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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

To laugh? Or not to laugh? That won’t really be much of a
question as Chesapeake Shakespeare Company attempts all 37 of Shakespeare’s
plays with three guys, one stage, and 2 hours traffic upon it. Yes, the Bard’s
almighty collection— as condensed, despoiled, and distilled by Adam Long,
Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield— also entitled The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare Abridged
— now finds its way onto the Globe-esque stage of Chesapeake
Shakespeare Company
under the direction of Artistic Director Ian Gallanar.

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Steel Magnolias at MAD

It’s the
1980s. Fashions are colorful. Big hair is in. Clouds of hairspray linger in the
air. It is against this backdrop that the latest offering from NASA Goddard’s
MAD Productions is set. Steel Magnolias
(directed by Paul Morris and produced by Katrina Jackson)tells the story of a gaggle of women in Chinquapin, Louisiana, who
spend their time socializing at the fictional “Truvy’s Beauty Shop” –
gossiping, getting their hair and nails done,

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The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On at Tidewater Players

They are family! They got all their sisters— you’ll see! That’s
right, they’re back! All four original Wonderettes— Cindy Lou, Betty Jean,
Missy, and Suzie— are back and dreaming on, this time to celebrate their
favorite home-room teacher— Mrs. McPherson (watch out, audience!) and her
retirement party after 39 years as a Springfield High Chipmunk! Tidewater
Players knows how to put on a show when it comes to everyone’s favorite
foursome; their production of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On is wholesome
family fun that features four talented individuals breathing new life and
dreams into many iconic tunes of the late 60’s and late 70’s!

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The Wanderers at Theater J

Not all those who wander are lost; time has tested such a
proverb, but what if those who are lost don’t know they are wandering? Wandering
from their faith, wandering from their lives, wandering from themselves, life
is short and full of illusions, so who really understands whether or not they
are happy? An evocative and poignant new drama by Anna Ziegler wanders through
these notions, exploring the paths our lives take when we are lost and
wandering.

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Footloose at The Suburban Players

I’ve got this feeling— that nothing’s holding them down;
they’re hitting the ceiling— they’re tearing up the east side of town— with
their production of Footloose! Footloose! They’re kicking off their weekday
blues! With the hottest production of the dated 80’s classic this side of Charm
City, The St. Demetrios’ Suburban Players are giving audiences all over Carney,
Parkville, and Baltimore a thrilling joyride through Bomont! They’re cutting
Footloose! And you won’t want to miss it!

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at The Heritage Players

Baltimore is full of theatre shows; some comedies, some with
duels, but I prefer a company that produces flashy jewels! A show on your stage
might be quite continental— but “in concerts” are your new best friend! At
least, they are for The Heritage Players this winter. On their third annual “musical
in concert” The Heritage Players breathes new life into a golden oldie— Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes
. Directed and Choreographed by Tommy Malek (with Lori
Struss-Weatherly),

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Steel Magnolias at Showcase On Main

Too twisted for colored TV, Showcase On Main is bringing
everyone’s favorite beauty-shop-gossip-fest to their stages this February. That’s
right, come on out to Elkton, MD and take a whack at— Steel Magnolias,
Directed by Lee Lewis. With just six people in the cast, and the cozy intimate
setting of SoM’s playing space, it’s a narrative experience filled with heart,
soul, and everybody’s favorite emotion— laughter though tears. There are some powerful
performances and some unique twists that make the show specific to Showcase On
Main;

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Legally Blonde at Third Wall Productions

They’ve got that beeeeeend and SNAP! See how good they’re
getting? Beeeeeend and SNAP! All the fun they’re having? They’ve sprung the trap;
you’ll cheer and clap for their beeeeeend and SNAP! And generally for their
production of Legally Blonde! Third Wall Productions breaks up the
midwinter blues with their second show of the 2019-2020 season— Legally
Blonde
! Directed by Henry Cyr with Musical Direction by Patty DeLisle, and
Choreography y Cecilia &

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Talia Suskauer as Elphaba. Photo: Joan Marcus

Wicked at The Hippodrome

Magic is a demanderating mistress! And who better to know
that than the witches of Oz! Yes, for one short day— well, several short days
(through March 8, 2020)— you too can see the Emerald City, and hear the
splendor, and experience the glory that is the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked
as it defies gravity and lands once more in Baltimore! Green with envy yet?
You will be if you don’t get your tickets and they’re red hot like ruby
slippers!

