Leapin’ lizards! Annie’s back in town! Charles Strouse’s and Martin Charnin’s Tony Award-winning 1977 hit Broadway musical, currently playing at the Olney Theatre Center in suburban Maryland, is a hands-down holiday treat for the entire family.
The Olney Theatre Center opened its colorful new production of George Bernard Shaw’s rollicking screwball comedy Misalliance this past weekend. We found Saturday evening’s performance visually striking and earnestly performed. But alas, it’s lacking, thus far at least, in the kind of acting necessary to bring this sparkling, argumentative classic fully to life.
Dinner with Friends
Playwright Donald Margulies has a way of building emotionally charged moments that begin benignly, even innocently, and then before you know it—bam, right in the kisser. His Dinner with Friends playing at the Olney Theatre Center does just that,
The Savannah Disputation
Some of that old-time religion is dished out in a comedy that is as light and delectable as the banana pudding served by one of the gracious Southern matrons in the second half of Evan Smith’s The Savannah Disputation, an area premiere at Olney Theatre Center directed by John Going.
If theaters renamed their shows to fit their productions, then Olney Theater Center’s should rename their current production of Forever Plaid to be Forever Fun. The team at Olney have put together a foot-tapping, seat-rocking, summer spectacular show.
Trumpery is the story of the origin of the “Origins of the Species,” Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory of natural selection. The prelude to publication was a time of crisis and adventure for Darwin (Ian LeValley), who struggled with the religious implications of his discovery (“If I finish the book, I’m a killer,” he says. “I […]
Olney Theatre reveals it’s struggling to survive
A successful donor drive this spring has helped, but more help is needed, Olney General Manager says. Brian Hughes of the Washington Examiner was the first to report on the serious financial situation now being faced by Olney Theatre. “Olney Theatre in deep trouble.” (May 31st). The article stated that Olney Theatre Center is carrying […]
This classic romantic comedy seems to have withstood the test of time. Many remember Marilyn Monroe, as Cherie, in the 1956 film. The story still warms the audience like stepping inside from the cold of the Midwestern blizzard that provides the background for the play.
A round table talk with the men of Camelot
Interviews with director Stephen Nachamie, musical director Christopher Youstra, and performers Todd Alan Johnson (King Arthur), Aaron Ramey (Sir Lancelot), Evan Casey (Mordred), and Bill Largess (Merlyn and Pellinore).
Night Must Fall
It’s easy to appreciate this Grand Daddy of psychological murder mysteries with its stellar casting, early glimpses into emotional deviant behavior, and case study portrayal of misplaced affection, all delivered in the parlor of a spectacularly designed set ( James Wolk).
The Glass Menagerie
There is a special atmosphere created when Helen Hayes winner, Jim Petosa, conducts a production and this Glass Menagerie at Olney Theatre is no exception.
Call of the Wild
Rarely do two acts differ so much in content and quality as in the new musical Call of the Wild at Olney Theatre Center. After a difficult and challenging first act, the work is redeemed by a terrific second.
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