Looking for something to do this weekend? I have been having a blast seeing shows all over town and here is what I recommend…
Top 5 Publisher’s Picks:
1. Baby at Rockville Musical Theatre (Gaithersburg Arts Barn location)
This was my first time seeing the musical, Baby and I must say a new fan was born! The performers do justice to the music and lyrics by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr..
Synopsis: Baby tells the story of three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of this universal experience. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.
2. Mary Poppins at the Hippodrome
While it is not “practically perfect in every way,” like Mary Poppins, herself; this show has an amazing set, outstanding dancing, and lots of good music.
READ Susan Sher’s review of the play.
Synopsis: One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a hit Broadway musical! Come experience the enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft that makes this the musical that soars high above the rest. Believe in the magic of Mary Poppins and discover a world where anything can happen if you let it!
3. Sandwalk: An Original Creation at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Featuring MFA Performance candidates from the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, this world premiere is devised through student interviews with scientists, clergy, and lay people.
Synopsis: The sandwalk was a physical space that Charles Darwin walked for 40 years to “travel his brain,” grappling with the conflict between the traditional faith of his upbringing and what scientific evidence was telling him about life and nature. Sandwalk is a collaborative production that integrates multi-media and text to explore the intersections between evolution, creation and Darwin.
4. The 39 Steps at Olney Theatre Center
Want to see a clever, laugh-out-loud comedy? Then walk 39 steps (or however many steps it takes) to the Olney Theatre Center to see The 39 Steps!
READ Steve Charing’s review of the play.
Synopsis: When Richard Hannay agrees to take home a mysterious woman he meets at the theatre, he unexpectedly finds himself thrown into a world of spies and adventure. With four actors playing over 150 characters, this classic Hitchcock thriller takes a comedic turn on the stage.
5. The Whipping Man at Centerstage
The evening I saw the play the audience unanimously stood up at the curtain call.
Synopsis: The story takes place during Passover. Why is this night different from all other nights? For three Richmond Jews—one a former Confederate soldier, two his former slaves—gathered around a makeshift Seder table at the close of the Civil War, age-old questions of justice and freedom find new and surprising answers.