Author: Ellyn Wexler

Best Medicine Rep Brings ‘Play Date’ to Arts Barn Stage

Photo | Elizabeth Kemmerer Kira Burri and Evan Crump play six characters in “Play Date,” a serio-comic farce by playwright and Best Medicine Rep Theater founder John Morogiello. “Play Date” opens on the Arts Barn stage on Friday, Feb. 7.

Best Medicine Rep Theater’s “Play Date” is not what you might expect from its title. While the tots are indeed having fun, explained playwright and company founder John Morogiello, their parents’ lives are falling apart. “On the surface,” Morogiello continued,…

Gaithersburg READS! Launches With Homegrown Author’s New Novel

Photo | Submitted Look for “American Dirt,” written by Gaithersburg native Jeanine Cummins, when it comes out on Jan. 21.

The City of Gaithersburg’s new community-wide initiative, “Gaithersburg READS!”, will begin with a novel by a native daughter. The plan is for all participants to read “American Dirt,” due out Jan. 21, and for its author, Jeanine Cummins, to return…

The Constant Reader: Two Sequels Worth the Wait

Photo | Submitted Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

The authors of the two 2019 novels I consider here delayed producing sequels to their critically-acclaimed and commercially successful novels an unusually long time. “Olive, Again” is Elizabeth Strout’s follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel “Olive Kitteredge.” “The Big…

Sharon Cantrell Joins Planning Commission

Photo | Phil Fabrizio In mid-November, Kentlands resident Sharon Cantrell became alternate commissioner for the City of Gaithers- burg’s Planning Commission.

If you want something done, ask a busy person. Sharon Cantrell is one of those people. The longtime Kentlands resident, who has a degree in finance, insurance and business law from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, works full-time as…

New Book Tells Story of Hunt for Nazis Hiding in the U.S.

Photo | Submitted Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper's new book "Citizen 865" was published in November.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter dwells in our midst. Debbie Cenziper came to Montgomery County in 2007 upon taking a job with The Washington Post. Pulitzer already in hand for a series about affordable housing corruption that she wrote for…

New Dog on the Block: Dog Haus Biergarten to Open in Kentlands

Photo | Mac Kennedy Faizan and Adila Khan are bringing Dog Haus Biergarten to Kentlands Market Square.

Faizan Khan is bringing a bit of Southern California to Kentlands. Sadly, he cannot import the weather, but what he brings may be equally delicious. Dog Haus Biergarten—offering signature gourmet hot dogs plus handcrafted sausages, Black Angus beef burgers as…

Recommendations from a Constant Reader

Goodreads, the book review and recommendations website I use to record my reading, reported that during my journey in books for 2019 so far, I have read 11,971 pages across 34 books with an average rating of 3.9 (on a…

Kentlands Community Players’ Second Show Penned by Kentlands Playwright

Photo | Mac Kennedy (L to R) Kryss Lacovaro Curtis and Sheldon Reiffenstein rehearse "Shoulda Coulda Woulda," opening on the Arts Barn stage Nov. 22.

In choosing its second production, Kentlands Community Players (KCP) was true to its mission “to highlight the talent we have within our community,” said Meredith Fogle, the company’s founder. “Shoulda Coulda Woulda” (SWC), which will premiere on the Arts Barn…