September 20–October 11
The Seven Year Itch
George Axelrod

January 9–31
Crime and Punishment in America
Cops by Terry Curtis Fox and
Hello Out There by William Saroyan

March 19-22
American Century's
Broadway Hit Parade

compiled by Jack Marshall,
Tom Fuller, and Jacqueline Manger

July 17–August 8
Twelve Angry Men
Reginald Rose


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20th century performing arts


REVIEWS

Visit to a Small Planet

…an uplifting show that’s refreshing and fun…
…In this well-rehearsed enactment, director Rip Claassen establishes his signature style with a flair for fast pacing and vaudevillian theatrics…
...Attention to detail captures the mood of the period down to authentic 1958 Life magazines on the coffee table. Technical backup is essential and an efficient techie team makes the theatrics work like a fantastic dream...
...Rauscher's boyish, fun-loving, spontaneous moment-to-moment portrayal creates edginess...
...Overall, the cast is a joy to watch as Rauscher develops a multi-dimensional Kreton…
…a tightly written, intellectually challenging treasure…
Highly recommended
- D.C. Theatre Scene


…From the moment he steps onstage in full Civil War regalia, Rauscher captivates the audience with his exuberance and a comedic timing reminiscent of a young Robin Williams in his early "Mork and Mindy" days…
…Helen Hayes award-winner John Tweel plays the commanding General Powers…
…A large contribution to the success of "Visit" is the flawless stage recreation of the era with sets designed by Noel Greer and costumes by Rosalie Ferris…
…"Visit" is one of Vidal's best-known works from the 1950s and TACT does a superb job of bringing the satirical and witty observations of middle-America to life. The brilliant acting by Rauscher and the rest of the cast in this final play of TACT's season is not to be missed….
- The Connection Newspapers


...[Visit to a Small Planet]… holds up very well today — as the current American Century Theater production demonstrates...
...Director Rip Claasen cultivates exaggeration. He does it well…and the result is satisfying...
...Rauscher finds the right comic hyperactive, ethically defective tone for Kreton...
...Visit to a Small Planet will be useful as long as people, American people in particular, keep throwing themselves into wars...
- Show Biz Radio


…wit and charm in the dialogue, simultaneously playing to both comedic aspects and plot development...
...American Century Theater succeeds artistically with its use of physical comedy and special effects...
...[The] stage set is amazing and historically accurate
Bruce Alan Rauscher…provides a strong performance with highest honors. John Tweel, who plays General Tom Powers portrays the perfect U.S. military officer counterpart...
- Maryland Theatre Guide


…Rauscher is wonderful as the alien mixing with the Speldings....Hollywood could not come up with a better actor to play the alien from space...
...John Tweel, another local favorite, plays General Tom Powers. He's a hoot!...
...Fun show!...
- Rich Massabny Reviews