Local architect produces first rock opera

By: Beacon
Posted on: July 13, 2016

A new original musical will open at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre for six performances from July 22 to 31. Called 99 — A Rock Opera, the musical was written by local musician and composer Mark Baughman and directed by Jonathan Zuck, an award-winning film and stage director. It tells a story about two former soul mates who are reunited on opposite sides of a protest in a... READ MORE

Sam Waterston’s 60-year career on stage

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: July 01, 2016

Actor Sam Waterston plays a nefarious lobbyist for the gun industry in the movie he’s now filming. And like Toronto, which is filling in for the Washington-set movie since filming is cheaper there, Waterston is also playing somewhat off-type.“I’m not a very nice guy,” Waterston says of his role in Miss Sloan, also starring Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow, and set... READ MORE

Seven ways to enjoy summer in the city

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: June 27, 2016

If you’re sticking close to home this summer, not to worry. There’s still plenty to do in the area. Grab a snowball to keep cool, and head on out to enjoy some of Baltimore’s favorite traditions.1. ArtscapeArtscape is the largest free arts festival in the U.S. (last year, over 350,000 attended), and it’s located right here in Charm City. There will be more than 150... READ MORE

Columbia launches inaugural film festival

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: June 23, 2016

The Columbia Film Festival — the first of what organizers hope will be an annual event — gets underway Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 with two dozen films from around the world screened at Howard Community College. The films, from movie makers as far away as Korea and Japan and as close to home as Ellicott City, helps winds up this summer’s Columbia Festival of the Arts,... READ MORE

Summer: big-name musicals, festival fare

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: June 09, 2016

Summer theater in Washington: The first thing we usually ask ourselves is what’s onstage at the Kennedy Center, which typically schedules a couple of big productions, often for long runs. There’s no deviation from custom this year, with a couple of major audience attractions in the Potomac palace.First is Kinky Boots, running from June 14 to July 10 in the Opera House.... READ MORE

Peter Pan flies high at Toby’s in Columbia

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: May 31, 2016

Wild Indians, bungling pirates and kids who know what’s important (not growing up) are whooping, flailing and flying all over the small stage at Toby’s in the dinner theater’s gleeful and invigorating Peter Pan.The inspiring energy — which has been achieved in a very disciplined form through terrific choreography, strong vocalizing and faultless acting —... READ MORE