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Thursday, March 28, 2024

‘A Quick 5’ with Ronald Joe Williams, Actor in ‘Unknown Soldier’ at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

On March 29, 2024 Arena Stage will be begin the run of the “heartfelt” musical, “Unknown Soldier,” co-written by Daniel Goldstein and the late Michael Friedman. It is directed by Tri…

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Concert Review: Quatuor Van Kuijk String Quartet at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

This youthful foursome of extremely talented musicians appeared at the Smith Theatre at Howard Community College straight from their debut at Carnegie Hall. They made the strings of their in…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Derrick D. Truby, Jr., Actor in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Ford’s Theatre by Susan Brall

“Little Shop of Horrors” was a small off-Broadway show that became American classic. It is reflective of the latter half of the 20th century with its weird monster, reminiscent of “The…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Dance Nation’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

Now playing at Silver Spring Stage, “Dance Nation” by Clare Barron is a coming of age play about several young teenage girls and one boy who are students at a small-town dance studio. (I…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Noises Off!’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

Frank Rich, the New York Times drama critic for many years, wrote that Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off!” was the funniest play of his lifetime. I’m not sure I would go as far as Mr. Rich…

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Wilson J. Heredia in Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ at Authentic Community Theatre (ACT) by Susan Brall

On March 22 and 23, 2024, Authentic Community Theatre (ACT) will be presenting a production of Green Day’s “ground-breaking” musical, “American Idiot” at The Maryland Theatre. This…

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Concert Review: Natalie Clein, Cello and Qing Jiang, Piano at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

After a two-day postponement due to weather, Candlelight Concert Society treated us to the moving music of British cellist, Natalie Clein, with amazing piano accompaniment by Qing Jiang, on …

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‘A Quick 5’ with Jasmine Joy, Actor in ‘Tempestuous Elements’ at Arena Stage by Susan Brall

Arena Stage is currently presenting the play, “Tempestuous Elements,” written by Kia Corthron and directed by Psalmayene 24. It deals with Anna Julia Cooper, an educator who fought for h…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Miss Evers’ Boys’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

Stories about racism in America abound in literature and drama. “Till,” the story of Emmet Till, tells of the lynching of a young black boy whose only crime may have been looking at a Wh…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

‘A Quick 5’ with Ellington Nichols in ‘Butterfly’ by Ballet 5:8 at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts by Susan Brall

 I urge you not to miss Ballet 5:8’s important production of “Butterfly” on March 16, 2024. Julianna Rubio Slager’s piece is a “unforgettable and moving” experience” that tell…

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Lend Me A Soprano’ at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

 Ken Ludwig may well be the consummate writer of farce in the modern theatre. His plays include “Moon Over Buffalo,” “Baskerville,” “Twentieth Century,” and “Lend Me a Tenor,�…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

‘A Quick 5’ with Jaylen Henderson, Actor in ‘Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea’ presented by Sisters Freehold at The Peale by Susan Brall

Beginning on February 16, 2024, Sisters Freehold will be presenting “Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea” at The Peale. It is written by Nathan Alan Davis and directed by Makeima Elise Freeland…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Cellist Natalie Clein, presented by Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

On February 17, 2024 the Candlelight Concert Society will feature the world renown British cellist, Natalie Clein. Along with Ms. Clein, the pianist for that evening will be the seasoned vet…

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

‘A Quick 5’ with Heather Plank, Actor, ‘POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive’ at the City of Fairfax by Susan Brall

Starting February 2, 2024, the City of Fairfax Theatre Company will be performing “POTUS” by Selina Fillinger. It is directed by Jack Lockrem and produced by Amanda Herman Snellings and …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Julia Nicole Hunter, Grace Farrell in ‘Annie’ at the National Theatre by Susan Brall

Broadway at the National will be presenting the classic musical “Annie” opening on January 23, 2023. The seven-time, Tony Award-winning (including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and …

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Monday, January 15, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘12 Angry Jurors’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

