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Saturday, January 22, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Michael Blum, Director of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Susan Brall

Shakespeare wrote “Much Ado About Nothing” in 1598, and it has become one of his most revered comedies.  “Nothing” in Elizabethan days meant “Noting” and refers to gossiping and…

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Taylor Bloom as Paul Simon in ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ by Susan Brall

If you grew up in the 1960s, Simon & Garfunkel were part of your life. The duo recorded and performed together until the early 1970s when they went their separate ways, reuniting in Cent…

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

“A Quick 5” with T. Herbert Dimmock, Bach in Baltimore’s Founder and Musical Director by Susan Brall

Bach in Baltimore’s next performance is J. S. Bach’s “B Minor Mass” on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Conducting will be T. Herbert Dimmock with featured soloists, Katherine Vetter Cain (…

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Regan Linton, Actor in “Change Agent” at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

I clearly remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, the apex of the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Struggle in the early 1960s. The former indelibly etched in my brain due to the fear of nuclear wa…

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Monday, December 13, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Maureen Rogers, Artistic Director and Public Liaison of Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

What a wonderful Holiday gift is coming on Friday, December 17, 2021 for not only the residents of Laurel, Maryland but for all of those in the DC-Baltimore Area. Laurel Mill Playhouse will …

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Theatre Review: August Wilson’s ‘Seven Guitars’ at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars” is now playing at Arena Stage on the Fichlander Stage and directed by Tazewell Thompson. Wilson is one America’s foremost playwrights and his plays ha…

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Monday, November 29, 2021

News: The Passing of Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021) by Susan Brall

I was most fortunate to spend a good part of my childhood through my twenties not far from Broadway. From 1957 to the middle 1990s, if you lived in New York, you were acutely aware of the ar…

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Kristina Lambdin, Costume Designer for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Susan Brall

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will be present the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” based on the story by Charles Dickens. This version has a bit of twist CSC’s annual version moves…

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Disgraced’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company by Susan Brall

Ayad Akhtar’s acclaimed play, “Disgraced,” was first produced in 2013 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Obie Award for Playwriting that year. It received a Tony Award for Dra…

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

Olney Theatre Center’s Mainstage reopened with a roar with their production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”  The show—with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Ti…

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Monday, November 1, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Bill Hurlbut, Director for ‘Disgraced’ at Peace Mountain Theatre Company by Susan Brall

On November 11, 2021, Peace Mountain Theatre Company will be opening their new season with Ayad Akhtar’s acclaimed play “Disgraced” at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This…

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Hollis Thoms, Composer by Susan Brall

On November 7, 2021 Bach in Baltimore will present the World Premiere of Hollis Thoms’ “Requiem (2020) [in the time of coronavirus]” at The Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts …

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘A Black and White Cookie’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

“A Black and White Cookie,” written by Gary Morgenstein and produced by Maura Suilebhan, recently had its world premiere at Silver Spring Stage. The play follows two men, Harold Wilson (…

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Hadestown’ at The Kennedy Center by Susan Brall

“Hadestown,” with music, lyrics, and book by Anaïs Mitchell and co-developed and directed by Rachel Chavkin (“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”), officially begins its …

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘King Lear’ at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory by Susan Brall

Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is currently playing at the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory and is directed by Marshall B. Garrett. This is an unusual production as it is presented in the orig…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Robert Smith, ‘Clay’s Place: Inside my Blue Mind’ by Susan Brall

“Clay’s Place: Inside my Blue Mind” was recently named a quarterfinalist in an international Stage Play Writing Competition. The play takes place in downtown Beale Street in Memphis, T…

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Vanessa Collier, Blues Saxophonist, Singer, and Songwriter by Susan Brall

On October 15 and 16, 2021, The Columbia Festival of the Arts will be featuring live performances at the Long Reach Village Center in Columbia honoring the 50th Anniversary of Long Reach Vil…

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Theatre Review: ‘Theater of War: Texas’ (presented virtually on Zoom) by Susan Brall

“Theater of War: Texas” is presented by the Theater of War with Brian Doerries as both director and producer and Marjolaine Goldsmith as production coordinator.  As with their other pro…

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

“The Thanksgiving Play,” written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Raymond O. Caldwell, opens the 2021-22 season at the Olney Theatre Center in the newly-renovated Mulitz-Gudelsky The…

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Monday, October 4, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Irina Kaplan Lande, Artistic Director of the Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

The Candlelight Concert Society announced that they are opening their 2021-2022 Season on October 9, 2021 with the world renowned violinist Kristóf Baráti and painist Roman Rabinovich at L…

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

News: The Columbia Festival of the Arts Teaming with Howard County and Columbia Association to Celebrate Long Reach Village’s 50th Anniversary by Susan Brall

The Columbia Festival of the Arts, in partnership with The Howard County Government with additional support from the Columbia Association, will be the hosts for the Long Reach Village Center…

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Gary Morgenstein, Playwright, and Jacqueline Youm, Director, of ‘A Black and White Cookie’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

  Silver Spring Stage will be premiering Gary Morgenstein’s “A Black and White Cookie,” directed by Jacqueline Youm and produced by Maura Suilebhan. The play will be performed only ov…

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Director of ‘Teenage Dick’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company by Susan Brall

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will be reopening its doors on September 20, 2021 with the production of “Teenage Dick” by Mike Lew, directed by Tony Award Nominee, Moritz von Stuelpnagel…

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Toni Stone’ Hits It Out of the Park at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

“Toni Stone” is a play about baseball. It is a play about Civil Rights and the true history of Blacks in America. It is also about women’s rights and their right to control their bodie…

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Concert Review: The Iconic Johnny Mathis at the Strathmore Music Center by Susan Brall

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, Johnny Mathis appeared in concert at the Strathmore Music Center – a stop on his “65 Years of Romance” Tour. Anyone over the age of 60 probably remembe…

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Ian Kennedy, Executive Director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission by Susan Brall

Columbia, Maryland has grown since it first became a community in 1967.  It is the second largest city in Maryland with a population over 100,000. It has always been a vital center for the …

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Carl Randolph, Founding Producing Artistic Director of Transformation Theatre by Susan Brall

A new theatrical company, Transformation Theatre, began in April 2019. Its goal is to provide a venue for “up-and-coming theatre artists to focus on socially relevant original, unpublished…

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Godspell’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Susan Brall

“Godspell,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelakfirst, opened off-Broadway in May of 1971. It was subsequently made into a film in 1973 and had a re…

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Concert Review: ‘WICKED in Concert’ on PBS by Susan Brall

On Sunday, August 29, 2021, PBS premiered “Wicked in Concert.” The show was hosted by the former co-stars of the original cast, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. The music was provided…

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Friday, August 27, 2021

‘A Quick 5’ with Deimoni Brewington in ‘Toni Stone’ at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

On September 3, 2021 Arena Stage will be presenting “Toni Stone” by Lydia Diamond. It is based on Martha Ackmann’s full-length biography, “Curveball, The Remarkable Story of Toni Sto…

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Theater Review: ‘The Real Inspector Hound’ at Spooky Action Theater (via Zoom) by Susan Brall

“The Real Inspector Hound” by Tom Stoppard is now available via Zoom at Spooky Action Theater until August 29, 2021 and directed by Richard Henrich. The play is an absurdist comedy that …

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