ARTICLE: The many sides of Puck come out in three versions of 'Midsummer'
WASHINGTON POST • JULY 10, 2015 • BY REBECCA RITZEL
Robin Goodfellow. Goblin. Sprite. The Merry Wanderer of the Night. Shakespeare has many nicknames for Puck, the mischievous imp who star-crosses lovers and then must set all things right in the classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This summer season, three area theaters are presenting “Midsummer.” But just as Puck has many monikers, there are many ways to portray him (or her) onstage. Here’s what three actors playing Puck had to say about their roles in this ever-popular, seasonally appropriate play.
REVIEW: Olney's 'The Producers', a super smash hit
WASHINGTON SPEAKS • JULY 15, 2015 • BY PATRICIA LESLIE
The Olney Theatre Center has outdone itself with the most entertaining area performance in memory.
From the get-go, The Producers rockets off the stage and doesn't stop until the end. You say "Mel Brooks," and I say "hilarious!"
Stage and television star (The Wire) Michael Kostroff plays the main character, Max Bialystock (with the emphasis on "stock"), a producer who adopts an accountant (Leo Bloom played by Michael Di Liberto) to be his co-producer of the worst performance on Broadway so they can take advantage of "creative accounting" and rake in the bucks when the show quickly dies.
"A man can make a fortune with a flops," Max realizes.
WASHINGTON CITY PAPER • JULY 3, 2015 • BY DOUG RULE
Who knew Maury Levy could sing and dance? That would be Michael Kostroff, best known for playing the ruthlessly amoral drug lawyer in The Wire. It turns out he does a pretty good Max, the goofily amoral theater producer in Olney Theatre’s revival of The Producers. That shouldn’t actually be a surprise, as he’s been doing the latter role—popularized by Nathan Lane in the upbeat 2001 Broadway show and 2005 Hollywood remake—as far back as his first appearance on HBO’s decidedly not-upbeat crime saga. It’s a role seemingly made for Kostroff, who took it on the road for the musical’s 2002 national tour and wrote a book about the experience; he has as much of a gift for physical humor and silly songs as he does for sleaze and courtroom invective.
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.