Theatrical Reviews: Author Archive

Over the course of four years, from mid March, 2009 through July, 2013, I wrote 46 reviews for ShowBizRadio, a website devoted to theater info for the Washington DC region. The site promoted professional, community, and student productions through its schedules, resources pages, and reviews of productions for nearly a decade. The site ceased to operate in mid June, 2014, when its owners moved out of the region.

I’m quite proud of the writing I did while working as a staff reviewer for Mike and Laura Clark, and the complete list of shows and reviews are below.

Preview of the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival

By  • Jul 1st, 2013 • Category: Reviews

Fringe is going all out, celebrating its 8th anniversary as the highlight of the DC summer season. This year’s theme, spinning cardboard into gold, is the quintessential illustration of the Fringe experience.

Little Theatre of Alexandria Twentieth Century

By  • Jun 25th, 2013 • Category: Reviews

In all, LTA’s Twentieth Century is an excellent production and a very pleasant way to spend a summer evening.

Shakespeare Theatre Company The Winter’s Tale

By  • May 28th, 2013 • Category: Reviews

This exquisitely complex production is what theatre should be: Spectacle that also tells a story and conveys a sense of wonder.

St. Mark’s Players Cabaret

By  • May 16th, 2013 • Category: Reviews

Bravo to the cast and crew in general for a performance well done, in spite of the sound’s considerable flaws.

Imagination Stage The Wind in the Willows

By  • Jul 14th, 2011 • Category: Reviews

The Wind in the Willows will entertain children and adults alike. And – best of all – there isn’t a bad seat in the house!

Laurel Mill Playhouse Twelfth Night

By  • Jul 13th, 2011 • Category: Reviews

This show is suitable for theatergoers as young as seven as well as adults. It’s a great family option for an afternoon or evening’s entertainment.

2nd Star Productions Cinderella

By  • Jun 16th, 2011 • Category: Reviews

Wingard’s impressive scenic design sets the stage for this ambitious production, with 20 dancing, singing chorus members and a core of talented performers.

Little Theatre of Alexandria [title of show]

By  • Apr 28th, 2011 • Category: Reviews

Here’s the awesome part of Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production: They all get it.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre Happy Days: The New Musical

By  • Mar 24th, 2011 • Category: Reviews

Happy Days: The New Musical is definitely for the whole family and a great way to introduce a whole new generation to an icon of modern television history.

2nd Star Productions Be My Baby

By  • Mar 17th, 2011 • Category: Reviews

To have great comedy, it’s not enough to have a funny script. Finding the right talent is essential, and 2nd Star Productions’ Charles W. Maloney has done a spectacular job with the delightful Be My Baby.

Chevy Chase Players Dial M for Murder

By  • Mar 8th, 2011 • Category: Reviews

Chevy Chase Players’ production of Dial M for Murder, which centers around a couple whose marriage has entered the dangerous territory of extramarital affairs and revenge, features very strong performances.

Montgomery Playhouse Picasso At The Lapin Agile

By  • Feb 9th, 2011 • Category: Reviews

In all a terrific production, with two of the best comic performances seen this year.

Rockville Little Theatre Translations

By  • Feb 2nd, 2011 • Category: Reviews

The production is definitely worth seeing, but you’ll do best sitting in the first eight rows, or farther back than row K, to take full advantage of the theater’s acoustics.

Synetic Family Theater The Nutcracker

By  • Dec 24th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

The Nutcracker is a captivating story within a story within a story and a joy to watch, from the moment the stage lights go up, to the final moments of the short performance, a mere 75 minutes later.

Prince George’s Little Theatre The Odd Couple (Female Version)

By  • Dec 15th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

With misunderstandings piled on through the language barrier, the show becomes a total laugh riot.

The In Series Swingtime!

By  • Dec 8th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

This thoughtful and thought-provoking production is definitely worth a watch.

The Washington Revels 28th Annual Christmas Revels

By  • Dec 7th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

In its 28th year, Washington Revels has spread the impact of darkness and light, and the joy of the season, from diverse cultures including the Balkans, Scandinavia, the Italian Renaissance, colonial Quebec and more.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre Cinderella

By  • Dec 4th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

In all, Toby’s Cinderella is a fun, extremely family-friendly show, and a lovely way to celebrate the holiday season!

Toby’s Dinner Theater Rent

By  • Oct 5th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

A spectacularly performed production.

Colonial Players Private Lives

By  • Sep 24th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

Colonial Players’ production is classically styled and sophisticated in performance; the cast’s English accents are precise and diction and timing seem perfect.


