Rockville Little Theatre will present the musical comedyMurders of 1940, written by John Bishop & directed by Michael Abendshein, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10. The story is about what happens when a creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop assemble for a backer's audition for a new musical on a suburban estate.” There are confusing murders and knotty plots to unravel in the comedic thriller. The play “spoofs the great murder mystery movies of the 1940s, leaving audience to wonder, whodunit?”
The Parilla Performing Arts Center College Series will present Jeffrey Hatcher's Compleat Female Stage Beauty, February 20-24. The setting is 1661, when only men were permitted to act in female roles on the London stage, and the most famous portrayer of female roles was a man named Ned Kynaston. Ned was famous for his interpretations of Shakespeare’s tragic ladies, especially his Desdemona. But his career was turned upside-down when King Charles II changes the law to allow women to act, and he found himself working in a bawdy tavern. The presenter notes that the play “contains mature themes and/or language that some patrons may find objectionable.”
Rorschach Theatre will present Reykjavik, written by Steve Yockey and directed by Rick Hammerly, February 8-March 3 in the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre.The play is about a man who visits Reykjavík for the Northern Lights, but instead “he ventures into the 24-hour dark of the Icelandic winter and finds himself entangled with dangerous strangers, suspicious lovers, malevolent birds and the mysterious Huldufólk.”
Playwright Steve Yockey has been called “a genre-bending master of suspense, who takes us to the end of the Earth to experience a dark, sometimes supernatural world populated with characters who defy expectations at every turn.” The presenter notes that “Reykjavík may not be appropriate for children under 18. Parental discretion is advised.