- ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ at Synetic Theater.
“… a genre-defying tragicomedy that delivers on the company’s brand of avant-garde entertainment. – Norah Dick.
Synopsis: A brilliant poet and soldier, Cyrano de Bergerac apparently has it all—except the confidence to win the heart of his beloved Roxane. Lacking traditional good looks and the ability to truly “fit in”, Cyrano partners with his handsome friend Christian, also in love with Roxane but lacking Cyrano’s way with words. Together, the two make a formidable suitor as Cyrano expresses his true feelings for Roxane in the only we he feels he can—through love letters apparently written by Christian. Synetic Theater will apply their unique physical storytelling – and a stylistic twist – to this commedia-inspired wordless adaptation of Cyrano.
2. ‘Thunder Knocking on the Door’ at Creative Cauldron.
“If you love the blues, you cannot let this production pass you by. ‘Thunder’ is sure to remain etched into your heart for a long time to come. -Jeannette Mulherin.
Synopsis: This bluesy show is an intoxicating musical fable filled with humor, heart and the extraordinary music of three-time Grammy award winner Keb’Mo’. In a small Alabama town, a mysterious Blues guitar-playing stranger named Marvell Thunder arrives at the door of the Dupree family and brings a challenge for the offspring of late Jaguar Dupree, the only man who ever outplayed him in a “cutting contest”. Thunder offers Glory Dupree, Jaguar’s blind daughter, a Faustian bargain: if he wins the contest he gets Jaguar’s guitar, and if she wins she gets her sight back.
3. ‘Richard the Third’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
“This is a rare production of “Richard the Third” that posits that the play is not just about Richard. It is worth seeing to see so many fine actors prove that argument.” -Peter Orvetti.
Synopsis: What does it look like when a man with no scruples stops at nothing to gain power? If you’re unsure, Richard of Gloucester will gladly demonstrate with bottomless ambition and ruthless cunning: the crown, at all costs. As he climbs ever higher, Richard bends the world to his will until even his mother can’t bear to own him.
4. ‘Radium Girls’ at Maryland Ensemble Theatre.
“Beautifully staged, exquisitely acted, and so very human…” – Mary Ann Johnson.
Synopsis: In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. But as the case goes on, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but also with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.
5. ‘El Viejo, El Joven y El Mar’ at Gala Hispanic Theatre.
“This production has moments of real grace…” – Mary Ann Johnson.
Synopsis: Based on historic events, Spaniard writer Miguel de Unamuno, who represents the power of reason, and a boy who dreams of tomorrow plan an escape under the watchful eye of the General guarding Fuerteventura Island.