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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Laughing Stock’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Ilana Jael

If I could say only one thing about Spotlighters Theatre’s current production Charles Morey’s “Laughing Stock” it would be that it definitely lives up to its name. First performed in…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘How I Learned To Drive’ at Vagabond Players by Ilana Jael

Though I was impressed with the first two offerings in Vagabond Players’ 108th season, the company reaches an even higher level of precision and profundity in their current production of �…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud–The Life and Times of The Temptations’ at The Kennedy Center by Ilana Jael

Nobody should consider themselves too proud to have a great time at “Ain’t Too Proud–The Life and Times of The Temptations,” the story of the lives and music of the legendary R&B…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Mahalia: A Gospel Musical’ at Arena Players by Ilana Jael

If you’re a fan of Mahalia Jackson or of gospel music in general, you will have an amazing time at “Mahalia: A Gospel Musical.” This uplifting and touching show focuses on the life of …

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Lipstick, A Queer Farce’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Ilana Jael

Lane Michael Stanley’s “Lipstick,” as currently produced by Fells Point Corner Theatre, is one of the most enjoyable plays I’ve seen in Baltimore so far this season. After reviewing …

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Theatre News: Contemplating Shakespeare and Race at Folger Theatre’s Reading Room Festival by Ilana Jael

The Saturday events at Folger Theatre’s Reading Room Festival gave me the opportunity to enjoy four, thought-provoking events which each dealt, each in their own way, with issues of racial…

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon-Marigolds’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Ilana Jael

A Pulitzer Prize-winning work first performed in 1964, “The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” is a bleak but beautiful play brought to affecting life in Spotlighter Thea…

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘RENT’ presented by Iron Crow Theatre at Baltimore Theatre Project by Ilana Jael

Any musical theatre fans worth their salt probably have at least some familiarity with the musical “RENT” written by Jonathan Larson. The musical became an immediate sensation after its …

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Friday, January 12, 2024

Theatre Review: ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ at Vagabond Players by Ilana Jael

If you’ve been craving a good old-fashioned murder mystery, Vagabond Players’ current production of Agatha Christie’s “Witness For The Prosecution” will definitely hit the spot. Th…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Concert/Opera Review: ‘Sounds of the Season’ presented by Maryland Opera by Ilana Jael

If Maryland Opera’s Sounds of the Season is any indication, the future of opera in our area is very bright indeed. Narrated and accompanied by the company’s artistic director, James Harp…

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Monday, December 11, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘A Dickens’ Christmas Carol’ at Spotlighters Theatre by Ilana Jael

The spotlight is on Charles Dickens’ immortal and  inimitable words when it comes to the Spotlighters Theatre’s captivating adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” Finding myself not onl…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Intimate Apparel’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre (FPCT) by Ilana Jael

If you’ve ever wanted to get intimate with the art of theatre, a great start might be at Fells Point Corner Theatre’s production of “Intimate Apparel.” The 2004 work by Pulitzer Priz…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Lights Went Out Because of a Problem’ presented by The Acme Corporation at The Voxel by Ilana Jael

At least in a broad sense, the exact tone you might expect from “The Lights Went Out Because of a Problem” is perfectly broadcast via its cryptic title—deliberately indecipherable, ine…

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Theatre Review: ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at Artistic Synergy of Baltimore by Ilana Jael

As a newcomer to the area’s theatre scene, I was at first thrown somewhat off guard walking into a church basement to see Artistic Synergy of Baltimore’s version of “The Pirates of Pen…

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Monday, December 4, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company by Ilana Jael

It’s hard to imagine a Christmas Carol much more charming than Chesapeake Theatre Company’s Charm City-themed adaptation of the beloved holiday classic. Though the company’s annual pre…

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Witch’ at Stillpointe Theatre by Ilana Jael

If you’re looking for a genuinely exciting and refreshingly unique evening of untraditional theatre, you definitely don’t want to miss out on “Witch! A New Musical,” directed by Ryan…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Theatre Review: ‘Chess’ at Vagabond Players by Ilana Jael

Longstanding Baltimore theatre company Vagabond Players delivers a respectable start to its 108th season with a well-played production of “Chess.” First performed on the West End in 1986…

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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