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Thursday, October 5, 2017

'Love Never Dies' proves to be a worthy sequel to 'Phantom of the Opera' in Baltimore preview performances by Tim Smith

No crashing chandelier. No need for one. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” offers its own distinctive attractions, visual and music…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

'The Cradle Will Rock' to get revival from Iron Crow Theatre by Tim Smith

On the day 80 years ago that a pro-labor, anti-monopoly/corruption/greed stage work was about to be premiered in New York, a wind from the federal government blew and down came the productio…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cohesion Theatre's promising new play explores Hatfield-McCoy feud by Tim Smith

When it comes to feuding, no one did it better than the Hatfield and McCoy clans in a region between West Virginia and Kentucky during the 1870s and ’80s, holding grudges and, at periodic …

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Everyman Theatre's 'M. Butterfly' revival thoughtful, uneven by Tim Smith

If you ever doubted that the truth can be stranger than fiction, you need only take a cursory glance at the celebrated case of love and espionage involving mid-level French diplomat Bernard …

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Friday, September 1, 2017

For Rep Stage, 'The Heidi Chronicles' feminist issues still as relevant as ever by Tim Smith

If you judged by the 2015 revival on Broadway, the late Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play “The Heidi Chronicles” must be passe.The short-lived production …

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

10 best bets for theater in Baltimore this fall by Tim Smith

As part of The Baltimore Sun’s Fall Arts Guide, we’re picking the best arts activities coming to the area this fall. Here’s the best of what the theater scene has to offer. For more, s…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

'Color-conscious' ArtsCentric enlivens Baltimore's theater scene by Tim Smith

North Avenue received an extra jolt last year when the theater troupe ArtsCentric started to make its home base in the already humming arts hub Motor House and delivered a big, buoyant produ…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stillpointe Theatre revives Jonathan Larson's 'Tick, Tick ... Boom' by Tim Smith

Stillpointe Theatre, which has a fine track record of reviving musicals, has taken a fresh look at “Tick, Tick … Boom,” an autobiographical work from 1990 by Jonathan Larson, written s…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Olney Theatre delivers vibrant revival of 'Thurgood' by Tim Smith

The term “hero” gets tossed around so liberally these days that it feels good to be reminded of someone who fits the bill thoroughly — Thurgood Marshall, the subject of a one-man play …

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Monday, July 10, 2017

A weekend of eclectic choices for classical music, theater by Tim Smith

Classical music concerts and theater productions might be fewer during summer months in Baltimore, but there’s still a lot of activity on the calendar. Eclectic activity, even, as this wee…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Hippodrome to offer screening of 'Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn' by Tim Smith

If you missed the Broadway production of “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” — it opened at Studio 54 last October and closed in mid-January — or want to enjoy it again, the Hippodrome T…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Outdoor theater is a rewarding tradition for Baltimore-area troupes — if the weather cooperates by Tim Smith

For some theater companies, every summer brings a welcome opportunity to step outside and put a literal spin on Shakespeare’s all-the-world’s-a-stage notion. In the Baltimore-Annapolis a…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Single Carrot Theatre takes audiences by bus on a 'Promenade' through Baltimore neighborhoods by Tim Smith

All the streets will be a stage when Single Carrot Theatre welcomes audiences aboard a bus for the world premiere of its traveling production “Promenade: Baltimore,” starting June 2. Fo…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Everyman Theatre cast romps through 'Noises Off' by Tim Smith

And you thought the secret of the universe was deep. Nope. It all boils down to just doors and sardines. This piece of wisdom gets dispatched early on in “Noises Off,” the intricately st…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Everyman Theatre gets in farcical mood, generates record advance ticket sales by Tim Smith

Sometimes, you just feel like a farce. That time appears to be now, at least in Baltimore, where Everyman Theatre reports extra interest in its production of Michael Frayn's farcical romp of…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Deconstructing a musical in '[title of show]' by Tim Smith

