- ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ at The Colonial Players of Annapolis.
“The actors and designers fly above expectations with details that will require multiple viewings to discover.” – Andrew Parr.
Synopsis: Let me now take you to a time and place – not of the doublets, corsets and pumpkin pants of Ye Olde England – but of the shoulder pads, big hair, and Izod shirts of the bedroom community of 1980s Windsor…Connecticut. Set in the free-wheeling, conspicuous consumption-driven, suburban lifestyle of the 1980s, this Shakespearean comedic farce will feature all the music, fashion, and cultural references of the 1980s, but with the language and characters that we love. Shakespeare and Shtick. After over a 20-year absence from Colonial Players…The Bard is Back!
2. ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ at Dundalk Community Theatre.
“…the show’s tales had children mesmerized from beginning to end…” -Laura Tayman.
Synopsis: With a jazzy, upbeat score, A Year with Frog and Toad is a special story of friendship that endures throughout the seasons. It bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant and enchanting musical for the whole family!
3. ‘Pygmalion’ at Spotlighters Theatre.
“It is a privilege to watch this level of talent. ” – Timoth David Copney.
Synopsis: Eliza Doolittle, an intelligent, but poor woman who sells flowers . . . crosses paths with Henry Higgins, a boorish, insensitive, but brilliant linguist who studies phonetics. He realizes we are all equal under the skin and that social class is a matter of skilled behavior. What starts as a phonetic experiment becomes a social experiment. As these two headstrong people spar, we follow Eliza through to her emotional and financial independence, as Eliza herself realizes she was already a lady. The sparkling wit and biting humor of Shaw’s script has made Pygmalion into a classic which has endured for over a century, still speaking to us about the false constructs of social class and wowing us with a portrayal of a strong woman who overcomes the conventions of her time.
4. ‘The Gondoliers’ by Victorian Lyric Opera Company.
“Venice might call to mind romance, but it will be served with a side of ridiculous in this funny and entertaining opera from Victorian Lyric Opera Company.” – Liz Ruth-Brinegar.
Synopsis: 1 show, 2 stories, and 3 pairs of young lovers, 4 fun, romance, one of Gilbert’s cleverest stories, and Sullivan’s sunniest music.
5. ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria.
“This staging features some stellar performances up and down that merge nicely into the patchwork quilt of nuttiness.” -Brian Bochicchio.
Synopsis: Off-beat, quirky, and downright hilarious, this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy has stood the test of time. You Can’t Take It With You follows two families whose lives are thrown together when their children become engaged. This idealistic take on life, family and love reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.