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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of July 17, 2022 1. “A Midsummer NIght’s Dream” at Folger Theatre (at the National Building Museum) “With a script that has been edited down almost ruthlessly, a cast that is bo…

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Do it Now!’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Lynne Menefee

William Donald Schaefer’s signature phrase “Do it Now!” is the appropriately-titled, new musical based on his time as the four-term mayor of Baltimore City. It’s not surprising that …

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘SIX The Musical” at the The National Theatre in DC by Lynne Menefee

  Most British school children recite the rhyme a few times a year to remember the date of each of Henry VIII’s wives: “Divorced, Beheaded, Died: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived.” Since …

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at the Young Victorian Theatre Company by Lynne Menefee

At long last, Young Victorian Theatre Company (YVTC) can celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary (though two years late due to the pandemic) and is back in its original home on the Gilman School c…

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Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

  Week of June 26, 2022 1. “The Music Man” at Olney Theatre Center “…a thunderous success. Don’t miss this most amazing production. It’s a summertime must and perfect for all ag…

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Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

Week of June 19, 2022 1. “Fires in the Mirror” at Theater J “LaVoy is so effective at embodying each character that there were times when I had to remind myself that every monologue wa…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

News: Synetic Theatre’s 2022-2023 Season, Stranger in a Strange Land by Lynne Menefee

“Synetic is thrilled to share the 2022–2023 season, which explores ‘otherness’ and our relationships to those who are different. When I first came to this country as a refugee, I did…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

News: Best Medicine Rep Theater Company Announces Ambitious Sixth Season by Lynne Menefee

Five Comedies Selected for Production in Final Year at Lakeforest Mall Best Medicine Rep, Gaithersburg’s professional theater company, is proud to announce the plays selected for its sixth…

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

News: Kennedy Center Celebrates the 30th Millionth Global Guest of ‘Jersey Boys’ by Lynne Menefee

(WASHINGTON)—The Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, celebrated a major milestone at the John F. Kennedy…

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Hairspray’ at the Hippodrome by Lynne Menefee

Hey, hons! The musical “Hairspray,” based on John Water’s 1988 film, has come home to “Bawlmer” and is currently playing at the Hippodrome. The movie was Waters’ first mainstream…

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Crying at Television’ at Everyman Theatre by Lynne Menefee

Baltimore’s native son and Park School alum, R. Eric Thomas, is having a banner year so far with three world-premiere plays over the last few months in Philadelphia and two in his hometown…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

1. “A Chorus Line” at Dundalk Community Theatre “…talented cast…if you go see this production of “A Chorus Line,” you’ll see a lot of wonderful…” – Timoth David Copney …

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

May 1-7, 2022 1. “John Proctor is the Villain” at Studio Theatre “…biting and exquisite world-premiere play…riveting…” – Charlotte Selton READ review. Synopsis: Things are …

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Top 5 Shows of the Week by Lynne Menefee

April 24 – 30, 2022   1. “Dream Hou$e” at Baltimore Center Stage “Flitting in and out of reality and across the entirety of the playing space, ‘Dream Hou$e’ is a well-oiled mach…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

News: The 2022 Tony Award Nominees Announced, ‘A Strange Loop’ Leads the Pack by Lynne Menefee

The nominations are here! It’s a big anniversary and the 75th Annual Tony Awards returns to the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 12, 2022, presented by The Broadway L…

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Clark Young, Teacher and Co-Author of ‘Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski’ at Georgetown University by Lynne Menefee

“Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski” returns to its roots at Georgetown University. In a tour-de-force, solo performance by Academy Award-Nominee David Strathairn, “Remember This…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Steve McBride, Director of ‘Side by Side by Sondheim,’ presented by Fauquier Community Theatre by Lynne Menefee

  The “Side by Side by Sondheim” musical revue celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics and mus…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Caroline Daye Attayek, Swing and Dance Captain in the National Tour of ‘Hairspray’ by Lynne Menefee

Based on John Waters’s 1988 film of the same name, “Hairspray,” Broadway’s Tony Award-winning, musical comedy blockbuster is back on tour and “coming home.” The tour is making it…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Cody Boehm in ‘Bright Star’ at Reston Community Players by Lynne Menefee

Reston Community Players current show is “Bright Star,”created by comedy legend Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell. It tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against …

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Theatre Review: ‘The Mousetrap’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Lynne Menefee

There’s nothing like a cozy Agatha Christie murder mystery and Spotlighters Theatre has a classic with its current production of “The Mousetrap.” It is, in fact, the longest running pl…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Moustrap’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Lynne Menefee

  There’s nothing like a cozy Agatha Christie murder mystery and Spotlighters Theatre has a classic with its current production of “The Mousetrap.” It is, in fact, the longest running…

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Dance Review: Ballet Theatre of Maryland adds comic flair to ‘Coppélia’ at the Maryland Hall  by Lynne Menefee

Subtlety has never been considered a characteristic of “Coppélia,” performed with flash, acrobatics, heart, and a huge dose of comedy by Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM). Based on the 1…

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Rocky’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Lynne Menefee

In 2014, I attended the Broadway opening of the musical adaptation of “Rocky” based on Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 film—the sleeper hit that won the Best Film Oscar and catapulted Stal…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Sense and Sensibility’ at Everyman Theatre by Lynne Menefee

  Jane Austen is one of Britain’s most beloved writers on both sides of the pond thanks, in part, to A&E which first offered the fan-favorite 1995 “Pride and Prejudice” with Colin…

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Playwright R. Eric Thomas About His Trifecta of World Premiere Plays in Philadelphia and Baltimore by Lynne Menefee

We interviewed R. Eric Thomas last August when his ‘Time Is On Our Side’ was being presented by Perisphere Theatre. Since then, he has been a very busy man. Thomas has three world-premie…

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Catch Me If You Can’ at Arena Stage by Lynne Menefee

  Based on the true story of the young con artist, Frank Abagnale Jr. (and the 2002 film), the musical “Catch Me If You Can” opened on Broadway in 2011 and starred Aaron Tveit (currentl…

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

News: The Essential Theatre Presents Two Virtual Faith Plays in Repertory, Streaming Free and On-Demand by Lynne Menefee

The Essential Theatre New Play Reading Series presents The Faith Play Project, two plays in workshop presentations during the Lenten season. “A Matter of Faith,” by La’Chris Jordan and…

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News: Theater J, The Jewish Theater in the Nation’s Capital, Announces Its 32nd Season of Plays  by Lynne Menefee

At a time when hate crimes and antisemitism are on the rise, Theater J’s 5-play season grapples with the timeless struggle for acceptance and love. (Washington, DC) – Theater J Artistic …

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‘A Quick 5′ with Clare A’Hearn, Winner of the Cappies’ Maryland Theater Guide Returning Critic Award for 2021 by Lynne Menefee

“The Cappies is a writing and awards program that trains high school theatre and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. Student critics vie to be publish…

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

News: Veterans’ Ensemble to Present ‘To Be a Soldier’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Lynne Menefee

Performances on March 25 and 26 2022 are free for veterans and active-duty military. Baltimore, Md. (March 10, 2022) – Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s military veterans’ ensemble will…

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News: Mosaic Theater Company of DC Announces Its Next Chapter with Powerful 2022/23 Season by Lynne Menefee

First season planned by new Artistic Director Reginald L. Douglas brings highly anticipated anthology, The Till Trilogy, to the stage, along with work by acclaimed local, national, and inter…

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