Author Archive | David Gerson

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Review: ‘The Wild Party’ at Iron Crow Theatre

Queenie was a blonde and her age stood still, And she danced twice a day in vaudeville. So begins Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem “The Wild Party” about a group of show people and the hedonistic event of the title, which is its setting.  It’s also the first line in Andrew Lippa’s musical version of […]

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Review: ‘Come From Away’ at Ford’s Theatre

Nestled in the northwestern part of the island of Newfoundland, lies the small town of Gander. In 2001, the population of Gander was 9,651. On September 11, 2001, that population increased by over 6,500 with people from virtually every corner of the globe. The remarkable story of how Gander became a hub of international attention, and […]

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Review: ‘Broken Bone Bathtub’ at Submersive Productions

Here’s a tip, the most exclusive performance venue in Baltimore isn’t the Hippodrome or the Power Plant. It’s not Centerstage or Everyman. If you’re able to get in, and I suggest you try, the hottest show running in Charm City during these waning days of summer is playing in a lovely private home near Patterson […]

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2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘One Mutual Happiness’

As someone who has been crazy enough to produce new work (twice!) in a fringe festival (The New York International Fringe Festival), the amazing thing about these types of events is that they allow artists to gather together, dive in to the proverbial deep end, go balls to the wall, take a whole bunch of […]

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Review: ‘An Octoroon’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Welcome to playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ world. You’re just living in it. Or, is it, welcome to 19th Century playwright Dion Boucicault’s world and Branden Jacobs- Jenkins is living in it? Or, is it, welcome to the world of a playwright named BJJ, who’s a character in a play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that’s a riff on […]

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Review: ‘The Who & the What’ at Round House Theatre

As I was leaving Round House Theatre on opening night of Ayad Akhtar’s The Who & the What, I heard one patron say to another, “Wasn’t that fabulous?” And the response was, “Yes.” I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was much better than I expected.” Don’t you just love it when a […]

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Review: ‘Time Stands Still’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Dramaturgical notes in the program tell us that Time Stands Still is “essentially a love story.” But it’s also a play about war. And art. And economics. And politics. And publishing. And privilege. And the symbolism of torture porn. And morality. Get the idea? It’s about a lot. A whole lot. Award-winning playwright Donald Margulies […]

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Review: The Great American Rep: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at Everyman Theatre

As the centerpiece of its 25th Anniversary Season, Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre has taken on the daunting task of mounting what are arguably the two greatest American plays ever written, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. What’s more, the plays are presented in rotating repertory, largely with the same actors, […]

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Review: ‘The Nether’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Imagine a place where you could be anything you ever dreamed of and do anything you desired in total anonymity and without fear of reprisal or consequence. Imagine the retreat you crave, that you could venture in to whenever you wanted before returning to “real life.” Tempting, isn’t it?  This is the world of The […]

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Review: ‘Aphorisms on Gender’ by Alice Stanley Presented by Cohesion Theatre Company in Collaboration with Iron Crow Theatre

Literally, an “aphorism” is a short phrase that expresses a truth or astute observation. In Alice Stanley’s brief, but powerful, meditation on gender, they [1] have structured the piece itself as a series of aphorisms, short scenes that alternate between a naturalistic family drama, and a more abstract internal monologue, about the tremendous pain and struggle […]

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‘Year of the Rooster’ at Single Carrot Theatre

For those of you with a penchant for theatre about cockfighting, ‘tis the season indeed for plays on the subject in our fair city of Baltimore. As Fells Point Corner Theater is closing its very fine production of Mike Bartlett’s Cock (which runs through December 20th), Single Carrot Theatre has just opened Year of the Rooster, […]

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‘Cock (or The Cockfight Play)’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre

In the blood sport known as cockfighting, two roosters are placed in a ring, called a “cockpit,” and fight until one of them dies. The same thing happens, in a metaphorical sense, in Mike Bartlett’s fascinating play Cock (or The Cockfight Play), which is being given a stellar production at Fells Point Corner Theatre in Baltimore. […]

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