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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Blood at the Root’ at Towson University by Max Garner

Fifteen years ago, six Black students at Louisiana’s Jena High School were arrested, accused of attacking a white student. The case of the “Jena Six” gained wide notoriety, in part, be…

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Blood Countess’ at Strand Theater Company by Max Garner

At the turn of 17th century, the Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was a powerful figure in the Kingdom of Hungary. Related to the king of Poland, the grand duke of Lithuania, and the pri…

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Scharf’s Schorts’ at Spotlighters by Max Garner

Add another Baltimore stage to the growing list of “post-COVID” re-openings. The pandemic is not yet over, of course, but thanks to thorough precautions and a brand new HVAC system, Spot…

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Monday, October 4, 2021

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

Shortly before eight o’clock on the last evening in September, an announcement rang out through the lobby of Fells Point Corner Theatre: “Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in 570 …

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Cosby Satires’ at Strand Theater Company by Max Garner

In the late 1970s, Bill Cosby’s career was flat-lining. He had paid his dues in nightclubs and as Robert Culp’s television sidekick, but after the ’60s, he found acting jobs few and sm…

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘The Adventures of Pericles’ by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Max Garner

Fans of downtown Baltimore’s Chesapeake Shakespeare Company have long considered their yearly al fresco performances in Ellicott City as a favorite summertime happening. This year, CSC ren…

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

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

Fans of gospel music will immediately recognize the title of Arena Players’ current offering, “Cleveland,” not as reference to a city, but as reference to its central character. The Re…

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Pipeline’ presented by Theatre Morgan by Max Garner

                       We real cool. We             Left school. We        Lurk late. We             Strike straight. We     Sing sin. We       Thin gin…

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Who Is You Hollerin’ At?’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

“Huck, who is you hollerin’ at?”“I’m hollerin’ at Tom.”“Oh, Huck, how can you act so, when you know po’ Mars Tom –“ Then he let off an awful scream… Tom Sawyer Abroad…

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Man of God’ by Strand Theater Company by Max Garner

A Korean Christian girls’ youth group from L.A. is in Bangkok with its pastor. The teen missionaries are excited over the prospects of saving the souls of red light district tourists — o…

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Kill Move Paradise’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

On February 17th, Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced updates to the City’s phase 1 COVID restrictions. These included the return of live indoor entertainment at 25% capacity, with …

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Healthy Holly’s Hidden Hideaway’ by Single Carrot Theatre by Max Garner

In 1999, the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays was in its 24th season. Beginning to feel creative pressure from the relative upstart Contemporary American Theater Festival, Humana…

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains’ by Everyman Theatre by Max Garner

It is a long, LONG way from Queens to Nigeria, and from Nigeria to Vermont. Such is the series of journeys that form Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ Queens Girl trilogy of single-actor plays. Ba…

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’ by Strand Theater Company by Max Garner

  A little over 200 years separate the publications of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, “Pride and Prejudice,” and its theatrical successor, “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” by L…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with Paige Hernandez and Felicia Curry by Max Garner

Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre is preparing to open their 2020-21 season with a third entry in the “Queens Girl” trilogy by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Consistent with the two earlier prod…

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Plague Tales’ by Phantasmagoria by Max Garner

  Erik Satie’s “La 1ère Gnossienne” — usually considered a quietly contemplative, slightly melancholy piece of music — is rendered positively spooky in the skillful hands of Soun…

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Maryland Theatre Guide Exclusive: Rapid Lemon Productions announces 2021 season by Max Garner

The upcoming tenth season of Baltimore’s Rapid Lemon Productions features a trio of world premiere presentations, with performance schedules expanded to three weeks. In keeping with the co…

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘A Real “N***a” Show’ at Theatre Project by Max Garner

Conceived, produced, and directed by Troy Burton, “A Real “N***a” Show” is a “choreopoem” performed by an all-male cast which tells stories about the experiences of Black men in …

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

‘A Quick 5’ with Actors from the 2020 Variations Project by Max Garner

Actors of every stripe – professional, volunteer, and in-between – have made the Variations Project a highlight of Baltimore’s theatrical landscape each year since 2005. Rapid Lemon Pr…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

A Quick 5 with Playwrights of the 2020 Variations Project 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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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘We Broke Up’ by Single Carrot Theatre by Max Garner

“This is not a Zoom play.” From the ides of March to late July, the theater world has endured enough and evolved enough to have both developed and then tired of a whole new format: the Z…

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Theatre News: The 2020 Variations Project streams this August by Max Garner

Maryland’s annual ten-minute play festival The Variations Project returns for its 16th straight year with two collections of world premiere short plays by the region’s playwrights. Rapid…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

News: Center Stage Announces Abbreviated 2021 Season by Max Garner

Baltimore Center Stage Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra released plans for an upcoming season, set to begin in January 2021. Four mainstage productions are planned: “The Swindlers: A Tru…

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Measure for Measure’ by Wyrd Sisters Shakespeare Society by Max Garner

“Pandemics are Foul, Theater is Fair” Wyrd Sisters Shakespeare Society is an online performance group formed by several Shakespeare-loving friends in April of 2020 as an artistic respons…

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Theatre News: 2020 ‘Contemporary American Theater Festival’ Canceled by Max Garner

Ed Herendeen, Producing Director of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, announced via email yesterday that this year’s event has been canceled: On behalf of our staff: Peggy, Trent…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

News: Governor Hogan Announces State Relief for Non-Profits by Max Garner

In a press conference March 23rd, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the availability of State funding to 501(c)3 designated non- profits. Organizations may apply for up to $50,000 to r…

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Piano Lesson’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

These are the End Times. Everywhere, everything is closed, canceled, and abandoned. Our lives are inconvenienced at best, mortally disrupted at worst. Small businesses are hard hit. Arts-mak…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Meeting’ by Coppin Repertory Theatre by Max Garner

Audiences in Baltimore are extremely fortunate to have not one but two of the most accomplished HBCU theater programs within their City’s limits. On the east side is Morgan State Universit…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘The Mineola Twins’ by Fells Point Corner Theatre by Max Garner

One of a pair of older contemporary plays by female authors to open in Baltimore recently (see our review of Fabulation at Strand Theater), Paula Vogel’s “The Mineola Twins” is a pre-#…

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Fabulation or, the Re-Education of Undine’ by Strand Theater Company by Max Garner

We’re all thoroughly familiar with the rags-to-riches story. It’s as essential to the vocabulary of plot dynamic as boy-meets-girl. And, just like the latter, it has given birth to corol…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Theatre News: Rapid Lemon Productions now accepting submissions for ‘Variations on Vision’ by Max Garner

Maryland’s original ten-minute play festival held its annual kick-off party February 8th at Motor House in Baltimore. At the event, artists of every stripe got together to explore this yea…

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