“…a fantastic cast and a truly unforgettable show…” – Raychel Harvey-Jones.
Synopsis: Based on the 1975 documentary film of the same name, Grey Gardens is a tragic, frequently funny, and utterly unforgettable musical about two “staunch” and legendary American women: Edith Bouvier Beale, and her grown daughter, Edie. With a diverse musical songbook, including Tin Pan Alley jigs and soaring ballads, Grey Gardens is a unique tapestry of lost dreams, sacrifice, and unstoppable hope– heartfelt, witty, and compassionate.
2. ‘Silent Sky’ at Silver Spring Stage.
“…a masterpiece of wonder, humor, and bittersweet discovery of the universe inside and outside of ourselves.” – Liz Ruth-Brinegar.
Synopsis: Ms. Gunderson’s treatment of Henrietta’s story is at turns funny, touching, and inspiring. It explores the toll of Henrietta’s passion on family, relationships, and health. Set against the backdrop of the harsh cultural norms of the early 20th century, the suffragette movement, and the oppression of women in the workplace, “Silent Sky” ultimately celebrates the joy of discovery.
3. ‘Threepenny Opera’ at Spotlighters Theatre.
Synopsis: Brecht and Weill turned to John Gay’s 18th-century The Beggar’s Opera to fashion this savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. Set in Victorian London as seen through the lens of 1920s Berlin, a bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho’s underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief’s daughter, he is again betrayed – this time by a prostitute – and sentenced to death. At his final hour a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself arrives, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony.
4. ‘Exit Pluto’ at Strand Theater Co.
“A great show, capturing perfectly the fear of something we will all face, change.” – Raychel Harvey-Jones.
Synopsis: Betty believes that by running her bakery like a fortress constantly under siege, she will stave off what she fears most and understands least: change. And so Betty insists that a thieving customer is sweet as pie; that the builder she has known his whole life still dotes on her confections; and that her young apprentice, Lulu, will be loyal forever. But change is a hungry beast, knocking at the door, and not even the fortress can withstand the pounding. Betty is utterly undone by the changes forced upon her—especially, and most deeply, the discovery that Lulu has shifted her loyalty, and affection, to a mysterious and mystical young woman, Blossom.
5. ‘Anything Goes’ at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.
“The music and singing prevailed as the shining element of this production.” – David and Jena Jones.
Synopsis: All aboard Cole Porter’s S.S. American! Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Anything Goes takes sail between New York and England with a colorful group of passengers aboard the well-appointed cruise liner. Wall Street broker Billy Crocker finds himself hopelessly in love-at-first-sight with socialite Hope Harcourt, who is traveling across the pond with her rather drab fiancé Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Before Billy knows what’s happening, he is a stowaway. Luckily, the songstress Reno Sweeney and second-rate mobster Moonface Martin are there to help Billy sing and dance his way into Hope’s heart.