Editors' pick

Olney Theatre Center

9/5

Help! My Father's a Writer and My Mother's an Actress!

Associate Artistic Director Jason King Jones and Hay Fever director Eleanor Holdridge discuss famous theater families.
9/4 - 9/27

Hay Fever

A family's weekend getaway in the countryside with some guests is fraught with misunderstandings. Best for age 12 and older.
10/2

A Marvelous Party: A Noel Coward Cabaret

Music by Coward is highlighted in this show.
10/3

New-Play Development Roundtable with Jeremy Cohen, Nan Barnett and Jason Loewith

The trio discuss how new plays are considered for production.
9/30 - 10/25

Bad Dog

In this new comedy, a family attempts an intervention after a woman drives her Prius through her house.
11/14

Guys And Dolls: Behind-the-scenes

The Associate Artistic Director of Music Theatre, director and choreographer discuss the process of getting the show on stage.
11/11 - 12/27

Guys and Dolls

The musical comedy delves into the world of gangsters and gambling. Best for age 7 and older.
2/10/16 - 3/6/16

Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical

Bizet's opera about star-crossed lovers is re-imagined as a jazz musical set in 1958 Cuba.
3/10/16 - 4/10/16

Marjorie Prime

Jordan Harrison's comedy tells the story of an 85-year-old widow living out her life with a hologram of her husband.
4/6/16 - 5/1/16

Dial 'M' For Murder

Alfred Hitchcock's thriller about a murder gone wrong is staged.
5/12/16 - 6/12/16

Bakersfield Mist

A woman going through a rocky point in her life stumbles upon a possible lost Jackson Pollock.
6/23/16 - 7/24/16

Evita

The life of Argentina's first lady is explored in this musical.
7/14/16 - 8/21/16

Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan's comedy operetta about a pirates is staged.
7/14/16 - 8/21/16

The Mikado

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera is staged.
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Editorial Review

Olney Theatre Center

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009

The town of Olney isn't quite as rural as it was when the 14-acre complex was established 71 years ago, but the theater still has the most relaxed, bucolic energy of any local stage. With four performance spaces of varying sizes (one outdoor stage, a barnlike historic hall, a state-of-the-art contemporary house and a small black box), the theater doesn't have a single niche. This variety allows artistic director Jim Petosa to ask himself, with every production, "Do I want to play this on a pipe organ, or do I want to play this on a flute?"

Where to eat? Just across the street from the theater, the venerable Olney Ale House (301-774-6708; http://www.olneyalehouse.com) is an area tradition. A short drive away, you'll find great Belgian food at Mannequin Pis (301-570-4800; http://www.mannequinpis.com) and medium-priced Italian at Ricciuti's (301-570-3388; http://www.ricciutis.com).

Concession-stand fare: Limited: sweet and savory snacks; nonalcoholic drinks.

Tickets: $26 to $49.

Getting there: Olney is best accessed by car and has free on-site parking.

Season spotlight: Coming on the heels of the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his "On the Origin of Species," the area premiere of "Trumpery" (June 9-July 4) recounts the naturalist's struggle with a rival scientist and his own doubts.