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Silver Spring Stage Communicating Doors

By • Apr 16th, 2008 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Silver Spring Stage’s production of Communicating Doors [MP3 4:23 2.0MB].

Communicating Doors
Silver Spring Stage
Theater at Woodmoor Shopping Center, Silver Spring, MD
$18/$15 Seniors and Students (Fri-Sat)
$15/$13 Seniors and Students (Sun)
Through May 4th

Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of Communicating Doors, performed by Silver Spring Stage in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mike and I saw the performance on Saturday evening April 12, 2008.

Mike: This was a very good production. I had a good time watching this show. I like science fiction, and just a few weeks ago I was thinking that there was not a lot of science fiction involved in the shows we see. While this was not necessarily a heavy science fiction show, the little bit it had you accepted and it worked well into the plot.

Laura: I really liked the twists and turns in this show. I thought the acting was great. The comedy was really funny and the way the three women and the other actors all related to each other I thought was very strong and made for an enjoyable performance.

Mike: Communicating Doors is a play by Alan Ayckbourn. It’s a time traveling comic thriller. A London sex specialist from the future stumbles into a murder plot that sends her, via a unique set of hotel room doors, traveling back in time. She and two women who were murdered in 1978 and 1998 race back and forth in time to rewrite history and prevent their own violent ends. A frantic race begins when Poopay is hired for an evening at the Regal Hotel by an old man, who confesses his role in the demise of his wives. Now a target, Poopay flees and somehow triggers the time machine.

Laura: Poopay was played by Rachel Demma. Her official working title was as a dominatrix. She came on the scene ready to have an evening with the older gentleman and then realized that things were not quite right. She was really good, with great facial expressions and her trying to figure out what was going on with this door that would send her someplace else every time she would go through it.

Mike: I really like that she had to draw some inner strength that she was not aware she had. Her conversation with Ruella (played by Toni Carmine) really gave her a lot to work with. They had very deep conversations. Poopay was not sure how open she should be because in her previous life in 2018 she did not have much to share with people. She was very isolated even though she was with people. Ruella really brought out the best in her. I like their relationship and the spark that the two of them had.

Laura: And then Jessica, the wife in 1978, was played by Rachel Duda. She also gave a very convincing performance. She interacted well with the other two women, Poopay and Ruella. They showed camaraderie, even though Jessica was probably the most skeptical of the three. She came around and gave a really good performance.

Mike: The entire show took place in a hotel room at a very upscale hotel in London. The term communicating doors is a British term that refers to adjoining hotel rooms. The doors in this hotel room were very special. I liked the special effects with the lights that happened when the door was being used. I also looked the set itself. It was very simple. There were a few running gags that worked out very nicely and were not over done. The set was designed by Keith Brown and the lighting was designed by Chris Curtis.

Laura: This was also a very physical show with lots of action, especially by Julian (played by James Raby) towards the the other women. They did have some special combat choreography done by Judd Dickson. It was very convincing and maybe a bit painful.

Mike: Communicating Doors is playing through May 4th. it is playing on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm. Sunday the 20th at 2 pm and May 4th at 2 pm at the WoodMoor Shopping center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The show ran two and a half hours with one intermission.

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Mike: And now, on with the show.


  • Poopay: Rachel Demma
  • Julian: James Raby
  • Reece: Peter Nigra
  • Ruella: Toni Carmine
  • Harold: Eric Burgan
  • Jessica: Rachel Duda


  • Producers: Celeste MacMillan, Michael Kharfen
  • Director: Lenora S. Dernoga
  • Assistant Director: Marcia Kolko
  • Stage Manager: Meaghan Callahan
  • Technical Director: Don Slater
  • Set Designer: Keith Brown
  • Master Carpenter: Rich Koster & Patrick Ready
  • Assisted by: Linda Bartash, Mary Dalto, John Decker, John Dough, Clare Flood, Michael Gilmore, Michael Kharfen, Richard Ley, Peter Nigra, Jerry Schuchman, Mary Seng, Tom Smith, Bob Thompson
  • Artistic Design: Linda Bartash
  • Set Painting: Clare Flood
  • Assisted by: Linda Bartash, Mary Dalto, Lenora Dernoga, Celeste MacMillan, James Raby, Cecil Thompson
  • Lighting Designer: Chris Curtis
  • Sound Designer: Kevin Garrett
  • Costume Designer: Sarah Kendrick
  • Assisted by: Millie Ferrara
  • Combat Choreographer: Judd Dickson
  • Properties & Set Dressing: Linda Bartash, Mary Dalto
  • Assisted by: Mary Dalto
  • Makeup & Hair Design: The Cast
  • Dialect Coach: Pauline Griller-Mitchell
  • Light & Sound Operators: Chris Curtis, Kevin Garrett, Mark Hamberger, Eric Scerbo
  • Photographer: Neil Edgell, Jr.
  • Program: Leta Hall
  • Program Cover Design: Barry Jacobs
  • Subscription Brochure: Audrey Cefaly
  • Artistic Liaison: Pauline Griller-Mitchell
  • Opening Night Reception: Michael Kharfen
  • Hospitality Coordinator: Julie Wolz
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