To begin this review, a synopsis feels almost unnecessary because it would be difficult to find people who are not familiar with this timeless piece of comedy by Neil Simon. The Odd Couple had its original debut in 1965 on Broadway, and with its success, spurred a film in 1968, and then a TV series from 1970 – 1975. Since then it’s seen many adaptations and revivals (even a cartoon version in the 70’s!).
“Giving the nation a new syncopation, the people called it Ragtime!” Ragtime at Memorial Players in Baltimore is an outstanding production that takes the audience on a journey of diversity, racial tensions, and an inspiring yet tragic love story. The book, written by Terrance McNally (Music by Stephen Flaherty, and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens) is based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow. Ragtime tells the story of three socially disparate groups set in New York during the early 20th century: African Americans,
Somewhere over the beltway, way out east— there’s a church called St. Demetrios, serving up a big Greek feast. Somewhere over in Carny, The Suburban Players know, they are producing a stage dream for the 41st season show. With Director Mark Briner, and Musical Director Patricia DeLisle, go beyond the rainbow for a true community theatre experience with The Wizard of Oz. Classic and charming, this delightful performance lives up to the standards that The Suburban Players have set over the last four decades of performing quality theatre as a community effort.