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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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Friday, February 7, 2020

Theatre News: Kickoff Party February 8 for the ‘2020 Variations Project’ by Max Garner

The Variations Project is Baltimore’s original ten-minute play festival. Each year since 2005, the event has created a diverse collection of world premiere plays through an inclusive and c…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Theatre News: Rapid Lemon Productions presents a staged reading of ‘North Wind’ February 12 by Max Garner

During the run of the company’s 2020 season-opening show “Give Me Moonlight”, Baltimore’s Rapid Lemon Productions invites audiences to a staged reading of Sarah Cosgrove’s new play…

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Theatre Review: ‘Safe Space’ by Single Carrot Theatre by Max Garner

There’s a new America on the way. Maybe. First, though, there’s a slew of problems: a tainted inheritance, bones in the walls, and the locksmiths are coming to take away our guns. In the…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Be Here Now’ at Everyman Theatre by Max Garner

...presented with kind care and virtuosity.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

A Quick 5 with Playwright Ariel Mitchell – ‘Give Me Moonlight’ at Motor House by Max Garner

Ariel Mitchell is a young playwright from Maryland whose star is on the rise. Her play Give Me Moonlight receives its world premiere in Baltimore by Rapid Lemon Productions. We caught up wit…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘POP! Who Shot Andy Warhol?’ at Stillpointe Theatre by Max Garner

...a gifted, energetic ensemble and a crack production team

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Buried Child’ by Theatrical Mining Company by Max Garner

Any time a new performing arts venue is introduced into the landscape, independent theatre companies eagerly take notice. One such spot opened early last year in the Hamilton-Lauraville neig…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Theatre Review: ‘Love and Information’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Max Garner

Autumn Koehnlein can’t find her car keys. Michael Makar may or may not know something about that. In pig Latin. Alliterative dreams of blackberries, butterflies, and ballet combine with a …

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Theatre Notice: ‘Give Me Moonlight’ at Rapid Lemon by Max Garner

Rapid Lemon Productions opens its 2020 season with “Give Me Moonlight” by Maryland playwright Ariel Mitchell, appearing at Motor House February 7 – 16, 2020. It’s is the fictionalize…

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘7 (x1) Samurai’ at Theatre Project by Max Garner

Gaines' boiled-down adaptation of Kurosawa delivers the feast with most of its trimmings in under an hour; and with a cast consisting only of Gaines himself.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘The Wiz’ at ArtsCentric by Max Garner

Not every December stage production in Maryland is holiday-themed. In fact, some of our best companies are doing some of their best work with shows that would promise absolute delight no mat…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Theatre Review: ‘Men on Boats’ at Center Stage by Max Garner

...surprising, captivating, and spectacular...

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

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

Long a mainstay of the Baltimore community theater landscape, Fells Point Corner Theatre has been on quite a roll recently – delivering knockout productions like Jez Butterworth’s Jerus…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Review: ‘Alter Ego’ by Submersive Productions by Max Garner

Readers of DC Metro Theater Arts who are District-based are likely already familiar with immersive theater. Companies like TBD Immersive have recently begun presenting in nontraditional spac…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Baltimore Shakespeare Factory by Max Garner

Not to be confused with the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (1993-2011), the current “BSF” – Baltimore Shakespeare Factory – has another hit on its hands with their new production o…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Review: ‘Steel Magnolias’ at Spotlighters by Max Garner

It’s the mid 1980s. The Oval Office is occupied by a former movie star, Al Gore has yet to create the Internet, and an aspiring actor from Alabama named Robert Harling has lost his younger…

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