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By Gwendolyn Glenn | November 21, 2013
Venus Theatre's latest production, the premiere of "731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn or Emily Dickinson's Sister," starts with a dramatic ending and goes backward and forward in time, opening with gunshots and a young man's dead body sprawled on the stage. The opening left the theater tensely silent as the audience seemed to lean toward the stage in anticipation of where the story would go. They had to wait, a bit long at times, as the plot progressed while four actors changed into different costumes behind stage, and those playing ensemble roles changed the staging to music with a funky beat.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | May 22, 2014
Intense, dark and brutally thought-provoking is how C Street's Venus Theatre's newest production, Light of Night, can be described. Although written four years ago, the gripping but yet sensitive and hopeful play by New York playwright Cecilia Copeland reflects events in the news today. In watching Light of Night, it had the feeling of an episode of the CBS hit series "Criminal Minds. " The play has all of the elements. There is a crime committed and the minds of the perpetrator and victim are delved into to the point of being a bit uncomfortable at times.
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September 5, 2013
Venus Theatre launches a new season with the world premiere of "Gift of Forgotten Tongues" by Fengar Gael, Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m., at 2 C St. In this play, Gael features lab generated mutagens, Claude and Celia, who were victims of terrible fate. They volunteer and are chosen for a study conducted by Dr. Weaver, a scientist studying and trying to recover lost language. Performances continue through September, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., except for Sunday.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | November 21, 2013
Venus Theatre's latest production, the premiere of "731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn or Emily Dickinson's Sister," starts with a dramatic ending and goes backward and forward in time, opening with gunshots and a young man's dead body sprawled on the stage. The opening left the theater tensely silent as the audience seemed to lean toward the stage in anticipation of where the story would go. They had to wait, a bit long at times, as the plot progressed while four actors changed into different costumes behind stage, and those playing ensemble roles changed the staging to music with a funky beat.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | March 5, 2013
Murder, perfectionism, family stress and sometimes— in the midst of it all — triumph over struggles, are what Venus Theatre's productions are made of for the upcoming 2013 season. After going through mounds of scripts, Venus Theatre founder Deb Randall unveiled her picks this month for a season she's dubbed Lucky 13. "I'm calling it that because I started Venus in 2000 and I'm looking forward to a great season," said Randall, whose productions highlight women's issues and showcase female playwrights.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | June 14, 2013
If you thought your family was dysfunctional, wait until you meet the Pecks in Venus Theatre's new production, "Grieving for Genevieve. " Set in a working-class neighborhood in Baltimore, the play revolves around three sisters and their mother, who come together for the middle sister's wedding. The bride-to-be, Delilah, is getting married for the third time. Played by Ty Hallmark, who studied at the Studio Theatre in Washington and the Globe Theatre in London, Delilah is not your girl next door.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | May 22, 2014
Intense, dark and brutally thought-provoking is how C Street's Venus Theatre's newest production, Light of Night, can be described. Although written four years ago, the gripping but yet sensitive and hopeful play by New York playwright Cecilia Copeland reflects events in the news today. In watching Light of Night, it had the feeling of an episode of the CBS hit series "Criminal Minds. " The play has all of the elements. There is a crime committed and the minds of the perpetrator and victim are delved into to the point of being a bit uncomfortable at times.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | December 14, 2012
"Claudie Hukill," on stage at Venus Theatre on C Street through Dec. 23, is a play about a poor family, struggling to survive hard economic times and personal tragedies in a West Virginia mining town. Set in 1972, the play is filled with generational, environmental, social, moral and class conflicts, centered around the main character and the play's namesake, Claudie Hukill. Although Claudie, a coal miner and town hero, is never seen, his presence is felt throughout the play as the drama surrounding his disappearance unfolds and escalates to a powerful ending.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | September 11, 2013
If you like sci-fi mixed in with surreal choreography and a complicated father-daughter relationship, you're going to love "Gift of Forgotten Tongues," on stage at Venus Theatre on C Street through Sept. 28. Written by New York-based playwright Fengar Gael, the futuristic play is sometimes fast-paced and sometimes not, with the characters skillfully pulling the audience into their troubled lives. The play takes place in the lab of Dr. Weaver, a geneticist who wants to someday win a Nobel Prize and is hoping an ethically questionable experiment will make it happen.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | September 26, 2013
A lot of changes are in store for Laurel's Riverfest festival this year, with a larger lineup of vendors, more entertainment and a pirate's theme. Normally held on Saturday, this is the second year that the festival is scheduled for a Sunday. The Sept. 29 event runs from noon until 5 p.m. along Riverfront Park and the Patuxent River. Riverfest organizers are hoping this year's additions will result in a larger turnout and are praying that, unlike the last several years, they will be blessed with a sunny day. "My biggest concern is the weather," said Michelle Arsenault, the event's chairwoman and a Laurel Board of Trade director.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | September 26, 2013
A lot of changes are in store for Laurel's Riverfest festival this year, with a larger lineup of vendors, more entertainment and a pirate's theme. Normally held on Saturday, this is the second year that the festival is scheduled for a Sunday. The Sept. 29 event runs from noon until 5 p.m. along Riverfront Park and the Patuxent River. Riverfest organizers are hoping this year's additions will result in a larger turnout and are praying that, unlike the last several years, they will be blessed with a sunny day. "My biggest concern is the weather," said Michelle Arsenault, the event's chairwoman and a Laurel Board of Trade director.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | September 11, 2013
If you like sci-fi mixed in with surreal choreography and a complicated father-daughter relationship, you're going to love "Gift of Forgotten Tongues," on stage at Venus Theatre on C Street through Sept. 28. Written by New York-based playwright Fengar Gael, the futuristic play is sometimes fast-paced and sometimes not, with the characters skillfully pulling the audience into their troubled lives. The play takes place in the lab of Dr. Weaver, a geneticist who wants to someday win a Nobel Prize and is hoping an ethically questionable experiment will make it happen.
