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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer | February 26, 1993
The ringing of hammers, smell of fresh paint, last-minute lighting cues and actors prowling the set looking for their marks.It's all part of what looks to an outsider like a run for the lifeboats on the Titanic, but actually is a dress rehearsal for Stone Road Productions' latest play, "Rumors."The play opens tomorrow evening at the Stage Door Dinner Theatre, at Wilhelm Limited Caterers, formerly Friendly Farm restaurant, on Route 140, Westminster.This fast-paced Neil Simon comedy unites some very objectionable friends at a 10th wedding anniversary party, where the host and hostess, Charley and Myra Brock, never appear.
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October 1, 2013
Tom Hooper, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, especially Russell Crowe should have seen "Les Miserables" at Toby's Dinner Theatre before they made their movie. I have seen Les Miz in London and in New York, and Toby's production measures up. It is incredible. And it is right here in Howard County. Don't miss it! Fern Eisner Columbia
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | December 28, 1998
Most dinner theaters don't make a point of creating original material, but F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre is doing just that with a dance revue titled simply, "Dancing." Created by local director/choreographer Todd Pearthree, the show opens Thursday."What we've done is taken pre-recorded tracks and put dances to them," explained Pearthree, who said he's wanted to do a show like this for about a decade.Pearthree is known for directing stage musicals, and the revue will include reconceived versions of songs from such shows as "Ain't Misbehavin' " and "Chicago."
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By Mike Giuliano | August 15, 2013
The storming of a barricade is the dramatic highlight of the Broadway musical "Les Miserables. " There's likely to be a storming of the box office at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia, whose exciting production qualifies as one of its best shows in recent years. It's an ambitious musical to stage in any theater, so doing it at an in-the-round dinner theater is a bold move. Co-directors Toby Orenstein and Steven Fleming skillfully handle the complicated traffic management. There are 24 actors negotiating a compact performance space that's also occupied by the moving platforms deployed as prison cells, cafes, living quarters and, of course, the barricade erected in an early 19th-century Paris street.
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October 1, 2013
Tom Hooper, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, especially Russell Crowe should have seen "Les Miserables" at Toby's Dinner Theatre before they made their movie. I have seen Les Miz in London and in New York, and Toby's production measures up. It is incredible. And it is right here in Howard County. Don't miss it! Fern Eisner Columbia
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By Karin Remesch | October 25, 1999
Columbia Community Players. "You Can't Take It With You." 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Faulkner Ridge Neighborhood Center, 10518 Marble Faun Lane in Village of Wilde Lake, Columbia. Nine men and seven women, ages 20-65, are needed. Call 410-461-3830.F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre. "Grease." 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. today and tomorrow at the theater, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. All roles open and paid. Prepare a song from the show or a 1950s song; accompanist provided. Be prepared to dance. Call 410-321-6595.
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June 17, 2005
Pascal Senior Center plans a variety of trips Pascal Senior Center has announced the following trips for the year: July 14, Dorothy-Megan paddlewheeler, two-hour trip on the Choptank River, Hurlock. Lunch at Suicide Bridge Restaurant. Aug. 4, Bye-Bye Birdie, Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre, Wilmington, Del. Aug. 18, "Wings of Fancy," a live butterfly show, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Sept. 19-23, weeklong trip to Lake Placid, N.Y., and the Adirondacks. Oct. 1-3, train ride through the Tygart Valley Gorge, W.Va.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 8, 2003
Toby Orenstein won a Helen Hayes Award this week for her direction of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. Each year, the awards recognize excellence in professional theater in the Washington area. The awards were announced Monday. "I was in very elite company in my nomination," said Orenstein, who owns the dinner theater. Other nominees for directing a resident musical (one that does not tour) were from the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage and Signature Theatre, all in Washington.
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October 3, 2007
Toby Orenstein, founder and director of Toby's Dinner Theatre, will be honored Oct. 18 by Maryland Life magazine and the Maryland Board, the magazine's advisory panel, at the 2007 Marylander of Distinction Award Dinner at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. Founder of Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia (1979) and Baltimore (2006), Orenstein also created the Columbia Center of Theatrical Arts, a variety of programs designed to educate through the arts. Orenstein is also a visiting professor at Catholic University, and producer and director for USO productions for U.S. troops.