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Sean Coe (left) as Albert, Whitley Cargill (center) as Jack, and Holly Gibbs (right) as Bessie in Give Me Moonlight

Give Me Moonlight

There are somethings that you cannot put into words;
experiencing the joy of a world premiere is one of those things. Rapid Lemon
Productions presents the world premiere of Give Me Moonlight by Ariel
Mitchell. This surrealist tale of historical happenings in rooted in the truth
of Albert and Bessie Johnson, who eventually built a castle in Death Valley. Directed
by Noah Silas, the play features just four actors and carries a loosely woven
narrative of hope and despair,

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The 39 Steps at Constellation Theatre Company

Constellation
Theatre does amazing work. However, The 39 Steps, while delivering
vibrant performances and a reasonable proportion of laughs, does not quite rise
to the level of theatre we expect from this company, largely due to an
inconsistent vision for this adaptation of a classic film to the stage. 

Patrick
Barlow’s play — a long running success in both London and New York–adapts the
1935 Alfred Hitchcock adventure film, The 39 Steps,

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DeCarlo Raspberry (left) as Lola and Matt Hirsh (right) as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. Photo: Jeri Tidwell Photography

The Sex Is In The Heel! Talking Some Kinky Boots with Kinky Boots Stars and Helen Hayes Award Winners Matt Hirsh and DeCarlo Raspberry

PINK is for playthings.

YELLOW’s for warnings.

PURPLE for princes.

BLACK for wannabes.

GREEN is for pickles.

But RED… RED IS FOR SEX!!!

Serving up all the sex, the sauce, the sassiness, and the
serious heart and soul, Kinky Boots is all the rage at Toby’s Dinner
Theatre
of Columbia. Marking the regional premiere of the production, whose
successful run on Broadway sent it touring around the country before it finally
landed in Columbia,

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Loserville at The Fredericktowne Players

Pinch me! Is this real? I got a one-way ticket into Loserville
the musical! Now appearing on the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater at Frederick Community
College with The Fredericktowne Players, Loserville, the incredibly
underrated and fabulously feel-good musical all about communication is under
the superb direction of Matthew Bannister with Musical Direction by Matthew Dohm
and Choreography by Laurie Newton. The tagline’s not wrong— think Grease
meets The Big Bang Theory
— but it’s so much more than that.

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9 To 5 at Stand Up For…Theatre

Tumble on the stage and they’re
hopin’ and a wishin’! They’ve poured themselves a cup of ambition— Stand Up For…
Theatre! is doing 9 to 5. They’re singin’ and a dancin’; they got their
blood pumping! Dolly Parton’s musical will really keep you jumping! I’ll say it
again— they’re producing 9 To 5. Produced by Grant Myers, Directed by Ed
Higgins, with Musical Direction by Brandon Seehoffer, and Choreography by
Lenore Florez,

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Next To Normal at The Kennedy Center

The
Kennedy Center’s Broadway Center Stage series drastically shifts gears but
continues to strike gold with their current production of Tom Kitt and Brian
Yorkey’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal. They have enjoyed great success for the last three
seasons mining a pleasing blend of golden age musicals like How to Succeed in Business Without Really
Trying
and The Music Man and
modern age classics like In the Heights and The Who’s Tommy,

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DeCarlo Raspberry (center in blue) as Lola and The Angels in Kinky Boots. Photo: Jeri Tidwell Photography

Kinky Boots at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

The sex is in the heel! And the heels are all over that
stage at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia as they are serving up a big old
helping of Kinky Boots for dinner this winter. Marking the regional
premiere of Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s Broadway sensation, Kinky
Boots
has a world of joy to offer. Under the superb direction of Mark Minnick,
with Musical Direction by Ross Scott Rawlings,

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The North American Tour of Cats. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Cats at The Hippodrome

Practical cats, dramatical cats, pragmatical cats, fanatical
cats! Oratorical cats, delphioracle cats, allegorical cats, metaphorical cats!
And then of course there’s the Jellicle Cat. What— you ask— is a Jellicle Cat?
Well…no better way to learn than to venture out in the moonlight to Baltimore’s
Hippodrome Theatre and see them live in action. Cats, the first show of
the 2020 calendar to land in Charm City will mesmerize you, enchant you,

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The Hippodrome’s 2020/2021 Broadway Season: A Quick Chat With President Ron Legler

Are you ready for Broadway in your own backyard? Baltimore’s
Hippodrome Theatre just announced their 2020/2021 season and they’re bringing
shows hot off Broadway right to the heart of Charm City! The season features
six shows making their Baltimore debut:

  • Tootsie                                                  (10/13/20 – 10/18/20)
  • Pretty Woman                                   (12/8/20 – 12/13/20)
  • Mean Girls                                          (01/19/21 – 01/24/21)
  • The Prom                           

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