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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Hamilton’ at Kennedy Center by Susan Brall

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s theatrical sensation, “Hamilton,” has finally returned to DC for a long run at the Kennedy Center after pandemic delays. Like many, I saw the filmed version and wa…

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

‘A Quick 5′ with Playwrights Keith Alessi, Marga Gomez and Caleen Sinnette Jennings, ‘Logan Festival of Solo Performance’ 2022 at 1st STAGE by Susan Brall

1st STAGE is presenting three plays in its “Logan Festival of Solo Performance” through August 7, 2022—“Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Live” written and performed by…

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Pygmalion’ presented by Thunderous Productions at the Howard County Center for the Arts by Susan Brall

George Bernard Shaw’s comedy “Pygmalion” was presented this past weekend by Thunderous Productions. The play was later adapted into the musical classic, “My Fair Lady,” and the bas…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Renea Brown, Actor in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Folger Theatre by Susan Brall

Shakespeare fans can be happy this summer. The Folger Theatre is back with live performances and built a theater from the ground up inside the majestic Great Hall of DC’s National Building…

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Monday, July 11, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Dean Fiala, Playwright for ‘Kill Again’s Island’ at Kentlands Mansion by Susan Brall

In partnership with A Taste for Murder Productions, “Kill Again’s Island,” written by Dean Fiala and directed by Laura W. Andruski, will be performed at Kentlands Mansion this upcoming…

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Susan Brall

The North American Tour of the award-winning musical “The Band’s Visit” has returned to the Kennedy Center. With music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Itamar Moses, the musical …

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Jason A. Ellis, Playwright and Executive Director of Momentum Collective, Inc. by Susan Brall

Momentum Collective, Inc. is presently showing “Last Call, the musical,” the latest “playcert” from Prince George’s County resident, playwright, Jason A. Ellis. He is also the exec…

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Native Gardens’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

Sometimes, less is more. “Native Gardens,” a comedy by Karen Zacarías is a perfect example. Currently playing at Silver Spring Stage, it has a small cast (only four members have any dia…

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Music Man’ at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

“The Music Man” is considered by many to be the epitome of Americana in musical theatre. With lyrics, music, and book by Meredith Willson and story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, Olney…

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Kevin Patrick Martin, Actor in ‘Jersey Boys’ at The Kennedy Center by Susan Brall

If you watched the 2022 Tony Awards, you may remember they took time to honor all the understudies on Broadway. With Covid still plaguing our theatres, understudies have allowed many plays t…

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Anna DiGiovanni, Actor in “Much Ado About Nothing” at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Susan Brall

Summertime in Howard County is always a little brighter when the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to the PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City with one of their memorable outdoor producti…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Theatre Review: Rogers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ at Silhouette Stages by Susan Brall

Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is being presented by Silhouette Stages. While the original book was by Oscar Hammerstein II, this is an updated version written by Douglas Carter…

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ With Nathaniel P. Claridad, Director of ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ at Imagination Stage by Susan Brall

This summer, Imagination Stage is offering a really “cool” treat. They are presenting the musical adaptation of the perennial children’s classic, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” the 193…

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‘A Quick 5’ with January LaVoy, actor, ‘Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities’ presented by Theater J by Susan Brall

On June 9, 2022 Theater J Presents opened the groundbreaking, documentary play, “Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities.” It was conceived and written by Anna …

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ National Players at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

The National Players returns to Olney Theatre Center with the American classic, “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Christopher Michael Richardson. “A Raisin i…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Concert Review: ‘Dénes Várjon, Piano’ at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

The long-awaited concert by pianist Dénes Várjon (Read our interview with Dénes Várjon) was held June 1, 2022 presented by the Candlelight Concert Society. Though I am not an expert, I h…

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Concert Review: ‘American String Quartet with Octavio Vazquez’ at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

On May 22 Candlelight Concert Society (CCS) presented “American String Quartet with Octavio Vazquez” and the audience was in for a real treat. Even though it was getting stormy outside, …

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with John Monsky, Creator, Writer, and Narrator of ‘The Eyes of the World: From D-Day to VE Day’ at Kennedy Center by Susan Brall

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, “The Eyes of the World: From D-Day to VE Day” will be presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House. After performing at Carnegi…

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Theatre Review: ‘Our Town’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Susan Brall

Thorton Wilder’s iconic play, “Our Town,” directed by Alan Paul, is currently playing at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Some feel that “Our Town” is the greatest American play, b…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Dénes Várjon, International Pianist, presented by the Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

  On June 1, 2022, the Candlelight Concert Society will be presenting Dénes Várjon, the “a most exciting and highly regarded pianist on the international stage.” The program will incl…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Concert Review: ‘American Voices’ at Columbia Pro Cantare by Susan Brall

On May 14, Columbia Pro Cantare (CPC) presented “American Voices,” a compilation of music that reflects our American heritage of inclusion and our goal to create a society of many voices…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Octavio Vazquez, Composer and Pianist, Performing with the American String Quartet at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

On May 22, 2022, Candlelight Concert Society will present “American String Quartet with Octavio Vazquez, Composer and Pianist.” The Quartet and Vazquez will perform his “Piano Quintet.…

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Closer’ by Cogent Theater Collective at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

“Closer” is currently playing at Silver Spring Stage in a co-production with Cogent Theater Collective, a newly formed professional theatre company based in Silver Spring. The play is wr…

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‘A Quick 5’ with Alberta Hall, First Soprano in Columbia Pro Cantare’s ‘American Voices’ by Susan Brall

On Saturday, May 14, 2022 Columbia Pro Cantare will be performing “American Voices” at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland. Conducting will be Laura Lee…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations’ at the Hippodrome Theatre by Susan Brall

The jukebox musical, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” with music and lyrics from “The Legendary Motown Catalog,” a book by Dominque Morisseau, and directed…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Rep Stage by Susan Brall

Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical memory play, “The Glass Menagerie,” presented by Rep Stage, may raise some eyebrows for some traditionalists. Director Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Stage…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame the Musical’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

The musical, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and the 1996 Disney animated film, with music by the great Alan Menken, lyrics by the equally recognized …

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Wilson Chin, Set Designer for ‘Our Town’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Susan Brall

“Our Town” by Thorton Wilder might arguably be the play that most captures small town America.  Although written in 1938 about the imaginary New England town of Grover’s Corners somet…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Concert Review: ‘Cuarteto Latinoamericano’ at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

All of the people who attended the Candlelight Concert Society’s presentation of the string quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano were privileged to hear this special treat. The quartet consis…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Concert Review: ‘Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín’ at Strathmore Music Center by Susan Brall

The Defiant Requiem Foundation presented “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín,” created by conductor Murry Sidlin, at the Strathmore Music Center on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Theresienst…

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Monday, April 18, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Elam Ray Sprenkle, Composer by Susan Brall

Fans of Bach in Baltimore will have a special treat at the upcoming April 24th concert. Local resident, Elam Ray Sprenkle’s composition, “Go Down Death,” with text by James Weldon John…

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