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Author Archive | David Gerson

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Interview: Artistic Director Sean Elias and Director Brandon Rashad-Butts Discuss ‘Bootycandy,’ Playing June 9-18th at the Baltimore Theatre Project

Robert O’Hara’s Bootycandy opens on June 9, 2017, at Baltimore’s Iron Crow Theatre. This production, a Baltimore premiere and the official show of Baltimore Pride 2017, closes out the largest and most successful season in Iron Crow’s history. Bootycandy, a semi-autobiographical subversive comedy, tells the story of Sutter, who is on an outrageous odyssey through his […]

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Review: ‘Hir’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

I recently came back from London, where I saw the National Theatre’s 25th anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s epic, Angels in America. I thought a lot about that play after seeing Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s production of Taylor Mac’s brilliant (a word I rarely use) Hir (pronounced “here”). Both plays deal with crumbling belief systems, […]

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Review: [title of show] at Fells Point Corner Theatre

When it comes to musical theatre, there are two types of people: those who hate it and those who are obsessed with it. There is no in-between. And those obsessives, those for whom musicals are like sustenance, as necessary as air or water, are the subject of Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s clever and touching, […]

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Review: ‘Los Otros’ #2 at Everyman Theatre

It may be more by chance, rather than design, that Everyman Theatre’s production of Los Otros, with book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh and music by Michael John LaChiusa, takes on an urgent sense of relevancy at this moment in American history. Los Otros, after all, translates literally to “the others” and one must only turn […]

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Review: ‘Mom Baby God’ at Single Carrot Theatre

Sinister things are lurking just below the surface at the “2018 Students for Life Conference” in Washington, DC, which is where Madeline Burrows’ disturbing solo show Mom Baby God, about the youth pro-life movement, takes place. Mike Pence is president of the United States and Destinee Grace Ramsey, a video blogger from Columbus, Indiana, Pence’s birthplace, […]

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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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