Author Archive | Patricia Mitchell

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Review: ‘Under the Skin’ at Everyman Theatre

At first blush, a play about organ donation might not have you rushing to the box office. But Playwright Michael Hollinger’s Under the Skin, which plays at Everyman Theatre through February 21st, holds a number of surprises. At the beginning of the show, the 4-person cast assembles on stage and addresses the audience directly. Raina, […]

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Review: ‘The Complete Deaths of William Shakespeare’ at Cohesion Theatre Company and Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

A Killer Play, Four Centuries in the Making In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory and Cohesion Theatre Company have joined forces to produce The Complete Deaths of William Shakespeare. There’s murder. There’s mayhem. There’s mirth. There’s even a Zombie Shakespeare to conduct you through the carnage. Whether […]

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‘The Holiday Special’: ‘The Santa Closet’ and ‘The Seven Poor Travellers’ at Baltimore Theatre Project

Baltimore Theatre Project’s The Holiday Special is a coupling of Jeffrey Solomon’s The Santa Closet and Charlie Bethel’s adaption of The Seven Poor Travellers. Both of these one-act, solo-performer shows are Christmas stories. The similarities between them pretty much stop there. While this sort of pairing could be jarring or nonsensical, these two plays compliment […]

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‘Outside Mullingar’ at Everyman Theatre

There was a festive atmosphere at Everyman Theatre last night. Irish music played as the audience arrived for the Baltimore/DC Metro premiere of Outside Mullingar. The music alone could lift your spirits; the songs of the tin whistle, fiddle, and bodhran were made for dancing and merry-making. But it was more than that. We were […]

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‘Total Verruckt!’ at Baltimore Theatre Project

I have to admit I had extremely high expectations when I went to last night’s opening of Total Verruckt!, the one-woman show currently – briefly – playing at Baltimore Theatre Project. I always try to approach the performances I’m reviewing with as neutral a disposition as possible, but I interviewed this show’s creator and performer, […]

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Art and Survival: A Conversation with Joanna Caplan, Creator and Performer of ‘Total Verruckt!’

Total Verruckt! presents the real-life story of members of the Camp Westerbork Theatre Group, an unlikely troupe that was formed at the Westerbork Transit Camp – a Nazi transport and detention center in the Occupied Netherlands during World War II. From 1942 to 1944, alongside thousands of other prisoners, some of the day’s most talented and […]

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‘A Little Bit Not Normal’ at Cohesion Theatre Company

Cohesion Theatre’s second season kicked off last night with the World Premiere Production of A Little Bit Not Normal, which is also the first play in the company’s Trans* Voices Workshop Series. Ambitious? Yeah. But you don’t get named Baltimore City Paper’s “Best New Theater 2015” for playing it safe. The entire stated mission of […]

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‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s production of The Taming of the Shrew is a delightful romp of quick-witted dialog and rollicking physical comedy. With their commitment to presenting Shakespeare’s work with “the staging conditions, spirit, and atmosphere created by Shakespeare’s theatre company during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods,” BSF makes one of the great works of classical […]

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