1. “The Shoemaker’s Holiday” at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory.
“….quirky, off-the-wall and brilliant….” – Raychel Harvey-Jones.
Synopsis: Loosely based on the real-life story of Simon Eyre, a commoner who rose to be Lord Mayor of London, Shoemaker’s Holiday earned the rare distinction of being banned during the Restoration—too dirty for England, but not for Baltimore! First performed in 1599 by Shakespeare’s rival company, The Lord Admiral’s Men, and later performed for Queen Elizabeth I, it’s a perfect example of a genre untouched by Shakespeare—the City Comedy, largely focused on the lives of the city’s common people.
2. “Mary Poppins” at The Olney Theatre Center.
“Great singing and dancing from a meticulously choreographed cast who know how to step in time!” – Raychel Harvey-Jones.
Synopsis: Celebrate the holidays with one of the most beloved tales of all time! It’s 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children… but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all – especially Mr. Banks – some valuable lessons in what family really means. From the magical “Chim Chim Cher-ee” to the iconic “Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious”, you’ll delight to the story of a wizardly, wise nanny, two precious children, and the family she teaches how to love each other.
3. The Welders “Girl in the Red Corner” at Atlas Performing Arts Center.
“… this show is beyond ordinary…a truly captivating story of physical and emotional strength.” – Elle Marie Sullivan.
Synopsis: When Halo signs up for mixed martial arts lessons, she thinks it might make a good hobby. Her trainer thinks she’s a light-weight. Her mother and sister think it’s just plain weird. Very quickly the lessons she learns in the ring bleed into the rest of her life and Halo finds herself battling against everyone around her. Now as she prepares for her first match, Halo realizes that life inside the cage and outside the cage are disturbingly similar. And that the only way to survive either is to fight.
4. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” by The Heritage Players at the Thomas-Rice Auditorium.
“… the Heritage Players have a wonderful show on their hands.” – Tucker Nelson.
Synopsis: An eclectic group of six mid-pubescent kids vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life destroying “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box and maybe a hug. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is delightful den of comedic genius.
5. Cabaret at KAT.
Performances: October 28, 29, November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 – Fri/Sat @ 8:15pm | Sun @ 2:00pm.
At Kensington Town Hall / Armory, 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD 20895.
Synopsis: Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it is based on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. For more information and tickets, click here.