1. Dracula at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
“There are not many places where you can literally follow around the iconic Count Dracula, and become a part of something as well done and spine tingling as this creation.” April Forrer, MD Theatre Guide
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Synopsis: Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanitorium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is at last found to be a certain Count Dracula, whose ghost is at last laid to rest in a striking and novel manner.
2. The Sound of Music at Compass Rose Theater
“Compass Rose Theater may be a small but their production of The Sound of Music is big. It offers a broad-spectrum of emotion, talent, and entertainment. It is a musical extravaganza to be enjoyed by elementary school aged children to great-grandparents and everyone in between.” Danielle Angeline, MD Theatre Guide
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Synopsis: When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.
“Extremities at Molotov Theatre Group is a play that should be seen for many reasons. It features a great group of performers and it is well directed. It also is a well written script. If you only know the movie version with Farah Fawcett, you need to see it onstage to get the full effect of what Mastrosimone was going for. If this is any indication of what Molotov Theatre Group’s work is, then I am very much looking forward to seeing more from this company that prides itself on intensity.” Elliot Lanes, MD Theatre Guide
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Synopsis: A young woman, Marjorie, is attacked in her home by a would-be rapist, Raul. She manages to turn the tables on him, however, tying him up in the fireplace. Her roommates come home to discover the attacker bound with cords, belts, and other items. Terry and Patricia, the roommates, express different points of view about rape in society. Terry, a rape victim herself as a teenager, believes that Raul will not be convicted since a rape did not actually occur. Patricia believes in the judicial system and insists on calling the police. The three friends turn on each other at various points in the play.
4. Titus Andronicus at Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Capital Hill Arts Workshop
“Titus Andronicus—one could not ask for a more violent play, complete with dismemberment and cannibalism. With Shakespeare’s “Lamentable Tragedy,” as performed by Taffety Punk’s all female Riot Grrrls—one could not ask for a more articulate, cold-blooded production of the macabre.” Robert Michael Oliver, MD Theatre Guide
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Synopsis: There is so much killing that you have to see it to believe it. The Roman Emperor is dead. Titus Andronicus comes home after defeating the Goths. He sacrifices the Goths’ eldest prince to his god, and the Goth Queen, Tamora, becomes enraged. Meanwhile Saturninus and Bassianus compete for the throne. When Saturninus is selected he immediately steals Bassianus’s bride-to-be, Lavinia, daughter of Titus. When she flees with Bassianus, Titus is so embarrassed by the act taht he kills one of his own sons in retaliation. When Saturninus decides to then wed Tamora, all hell breaks loose.
5. Deathtrap at The Heritage Players
“Fall into this Deathtrap. You won’t want to escape.” April Forrer, MD Theatre Guide
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Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck playwright’s student tells him he has written the perfect suspense play and will bring it to the playwright’s Connecticut home tonight. The suspense over whether the playwright will kill the student and take credit for his play forms the crux of Ira Levin’s thriller.