Archives for February 23, 2011

Project Brand New 2.0

Here and gone in the twinkling of an eye, Round Two of Solas Nua’sProject Brand New” opened and closed at Flashpoint’s Mead Theatre Lab in one weekend with a quartet of works-in-progress, direct from the always bubbling artistic cauldron of Dublin’s theatrical Fringe scene. More or less one-person shows, the featured works included excerpts from […]

Gary Lee Maker, superstar audience member, dead at 68

Gary Lee Maker, who once organized a little theater for the English-speaking community in Italy and later became one of the most loving supporters of professional theater in the DC theater community, succumbed to cancer on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Casey Hospice in Rockville, MD. He was sixty-eight.

Juno and the Paycock

To understand Juno and the Paycock, and the masterful production it’s getting from the Washington Shakespeare Company, imagine Laurel and Hardy in Beirut. Imagine Ralph Kramden meeting Moammar al-Gaddhafi, or Fred Flintstone at the moment the comet hits, or anything, really, by Brendan Behan. Sean O’Casey creates – and WSC delivers – an uproarious domestic […]


Cymbeline is a rarely performed play by William Shakespeare. Washington’s own Shakespeare Theatre Company had never previously mounted it before its current production.  Now there are two productions in the area, and, in many ways, the little Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has found a way to tackle the difficult play in a more honest rendition.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Fe-fi-fo-fum!  This famous line from the classic Jack and the Beanstalk will resonate with pre and elementary school-age kids when they see the show currently playing at The Puppet Company in Glen Echo Park, Maryland.

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