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Monday, July 18, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Squidsbury’ by Truepenny Projects at Mercury Theater by Max Garner

As the souls of the dead live for’er in my mindAs I live all the years that they left me behindI’ll stay on the shore but still gaze at the seaI remember the fallen and they think of meF…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Mean Girls’ at The Hippodrome by Max Garner

With a few notable exceptions, the 21st century has been a bit of a dry spell when it comes to new Broadway musicals. Still, the beast must be fed, and a popular method for creating new inco…

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Julius Caesar’ by Fools and Madmen at Motor House by Max Garner

Beginning in 2018, the Baltimore group, Fools and Madmen, has created a marvelous series of hip-hop adaptations of Shakespeare’s works. Their unique distillations are designed for a travel…

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Theatre Review: The AAPI Women’s Voices Theatre Festival at Strand Theater Company by Max Garner

For the second time in its four-year history, Baltimore’s Asian Pasifika Arts Collective has partnered with an established theater company to co-produce a new work for the stage. Their 201…

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘The Butler Did it, Again’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

The late Tim Kelly was a prolific playwright who caught the parody bug sometime in the late 1970s. His “The Butler Did It” was a silly, formulaic melodrama, in which every detective ster…

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Marooned!’ by Alex and Olmsted at Baltimore Theatre Project by Max Garner

Takoma Park–based Alex and Olmsted is a puppet theater company also specializing in film work. Two years ago they received a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation (their second) for develop…

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Disgraced’ at Vagabond Players by Max Garner

A doorman building in one of the fashionable artsy neighborhoods of lower Manhattan finds two couples getting together for an evening of drinking and vitriol. The hostess, a white artist, is…

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Black Super Hero Magic Mama’ at Strand Theater Company by Max Garner

Seven years have passed since Tamir Rice. These years are producing a creative upheaval in the theater as playwrights raise defiant voices against broken systems and tragically wasted lives.…

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

‘A Quick 5’ with Noah Silas, Director of ‘Dead and Breathing’ at Rapid Lemon Productions by Max Garner

Noah Silas is a company member of Baltimore’s Rapid Lemon Productions, the resident theater company at Motor House in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District of Baltimore. For th…

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Monday, February 28, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘God of Carnage’ at Vagabond Players by Max Garner

  Contemporary French playwright Yasmina Reza specializes in obnoxious characters who bicker over first-world problems. In both of her best-known works, “’Art’” and “God of Carnag…

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Is Edward Snowden Single?’ by Single Carrot Theatre by Max Garner

In 2013, an NSA subcontractor named Edward Snowden stole classified information and leaked it to members of the press. This play isn’t about him. …complex, satisfying theatrical experien…

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘When the Chickens Come Home to Roost’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

  Not all history lessons are simple. Not all are easy to digest. Sometimes, one is confronted by a human story in which heroes and villains aren’t so readily tagged, where the message is…

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Max Garner

Friday morning in the cramped Southside Chicago apartment of the Younger family finds Ruth making breakfast. Walter Lee, her husband, is jockeying for time in the shared bathroom down the ha…

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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Happy Ending’ and ‘Day of Absence’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

It’s a morning like any other morning. The sun is bright; it’ll be hot later. A pair of shopkeepers make small talk. But something is awry. Peculiar. Gradually, the men realize that all …

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Theatre Review: ‘Maricela de la Luz Lights the World’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Max Garner

Imagine a story of an 11-ish-year-old girl caught up in a catastrophic weather event. It lurches her away from familiar surroundings and forces her to embark on an epic, heroic adventure so …

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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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All that Chat

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