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By Tim Weinfeld and Tim Weinfeld,Contributing theater critic | May 1, 1991
Everyone involved in "Two By Two" at The Havilah-Hayes Dinner Theatre is to be congratulated for producing a delightful evening of theater against enormous odds.The enormous odds, that is, posed by Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin, who provided the music, lyrics and book for this charming but shallow musical comedy.Originally successful in New York as a vehicle for Danny Kaye, the play tells the biblical story of Noah, his wife and family, the animals, the Flood and all the other details with a few newly invented ones to spice up the plot.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 17, 1997
The fundamental question about the Broadway revival of XTC "Annie" at the Mechanic Theatre is this: Is there a reason for a 20th anniversary revival of this musical?The qualified answer is: not necessarily.Basically there are two ways to revive a Broadway musical when it is still young enough that the original remains a potent memory for some of its audience. The first is to mount a pristine re-creation of the original. The second is to re-think it completely.Director Martin Charnin -- who also wrote the show's lyrics -- has tried to do a little of both and met with uneven success.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 17, 1997
The fundamental question about the Broadway revival of XTC "Annie" at the Mechanic Theatre is this: Is there a reason for a 20th anniversary revival of this musical?The qualified answer is: not necessarily.Basically there are two ways to revive a Broadway musical when it is still young enough that the original remains a potent memory for some of its audience. The first is to mount a pristine re-creation of the original. The second is to re-think it completely.Director Martin Charnin -- who also wrote the show's lyrics -- has tried to do a little of both and met with uneven success.
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By Tim Weinfeld and Tim Weinfeld,Contributing theater critic | May 1, 1991
Everyone involved in "Two By Two" at The Havilah-Hayes Dinner Theatre is to be congratulated for producing a delightful evening of theater against enormous odds.The enormous odds, that is, posed by Richard Rodgers and Martin Charnin, who provided the music, lyrics and book for this charming but shallow musical comedy.Originally successful in New York as a vehicle for Danny Kaye, the play tells the biblical story of Noah, his wife and family, the animals, the Flood and all the other details with a few newly invented ones to spice up the plot.
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By New York Daily News | October 18, 1990
NEW YORK -- The tiny Kaufman Theater will soon host the play version of a landmark movie about the coming-of-age sex lives of two men two decades ago -- "Carnal Knowledge" by Jules Feiffer (who had originally written it as a play). Its stars, this time around, are Judd Nelson, Jon Cryer, Justine Bateman and Janine Turner (in roles played by Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Candice Bergen and Ann-Margret).The director is Martin Charnin. "Knowledge" is due to open Nov. 15.)Charnin, asked why the show was in such a small theater, said, "This is a close-up play; it's an experience that has to be seen as though you were eavesdropping on people's lives.
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By Mary Johnson and By Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 11, 2000
"Annie," the 1977 musical that brought new life to the comic-strip orphan, was off to a resounding start at its opening Friday with a lively overture featuring Chesapeake Music Hall music director-pianist Anita O'Connor accompanied by trumpets, trombones, violins, tuba and drums. A team effort of Broadway's Thomas Meaghan, lyricist-director Martin Charnin and composer Charles Strouse, the show might well be O'Connor's best work at the Music Hall to date. A New York City orphanage early in Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration is the setting for "Annie," the tale of a spunky optimist who shares "a hard-knock life" with her fellow orphans.
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September 11, 1998
Little Orphan Annie comes to life tomorrow as September Song opens its 25th season of community theater with "Annie," the Broadway play based on the popular comic strip."
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By GENA R. CHATTIN | March 15, 2007
THEATER O'NEILL'S COMEDY Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! combines youthful idealism, a broken heart and a dash of alcohol to produce something rare for O'Neill: a comedy. It opens tomorrow at Center Stage. The play, which O'Neill said came to him in a dream, features Richard Miller, a 16-year-old with a head full of Shaw, Oscar Wilde and Omar Khayyam. A break-up with girlfriend Muriel on the Fourth of July drives Richard to drinking, leaving his family to contend with their hapless (and hung-over)
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 15, 1998
"IT WAS EASIER for Noah. He didn't have to build the animals, too," said Jonathan Dunski, a biology teacher at North Carroll High School.Dunski is directing the student production of "Two by Two," the Broadway musical comedy about Noah and the ark.Like Noah, Dunski is racing against the clock. Nine pairs of endangered animal species have taken shape as human-sized puppets. Two weeks are left to finish the enormous ark that engulfs the high school stage.Nick Deiss has his first main role. He plays a sincere and likable Noah.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 14, 2000
On the Anne Arundel theater scene, there are precious few leading male roles that have not been played by David Reynolds over the past decade. From his base of operations as an actor-in-residence at Chesapeake Music Hall, and in other area venues, Reynolds, with his rubber face, charisma and tangy baritone voice, put his stamp on characters such as the wise, earthy Tevye the Dairyman in "Fiddler on the Roof," imperious John Dickinson of Pennsylvania in...
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 4, 2003
A strong sense of the Depression era lends 2nd Star's current production of Annie an element of reality appropriate to the 1977 musical based on Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Annie's spunk, optimism and innocence are set against a backdrop of Depression realism, made even bleaker by Annie's environment at the Municipal Orphanage on New York's Lower East Side. The 11-year-old orphan dreams of her parents' return, escapes from and is returned to the orphanage, where the secretary of billionaire Oliver Warbucks chooses her to spend Christmas at the Warbucks mansion.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 4, 2000
Our favorite optimistic orphan, "Annie," will brighten Chesapeake Music Hall's stage starting this Friday and continuing at the Annapolis dinner theater through June 25. Adapting Harold Gray's comic strip character to the musical stage was the idea of lyricist-director Martin Charnin, who convinced playwright Thomas Meehan and composer Charles Strouse to join him in the venture. The trio later added Mike Nichols, who after seeing the Connecticut tryout, offered to produce the show on Broadway.
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