Week of March 19, 2023
1. “Consecrated Ground” at Laurel Mill Playhouse
“…should not be missed and one of the most memorable plays I have seen in a very long time. It is another brilliant jewel in the crown for Laurel Mill Playhouse” – Susan Brall
Synopsis: In Consecrated Ground, Nova Scotian playwright George Boyd retells the struggle of Africville’s residents to save their homes and their dignity. With tremendous wit andll gravity, George Boyd takes us back to Africville on the verge of extinction, making us a gift of characters believable in their vulnerabilities, their courage and their outrage.
2. “Singin’ in the Rain” at The Arlington Players
“…talent, innovation, and technology…gives us a fine feel for the classic numbers.” –
Synopsis: An adaptation of the 1952 cult classic movie by the same name, the show follows leading man Don Lockwood through the waning days of the silent film era in Hollywood. You may have seen quite a few shows at Thomas Jefferson with us, but can you remember the last time you saw precipitation in the theater? Come see TAP take on this classic musical as we, quite literally, make it rain!
3. “Push the Button” at The Keegan Theatre
“…has heart and promise…fun, colorful, and full of sound and motion.“ – Peter Orvetti
Synopsis: In a town beset by the sordid shenanigans of a prank-prone Villain, justice finally seems to be served when the celebrated Hero accuses Villain of the worst crime of all: Pushing the Button. But when the dutiful Journalist starts asking the right questions, will convicting the Villain prove to be the wrong answer? This playful and poignant parody of modern morality will ask its audiences to question their very notions of right and wrong, crime and punishment, truth and narrative. But most of all, it will beg the question: “Who Pushed the Button??”
4. “The Beaux’ Stratagem” by The Rude Mechanicals
“…this quirky offering from the Rude Mechanicals…is charming and clever.” – Sue Tilberry
Synopsis: “The Beaux’ Stratagem” follows the adventures of two charming Manhattan rakes, Archer and Aimwell, as they work their way through Lichfield, Kentucky society in search of a wealthy wife. Whichever one of them marries ‘their wife,’ they’ve agreed to share equally in her fortune. The plan starts going hilariously off the rails, of course, when Aimwell actually falls in love with their intended target.
Honorable Mention: “Longtime Since Yesterday” by the Black Theatre Ensemble of Georgetown University
“The Black Theatre Ensemble of Georgetown University does a beautiful job of showing the complexities of emotions involving suicide on top of the struggles of determining identity.” – Camron Wright
Synopsis: Set in suburban New Jersey in the 1980s, this potent drama is about a reunion of former college classmates, now in their thirties, at the funeral of a friend who killed herself.