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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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Sunday, November 13, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘U Thought I Was Him’ at Arena Players by Max Garner

“People try to label you. Put you in a box. Try to make you one way, even if you’re not.” It began thirteen months ago, with a conversation. Multi-hyphenate artist Nate Couser called d…

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Love & ROAR!’ at the Baltimore Rock Opera Society by Max Garner

In the fifteen years since its founding, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society has been responsible for some incredibly ambitious productions of original material. The latest of these is “Love …

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Yours Forever, Lincoln’ by Quarry Theatre at The Voxel by Max Garner

Joshua Poole, Zachary Bryant, and Gabriel Hernandez. Photo by Katie Simmons-Barth. Was America’s 16th president gay? Does it matter? In the world premiere, chamber opera, “Yours Forever,…

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Framing My America’ at Strand Theater Company by Max Garner

“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal”.– Aristotle “Why you wanna fly, Blackbird? You ain’t never gonna fly”.– Nina Simone A world premiere chore…

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

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

“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay to mold me man? Did I solicit thee from darkness to promote me?” – John Milton, from “Paradise Lost” There have been several stage adaptati…

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Theatre Review: ‘Kiss Me, Mr. Musk’ by Single Carrot at Theatre Project by Max Garner

Long ago, in the “before times” (pre-COVID), there was a growing trend among our more cutting-edge companies: “devised” theater. Starting without roles or even a script, performing e…

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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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