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Monday, March 27, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Consecrated Ground’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

Laurel Mill Playhouse is currently presenting George Boyd’s “Consecrated Ground” until April 7, 2023. It is important to mention the date because this is a play that need to be seen. I…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Symphonic Pops’ by The Columbia Orchestra by Susan Brall

On Saturday, March 18, 2023, The Columbia Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Jason Love, performed their much-acclaimed “Symphonic Pops.” The Columbia Orchestra, which all-volunte…

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Lorraine Brooks, Director of ‘Consecrated Ground’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

Regional and community theatre allow us to watch productions that we might never have a chance to see live onstage. Sometimes, venues are just too far away or too costly. Sometimes larger, m…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Carrie Compere, Actor, as Sister Rosetta Tharpe in ‘Shout Sister Shout!’ at Ford’s Theatre by Susan Brall

Ford’s Theatre will be presenting the East Coast premiere of “SHOUT SISTER SHOUT!” by Cheryl L. West and directed by Kenneth L. Roberson opening this week and playing at the historic t…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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

Even if you have seen “King Lear” before, you will want to see this fascinating production by Shakespeare Theatre Company. Expertly directed by Simon Godwin, the play is taken into the m…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Concert Review: ‘Hanzhi Wang, Accordion, Steven Banks, Saxophone, with Xak Bjerken, Piano’ at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season, the Candlelight Concert Society presented the “musically brilliant” Hanzhi Wang on the accordion and the equally talented Steven Banks (read …

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Monday, February 20, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ at Olney Theatre Center by Susan Brall

“Kinky Boots,” with a Tony® and Grammy®-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony®-winner Harvey Fierstein, is currently playing at the Olney Theatre Center. The musical is b…

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Saturday, February 18, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Saxophonist Steven Banks performing at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

Candlelight Concert Society will be presenting “Hanzhi Wang, accordion and Steven Banks, saxophone, with Xak Bjerken, piano” in concert on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the Smith Theatr…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Shaquille Stewart, Actor in ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] [again]’ at Chesapeake Shakespear by Susan Brall

Now playing at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is the delightfully witty “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] [again].” The play was is written by Adam Long, Da…

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Men in Boats’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

“Men in Boats,” by Jaclyn Backhaus, is currently playing at Silver Spring Stage. It follows the 1869 expedition of John Wesley Powell (Stephanie Dorius) who led nine men to map out the t…

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Something Rotten!’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre by Susan Brall

“Something Rotten!” is a Tony Award-winning musical comedy with book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Directed and choreogra…

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Towards Zero’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

What could be more fun on a winter’s night than to try to solve a wonderful Agatha Christie mystery with friends? Laurel Mill Playhouse is currently presenting “Towards Zero” by Christ…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Taryn Smithson, Actor in ‘CATS’ at The National Theatre by Susan Brall

Many years ago, I saw “CATS” at The National Theatre in Washington, D.C. Since then, I have seen it two more times, but that first time was the most memorable. Now “CATS” is back at …

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Saturday, January 14, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Niranjali Amerasinghe in ‘[email protected],’ presented by Rockville Little Theatre at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre by Susan Brall

[email protected]” written by Daniel Elihu, is an updated look at Jane Austen’s beloved novel. The play opens January 27, 2023 and is being presented by Rockville Little Theatre which i…

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Friday, January 13, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Sabriaya Shipley, Actor, Poet, Educator, and Community Ethnographer in Iron Crow Theatre’s ‘Hurricane Diane’ by Susan Brall

Beginning on January 20, 2023 you can see the force of Iron Crew Theatre’s “Hurricane Diane” by Madeleine George at Baltimore Theatre Project. “Hurricane Diane” is an Obie-winning …

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‘A Quick 5’ with Jonathan Dahm Robertson, Scenic Designer for Theater J’s ‘Two Jews Walk Into a War…A Vaudeville’ by Susan Brall

Now playing at Theater J is the “profound and absurd” philosophical comedy, “Two Jews Walk Into a War…A Vaudeville.” The updated play by Seth Rozin follows Ishaq and Zeblyan, the l…

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Friday, December 16, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Shanara Gabrielle, Director of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Susan Brall

Once again Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is presenting the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. This version takes place in Victorian Baltimore which ties the story …

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘A Christmas Story’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

It’s the season to be jolly and what could be jollier than watching a performance of “A Christmas Story” at Laurel Mill Playhouse. The play was written by Philip Grecian, is produced b…

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Actor Ryan Spahn in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Jane Anger’ by Susan Brall

The works of Shakespeare have led to many new great scripts from “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” to “Shakespeare in Love” and, recently “Gary.”  Some are based on the ch…

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

The holiday season was feeling more familiar with Columbia’s Pro Cantare’s performance of the timeless “Handel: Messiah” on Sunday, December 4, 2022 . Residents of Columbia and the s…

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Monday, December 5, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Sammy Jungwirth, Theatre Prodigy, Brings the Premiere of ‘Zelda’ to CCBC by Susan Brall

When Sammy Jungwirth, a 17-year-old theatre prodigy from Baltimore, discovered a musical called “Beautiful and Damned” originally produced in London’s West End, he decided to acquire t…

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Playwright, Author, and Translator, James Magruder by Susan Brall

From the New York Stage to the Iron Crow Theatre in Baltimore comes “Head Over Heels,” the new queer musical that rocked the Big White Way garnering wonderful reviews. The book is writte…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Mr. Roberts’ at Salem Players by Susan Brall

“Mister Roberts,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan (and adapted from Heggen’s book) is currently playing at Salem Players. It is produced by An…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Evie Gurney, Costume Designer for Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Susan Brall

Directed by artistic director Simon Godwin, Shakespeare Theatre Company will be presenting the Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing” beginning on November 10. This play is probably one of th…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Hellbent’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse by Susan Brall

Laurel Mill Playhouse is currently presenting the world-premiere of “Hellbent” by Jeff Dunne who also directs. The play is a satire of Dunne’s vision of hell. Lacey (Victoria Sova) and…

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Monday, October 3, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Roz White, Actor in ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ at The National Theatre by Susan Brall

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” is the brand new North American tour just coming off the show’s Broadway run. “This new musical reveals a comeback story like no other, of a woman who…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Mark Steinberg, Violinist with the Brentano String Quartet, performing at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

The Brentano String Quartet with Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, will be performing for Candlelight Concert Society on October 9, 2022. The program will include works by Claudio Monteverdi, …

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Theatre Review: ‘Songs for a New World’ at Rep Stage by Susan Brall

Rep Stages production of “Songs for a New World” is a collection of songs by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, and Bridges of Madison County) and is a re…

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Monday, September 26, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Piotr Gajewski, Conductor and Musical Director of the National Philharmonic by Susan Brall

The National Philharmonic has begun its new season which will include great orchestral works from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, along with Berlioz’s “Requiem” and Orff’s “Camina Buran…

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ at Silver Spring Stage by Susan Brall

Co-produced by Bill Hurlbut and Tristan Poje and directed by Rob Gorman, “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker follows an acting class in a small town in Vermont over the course …

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Concert Review: The Knights Chamber Orchestra at Candlelight Concert Society by Susan Brall

Candlelight Concert Society began their 50th Anniversary season with a splash. The Knights Chamber Orchestra, with Eric Jacobsen conducting, drew several standing ovations for their performa…

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