Clothing evokes memories in ‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’

Are you someone who associates significant events in life with specific scents, foods, or visual cues?

Ilene Beckerman connects the high and low points of her life – including motherhood, the death of a child, and three marriages – with clothing. She wrote about these in her 1995 book, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” which Nora and Delia Ephron later turned into a play of the same name.

“Love, Loss,” is next onstage at Montgomery Playhouse.


Children’s tale celebrates similarities among people at Montgomery Playhouse

Reluctant Dragon at Montgomery PlayhouseCassandra Redding segued from acting in local and regional theater productions to a career in early childhood education in which she likes to introduce her students to the arts. 

She's made the same introductions to her own children, with whom she'll share the stage in the upcoming Montgomery Playhouse production of “The Reluctant Dragon.”

Kenneth Grahame wrote the children’s story which Walt Disney based a film on in 1941 – about forgoing prejudgment and promoting understanding, in 1898. 

Ed Monk has “very loosely adapted” the original story, said Loretto McNally, a board member of the Playhouse who is directing.

“I love this play,” said McNally. “The story, which has been around for a while, is, about a dragon who’s not interested in doing battle with knights or in breathing fire on anyone.”


Two local theaters launch seasons with “The Canterville Ghost” and “Deathtrap”

IMG 7405 copy deathtrapJ. McAndrew Breen stars as scheming playwright Sidney Bruhl in Ira Levin’s Broadway hit "Deathtrap" at Silver Spring Stage. COURTESY PHOTO  

Montgomery Playhouse, an all-volunteer theater, has a varied season ahead.

First up in 2017-2018 is “The Canterville Ghost,” a play Marisha Chamberlain adapted from the short story by Oscar Wilde.

In January, the Playhouse presents “The Reluctant Dragon,” a comedy for young audiences, and, in March, a Live Radio Show recreates the Boston Blackie radio series of the 1940s and ‘50s.

“Our mandate is to entertain and educate audiences,” said Loretto McNally, board president.


Area Resident Remembers Homeland Through Art

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This is part of an ongoing series devoted to the stories of Montgomery County’s immigrant population

GAITHERSBURG – In 1977, Farid Bozorgmehr left his native Iran to pursue his love of theater in the United States.

He enrolled in American University’s master’s program in Theatre, having completed his undergraduate studies in Iran.

Two years after his arrival, the government of the Shah, which had been supported by the United States, was overthrown in the Iranian Revolution.


One-act plays dominate community theater festivals

Two Montgomery County community theaters will offer multi-week festivals of one-act plays this summer, featuring characters such as a lonely woman at a bar and a former U.S. president (in separate works).

The Montgomery Playhouse, which describes itself as “Montgomery County’s Oldest Community Theater,” will present its festival consisting of seven plays at Commotion Fitness Studios in Germantown, a new venue for the company. The plays will take place on the last two weekends of July.

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