Premiere of Pulitzer-finalist play at Olney

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: April 04, 2016

Marjorie Prime at the Olney Theater Center is a strange, gripping and ultimately touching play. Is is set in the future, and looks at how we remember the past to keep going in the present.The play gets underway as Marjorie, an 85-year-old woman nearing dementia, is having a perfectly reasonable conversation with her deceased husband, who is sitting across from her as he appeared at the age... READ MORE

Broadway performer gets people dancing

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: March 25, 2016

CJay Philip has enjoyed a long, successful career as a professional dancer in both modern and African dance companies, as a Broadway and touring performer in such shows as Dreamgirls, Big the Musical, Street Corner Symphony, Legally Blonde, and Hairspray, and as a popular dance fitness instructor at some of New York’s premiere health clubs.But when she moved to Baltimore in 2010 for... READ MORE

Stuff: one man’s show about his family

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: March 07, 2016

“At 65, I realize that I made some terrible choices, none of them for me.”From the diary of Edith Feffer, October 1988That excerpt from the long-secret journals of playwright John Feffer’s mother is at the heart of his idiosyncratic, but sometimes absorbing, play titledStuff.It returns to the area in a limited run this month at Studio 1469 in D.C.’s Columbia... READ MORE

Jewish federation to host Bach to Broadway

By: Madeline Zuckerman
Posted on: March 03, 2016

Jewish Federation of the Desert, headquartered in Rancho Mirage, will once again present an evening of Israeli musical entertainment and culture for the community when it presents “Bach to Broadway” on March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.This two-part concert will be performed at the Indian Wells Theatre on the Palm Desert campus of Cal State San Bernardino, and will feature the artistry... READ MORE

Songs still carry the show in South Pacific

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: February 26, 2016

It wasn’t a completely enchanted evening. Nevertheless, the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific at Toby’s Dinner theater in Columbia did at times exuberantly, dramatically and tunefully evoke that mid-20th century period when America fought an all-out war and Broadway provided the country’s maximum musical expression.The lives and times of the Navy ... READ MORE

Artist revives longtime interest in beads

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: February 18, 2016

Thea Fine is a self-described “recovering health policy wonk who writes.” Now, though, after a long career in the federal government, Fine prefers to describe herself as a beading designer.The Ellicott City resident first learned how to bead as a child during summer vacations with her maternal grandmother, Rose —  “a Renaissance woman who never met a craft she... READ MORE