Theater. Love Sick, an evocative and timeless musical,

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1 Henry IV at The Folger Theatre

“The heavens were all on fire, the earth did tremble.”

Shakespeare’s tale of the roles and
duties of fathers and sons is brought to life with energy and thoughtfulness in
director Rosa Joshi’s 1 Henry IV at the Folger Theater. The second
installment of the Henriad tetralogy, the play deftly balances the personal and
political consequences of the deposition of Richard II.

The cast of Folger Theatre's 1 Henry IV (Peter Crook as King Henry IV at center) C. Stanley PhotographyC. Stanley Photography The cast of Folger Theatre’s 1 Henry IV (Peter Crook as King Henry IV at center) C.

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Where In The World Have You Been Hiding? An Interview with The Phantom of The Opera’s SarahGrace Mariani on Playing Meg Giry

It’s here— The Phantom of the Opera! Well, almost! In
just a few short weeks, the newly imagined National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber
& Cameron Mackintosh’s critically acclaimed musical success will be landing
in Charm City for just two short weeks! The Phantom of The Opera comes
to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre from October 6, 2019 through October 20, 2019;
the spell-binding masterpiece still has tickets available for sale!

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Proof at Everyman Theatre

A taste for the mystery of numbers is excessively rare,
especially among those more theatrically inclined. Creatives and cultivators of
art tend to shy away from “the numbers” but don’t let that scare you away from
seeing Everyman Theatre’s 2019/2020 season opener— Proof, by David
Auburn. Directed by Paige Hernandez, there is an evocative warmth that
dominates this play filled with bughouse logic.

(L to R) Bruce Randolph Nelson as Robert, Jeremy Keith Hunter as Hal, Katie Kleiger as Catherine, and Megan Anderson as Claire in Proof. Photo: DJ Corey PhotographyDJ Corey Photg (L to R) Bruce Randolph Nelson as Robert,

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The cast of Into The Woods at Phoenix Festival Theatre

Into The Woods at Phoenix Festival Theatre

Two midnights gone. The slotted spoon doesn’t hold much soup
but it can catch— well, in this case, the Phoenix Festival Theatre production
of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods appearing now as a part of LIVE! at
Harford Community College. Directed by Dickie Mahoney and with Musical
Direction by Terri Matthews, the iconic fairytales of happily after plague the
stage in a warped and twisted fashion, craftable only by the depraved mind of Sondheim.

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Souvenir at Rep Stage

What matters most is the music you hear in your head. And as
singing is a kind of dreaming in public, you’ll want to hear the beautiful
music that is being made by Rep Stage as they open their 2019/2020 season with Souvenir,
a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins written by Stephen Temperley.
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, this delectable play in memory explores the musical
stage life of Florence Foster Jenkins through the vibrant lens of her pianist,

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Sweat at Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Skilled labor isn’t cheap; cheap labor isn’t skilled. An innocuous
enough statement of truth that might just ruffle the feathers of the pleasantly
situated. But isn’t that art and theater at its core? Comfort the disturbed and
disturb the comfortable? No surprises that politically charged, prescient and
topically relevant drama by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage
is being produced upon the Maryland Ensemble Theatre stage. Directed by Gené
Fouché, this ensemble-driven drama is laced with humor around the visceral edges
of political upheaval in the town of Reading,

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Magic Alive! An Interview with Choreographer Maxx Reed of Xanadu

Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom

I’m alive! And you will be too if you catch the RWS
Entertainment Group’s National Tour of Xanadu, the Tony Award-nominated
roller-skating smash hit musical while it pops into Charm City at the end of
the month. Gliding into The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore’s Bromo-Arts
District for just two performances on Sunday September 29, 2019 this fun-loving
show is featuring two of America’s iconic and beloved Drag Queens who gained
national stardom on the hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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The Little Mermaid at September Song

The seaweed is always greener, on somebody else’s stage. You’ve
seen a bunch of productions, cause last year it was all the rage. But look at
the show that’s happenin’— right there on the Carroll Arts Center floor, such
different things about it— what more is you looking for? The Little Mermaid
is splashing on stage as the 45th anniversary production of
September Song. Directed by Debbie Mobley with Musical Direction by Kelly
Stoneberger,

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The Way Out at Quarry Theatre

When someone leaves, a piece of you leaves with them. And
while that is a generally understood pathos principal of the grieving process,
we as a society don’t fully accept or acknowledge this when it comes to suicide.
We say “suddenly” or “passed unexpectedly” or “died at home” rather than the
blunt, honest truth of “lost the battle with…depression, substance abuse,
mental illness…” and the taboo and stigma that remain shrouded around suicide
and mental illness keeps us from opening up our minds and hearts to this
grieving process.

