Venue Details

Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage
Between Dominion Dr. and Old Vic Blvd. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. Olney, MD 20832
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3.5 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from gvcoleman
26 events 9 reviews

I thought this play was quite good. Not great, but certainly better than some of the reviewers thought. I was interested in the subject matter bec. I had just seen a movie on TV about this same period in Darwin's life, and the perspective and...continued

reviewed Jul 04 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Shalom
21 events 8 reviews

This was a most interesting play for me because I knew a lot about the history of how Darwin was motivated to publish "Origin of the Species" in 1859, following receipt of a letter from Alfred Russell Wallace. In his letter, Wallace outlined the...continued

reviewed Jun 19 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Abby Emanuel
17 events 2 reviews

I felt the verbose script made for a sluggish play, during which one could hardly wait for the agony to end. The stunning discoveries made by Darwin, as well as the staggering resistance he anticipated to his revelation of them, never came to...continued

reviewed Jun 11 2010 report as inappropriate
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_Trumpery _

By Peter Parnell 

The year is 1858 and Charles Darwin struggles to finish his theory of natural selection while coping with his daughter’s fatal illness and his own loss of faith. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, an unknown young explorer named Wallace is about to come up with the exact same theory. Both vibrantly comic and deeply moving, this gripping drama examines whether scientific discovery inevitably routs religion and spirituality or whether there’s a place for all three. 

For those who love historically based dramas like Copenhagen and Democracy, this area premiere is not to be missed. 

The performance runs two hours and 10 minutes including a 15 minute intermission. No haze, smoke or strobe lighting is used and there is minimal stage combat.

Comedian Jimmy Carr Louis Vierne's <em>Solemn Mass</em> Cherry Blossom/Springtime Harbor Cruise <em>The Fillmore Flashback</em> <em>The Sweet Spot DC</em> <em>Fun Home</em>