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Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage
Between Dominion Dr. and Old Vic Blvd. 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. Olney, MD 20832
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8 reviews
8 stars
attended Jun 19 2010

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

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6 reviews
3 stars
attended Jun 09 2010

While the acting was uniformly excellent, the script itself could have used some serious editing. The second act was too long, Darwin's angst was never ending and a number of elements could have been eliminated. However, the subject matter did...continued

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Abby Emanuel
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2 reviews
4 stars
attended Jun 11 2010

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

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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Olney Theatre Center

Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. One of two state theaters of Maryland, OTC is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick “triangle,” within easy access of all three cities.

An award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre Center operates under an Actors’ Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract, one of only three theaters in the country to operate under such a contract.

In addition to its mainstage season, which emphasizes 20th-century American classics, new works, area premieres, reinterpretations of classics and musical theater, OTC offers a wide range of programs and affiliations including: National Players, America’s longest running classical touring company (since 1949), which performs for high school and college audiences in over 25 states; Potomac Theatre Project, which offers experimental and alternative plays that explore provocative and challenging human situations, ideas and visions; special school performances of mainstage shows; a free Summer Shakespeare Festival; and post-show discussions.