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Daniel Collins

Daniel Collins A communications professional for 25 years, Dan Collins was a theater critic for The Baltimore Examiner daily newspaper (2006-2009), covering plays throughout the Baltimore-Columbia area including Center Stage, The Everyman, The Fells Point Corner Theater, Mobtown Players, Vagabond Theater, Cockpit in Court, Spotlighters Theater, The Strand, Single Carrot Theater and others. Mr. Collins has been a reporter, features writer, editor and columnist since 1984, including stints with The Washington Times and the Times Publishing Group (later Patuxent Publishing and now part of The Baltimore Sun) in Baltimore. His freelance writing career has included his work for the Examiner as well as other publications including Baltimore Magazine.

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BWW Reviews: ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Spotlighters by Guest Critic Mark SquirekBWW Reviews: ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Spotlighters
Posted: Oct. 23, 2014


BWW Reviews: A Stove Top Hat Holiday: A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMASBWW Reviews: A Stove Top Hat Holiday: A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
Posted: Dec. 2, 2013


BWW Reviews: Wartime Magic - WARHORSE at the HippodromeBWW Reviews: Wartime Magic - WARHORSE at the Hippodrome
Posted: Feb. 5, 2014


BWW Reviews: RUSSIAN REVOLUTION: 4 BY CHEKHOV by Guest Critic Mark SquirekBWW Reviews: RUSSIAN REVOLUTION: 4 BY CHEKHOV by Guest Critic Mark Squirek
Posted: Mar. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: Pretty Normal - NEXT TO NORMAL Now at Center StageBWW Reviews: Pretty Normal - NEXT TO NORMAL Now at Center Stage
Posted: Oct. 20, 2014


Sister Act Delivers -- Guest Critic Anne ShoemakerSister Act Delivers -- Guest Critic Anne Shoemaker
Posted: Jun. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Spotlighters by Guest Critic Mark SquirekBWW Reviews: ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Spotlighters by Guest Critic Mark Squirek
October 23, 2014

A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, the Rocky Horror Show featuring 'that sweet transvestite' and his motley crew time warp into the Spotlighters Theater in downtown Baltimore.
BWW Reviews: Pretty Normal - NEXT TO NORMAL Now at Center StageBWW Reviews: Pretty Normal - NEXT TO NORMAL Now at Center Stage
October 20, 2014

Or perhaps a better title for this review should be "pretty typical," i.e. typical for a modern American musical.
Sister Act Delivers -- Guest Critic Anne ShoemakerSister Act Delivers -- Guest Critic Anne Shoemaker
June 10, 2014

SISTER ACT, the family friendly, over the top spectacle with nuns that rock, is now at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre through June 15, 2014.
BWW Reviews: RUSSIAN REVOLUTION: 4 BY CHEKHOV by Guest Critic Mark SquirekBWW Reviews: RUSSIAN REVOLUTION: 4 BY CHEKHOV by Guest Critic Mark Squirek
March 10, 2014

Manic mothers, desperate daughters, paranoid paramours and hassled husbands come together in Anton Chekhov's four short works,THE DANGERS OF TOBACCO, THE PROPOSAL, THE RELUCTANT TRAGIC HERO and THE BEAR, now at the Fells Point Corner Theater. -- review by guest critic, Mark Squirek
BWW Reviews: Wartime Magic - WARHORSE at the HippodromeBWW Reviews: Wartime Magic - WARHORSE at the Hippodrome
February 5, 2014

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, WAR HORSE, a tale of loyalty, courage, and friendship, comes to Baltimore's Hippodrome Theater, now through Feb. 9th.
BWW Reviews: A Stove Top Hat Holiday: A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMASBWW Reviews: A Stove Top Hat Holiday: A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
December 2, 2013

Nearly two dozen characters, spanning race, religion and class, come together on Christmas Eve in 1864 in Paula Vogel's work, "A Civil War Christmas"
BWW Reviews: THE FALL OF HEAVEN Rises to the Occasion by Guest Critic Anne ShoemakerBWW Reviews: THE FALL OF HEAVEN Rises to the Occasion by Guest Critic Anne Shoemaker
November 25, 2013

Review of THE FALL OF HEAVEN by Guest Critic Anne Shoemaker:
BWW Reviews: Nothing to Fear - WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?BWW Reviews: Nothing to Fear - WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
September 19, 2013

It's America's favorite neurotic, psychotic, alcoholic couple! Not Taylor and Burton, though granted both appeared as George and Martha in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Their spirit is alive and well as this Edward Albee classic runs on the Spotlighters Theatre's diminutive stage, now through Oct. 6th.
BWW Reviews: Center Stage's ANIMAL CRACKERS Is Right on the MarxBWW Reviews: Center Stage's ANIMAL CRACKERS Is Right on the Marx
September 16, 2013