Toby’s Dinner Theatre Nunsense

By  • Aug 20th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

The Order of the Little Sisters of Scaggsville have a hit on their hands, and so does Toby’s. This laugh-out-loud spree begins as we are treated to a brief but hilarious explanation of the reason for the show.

Annoyance Theatre Salem! The Musical

By  • Jul 21st, 2010 • Category: FringeReviews

Salem! The Musical was certainly crass and annoying, which fits the description of this production to a T. Campy? Not so much.

Angela Neff Another Picnic at the Asylum

By  • Jul 21st, 2010 • Category: FringeReviews

Another Picnic at the Asylum is not an easy piece to watch, but it is valuable for anyone who has encountered a parent, sibling or friend with mental illness.

Unmotivated Cross Productions/Montage Theater Co Nights at St. Januarius

By  • Jul 20th, 2010 • Category: FringeReviews

If blood makes you squeamish, skip it, but you’ll be missing the fun.

The Public Seed Theatre Company Lysistrata: the Musical!

By  • Jul 20th, 2010 • Category: FringeReviews

Lysistrata, the Musical! is terrific adult entertainment on a hot summer night.

Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue Finn McCool

By  • Jul 13th, 2010 • Category: FringeReviews

This show has it all. Hard rocking rhythm, low-tech post-apocalyptic storytelling and kick-ass musical performances.

Little Theatre of Alexandria Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

By  • Jul 12th, 2010 • Category: FringeReviews

This fabulous, tough to watch production made me cry.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre Hairspray

By  • Mar 31st, 2010 • Category: Reviews

A marvelous combination of entertaining music and thoughtful story, wrapped up in the glitter and glamor of the 60s.

Little Theatre of Alexandria Chicago

By  • Mar 4th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

From Paul Nasto’s musical direction (music, perfectly timed and tuned), to Amy Carson’s tight choreography that pulls no punches, to the rare triple threats of actors who can sing AND dance, this production has it all right.

Prince George’s Little Theatre Arsenic and Old Lace

By  • Mar 4th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

The characters of Arsenic and Old Lace are icons of the theatre, brought to life by director Gayle Negri, producer Michael O’Donnell and their dee-lightful cast and crew. There’s lovely chemistry between each of the characters.

Toby’s Dinner Theater I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

By  • Feb 7th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Toby’s Dinner Theatre presents I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a realistic and very funny tribute to the eternal quest for a mate, with all the humor and terror of dating, the long term effects of relationships, the challenges of the modern marriage and parenthood, and more.

Colonial Players The Lion in Winter

By  • Jan 16th, 2010 • Category: Reviews

Mickey Handwerger’s talented cast brings Goldman’s intricate script of intrigue, humor, hostility and, yes, love, vividly to life with stellar performances.

The British Players Mother Goose

By  • Dec 9th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of The British Players’ Mother Goose.

Toby’s Dinner Theater Annie

By  • Nov 28th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of Toby’s Dinner Theater’s production of Annie.

Elden Street Players The Musical Of Musicals: The Musical!

By  • Oct 28th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of Elden Street Players’ The Musical Of Musicals: The Musical!.

St. Mark’s Players The Importance of Being Earnest

By  • Oct 28th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of the St. Mark’s Players’ The Importance of Being Earnest.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre Sweeney Todd

By  • Sep 29th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of Toby’s Dinner Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd.

Colonial Players The Curious Savage

By  • Sep 14th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of the Colonial Players’ The Curious Savage.

Greenbelt Arts Center You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

By  • Jul 20th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of the Greenbelt Arts Center’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Toby’s Dinner Theater Oklahoma!

By  • Jun 23rd, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of Toby’s Dinner Theater’s production of Oklahoma!.

Prince George’s Little Theatre Alice in Wonderland

By  • May 12th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of Prince George’s Little Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland.

Georgetown Theatre Company The Three Musketeers

By  • Apr 21st, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of the Georgetown Theatre Company’s production of The Three Musketeers.

Colonial Players She Loves Me

By  • Mar 31st, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of Colonial Players’ production of She Loves Me.

Laurel Mill Playhouse Godspell

By  • Mar 30th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of Laurel Mill Playhouse’s production ofGodspell.

Bowie Community Theatre Inspecting Carol

By  • Mar 24th, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Marks Delaney’s review of Bowie Community Theatre’s production of Inspecting Carol.

Greenbelt Arts Center Amadeus

By  • Mar 21st, 2009 • Category: Reviews

Read Betsy Delaney’s review of the Greenbelt Arts Center’s production of Amadeus.