Community Theater

The Arlington Players come out with a snazzy and spirited ‘Prom’

A real-life civil rights issue comes to life with musical dance numbers that dazzle and dialogue that charms. By HALEY HUCHLER

Dynamic musical ‘Diana’ reigns at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre

It’s impossible not to have a good time with David Bryan’s score, which moves a mile a minute, beautifully brought to life by the four main vocalists. By KJ MORAN VELZ

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is just the ticket at Little...

Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit adapted by Ken Ludwig has clever staging, tongue-twisting accents, and deadly intrigue. By EM SKOW

And the winners of the 2024 WATCH Awards are…!

The community theaters that that took home the most top honors (7 each) were Port Tobacco Players and Reston Community Players.

‘Dance Nation’ at Silver Spring Stage lays bare pre-teen competitive dance

The raw and intimate production also explores the confusing yet empowering path from childhood to adulthood for girls in particular. By SARAH SHAH

Very funny and silly ‘Puffs’ spoofs Harry Potter at Silhouette Stages

The jokes fly thick and fast in this parody, but it is often much more. By JENNIFER GEORGIA

In British Players’ excellent ‘The Dresser,’ the backstage drama of a...

The rich and complex play shows how a monomaniacal personality influences others to subsume themselves to him and fight among themselves. By JENNIFER GEORGIA

Cheers to a stellar ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at Fauquier Community Theatre

The chemistry on stage between the actors is worth the price of admission alone. By DREW FLEMING

‘Noises Off’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse is a giggle-a-minute farce

This slapstick, behind-the-scenes comedy parodies theater culture, and the cast pulled it off to perfection. By WILLIAM POWELL

A family’s secrets under scrutiny in ‘Stick Fly’ at Prince William...

As an affluent African American family gathers in their vacation home, longstanding tensions are revealed. By DANA ROBERTS

‘Matilda the Musical’ is a small miracle at Theatre@CBT

The remarkable children’s chorus put on a show with exactness and enthusiasm. By JENNIFER GEORGIA

‘9 to 5: The Musical’ at Port Tobacco Players is a...

With catchy music, funny lyrics, and talented actors, this Dolly Parton musical about women's equality in the workplace is hilarious and thought-provoking. By WILLIAM POWELL

Passion and laughter in ‘The Baker’s Wife’ at Colonial Players of...

The actors hit all the right comic and emotional moments, and the show offers a lovely evening of music and romance. By CHARLES GREEN

UpStage Artists’ ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ is a diamond in...

There are hidden gems in this production, which brings an acclaimed African American drama to life. By TENIOLA AYOOLA

A battle of two exes over ‘Little Infidelities’ stuns at Teatro...

In 'Pequeñas Infidelidades,' an ex-wife controls the narrative; the ex-husband's a gaslighting creep. What could go wrong? By JULIAN OQUENDO

‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ at St. Mark’s Players is deeper than ‘Barbie’

The funny, feminist, and thought-provoking show explores the choices women make. By JILLIAN PARKS

In ‘Miss Evers’ Boys’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse, humanity at risk

This well-acted fictional drama based on the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study has controversy and complexity that still have sad relevance. By CYBELE POMEROY

Campy classic ‘Urinetown’ is an utter delight at 2nd Star Productions

With its ridiculously skilled cast and thoughtful team of directors, designers, and choreographers, the production is a privilege to see. By BRITTANY PROUDFOOT GINDER

Little Theatre of Alexandria adopts a likeable, feel-good ‘Annie’

The musical tells the story of a 10-year-old orphan girl who has the gumption to see a world that is fair and just. By TENIOLA AYOOLA

A strong ensemble carries ‘Steel Magnolias’ at Gaithersburg Arts Barn

The first act is delightful, engaging, and laugh-out-loud funny; the second act, not so much. By MORGAN PAVEY