It's 'Hooray for Captain Spaulding, The African Explorer!' and hooray for the entire cast of ANIMAL CRACKERS who pay (and play) fitting homage to the Brothers Marx in this comedy music production at Baltimore's Center Stage.
BWW Reviews: Saved by the Bell - ALL IN THE TIMINGBWW Reviews: Saved by the Bell - ALL IN THE TIMING
August 19, 2013

Was it an ice pick or an axe that did in Communist pioneer Leon Trotsky? Can monkeys really write HAMLET? Is love the true universal language or is it 'Unamunda'? These questions and more are answered, quite comically, in the Fells Point Corner Theater's production of David Ives' ALL IN THE TIMING.
CATF: The Plays Are The ThingCATF: The Plays Are The Thing
July 8, 2013

The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WVA, is now underway through July 28th, featuring new plays from Liz Duffy Adams, Jon Kern, Jane Martin, Sam Shephard, and Mark St. Germain.
BWW Reviews: Knowing Your Place - BENEATHA'S PLACEBWW Reviews: Knowing Your Place - BENEATHA'S PLACE
May 20, 2013

Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's 'A RAISIN IN THE SUN,' Kwame Kwei-Armah's 'Beneatha's Place' muses on what might have happened when Beneatha Younger and Nigerian political activist Joseph Asagai, left Chicago to live in a Nigeria still fighting for independence from British rule.
BWW Reviews: Life's A Joke: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at EverymanBWW Reviews: Life's A Joke: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at Everyman
April 29, 2013

Two African-American brothers named Lincoln and Booth were left to live on their own with any parents, surviving as street hustlers. Now grown men, their names and histories haunt them in Suzan-Lori Parks' play, TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, now at the Everyman Theatre.
BWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK - It's Not All Black and WhiteBWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK - It's Not All Black and White
April 23, 2013

Center Stage announces the Baltimore premiere of Bruce Norris' 'Cylbourne Park,' the first of two plays slated to run in rotating repertory this spring as 'The Raisin Cycle,' picking up where playwright Lorraine Hansberry left off in her famed work, 'A Raisin in the Sun.'
BWW Reviews: Fly The Muddy Skies: MUD BLUE SKY at Center StageBWW Reviews: Fly The Muddy Skies: MUD BLUE SKY at Center Stage
April 2, 2013

Put three 40something flight attendants in a motel room, add a pot-dealing geek, some cognac, and shake--you've got Marisa Wegryzyn's comedy, 'Mud Blue Sky,' now at Baltimore's Center Stage theater.
Ugly 'Beautiful Sisters' -- Les Belles SoeursUgly 'Beautiful Sisters' -- Les Belles Soeurs
March 18, 2013

Germaine has won a million S&H stamps. Her sisters and her neighbors rally to help her paste them into booklets...when they're not stuffing them in their purses. It's greed, hypocrisy, and a flurry of back-and-front stabbing comments in Michel Tremblay's 'Les Belles Soeurs' (The Sisters-in-Law) now at the Fells Point Corner Theatre in Baltimore City.
BWW Reviews: THE LAST FIVE YEARS - Good TimesBWW Reviews: THE LAST FIVE YEARS - Good Times
March 11, 2013

Cathy and Jamie are happy, they're married, they're not happy, they've split up. How this happens is told through the dual-timeline musical, 'The Last Five Years,' now at the Spotlighters Theater, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
BWW Reviews: The Hollow Family - AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTYBWW Reviews: The Hollow Family - AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
February 4, 2013

Take a little Greek tragedy, some Shakespearean comedy, a bit of O'Neill's 'Long Day's Journey' and maybe some Tennessee Williams, bring it to the Everyman Theatre's new Fayette Street stage and you have the recipe for brilliant entertainment--Tracy Letts' 'AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY,' now at the Everyman through Feb. 17th.
BWW Reviews: Swan Song - HEROESBWW Reviews: Swan Song - HEROES
October 29, 2012

Three veterans of World War I contemplate their lives, their mortality and a row of poplars just off in the distance in Tom Stoppard's HEROES, now at the Everyman Theater, the last play to be performed at the theater's current Charles Street location.
BWW Reviews: Recipe for Disaster - Center Stage's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLEBWW Reviews: Recipe for Disaster - Center Stage's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
October 7, 2012

A town ready for wealth, a naive scientist, men in power and men seeking power, a battle for the truth--it's all grist for playwright Arthur Miller's adaptation of Henri Ibsen's classic, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, now at Baltimore's Center Stage.


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