A delightfully menacing ‘Dinner’ hits the spot

DinnerSILVER SPRING – “Dinner,”a fabulous and challenging play by Moira Buffini, is now appearing at Silver Spring’s The Highwood Theatre performed by the 4615 Theatre Company. The production is something of a classic British-style drawing-room mystery; the setting is the home of an upper-class English socialite, with an odd assortment of upper-class dinner guests attending, plus a servant. Guests include a writer, a celebrity TV news reporter and one member of the working class – the latter of whom may or may not be a criminal.


A dark ‘Macbeth’ is lit at Blackfriars Playhouse

Macbeth StauntonSTAUNTON – Though we “write men’s virtues in water,” according to Shakespeare, performing plays as ever “more water glideth by” is quite another matter. The topic this week is performing Shakespeare as it was meant to be enacted, for the Hard Bargain Players of Prince George’s County in May performed Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from May 10 to 19. It was performed in “a space where it was always meant to be played: right under our beautiful canopy of trees and starlight!” Although the Hard Bargain Players’ website waxed in this way lyrical on its Theatre in the Woods productions in Accokeek, the outdoor performance I had hoped to attend was not possible due to the heavy daily rains of last week. “To the water side, I must conduct your grace” indeed! (Shakespeare).    

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