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Review: ‘She Kills Monsters’ at Spotlighters

“My party is a leather-clad dominatrix and an Elvin supermodel?” Shimmy into your chainmail and grab a broadsword, there’s an awesome campaign starting at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre (Spotlighters) and they’re still looking for adventurers for their party. Spotlighters’ penultimate production of the season, Playwright Qui Nguyen’s AATE Distinguished Play Award-winning She Kills Monsters, will […]

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Review: ‘Jazz’ at Baltimore Center Stage

In its latest quest to create and present a diverse array of bold, innovative and thought-provoking contemporary theater, Baltimore Center Stage (BCS) unveiled the world premiere production of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning American author Toni Morrison’s Jazz, which debuted with a well-attended reception to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. For several years, since commencing […]

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Review: ‘See How They Run’ at Vagabond Players

We all need a good laugh these days – not a snicker or a snarky smile. A series of side-splitting belly laughs that leave you exhausted and smiling. See How They Run aptly named for the nursery rhyme song about the “Three Blind Mice,” is the perfect antidote for a week of deadlines, spreadsheets, IT […]

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Review: ‘Movie with the BSO: ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ in Concert’ at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) honored the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s classic family adventure E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with a uniquely immersive screening of the beloved iconic film enhanced with John Williams’ Academy and Grammy Award-winning score performed live in its entirety, along with the complete picture, sound effects and […]

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Review: ‘Noises Off’ at Everyman Theatre

It is always a good time seeing a production of Noises Off, but Everyman Theatre (Everyman) took it to another level last night. If you are a regular theatregoer, it is quite likely you have seen Noises Off before, possibly even several times. The production team and cast at Everyman cranked this show up to […]

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Review: ‘Psycho Beach Party’ at Stillpointe Theatre

If you’re looking for an escape, there’s a thoroughly entertaining performance of Charles Busch’s perennially popular parody of 1960s beach-blanket cinema that’s just what you need. Busch’s script takes every stock role from the genre, from the sexually aggressive beach bunny (Marvel Ann) to the burnout surfer guru (Kanaka), and gently deconstructs most of them. […]

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Review: ‘Little Women: The Musical’ at Third Wall Productions

Mother’s Day afternoon was spent in a Baltimore church basement where we gathered for the musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale, Little Women. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else, as Third Wall Productions (“TWP”) offers a delightful divertissement from those “Hallmark” family gatherings that have become so much a […]

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Review: ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ at Silhouette Stages

OMG! OMG! Silhouette Stages’ Legally Blonde is a blast! The closed curtains on the stage at Slayton House Theater gave no clue as to what dynamic show the highly regarded Silhouette Stage’s would be doing this time. Well, maybe offering an autographed poster of actress Reese Witherspoon at the Silent Auction in the lobby was […]

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Review: ‘Crowns: A Gospel Musical’ at Arena Players

Apropos to Mother’s Day, and a magnificent button to the end of its 63rd season, Arena Players’ Crowns: A Gospel Musical is, among many things, a celebration of Christian and African religious traditions. Adapted by playwright Regina Taylor from the picture-book “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” without a composer, and as directed by […]

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‘The Show Must Go On!’ Preview, Part 2: Interview with Jessica Myles Henkin

Stoop Storytelling, the Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features regular people telling “the extraordinary, true tales of their lives” is partnering with Everyman Theatre to present a night of side-splitting stories about the real-life blunders and behind-the-scenes hijinx of the Baltimore theater community. In the spirit of Everyman’s last show of the 2016/17 season […]

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Review: ‘The Secret Garden’ at Memorial Players

If you’re looking for a musical of Broadway quality in the Baltimore area, look no further than some of the work being produced by Memorial Episcopal Church’s drama ministry, Memorial Players, now in its 16th season. Having recently produced the superb Ragtime, Memorial Players is sustaining excellence with its current production. With themes of rejuvenation […]

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Remembering Anthony Lane Hinkle

Last week, the theater community suffered a great loss with the death of Anthony Lane Hinkle. Below is a lovely tribute, penned by our fellow Baltimore theater reviewer, The Bad Oracle. Please feel free to share your own thoughts and favorite memories of Anthony below in the comments. “My heart is beyond heavy today as […]

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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: ‘Grey Gardens’ at the Old Opera House

An unusual choice and subject matter for a musical, Grey Gardens tells the story of the dysfunctional relationship between mother Edith Bouvier Beale and daughter “Little” Edie Beale. The two women were the aunt and cousin of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. At one time social debutantes and living in the highest society, they became recluses, […]

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