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Tina Marie DeSimone (left) as Rosie, with Heather Marie Beck (center) as Donna and Coby Kay Callahan (right) as Tanya in Mamma Mia.

Mamma Mia! Here They Go Again: Reviving Mamma Mia at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Mamma Mia! Here they go again! My, my, just how much you’ve missed them! Mamma Mia! What a show again— my, my, how could you resist them? Well don’t resist too much longer as they’re just at the midway point of their six-week revival engagement of the sold-out stage production of Mamma Mia! at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. After sensational success last season, with a 13-week engagement that made getting tickets for Hamilton look easy,

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Into The Woods at Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre

Stephen
Sondheim is synonymous with darkly themed, intricately scored, chamber pieces
that hold a mirror up for the audience to self-reflect. On the surface, the fairy
tale wrappings of Into the Woods seem to defy that with brightly colored
costumes, unusually bouncy tunes, and a familiar cast of characters voicing a
plethora of wishes and dreams. But do not be fooled, because Sondheim, with
book writer James Lapine, has drawn his on-the-surface quaint fable not from Walt
Disney’s stable of technicolor,

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The Addams Family at Hereford Community Theater

It’s just a simple dinner. What
could go wrong? Famous last words by the delightfully unsuspecting,
crazier-than-you Wednesday Addams right before chaos and calamity are unleashed
upon her “meet-the-parents” style dinner. The story may be a familiar one, since
there’s hardly a company left who hasn’t produced Andrew Lippa’s The Addams
Family
, unless of course they’re a brand new company. As it happens, the
Hereford Community Theater is exactly that. In their inaugural debut,

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Crusade at Rapid Lemon Productions

Recon— they don’t speculate. They observe and report. Sort
of like theatre critics. We don’t speculate— we observe and report. Observing
now: Crusade the only full-length production of the Baltimore
Playwrights Festival in the 2019 calendar year. Crusade, written by Bruce
Bonafede, is a world premiere making its debut in association with the BPF
through Rapid Lemon Productions at the Baltimore Theatre Project. (BPF, RLP,
BTP, over and out!) Directed by Timoth David Copney,

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Dear Evan Hansen at The Kennedy Center

Dear Washington DC,

Today is going to be a good day and here’s why:

#youwillbefound

Dear Evan Hansen has arrived for a limited-run
engagement at The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts just as summer
comes to an end. This Tony Award-Winning musical has stunning emotional impact
and will take your breath away with its poignancy and overall relevance to
everyone from every walk of life,

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Nice Work If You Can Get It at Cockpit In Court

“When music
is playing and couples are swaying Say! I’ve got to be there! I’ve got to be
there!”

Indeed you do.

Attendance is quite simply mandatory for Cockpit in Court Summer Theater’s production of Nice Work If You Can Get It still open for two full weekends at the F. Scott Black Theatre.

The Company of Nice Work If You Can Get It at Cockpit in CourtAmanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom The Company of Nice Work If You Can Get It at Cockpit in Court

Fans of
Golden Age music (and musicals) will be overjoyed to see this production,

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The Country Wife at The Rude Mechanicals

For my part, I will have only those glorious, womanly
pleasures of being very verbose and very favorable to The Rude Mechanical’s
production of William Wycherley’s The Country Wife. A far cry from very
slovenly, though indeed ‘tis very drunk, this quirky Restoration comedy
(apparently there was humor in the restoration era) under the direction of Alan
Duda, finds its footing not in its original setting but rather in the posh and
swanky New York City of the 1950’s.

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Mary Poppins at Glyndon Area Players

By the time the wind has blown the weather vein around, Glyndon
Area Players
will show you a practically perfect production of Disney’s Mary
Poppins
. Giving life to the message of love through the magic of
performance, GAP has outdone themselves this year with their high-quality
community theatre performance of Disney’s musical about a flying nanny with a
kite-string of loveable chaos in her wake. Directed by the heart and soul of
the Glyndon Area Players,

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