The play, “12 Angry Jurors,” was first produced as “Twelve Angry Men” written by Reginald Rose. It had a strange path going from a television play in 1954 and then to the stage. The …

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Monday, December 18, 2023

Concert Review: ‘A Chill in the Air: A Winter Concert’ presented by The Columbia Orchestra by Susan Brall

The Columbia Orchestra is now in search of a permanent director and conductor. In this search, they are showcasing many fine talents for their concerts. For their holiday performance, Joseph…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Handel’s Messiah’ by Columbia Pro Cantare by Susan Brall

‘Tis the season and, for many in Howard County, the holidays begin with Pro Cantare’s concert of Handel’s “Messiah.” There is nothing more traditional than standing for the “Hall…

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

When “Fiddler on the Roof” opened on Broadway in September of 1964, no one could have imagined the universal appeal and endurance the show would have. There have been thousands of produc…

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Monday, November 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)’ presented by the USNA Masqueraders by Susan Brall

“R.U.R.” was written by the Czech writer, Karl Čapek, in 1920 when the world was still reeling from World War I and the Russian Revolution. Large companies aided by assembly lines, elec…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Cheryl M. Williams, Sound Designer for ‘Hazardous Materials’ presented by Perisphere Theatre by Susan Brall

“Hazardous Materials” by Beth Kander opens this weekend, presented by Perisphere Theater. The play deals with the death of a Jane Doe who died in an apartment in Chicago. Jane Doe was a …

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Midshipman Washington Ross, Actor in ‘R.U.R. Rossum’s Universal Robots,’ presented by the US Naval Academy’s Masqueraders by Susan Brall

“R.U.R Rossum’s Universal Robots” was written by Karel Capek in 1920 and actually introduced the word robot into our vocabularies. The play takes place in a factory that makes artifici…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Something Moving: A Meditation on Maynard’ at Ford’s Theatre by Susan Brall

It has been fifty years since Maynard Jackson become the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. Less than ten years since the Civil Rights Laws came into being and only a little o…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

If you like zany comedies with a touch of mystery, you will thoroughly enjoy “The Play That Goes Wrong” written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Alex Camp…

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Friday, September 29, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Konstantin Heidrich, Cellist with the Fauré Quartett at Candlelight Concert Series by Susan Brall

The Candlelight Concert Society will be presenting the world acclaimed piano quartet, Fauré Quartett, on Sunday October 1, 2023. The program will consist of Gabriel Fauré’s music, “Son…

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Monday, September 25, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘2023 One-Act Festival’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

Silver Spring Stage has become a performing arts landmark in their community and it was great to come back to the newly-renovated theatre now that outside construction has ended. It was also…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Alex Campbell, Director of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

Laurel Mill Playhouse is currently presenting “The Play That Goes Wrong” by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields. It is produced by Maureen Rogers and directed by Alex Campbell.…

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Monday, September 11, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Bill Raskin, Playwright of ‘The Team Room’ at The Keegan Theatre by Susan Brall

For those of us who remember September 11, 2001, our lives were immeasurably affected by those attacks. This was especially true for those in the Mid-Atlantic states where many lost love one…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Psalmayene 24, Playwright of ‘Out of the Vineyard’ at Joe’s Movement Emporium by Susan Brall

On September 8, 2023 “Out of the Vineyard” by Psalmayene 24 will open at Joe’s Movement Emporium in conjunction with the Freedom Stories Initative. The play is directed and choreograph…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Ashley Johnson-Moore, Actor, in ‘Sister Act’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Susan Brall

Some theatrical productions are just plain fun. You don’t have to worry about deep meanings or subtleties of the plot. The protagonists are very likable, and the villains are, well, just v…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Seema Sueko, Director of ‘Something Moving: A Meditation on Maynard’ at Ford’s Theatre by Susan Brall

Fifty years ago in 1973, Maynard Jackson became the first Black mayor of the city of Atlanta, Georgia.  He was the first Black to become a mayor of a major Southern city. It began a new era…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards