Author Archive | Wendi Winters

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Review: BSO at Strathmore: Mahler Symphony No. 6

Some critics go to music performances as a modern day Shakespearean Brutus: They come to bury the performance, not praise it. And, bury it they do with raised pinky, off-putting, arcane phraseology only a Music major would understand, instead normal discourse used by the majority of the ticket holders – blue or white collar workers, […]

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Review: ‘An Evening with Chris Botti’ at Strathmore

Chris Botti and his Band know how to rock a house.  “There are a few things that make us different from other bands,” announced popular trumpeter Chris Botti from the stage in the concert hall at The Music Center at Strathmore. The tall, slender, handsome blond looked out at the packed house, filled with an […]

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Review: ‘Young Frankenstein’ at Silhouette Stages

Silhouette Stages has a remarkable production of Young Frankenstein that is so dynamic, audience members kept checking the program to make sure they weren’t teleported back to 2008 when the original musical version debuted on the stage of the Hilton Theater (now Lyric) on New York’s West 43rd Street. Audience members loudly wondered why the show […]

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Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Macbeth: A Bloody Good Show In his time, Macbeth was a successful, lauded warrior. He owned a castle and had an attractive wife whose ravenous ambitions, drive and ego matched his own. Neither was afraid to get their hands dirty to accomplish their goals. Today, Macbeth might have succeeded as a new tech lord, a […]

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Review: ‘Look Through My Eyes’ at Baltimore Theatre Project

Mervin Primeaux-O’Bryant, who conceived Look Through My Eyes, is the Assistant Director for Quest Visual Theatre, a group of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing performers/teaching artists and educators spanning the spectrum of color, culture and gender, but united in a commitment to theater from a visual base composed of casts and production staffs that are […]

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Review: ‘Venus in Fur’ at Fells Point Corner Theatre

Fells Point Corner Theatre’s Venus in Fur will knock you over. Whew! It is amazing! The dynamic talents of actors Andrew Porter and Anne Shoemaker fill the Fells Point Corner Theatre with their explosive energy. It’s a wonder the roof didn’t fly off. These two digested hundreds of pages of dialogue and talked nonstop throughout the show […]

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Review: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at Laurel Mill Playhouse

Laughs and tears, cheers and sizzlers or Learning to love the “C” word Vagina. Vagina. Vagina. Cunt. Pussy. Twat. Snatch. There. I said it. The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play about vaginas. And, quite a bit more. Who knew yelling the word “cunt” would be a battle cry for self-awareness? If knowledge truly is […]

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Review: ‘Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie’ at Strathmore

Fifty years later, audiences can still get anything they want – but Alice is still not part of the package. Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert with Arlo Guthrie played to a packed house Wednesday evening at The Music Center at Strathmore. The room vibrated with energy and enthusiasm. The crowd of mostly older boomers, some accompanied by […]

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Review: ‘Zombie Prom’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

A Thriller! Grab your hoverboard and blast over to Greenbelt Arts Center to see its latest show, Zombie Prom. It’s totally nuclear, a tongue in chic fusion of Happy Days, Grease, and The Walking Dead. Zombie Prom with a compact cast of ten, some playing multiple roles, is deftly directed by Jeffery Lesniak. It’s the oft told […]

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‘A Christmas Carol’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Have yourselves a very merry Christmas – go see this timeless classic with a Charm City twist. Bring the family to this show! Kids of all ages will love it. Instead of watching the Mister Magoo cartoon version for the gazillionth time, put down the damn remote and head to the historic Mercantile Trust Building in […]

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‘Akeelah and the Bee’ at Arena Stage

How do you spell T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C  S-H-O-W? Those of us with Millennial-generation children are used to the intensity of youth sports, like football, lacrosse or soccer, being played outdoors on a turf field. Helicopter parents hover, screaming insults at the referees, and shrieking even more loudly to override the coach’s instructions to their kid. For some […]

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‘Galileo’ at the U.S. Naval Academy Masqueraders

Presenting Bertolt Brecht’s play, Galileo, is a terrific feat for Director Christy Stanlake of The Masqueraders. It is a production, a spectacle, filled with color, light, and delight – and a serious subject. After 15 years, this is Stanlake’s final show at the Naval Academy, and possibly one of her more complex. In addition to directing […]

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The Women’s Voices Theater Festival ‘Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End’ at Arena Stage

A Wonderful “Mom-ologue” Many Baby Boomers’ earliest memories were of their stay-at-home mothers laughing at a risque line in an Erma Bombeck column, carefully cutting the column out – then glaring at us before running off to call a girlfriend and read Bombeck’s latest. And giggling. Always the giggling! Millennials haven’t a clue. Bombeck’s thrice-weekly […]

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‘Zombie Prom’ at Spotlighters Theatre

This musical comedy goes nuclear! Zombie Prom, with Music by Dana P. Rowe, and Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey, currently stalking the underground stage of Spotlighters in Baltimore, is a howl that combines teen hormones, comedy, great music, hysterical lyrics, an amazing cast, and buckets of nuclear waste to create an explosively funny show. Expertly directed […]

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