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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Elephant in the Room’ at The Keegan Theatre by Max Garner

Those who were fortunate enough to catch Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ Queens Girl trilogy in recent years will find familiar terrain in Priyanka Shetty’s “The Elephant in the Room.” Mak…

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Monday, May 27, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Love/Sick’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Max Garner

Described by its publisher as an unromantic comedy and darker cousin of “Almost, Maine,” John Cariani’s “Love/Sick” premiered as a collection of nine short plays sharing themes tha…

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf’ at ArtsCentric by Max Garner

Many of us would like to think that when Ntozake Shange’s first play premiered Off-Broadway, the world was a vastly different place than it is now. Surely, the intervening years have produ…

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Miss Holmes’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Max Garner

Agatha Christie’s considerable contributions notwithstanding, it is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who is credited with inventing the modern detective procedural. Three years before Christie’s b…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Gem of the Ocean’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

When the Baltimore August Wilson Celebration was announced last week, the project was already off to a head-start. Arena Players had already planned “Gem of the Ocean” for their 70th sea…

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘alight, sweet hearted’ at Strand Theater Company by Max Garner

In the familiar Grimms’ Fairy Tale version of the Hansel and Gretel story, a young brother and sister are left to starve in a forest, their father forced by a wicked stepmother to sacrific…

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Mexodus’ at Center Stage by Max Garner

Many theater companies like to talk about “challenging” their audiences or delivering “art with a message,” perhaps as an apology for forcing us to eat our proverbial vegetables. Som…

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Outward Bound’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Max Garner

Jane E. Nitsch and Sam David. Photo by Machpe Protography. In “Guys and Dolls,” the character Nicely-Nicely experiences a rebirth of spirituality, scared straight by a dream which taught…

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Think Pink! A Gay Play Festival’ presented by Pink Pen Theatre at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by Max Garner

For many years the short play form has been a well-respected point of entry into writing for the stage. In the late 20th century, The Humana Festival popularized a sub-genre: the ten-minute …

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Boundary: A Life and Death Experience’ by Submersive Productions by Max Garner

If you had the ability and the means to customize your afterlife experience, would you do it? Baltimore’s Submersive Productions’ latest project casts its audience in the role of marketi…

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Sunday, August 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Lyra and the Ferocious Beast’ by Truepenny Projects at The Voxel by Max Garner

The season of summer blockbusters is upon us. Movie theaters everywhere are filled with big stories, employing big casts, and consuming big budgets. It’s enough to give one a sense of scre…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Code Switch’ by Sisters Freehold at Baltimore Theatre Project by Max Garner

American linguist Einar Haugen coined the term “code-switching” in 1954, to describe “the mixing of languages or dialects across different ethnic or racial demographics.” A later wor…

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Sunday, July 16, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘What Was Done’ by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival at Spotlighters Theatre by Max Garner

Maryland’s last historically recognized lynching happened on October 18, 1933. Playwright Jack L.B. Gohn used the date (but none of the other details) of George Armwood’s brutal torture …

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Nina’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

In 1946, 13-year-old Eunice Waymon made her piano concert debut. Her parents were forced to vacate their front row seats in the segregated venue. Eight years later, she found herself gigging…

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Sunday, May 21, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ at Vagabond Players by Max Garner

“Cool Hand Luke” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” are both high on any list of classic films of the modern period. They’re the same kind of hero/martyr story, centered on on…

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Friday, May 19, 2023

‘A Quick 5’ with Playwrights of the 2023 Variations Project presented by Rapid Lemon Productions by Max Garner

From established stage authors to wannabe first-timers, playwrights from all over the region are drawn each year to create a unique ten-minute play festival called The Variations Project. Fo…

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Lady Was a Gentleman’ at Strand Theater by Max Garner

Barbara Kahn’s screwball comedy, “The Lady Was a Gentleman,” is a hilarious mélange of six disparate women in 1858 St. Louis. Charlotte Cushman (Julia Williams), a famous actor, is on…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Sizwe Banzi is Dead’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

In October, 1972, a new play made its world premiere in Cape Town, South Africa. Published under the title “Sizwe Bansi [sic] is Dead,” the piece was devised by Athol Fugard, John Kani, …

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘King Henry VIII, or, All Is True’ by Baltimore Shakespeare Factory at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by Max Garner

“Henry VIII” is one of Shakespeare’s less frequently produced plays. It actually isn’t Shakespeare’s alone, rather, it was a collaboration with John Fletcher. Here is a fun fact (t…

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Theatre Review: ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Max Garner

In the 1980s and ‘90s, Christopher Durang was at the peak of his popularity. He’d arrived at precisely the right time, when the world of American stage comedy desperately needed an heir …

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Sunday, April 16, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Nevermore’ by Stillpointe Theatre Collective at Area 405 by Max Garner

It is a chaotic time for several of Baltimore’s small theater companies. Stillpointe Theatre, Rapid Lemon Productions, and Baltimore Shakespeare Factory all lost their performance spaces a…

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Sunday, April 2, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘The Mountaintop’ at Vagabond Players by Max Garner

It’s late at night. There’s a thunderstorm. A man unlocks the door to a moldy motel room and steps inside. He hopes to get a little rest after a long day of travel and giving speeches. T…

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Monday, February 20, 2023

Theatre Review: ArtsCentric’s Production of ‘Crowns’ at Baltimore Center Stage by Max Garner

Through partnerships with Everyman, Olney, and Center Stage, Baltimore’s ArtsCentric is presenting its mainstage works in regional theaters all across the state. In fact, it’s been a min…

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Monday, February 13, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Stick Fly’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

Fresh on the heels of a four million dollar grant award, Baltimore’s Arena Players is in high spirits. Renovations are still two years away, though, and the company is currently focused on…

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘An Evening of May Miller’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Max Garner

“We create only from familiar elements, the possibilities of which are enhanced by imagination.”– May Miller, “The Creative Urge,” Journal of National Association of College Women …

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘[title of show]’ at Spotlighters by Max Garner

At one point in his six-minute curtain speech, Spotlighters’ Executive Director and Managing/Artistic Director, Fuzz Roark, gives a telling description of “[title of show].” “It’s …

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Broadway Bound’ at Vagabond Players by Max Garner

The career of Neil Simon nestles neatly between two periods of daring exploration. He followed Beckett and Ionesco, toiling away writing for television while they made a revolution. When his…

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Sunday, December 11, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ at Everyman Theatre by Max Garner

The holidays are a time when many of us entertain out-of-town guests. It serves as a wonderful opportunity to show off our area to them. Family and friends whose ideas of Baltimore come from…

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Max Garner

  There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the gloriesof Christmases long, long ago– Eddie Pola & George Wyle, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” There’s a pecul…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Macabaret’ at Stillpointe Theatre by Max Garner

For some of us, October is too short. Come Thanksgiving, we still crave the creepy and desire the demonic. Luckily, Stillpointe Theatre is serving up a frightening feast with all of the ghas…

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Max Garner

“Four white people can’t do a Thanksgiving play that doesn’t p*ss off the funders, or the parents, or the universe.” In a minefield, no movement is safe. When movement is the stated …

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards