Week of January 7, 2024
1. “Marjorie Prime” at The Colonial Players of Annapolis
“It is the actors’ metamorphoses…that are so spellbinding to behold in this production…heady, emotionally complex, and beautifully haunting…” – Anne Valentino
Synopsis: It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband—otherwise known as a “Prime”. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s Prime relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits—if any—of what technology can replace.
2. “How to Be a Korean Woman” at Theater J
“…when you have such a versatile and affable actor on stage, the resulting performance is bound to spark curiosity, demand wholehearted engagement, and create a great deal of theatrical magic.” – Anne Valentino
Synopsis: How to Be a Korean Woman is a hilarious, heartfelt, and personal telling of Korean-American adoptee Sun Mee Chomet‘s search for her birth family in Seoul, South Korea. This poignant one-woman show — told from the perspective of an adult Jewish adoptee — uses text, music, and movement to explore themes of family, love, adulthood, and the universal longing to know one’s past.
3. ”She’s Got Soul” – Vocalist Capathia Jenkins with Lucas Waldin Conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
“…a warm, personable stage presence and a powerful, soulful voice…” – Herb Merrick
Synopsis: The sensational Capathia Jenkins brings her powerhouse voice to a wide-ranging revue of R&B classics and soulful hits. Featuring music from Toni Braxton, Adele, Stevie Wonder, and more. The dynamic Canadian conductor Lucas Waldin leads the program.
4. “The Book of Grace” presented by Rapid Lemon Productions at the Strand Theater
“Suzan-Lori Parks has penned a frank and multidimensional portrayal of a generational power struggle and the obliteration of love that violence leaves in it’s wake. Keenly wrought by the production, cast, and team of Rapid Lemon Productions…” – Kateri Pelton
Synopsis: Encouraged by his stepmother to return home to South Texas, a young man reunites with his abusive father, unearthing an explosive combination of deep-seated passion and ambition. “The Book of Grace” explores lives defined by walls, where there’s a “them” for every “us.” Lauren Davis directs this Baltimore premiere.
5. “12 Angry Jurors” at Laurel Mill Playhouse
“Don’t miss this powerful and moving drama…riveting theatre. – Susan Brall
Synopsis: A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case for the 12 Jurors responsible for deciding his fate—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Soon, each juror reveals his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new threat is born before their eyes!