May 5, 2005
Return of `A Tenor' When Lend Me a Tenor -- a comedy about a provincial opera company that imports a world-class Italian star -- begins performances at Olney Theatre Center on Tuesday, the production will be a homecoming in several respects. Olney first staged Ken Ludwig's opera-themed farce in 1993. That production set a box-office record (not broken until 2002), and its director, John Going, is repeating his duties. Cast members Halo Wines and Valerie Leonard are also returning to the show, and designer James Kronzer is re-creating his stunning art deco set. In addition, Ludwig is a Washington resident, so the show is almost on his home turf.
April 20, 2005
On Monday, April 18, 2005, MARJORIE B., at her residence in Silver Spring, MD. Beloved wife of the late William L. Katzenberger. She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Ann King; and four sons, James Winfield, Mark Giffin, William L. Jr., Donald Charles; seven grandchildren and a host of friends. Family will receive friends at Muriel H. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville, MD on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 5 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter's Church, 2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2005 with a private internment to follow.
February 27, 2005
On February 24, 2005, ESTHER K.beloved wife of the late Willis G. Olney, devoted mother of Glenn, Alan and Amy Olney, dear sister of August Kulick. Loving grandmother of Summer Olney Friends may call at THE JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 8521 Loch Raven Blvd., (Beltway Exit 29B), on Sunday 6 to 9 P.M. where family and friends are invited attend funeral services Monday 10 A.M. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in her memory to The Oak Crest Village Benevolent Fund, 8820 Walther Blvd.
November 26, 2004
Unlike a carousel, which revolves repeatedly in place, one of the messages of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1945 musical, Carousel, is that what goes around doesn't necessarily have to come around. Bad patterns can be broken. This gratifying realization is one of several rewarding aspects of Olney Theatre Center's lilting but thoughtful, solid production. Over the years, the musicals of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II have gained an undeserved reputation for sugariness. The 1956 Shirley Jones-Gordon MacRae movie version of Carousel helped reinforce this reputation.
November 20, 2004
On Friday, November 19, 2004, GLADYS NAYLOR SMELTZER beloved wife of Richard Lee Smeltzer, devoted mother of Carter Scott Dowlin and his wife Bonnie and Amy Lee Olney and her husband Alan Olney, loving sister of Virginia Hoshall, Edith Jones and Dolores Wright, cherished grandmother of Kristen Raymon, Lauren Dowlin and Summer Lee Olney. Friends may call at family owned Henry W. Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home, 16924 York Road (Hereford/Monkton) on Sunday from 5 to 8 P.M. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, November 22 at 2 P.M. Interment to follow at Hereford United Methodist Cemetery on Hereford Road.
September 30, 2004
Native Baltimorean Paul DeBoy hasn't done a lot of acting in his hometown in recent years, but suddenly area audiences can see a lot of him -- all of him, in fact, since he's one of the few actors who appears in the nude in John Waters' new movie, A Dirty Shame. In the movie, DeBoy and actress Susan Allenbach play husband and wife swingers. It was DeBoy's first Waters movie, as well as his first on-screen nude scene. What surprised him most about Waters, he says, was that "he's so shy. We finished doing the nude scene, which both Susan and I were angsting about, and [Waters]
August 25, 2004
Carole L. Miller, a retired hospital laboratory technician and former Olney resident, died of complications from a lung transplant Aug. 18 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. She was 60. Born and raised in Baltimore, the former Carole Lee Eichelberger attended city public schools and later earned her General Education Development diploma. In 1963, she married Michael A. Miller, now a retired accountant. A resident of Olney for 27 years, Mrs. Miller worked during the 1980s as a laboratory technician at Montgomery General Hospital there.
July 29, 2004
Just in time for the Democratic National Convention, this year's Potomac Theatre Festival delivers a fascinating, if cynical, look at the specific mechanisms by which power corrupts. Each summer, the festival - which runs through Aug. 8 - stages shows with political messages, when theater pickings traditionally are slim. This year's slate explores a conundrum seemingly foisted upon our leaders: They can be ethical or they can be effective, but not both. Is it any wonder that under this system, personal morality can seem a costly indulgence, even the height of selfishness?