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by Richard Gorelick | December 17, 2012
Check it out. Baltimore's DNA Theatre (Daydreams + Nightmares Aerial Theatre) is presenting 1920s Vintage Cabaret, a weekend-long fundraiser at the Theatre Project featuring live music, artisan cocktails and food. The cabaret benefits DNA Theatre's 2013 season of performances. The Jan. 5 show at 7:45 p.m. will inlcude a "Prohibition-inspired haute cuisine menu" prepared by David Bersch. The four-course menu includes oysters Rockefeller, risotto Etouffee, braised short ribs and, for dessert, a mousse duo. The 10 p.m. show on Saturday will feature a late-night lounge atmosphere with Baltimore's "sassiest burlesque performers.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2012
Expecting the usual entertaining evening delivered by talented players at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia, I found instead a life-affirming, near-religious experience at "The Color Purple" - a musical epic tracing a black woman's journey from abject subjugation in youth to achieving in maturity love, power and nobility. Adapted from Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Steven Spielberg's film, the musical follows Celie, from a poor girl in 1911 Georgia, at age 14 in her second pregnancy resulting from rape by her father, through her struggles until maturity.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
As a New York-based actress, Sarah Beth Pfeifer begins her mornings surfing the Internet to decide which auditions to attend. Recently, one caught her eye: a bus tour production about a girl who overcomes peer pressure and bullying to realize her dreams. The Mount Hebron High School graduate, who grew up in Ellicott City, landed several parts in the production, "Cassandra's Angel," which is now on a 20-city, 20-week nationwide tour that includes schools and other venues in the Baltimore-Washington area this month.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2011
With "Grease" and "Hairspray" already revisiting the 1950s and 1960s, Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia might have bored the crowd with another familiar show by putting on "Happy Days" — but the production results in a lively, entertaining evening. More than just another look through rose-colored glasses at the popular sitcom, this musical set in 1959 Milwaukee celebrates the heroes from the 1970s TV show and still has its own cheerful bouncy appeal to audiences today. The "Happy Days" television show, which aired for a decade starting in 1974, focused on the Cunningham family — teenager Richie, his parents, hardware store owner Howard and homemaker Marion, and Richie's younger sister, Joanie.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2010
To paraphrase the most familiar song from "Rent," there are 525,600 reasons to love the show at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. The in-the-round configuration is an ideal setting for the production, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and four Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. The crowd-pleasing rock musical ran for 12 years on Broadway, and Toby's staging catches the vitality, excitement and seediness of the show's New York East Village bohemian locale.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2009
Having garnered 55 prestigious Helen Hayes nominations for excellence in the Washington area, Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia now takes on perhaps its greatest musical challenge with Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Sondheim's tale of the vengeful barber's tale takes on greater intensity in Toby's in-the-round venue, where no patron sits more than 30 feet from the stage. Having seen this show at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts starring Angela Lansbury about 25 years ago, I found the more intimate version at Toby's better at depicting the human tragedy.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | July 2, 2008
Since Chesapeake Music Hall closed its doors near the end of 2004, Anne Arundel County has been without dinner theater. The Music Hall's demise was a loss for the subscribers who enjoyed its bargain meal-show package and for the actors who honed their skills there. But anyone in search of such an entertainment package can find top-notch versions at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Baltimore in the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center at Travel Plaza, which opened in March 2006, and at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia, which has garnered 55 Helen Hayes Award nominations during its 29-year existence.
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October 3, 2007
Toby Orenstein, founder and director of Toby's Dinner Theatre, will be honored Oct. 18 by Maryland Life magazine and the Maryland Board, the magazine's advisory panel, at the 2007 Marylander of Distinction Award Dinner at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. Founder of Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia (1979) and Baltimore (2006), Orenstein also created the Columbia Center of Theatrical Arts, a variety of programs designed to educate through the arts. Orenstein is also a visiting professor at Catholic University, and producer and director for USO productions for U.S. troops.
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