Community Theater

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

Rude Mechanicals’ clever pared-down ‘Macbeth’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

This rendition creates a compelling hyper-focus on the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. By MORGAN PAVEY

Over-the-top satire in ‘POTUS’ from City of Fairfax Theatre Company

Each actor puts a massive amount of energy into their performance — everyone is dialed up to a ten. By ALEXANDRA BOWMAN

Wonderfully zany ‘Table Manners’ is served at NOVA Nightsky Theater

With director Ward Kay at the helm, Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy makes us believe that every family drama should be staged in a black box. By FOSSE THORNTON

Shaquille Stewart joins Silver Spring Stage as executive director

Silver Spring native returns to lead the community theater where he got his start in the industry.

A delightfully chaotic ‘Anton in Show Business’ by The Arlington Players

This comedy about producing Chekhov in Texas is a theater nerd’s dream. By EM SKOW

Darkly comic ‘Abdication!’ doesn’t quit uplifting at Silver Spring Stage

A giddy romp of three short plays about hanging in there. By JENNIFER GEORGIA

Dominion Stage bursts into an entertaining and moving ‘Torch Song’

Passion and heartache resonate throughout Harvey Fierstein's trilogy. By CHRISTINE MAXTED

‘A Murder Is Announced’ is a ghoulish delight at Way Off...

All the actors are on point in this entertaining adaptation of an Agatha Christie whodunit. By BOB ASHBY

‘The Grapes of Wrath’ has present-day resonance at Rockville Little Theatre

The stage adaptation of Steinbeck's classic 1929 novel is a passionate experience of empathy for human suffering. By BOB ASHBY

Rockville Little Theatre wins big at Maryland Community Theatre Festival Association

'Funeral for the Cat,' by local playwright B.G. Craig, wins multiple awards including Outstanding Production.

Nominations announced for 22nd annual WATCH Awards

Nominations announced January 21 for local community theater awards ceremony, which will take place March 17 at The Birchmere in Alexandria.

All aboard for mystery and laughter in ‘Murder on the Orient...

The production of Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic is designed beautifully, paced briskly, and packed with talent. By JEFFREY WALKER

A sumptuous ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ by Sondheim at Greenbelt Arts...

The show is visually splendid, full of complicated musical numbers, excellent choreography, and strong performances by both cast and orchestra. By CYBELE POMEROY

Sandy Spring Theatre Group’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ doesn’t quite kill

The show is supposed to be a farce, but the production at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn never quite reaches the requisite level of manic energy. By JOHN GEOFFRION

A dead husband returns in ‘Majorie Prime’ at Colonial Players of...

The play captures the promise and unease of AI in beautiful, heartwrenching ways. By CHARLES GREEN

From harrowing film to moving stage play: ‘Shoah’ at Castaways Theatre

The safety net of fiction doesn’t exist with this production — every atrocity you hear is true. By CHRISTINE MAXTED

DCTA 2023 Staff Favorites: Outstanding Community Productions

These community productions made an indelible impression on our writers this year. Did we overlook a favorite of yours? Let us know in a comment!