News and Reviews

2008

"... Rachael Bail is standing the concept of 'til death do us part on its head. Her latest play "Thousands of Years -- Rome" at the Alden Theatre, staged by the McLean Drama Company... focuses on a pair of lovers who ... live their love again and again over two milleniums... The effect war has on love is explored repeatedly..."
The Washington Post Michael J. Toscano June 26, 2008

"The McLean Drama Company is celebrating its fifth anniversary .... performing its new play, "Thousands of Years -- Rome" at the Alden Theatre... Rachael Bail, founder of the Drama Company, and writer of the play found inspiration while on a trip to Rome. (She says she) "looked down over the Roman Forum and the play ... came to me."
McLean Connection Matthew Swift June 25, 2008

"Thousands of Years -- Rome" by McLean resident Rachael Bail (at the Alden Theatre) is a love story that follows a couple, Octavia and Mario, over the course of 2,000 years as they live, die and live again in various roles throughout history."
The Fairfax County Times Monty Tayloe June 25, 2008

2009

"The play ("Immoral Combat") overall is entertaining, with all its characters, plots and subplots, and especially for Washington audiences who love the media and the politics it covers."
DC THEATRE SCENE Marcia Kirtland July 13, 2009

"Journalist-turned playwright Rachael Bail departs from her .... tenure at....Voice of America to poke fun at media, politics and more in a McLean Drama company stage show ("Immoral Combat") that hit the Capital Fringe Festival.... As the plot of "Immoral Combat" unravels, the audience gets a behind-the-scenes look at the news business rarely witnessed by the lay consumer. "Immoral Combat" presents a work environment prone to chaos with broken printers, sexual discrimination and love affairs, to name only a few issues which intensify an already-hectic work atmosphere."
Falls Church News-Press Andrew Sailer July 1, 2009

Click here to read a review of 'Immoral Combat' from the George Towner.

2010

"As part of the Fringe Festival this month, Rachael Bail's "Florida Days" premiered at The Apothecary on July 10. The play, performed by the McLean Drama Company, follows the journey of Betty, a Southern girl living in Brooklyn, New York... The company showed potential, and will be a group to look forward to in future festivals."
The Georgetowner and Downtowner Jenna Dewitt July 14, 2010

"The newest original play by McLean Drama Company ("Florida Days") president has it all - comedy, drama, tragedy and a dysfunctional family to rival the craziest of kin.... Cast member Samuel Simon...plays the concertmaster, whom described as the 'most officious character in the play'. Simon said that 'most anybody' will enjoy the play. 'Anybody who enjoys theatre is going to have a good time seeing something that is new, original and timely.'"
McLean Connection Jessica Levine June 9-15, 2010

2011

Click here to read the June 2011 McLean Connection review of McLean Drama Company's 7th Anniversary performance (reprinted with permission)

2012

Click here to read the September 2012 McLean Connection review of the McLean Drama Company's Woolly Mammoth performance (reprinted with permission)

2013

Click here to read the feature article in Theatermania on the McLean Drama Company's National 10-Minute Play Contest 2013

Click here to read the article about the McLean Drama Company Company's 2013 Play Contest Festival at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Melton Rehearsal Hall

2014

Click here to read a Q & A with Rachel Bail from Newseum Newsletter

2015

Click here to read a Q and A with one of MDC 2015 10 Minute Play Contest winning playwrights, Shirley Samaniego.

Click here to read a Q and A with one of MDC 2015 10 Minute Play Contest winning playwrights, Ashley Amidon.