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.
REVIEW: Play DC: The Tempest @ Olney Theater Center
BRIGHTEST YOUNG THINGS • JULY 23, 2014 • BY SARAH GUAN
In honor of the opening night of Olney Theater Center’’s production of The Tempest, Mother Nature added to the ambiance with a splash of rain. It set the scene for the play – which had to have a brief rain hold – and added to the magical nature of the night.
The setting is beautiful. It’s held at the Root Family Stage, an outdoor venue perfect for the summer nights. White umbrellas make up the backdrop – creating an ethereal, magical feel. Umbrellas are also incorporated throughout the play, standing in for canes, logs, and staffs. Puppetry was also used in depicting spirits. They surrounded the audience, creating a sense that we were included in the magic.
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.