Olney’s smashmouth drama ‘Colossal’ tackles football, disability and sexuality
WASHINGTON POST • AUGUST 29, 2014 • BY NELSON PRESSLEY
It’s nearly September — are you ready for some football?
That’s the unlikely combo in an Olney Theatre Center rehearsal room as director Will Davis drills “Colossal,” a new play hinging on a catastrophic football injury. The strapping all-male cast of 12 wears football pants and tank tops or zip-front hoodies; shoulder pads and helmets are strewn around the floor.
The room fills with the driving percussion of a drumline, and a half dozen actors begin to move with sharp athleticism. The team dance shifts and evolves, and the choreography — including a pas de deux between a college athlete and his dancer father — tests endurance and sends bodies flying with the rough recklessness of a football game.
WASHINGTON SPEAKS • JULY 30, 2014 • BY PATRICIA LESLIE
The more you see (and hear) him, the more you love William Shakespeare, and the presentation by Olney Theatre Center in its outdoor arena will intensify your ardor.
Olney's Tempest is a delightful frolic for actors and audience members alike, and although the show is billed as best for those ages eight and above, some who appeared several years younger were spied enjoying themselves as much as their parents.
To listen to the words of the master accompanied by nature's nightly medley of the bugs is a heavenly experience although evil spirits lurk nearby.
REVIEW: Theatre Review: 'The Tempest' at Olney Theatre Center
MD THEATRE GUIDE • JULY 29, 2014 • BY LYNNE MENEFEE
It was one of those rare, cool evenings that this area has been enjoying this summer – and a perfect night to see the enchanting production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest performed under the stars on the Olney Theatre Center’s Root Family Stage. Olney is celebrating its 75th anniversary and also the 65th consecutive year of touring by the National Players. The talented cast is comprised of current members as well as former veterans of the company.
Olney Theatre Center is a proud partner of Barrie School.
Olney Theatre Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All programs are made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; the Maryland State Department of Education; and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.