Olney Theatre presents classic play ‘Angel Street’
Mystery, suspense follow Mr. Manningham even after 75 years
THE GAZETTE • June 19, 2013 • BY WILL C. FRANKLIN
In 1938, British dramatist Patrick Hamilton wrote a play that would turn out to be a wildly-popular thriller. True to form, 75 years later, people still can’t get enough of the dastardly Mr. Manningham and his tired, frayed wife, Bella. Olney Theatre, also celebrating its 75th birthday, will present “Angel Street” from June 20 through July 14.
Olney returns to the haunting ‘Angel Street,’ the play that inspired ‘Gaslight’
THE WASHINGTON POST • June 19, 2013 • BY JESSICA GOLDSTEIN
The last time “Angel Street” was produced at Olney Theatre Center, it was 1950. Olney was 12 years old, and the film “Gaslight,” which was inspired by the play and starred Ingrid Bergman, had recently been released. The play popularized the word “gaslighting” as a term of psychological abuse, wherein the abuser messed with the mind of a victim by presenting fiction as fact, making the victim question his own sanity, to the point of madness.
The gay-themed play The Submission is a departure for the Maryland theater
METRO WEEKLY • May 23, 2013 • BY DOUG RULE
''[Some] were a little concerned that this might not be the kind of show you should take your children to,'' says David Elliott. ''Another person argued that this is exactly the kind of show you should take your 16-year-old to.''
Elliott is talking about early crowd reaction to The Submission, now playing at Olney Theatre Center. The exurban Maryland theater company is known for staging high-quality productions, even the occasional provocative play. But Olney is best known for staging surefire fare, principally established musicals such as A Chorus Line and The King and I. Rarely does the company offer an edgy, experimental play like The Submission.
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.