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,
Are you ready with your watching eyes and your listening ears?
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.
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!
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.
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.
As Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) said in
Point Break, “It will sting a bit,
but, uh, it’s for your own growth, bro.” Sweat
written by Lynn Nottage, playing at Spotlighters Theatre, is the slap in the
face that we need. It does what we all too often fail to do when it comes to a
political or social issue; it humanizes the situation. We read the paper, watch
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),
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
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.
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,
“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.
C. Stanley Photography The cast of Folger Theatre’s 1 Henry IV (Peter Crook as King Henry IV at center) C.
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!
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.
DJ Corey Photg (L to R) Bruce Randolph Nelson as Robert,
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,
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,
Just a single little finger can change the world.
9— Dayton, Ohio August 4, 2019
22— El Paso, Texas August 3, 2019
3— Gilroy, California July 28, 2019
34 people dead from just a single little finger.
Something just broke.
It’s the strap-line for Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins now
open and running at Signature Theatre in Shirlington, Virginia. And they’re not
He’s here— The Phantom of the Opera! He’s with us, it’s the show! He’s here! The Phantom of the Opera! Return to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Broadway Theatre after much too long an absence! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s fantastical The Phantom of the Opera returns in a spectacular new production by Cameron Mackintosh and tickets are on sale today— July 26, 2019!
Matthew Murray Quentin Oliver Lee as ‘The Phantom’ and Eva Tavares as ‘Christine Daaé’ in The Phantom of The Opera.