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Olney Theatre Center
Based on 29 traveler reviews
250 Miles from Broadway and you would never know it
Dec 05, 2013 by: Gary M from Olney, Maryland
Nothing to dislike. If you like to see live performances. This is where you need to be. Great location, easy parking, and a real treat of an evening.
STOP BY AND WATCH A SHOW!
Nov 18, 2013 by: LolaGo1 from Washington DC, District of Columbia
My friend whose son is one of the leading actors in the musical, " The King and I" invited me plus other relatives and friends to go to this theater on November 16, 2013. This narrative includes my review of the Main Stage and the show, " The King and I". 1. The Main Stage: It is a small intimate stage composed of 2 areas, the Orchestra and the Mezzanine. Elevators and stairs are available for one's use to access the Mezzanine Area. ROWS are designated by alphabet letters while SEATS use either odd or even numbers. (For example, Row C, seats # 5 and # 7 are next to each other at the left side of the Mezzanine. Seat # 2, 4, and 6 are on the other side of the Mezzanine). About 20 of us (relatives and friends) were seated on the left side of the Mezzanine. It was perfect for us since the scenes where the actor we support take place at this area. We had a closer view of him and his partner during the show. 2. Sound System/Acoustics: Excellent for this small stage. 3. The King and I Musical: I'm impressed with the quality of the singing and acting of the actors/singers. The voice of the actress who played the role of " Tuptim" captivated me - strong and clear Soprano voice. I think that her voice is much better than that of the one who played the role of "Ana". 4. Costumes: The King has several changes of costumes, very colorful and deemed suited for a Siamese King. The same is true for those playing the roles of the King's wives and children. 5. My Favorite Scene: Act II, Scene 4, the Ballet. The costumes of the dancers are beautiful and colorful. The singing/chanting as well as the dancing/running were superbly performed. 6. Ticket Prices: We were able to get discounted tickets, courtesy of the above friend. Instead of paying $68 per person (regular ticket price), we only paid $35.00 each. 7. Parking: There is adequate parking both at the front and back of the Main Stage. We arrived early before the show started and thus did not have any problems finding a parking space. Parking is FREE. 8. Future Plans: We plan to watch more shows at the Olney Theater Center now that we have information about what other shows are available for the rest of 2013 and 2014.
We'll be back
Nov 07, 2013 by: Karitraveling from Annapolis, Maryland
We went to see Cinderella here this year and were very impressed. It's a bit of a haul to get to, and you do feel a little nickel-and-dimed by the time you leave with your overpriced photo of your kid with Cinderella (yeah, we're suckers!) and other various tchotchkes but overall, it's a great time. Kind of nice seeing something of this quality away from the city. Excellent costumes and set. I saw a show here years ago and it was top-notch as well. So the quality seems to be consistent from my limited experience with Olney. Almost a five-star review, but just not quite. I was slightly annoyed to pay full price only to get an email offer the next day saying that all remaining seats were half-price. Oops. But that was my mistake and can't be held against them. We'll definitely be going again though! (Though I might wait to see if the tickets go on sale again before buying mine.)
Oct 27, 2013 by: William M from Nashville, TN
Excellent Rep Theatre between Baltimore and DC. Very good restaurant across the street in a relatively rural setting.
Great plays for less than Broadway prices
Oct 25, 2013 by: Ghmagnus from Silver Spring, Maryland
The Olney theatre is a small local theatre that has been around since the 1940's. They have a new modern theatre, the old classic theatre and a small theatre in the semi round. They mix new plays with old classics and end each season with a family musical.
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