Author Archive | Patricia Mitchell

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Review: ‘Colorblind: The Katrina Monologues’ at Arena Players-ONE MORE PERFORMANCE TODAY AT 4 PM

One More Performance – See Colorblind: The Katrina Monologues at Arena Players TODAY at 4:00 PM This Friday, it was my good fortune – courtesy of Artistic Director Donald Owens – to experience Arena Players’ current production, Colorblind: The Katrina Monologues (“Colorblind”). Colorblind is a tricky show to review. The production, seamlessly sewn together by […]

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Review: ‘Great Expectations’ at Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre (“Everyman”) continues its 2016/2017 season with an ambitious production: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. A work of literature epic in scope and scale, the most notable challenge in this version of the piece – as adapted for the stage by Gale Childs Daly – is that a cast of merely six actors is tasked […]

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Review: ‘The Tempest’ at The Baltimore Annex Theater

It’s only the end of January and, with its production of The Tempest, The The Baltimore Annex Theater (“Annex”) has already set a very high bar for my 2017 theater viewing. Founding Artistic Director Evan Moritz says his plan to stage The Tempest “began germinating” five years ago.  Whatever occurred during the intervening half-decade to […]

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Review: ‘The Three Penny Opera’ at Spotlighters Theatre

Ever-willing to mount bold musicals with large casts you’d never expect to see in such an intimate, cozy space (remember last year’s gorgeous Evita?), Fuzz Roark at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre (“Spotlighters”) has done it again. Spotlighters’ first show of 2017 proves once again that you really can fit a big Broadway musical into a […]

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Review: ‘Exit Pluto’ at Strand Theater Company

Continuing “The 100 Percent Season” – an entire season consisting exclusively of works written by women – Strand Theater Company. (“the Strand”) presented the World Premiere of Amy Bernstein’s Exit Pluto on Thursday. Directed by Alice Stanley, this dark, absurdist comedy is a metaphor-rich study on change or, more accurately, resistance to change. People used […]

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Charlie Bethel on His One-Man Show ‘The Call of the Wild’ at Baltimore Theatre Project Which Plays 1/12-29th

Tomorrow – Thursday, January 12, 2017, master storyteller Charlie Bethel returns to Charm City to perform his newest adaptation – a one-man show of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild at Baltimore Theatre Project. Readers may remember Charlie’s previous visits to Theatre Project, where he garnered rave reviews performing his other adaptations, including The […]

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Center Stage’s Final “Wright Now Play Later” Starts TODAY

In October, after several seasons of success with their Wright-Right-Now (“WRN”) program – the micro-commissioning series in which playwrights produce patron-prompted short plays on demand – Center Stage introduced the Wright Now, Play Later (“WNPL”) project. With WNPL, patron-prompted short plays are not only commissioned, they are performed! So far the program has presented exciting, […]

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Vote for Your Favorite Center Stage Write Now, Play Later Play TODAY!

In October, after several seasons of success with their Wright-Right-Now (“WRN”) program – the micro-commissioning series in which playwrights produce patron-prompted short plays on demand, Center Stage introduced the Wright Now, Play Later (“WNPL”) project. With WNPL, patron-prompted short plays are not only commissioned, they are performed! So far the program has had exciting, public-commissioned […]

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Review: ‘Dot’ at Everyman Theatre

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays. When Everyman Theatre (“Everyman”) Founding Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi left the Humana Festival of New Plays in Louisville, Kentucky last year, he did not come home empty-handed. In November, Baltimore audiences enjoyed the first of his discoveries with the sold-out East Coast Premiere of Jen Silverman’s […]

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Review: ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ at Center Stage

“Love and revenge, two of your favorites.” It’s the eve of the French Revolution and the crème of the French aristocracy – the “original one percent” so aptly described by Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah in his program note – are bored. With no work to do or real obstacles to overcome, a pair of très […]

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Review: ‘The Dancing Princesses’ at Pumpkin Theatre

My wee littles stopped being wee little some time ago so, until yesterday, it’d been a number of years since I’d been to see children’s theatre. I’ve been hearing a lot of positive things about Pumpkin Theatre for some time now, so I decided to attend the opening performance of The Dancing Princesses to check […]

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Review: ‘1-800-MICE’ at The Annex Theater

Birthday Party, Cheesecake, Jelly Bean, Boom On Black Friday, The Annex Theater (“Annex”) invited Baltimore to “celebrate anti-consumerism and new art” by attending the World Premiere of 1-800-MICE, an adaptation of Brooklyn artist Matthew Thurber’s graphic novel of the same name. Baltimore responded in force; a jam-packed house, including Matthew Thurber himself, watched as the […]

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Review: ‘The Game’s Afoot (Holmes for the Holidays)’ at Spotlighters Theatre

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending an opening weekend performance of The Game’s Afoot (Holmes for the Holidays), by Ken Ludwig at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre (“Spotlighters”). Award-winning Ludwig is known for his period-piece farces – popular plays like Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. He bills this funny drawing-room mystery […]

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Review: ‘Schoolgirl Figure’ at Cohesion Theatre

Puberty is the worst thing that ever happened to me. I looked fabulous at age ten. This weekend, Schoolgirl Figure, a play written by Wendy MacLeod, opened at Cohesion Theatre Company (“Cohesion”). Like MacLeod’s popular cult-classic, The House of Yes, Schoolgirl Figure centers around a taboo subject normally not open for public discussion; in this […]

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Center Stage’s November ‘Wright Now Play Later’

Last month, after several seasons of success with their Wright-Right-Now (“WRN”) program – the micro-commissioning series in which playwrights produce patron-prompted short plays on demand, Center Stage introduced the Wright Now, Play Later (“WNPL”) project. The week of October 10, Center Stage solicited prompts through social media. The playwrights they’d selected – Nathan Alan Davis, […]

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Charm City Fringe Review: ‘Yo, You Be Trippin! An Incomplete but Not Inaccurate Story of LSD in the USA’

LBJ took the IRT down to Fourth Street USA Having participated in the Charm City Fringe Festival (“Fringe”) last year, Chad Short – a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Theatre program – was motivated to enter something into consideration for this year’s Fringe. The Fringe will do that to you; it […]

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Charm City Fringe Review: ‘God: The One Man Show’

Can I Get an Amen?! Have you been looking for a show that combines laughter, wisdom, magic and miracles? Your prayers have been answered! This weekend, God: The One Man Show (“God”) is playing the Charm City Fringe Festival. Since debuting at the Capital Fringe last year, God has toured to several cities on the […]

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