Theatrical Roundup

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

West Side Story (Reviewed June 10-16); Star: Jeremy Ragsdale and Amanda Smear (Tony and Maria) lit the stage as they sang beneath the stars.

As You Like It (Reviewed July 15-21); Star: Shakespeare looks good in this shortened version with language easy on the layman.

Me and My Girl (Reviewed Aug 12-18); Star: An effortless and energetic show highlighted the talent of Andrea Hughes-Ostrowski as the lovelorn Sally.


Bowie Community Theatre

The Trip to Bountiful (Reviewed March 18-24); Star: Set and sound effects carried the audience along on this trip.

Marvin's Room (Reviewed May 13-19); Star: Dialogue, perfect timing led the emotional roller coaster in this drama testing family ties.

The Philadelphia Story (Reviewed Oct 21-27); Star: Audience members kept in step with this fast-paced comedy.


Chesapeake Music Hall

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Reviewed Feb 18-24); Star: Adult actors turned into the Peanut gang, with Mary Armour-Kaiser stealing the show as a pouting Lucy.

Big River (Reviewed April 29-May 5); Star: Terrific acting and singing kept John Rose (Huckleberry Finn) and Archie Harris (Jim) rolling down the river to freedom.

Grease (June 24-30); Star: Enhanced by slicked-back hair, poodle skirts and the halls of old Rydell, every song and hand jive was right on cue.

Anything Goes (Reviewed Sept 16-22); Star: Glittery costumes, '40s music and feather hats sailed away in this tale of mistaken identities and misguided love.

Christmas Carol (Reviewed Dec 9-15); Star: David B. Reynolds (a dead Jacob Marley) skated after Tom Quimby (Scrooge) in hopes of giving him a heart.


Colonial Players

Barefoot in the Park (Reviewed Feb 11-17); Star: After 40 years, this honeymoon headed for divorce court is revived by adventurous acting.

Angel Street (Reviewed May 6-12); Star: A keen sense of detail and strong acting held audience interest in this revived melodrama.

Talley's Folly (Reviewed Sept 9-15); Star: With heart-wrenching emotion and comic relief, Ken Sabel and Susan Bell (Matt and Sally) promised to love each other forever.

The Learned Ladies (Reviewed Oct 28-Nov 3); Star: A classic tale of girl gets boy with a twist that stole the show, country-Western dancing off into the sunset.

Christmas Carol (Reviewed Dec 9-15); Star: Bright-eyed youngsters and their grandparents delighted in this Christmas tradition.


Merely Players

Oliver! (Reviewed May 13-19); Star: Treachery outshone good as Ray Fulton (Fagin) convincingly led a gang of young thieves.


Moonlight Troupers

The Boyfriend (Reviewed Nov 11-17); Star: Actors moved, grooved and Charleston-ed around the stage to the delight of the audience.


Pasadena Theatre Company

Godspell (Reviewed March 11-17); Star: Spiritual music and a feel-good message elevated the audience.

California Suite (Reviewed July 29-Aug 4); Star: This look at life in many shapes and sizes left the audience laughing until the final curtain call.

Jekyll & Hyde (Reviewed Oct 7-13); Star: David Duvall mastered the dual role of good and evil.

It's A Wonderful Life (Reviewed Dec 9-15); Star: Keith Porter jumped into the lead, breathing life into Bedford Falls native George Bailey.


Second Stage Playhouse

Chapter Two (Reviewed Nov 11-17); Star: Mary James and Bob Brewer embraced the roles of Faye and George, falling in love for the second time.


2nd Star Productions

Noises Off (Reviewed Feb 4-10); Star: Jealous men, actors' drinking binges and theatrical chaos kept the audience in stitches.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Reviewed June 17-23); Star: With live music and strong actors, A Funny Thing laughed last.

I Do! I Do! (Reviewed Sept 30-Oct 6); Star: Margaret Allman and Hans Bachmann (Agnes and Michael) retold the story of how they came to fall in love and survive the married years.

Fiddler on the Roof (Reviewed Nov 18-24); Star: With no weak links in costumes, setting, acting or direction, this production told a moving story of powerful changes dividing families.


Talent Machine

The Wiz (Reviewed June 24-30); Star: The cowardly lion, the scarecrow and the tin man brought the house down as they sang and danced their way into every heart.

42nd Street (Reviewed Aug 5-11); Star: Children tapped, leaped and twirled down the streets of Broadway.


Twin Beach Players

Cinderella Waltz (Reviewed April 8-14); Star: A traditional fairy tale revamped with a drunken fairy godmother and an unclothed father for Cinderella.

Christmas Carol (Reviewed Dec 16-22); Star: A hayride, moving scenery, traveling dinner and new actors Sen. Mike Miller, Del. George Owings and North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer set this play in motion.


London Town Foundation

Revolutionary Spirits (Reviewed April 22-28); Star: History stepped out of a book and onto the stage bringing the fight for independence to life.


Local Actors Join Together

Annapolis Mosaic (Reviewed July 1-7); Star: Annapolitans learned the history of their land to the beat of the Delaware Drum and Fife Corps.


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Volume VII Number 52
December 30, 1999 - January 5, 2000
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