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September 5, 2013
Venus Theatre launches a new season with the world premiere of "Gift of Forgotten Tongues" by Fengar Gael, Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m., at 2 C St. In this play, Gael features lab generated mutagens, Claude and Celia, who were victims of terrible fate. They volunteer and are chosen for a study conducted by Dr. Weaver, a scientist studying and trying to recover lost language. Performances continue through September, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., except for Sunday.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | June 14, 2013
If you thought your family was dysfunctional, wait until you meet the Pecks in Venus Theatre's new production, "Grieving for Genevieve. " Set in a working-class neighborhood in Baltimore, the play revolves around three sisters and their mother, who come together for the middle sister's wedding. The bride-to-be, Delilah, is getting married for the third time. Played by Ty Hallmark, who studied at the Studio Theatre in Washington and the Globe Theatre in London, Delilah is not your girl next door.
EXPLORE
By Gwendolyn Glenn | March 5, 2013
Murder, perfectionism, family stress and sometimes— in the midst of it all — triumph over struggles, are what Venus Theatre's productions are made of for the upcoming 2013 season. After going through mounds of scripts, Venus Theatre founder Deb Randall unveiled her picks this month for a season she's dubbed Lucky 13. "I'm calling it that because I started Venus in 2000 and I'm looking forward to a great season," said Randall, whose productions highlight women's issues and showcase female playwrights.
EXPLORE
By Gwendolyn Glenn | December 14, 2012
"Claudie Hukill," on stage at Venus Theatre on C Street through Dec. 23, is a play about a poor family, struggling to survive hard economic times and personal tragedies in a West Virginia mining town. Set in 1972, the play is filled with generational, environmental, social, moral and class conflicts, centered around the main character and the play's namesake, Claudie Hukill. Although Claudie, a coal miner and town hero, is never seen, his presence is felt throughout the play as the drama surrounding his disappearance unfolds and escalates to a powerful ending.
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September 1, 2011
Venus Theatre, 21 C St., presents the world premiere of "The Stenographer" on Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. Written by Zoe Mavroudi, of Athens, Greece, and directed by Venus Theatre founder Deborah Randall, the drama, set in a suburban house in a college town near New York, presents an internal storm where integrity clashes with philosophical rationalizations, alcohol and literary analysis. Play runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through September.
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October 22, 2011
Take a haunted tour guided by 'Norman Bates' at Hitchcock after Dark , Saturday, Oct. 22, 8-10 p.m., Riverfront Park at end of Avondale Street. This fundraiser is presented by Venus Theatre, 21 C St. Tours also available Saturday, Oct. 29. Two nights only with four tours, half mile each, one starting at 8 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. each of the Saturdays. Enjoy s'mores, fall beverages, Hitchy costume contest and outdoor move, "The Birds!" Best Hitchcock costume wins door prize. Wear comfortable shoes and bring flashlight and movie watching blanket.
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By Gwendolyn Glenn | October 8, 2012
Venus Theatre owner Deb Randall has done it again with another insightful and entertaining production, "Devil Dog Six," that she not only directs and produces but stars in as well. Randall and five other actors play numerous roles in the show, from trainers and jockeys to horses that neigh, stomp and race around a circular platform in high-stakes races played out on stage. The play, which runs through Oct. 28 at the C Street theater, takes the audience on a dramatic journey, where the supernatural, a bit of mystery and themes of racism, sexism and gambling addiction come to life in often-times explosive ways.
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October 22, 2011
Take a haunted tour guided by 'Norman Bates' at Hitchcock after Dark , Saturday, Oct. 22, 8-10 p.m., Riverfront Park at end of Avondale Street. This fundraiser is presented by Venus Theatre, 21 C St. Tours also available Saturday, Oct. 29. Two nights only with four tours, half mile each, one starting at 8 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. each of the Saturdays. Enjoy s'mores, fall beverages, Hitchy costume contest and outdoor move, "The Birds!" Best Hitchcock costume wins door prize. Wear comfortable shoes and bring flashlight and movie watching blanket.
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