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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre by Susan Nolan

Last call, Parrotheads! Pull that Hawaiian shirt from the back of the closet and set sail for Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre for the last weekend of “Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritav…

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Friday, May 31, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Prom’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre by Susan Nolan

With the school year winding down, social media accounts are flooded with pictures of graduating seniors. It’s impossible not to feel nostalgic about adolescent rites of passage: summer jo…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Baker’s Wife’ at The Colonial Players of Annapolis by Susan Nolan

“The Baker’s Wife” has quite a pedigree. Inspired by the 1938 French film, “La femme du boulanger,” and written by Tony Award-winning playwright Joseph Stein, with music and lyrics…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Little Women’ at New Direction Community Theater by Susan Nolan

“Little Women?” Yes, please! Who can resist Louisa May Alcott’s story of the March sisters coming of age during the American Civil War. Upon its 1868 publication, the novel became an i…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Urinetown: The Musical’ presented by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse by Susan Nolan

First, you have to get over the icky name: Urinetown. Then, you have to get past the unpleasant setting: a public restroom. However, once you’ve accepted those two things, “Urinetown: Th…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical’ at Classic Theatre of Maryland by Susan Nolan

With Christmas less than a month away, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard the late crooner Bing Crosby belting out Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” on an all-holiday music…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Old Settler’ presented by Bowie Community Theatre at The Bowie Playhouse by Susan Nolan

Despite his own success on stage and in films, actor John Henry Redwood was frustrated with the lack of quality roles for Black actors. This frustration led him to playwriting, and now, twen…

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Tartuffe’ at The Colonial Players of Annapolis by Susan Nolan

TheColonial Players, Annapolis’ oldest theater company, kicked off its 75th season with a much older play—“Tartuffe” by famed 17th century French playwright, poet, and actor Moliére…

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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Footloose: The Musical’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre by Susan Nolan

The 1984 blockbuster film “Footloose” launched actor Kevin Bacon’s career into super-stardom and gave us the catchy title song that became a number one hit for singer/songwriter Kenny …

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Monday, July 10, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Love and Vinyl’ by Bob Bartlett at KA-CHUNK Records by Susan Nolan

Maryland playwright Bob Bartlett is fast making a name for himself in site-specific theatre. In 2018, he wrote the romantic and funny “The Accident Bear” and produced it in a laundromat.…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Head Over Heels’ at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre by Susan Nolan

Old and new come together in the hit musical comedy “Head Over Heels.” With a plot adapted from Sir Phillip Sidney’s 16th-century “The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia” and music a…

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Theatre Review: ‘Something Rotten!’ presented by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse by Susan Nolan

In 2023, everyone loves a musical. In 16th century London, not so much. “Something Rotten!” takes us to Renaissance England where Will Shakespeare reigns supreme as the rock star of Eliz…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Ravenscroft’ at The Colonial Players of Annapolis by Susan Nolan

Meet Inspector Ruffing. Cut from the same cloth as Dame Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Ruffing is a complex detective with sharp…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ presented by Theatre at Anne Arundel Community College by Susan Nolan

As literary characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have had quite a life. They first appeared in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as the Danish prince’s ill-fated friends-turn-spies.…

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Thursday, March 9, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘How I Learned To Drive’ at the CSM (College of Southern Maryland) Theater by Susan Nolan

Learning to drive a car is a right-of-passage. Most of us can tell you where we learned and who taught us—sometimes with brilliant nostalgia for the vehicle we were in and with gratitude f…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Sound of Music’ at The Newtowne Players by Susan Nolan

“The Sound of Music” (music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse) has been enchanting audiences since making its 1959 Broadway…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Crimes of the Heart’ at The Colonial Players by Susan Nolan

  The year is 1974. While the war in Viet Nam dominates headlines across America, the small town of Hazlehurst, Mississippi is dealing with salacious news all its own. Prominent attorney an…

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Twin Beach Players by Susan Nolan

Chances are you are familiar with the plot—ghostly visitors transform a miser’s heart just in time for Christmas. Everyone from Jim Henson’s Muppets to the Royal Shakespeare Company of…

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