It's one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-that ideas that actually worked.In 2004, two friends in New York — Baltimore-born Jeff Bowen and Alabama native Hunter Bell — spotted an announcem…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Baltimore's Andy Karl receives Tony Award nomination for 'Groundhog Day' by Tim Smith

Andy Karl, the actor who grew up in Timonium and got the theater bug starring in a musical at Towson High School, has received a Tony Award nomination as best leading actor in a musical for …

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

A modest staging of enduring musical 'Fantasticks' at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Tim Smith

Try to remember the first time you encountered "The Fantasticks," the world's longest-running musical. (The original 1960 off-Broadway production ran 42 years; the 2006 New York revival will…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Everyman Theatre's 2017-2018 season to include company's first O'Neill, third Nottage play by Tim Smith

For its 27th season, Everyman Theatre will showcase works by  women, including 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage. That four of six playwrights represented are women was not part of a …

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

'Annie' tour to play Baltimore on 40th anniversary of show's Broadway opening by Tim Smith

There's serendipitous timing in the arrival of "Annie" at the Lyric Opera House on Friday. This national touring production of the popular musical will open its short Baltimore visit with a …

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hit musical ‘Something Rotten!’ heads to the Hippodrome by Tim Smith

Picture it. England, 1595. Some guy from the sticks named William Shakespeare is writing plays that are all the rage, while two way more talented brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, struggle to…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

David Simon, Steve Earle planning to write musical about Baltimore's steel industry days by Tim Smith

Here's a tantalizing prospect for fans of musical theater: author/TV producer David Simon, singer/songwriter/actor/etc. Steve Earle and UMBC professor Deborah Rudacille may write a Baltimore…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Uneven 'Los Otros' gets stellar production at Everyman thanks to Broadway veterans by Tim Smith

Everyman Theater has assembled terrific performers and showered classy production values on the ambitious musical "Los Otros." All of that quality onstage goes a long way toward making up fo…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

'The Bodyguard' more successful at song than story by Tim Smith

The sleek national touring production of "The Bodyguard," now at the Hippodrome Theatre, might best be described as a Whitney Houston tribute concert disguised as a Broadway-aiming musical. …

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage reveal promising casts for upcoming musical premieres by Tim Smith

Two of the most anticipated events on the Baltimore theater calendar are musicals that will receive their world or area premieres in the weeks ahead. Here's the latest casting information on…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Center Stage to unveil renovated home this week with first production in new theater by Tim Smith

For the past year, passersby could easily sense that a major transformation was underway on the 700 block of N. Calvert St. — workers coming and going; cranes delivering building supplies …

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Everyman Theatre to open 2017-18 season with 'M. Butterfly' by Tim Smith

In an unusual move, Everyman Theatre has announced one of the works on its 2017-2018 lineup — David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning "M. Butterfly," which will launch the season in Septemb…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

A complex path to parenthood in 'Samsara' at Single Carrot Theatre by Tim Smith

The winter season has heated up nicely. In addition to such attractions as Stillpointe Theatre's vibrant staging of the musical gem "Grey Gardens," there's a stylish production from Single …

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Carole King musical 'Beautiful' delivers enjoyable nostalgia fest at Hippodrome by Tim Smith

Take a much-loved pop culture figure; focus on her path to the top, with its personal joys and setbacks along the way; weave hit songs throughout this backstory — and you've got a friendly…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

'Hamilton' coming to Baltimore's Hippodrome in 2018-19; 'Phantom' sequel on tap for '17-'18 by Tim Smith

Call it the pre-"Hamilton" season. The gaga-hit musical will finally reach Baltimore during the Hippodrome Theatre's 2018-2019 season, and subscribers to the theater's 2017-2018 lineup, anno…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spotlighters Theatre to give 'Threepenny Opera' a Baltimore twist by Tim Smith

"The Ballad of Mack the Knife" is nothing if not double-edged. The song's instantly catchy melody, colorful lyrics and irresistible sway make it easy to forget that the subject is an amoral …

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