Curtain opens in Tri-State on new theater season

October 05, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

It's been a season of new beginnings and new ideas at regional stages.

Many theaters throughout the Tri-state region have started their fall seasons and are wrapping up show runs. At least one theater is starting off under new direction.

The Herald-Mail has rounded up a list what to expect from playhouses this fall.

Washington County Playhouse & Dinner Theatre in downtown Hagerstown continues its run of "Godspell" through Friday, Oct. 30.

"Godspell" is the first play under new ownership of longtime Playhouse actors Jeff Paul Czerbinski and Loretta Czerbinski. Their son, 31-year-old Jeff Perry Czerbinski, is cast in "Godspell." The Czerbinskis bought the theater in August from the mother-daughter team of Dixie Odermatt and Kelly Jenkins-Moreland.

Czerbinski said the Playhouse version of "Godspell" has been tweaked. It's set in the break room of a manufacturing company instead of a playground. He said other aspects of the original -- like clown faces on the apostles or Christ's Superman costume -- have been nixed partly because people might find these disrespectful.


In downtown Frederick, Md., the Maryland Ensemble Theatre prepares for its final performance of "Dusty and the Big Bad World," which wraps up Saturday, Oct. 10.

"Dusty" is a modern political satire centered around "the kid with two daddies," said Tad Janes, producing artistic director of the black-box theater. The show is based on the playwright's real-life experience writing for a PBS kid's show, "Postcards from Buster."

Janes said people who walk into the theater with opposing views on homosexuality or the extent to which religion ought play a role in government, end up empathizing with a character they might not otherwise embrace.

"In a perfect world, art is going to make us see ... things we aren't accustomed to seeing," Janes said.

Here's a list of shows on stage in October.

Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater,
44 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown

"Godspell." 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30, with a 1 p.m. Sunday matinee Oct. 11, and 6 p.m. Thursday shows Oct. 15 and 29.

Contact: or call 301-739-7469

Maryland Ensemble Theatre,
31 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick, Md.

"Dusty and the Big Bad World." 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 10, with 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday shows Oct. 4.

Contact: or call 301-694-4744

Full Circle Theater Company,
113 S. Princess St., downtown Shepherdstown, W.Va.

"The Turn of the Screw." Opens 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25. Friday and Saturday shows 8 p.m.; Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m.

Contact: or call 304-268-7798.

Apollo Civic Theatre,
128 E. Martin St., downtown Martinsburg, W.Va.

"Apollo Civic Haunted Theatre." Opens Saturday Oct. 17, and continues Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m.

Contact: or call 304-263-6766

The Potomac Playmakers,
58 E. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown

"The Lottery" and "The Summer People." 8 p.m. Friday Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24.

Contact: or call 301-797-8182

Old Opera House,
204 N. George St., downtown Charles Town, W.Va.

"Doubt: A Parable." Opens 8 p.m. Friday Oct. 23. Continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Sunday, Nov. 1. Friday and Saturday shows, 8 p.m. Sunday shows, 2:30 p.m.

Contact: or call 304-725-4420

Chambersburg Community Theatre,
159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

"Rehearsal for Murder." Opens Friday Nov. 6. Continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 15, with a Thursday, Nov. 12 show.

Contact: or call 717-263-3900

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