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 Review: BIG POWER IN SMALL PACKAGES by Guest Critic Anne ShoemakerBWW Review: BIG POWER IN SMALL PACKAGES by Guest Critic Anne Shoemaker
Posted: Apr. 19, 2016


BWW Review: ALL IN THE FAMILY: THE LION IN WINTERBWW Review: ALL IN THE FAMILY: THE LION IN WINTER
Posted: Apr. 12, 2016


BWW Review: Wilson's FENCES Touches AudienceBWW Review: Wilson's FENCES Touches Audience
Posted: Oct. 29, 2015


BWW Review: Book It! THE BOOK OF MORMON Soars - by Guest Critic Anne ShoemakerBWW Review: Book It! THE BOOK OF MORMON Soars - by Guest Critic Anne Shoemaker
Posted: Nov. 10, 2015


Head Shots: X's and O's at Center StageHead Shots: X's and O's at Center Stage
Posted: Nov. 23, 2015


BWW Review: UNDER THE SKIN Gets Under the SkinBWW Review: UNDER THE SKIN Gets Under the Skin
Posted: Feb. 8, 2016


BWW Review: BIG POWER IN SMALL PACKAGES by Guest Critic Anne ShoemakerBWW Review: BIG POWER IN SMALL PACKAGES by Guest Critic Anne Shoemaker
April 19, 2016

Evita was one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's more controversial shows, depicting Argentina's beloved Eva Peron as a swindler, cheat, and power-hungry woman, willing to sleep her way to the top. Even when they made the movie almost 50 years after Eva's death, drastic rewrites and additional songs were made simply to film in Argentina. It's interesting to me how the attitude towards women in power have, in some respects, changed, but words like conniving, manipulating, whore, and the like still get tossed around; during intermission, I enjoyed a poignant, and a little heated, discussion of the parallels of this play in our current presidential race. Good theatre provokes discussion, and Spotlighter's Theatre put on a powerhouse of a musical that is very topical today.
BWW Review: ALL IN THE FAMILY: THE LION IN WINTERBWW Review: ALL IN THE FAMILY: THE LION IN WINTER
April 12, 2016

Perhaps you're a fan of the new dramatic TV series, 'The Royals,' about a fictional British royal family who face struggles like the death of the heir to the throne, conniving children and assorted romances.
BWW Review: UNDER THE SKIN Gets Under the SkinBWW Review: UNDER THE SKIN Gets Under the Skin
February 8, 2016

It's clear to me that Everyman Theatre company actor Megan Anderson knows her craft and performs it exceptionally well, given how she brought her character, Raina, to life in playwright Michael Hollinger's 'Under the Skin.' That's because I had to restrain myself, several times, from shouting from my seat that she was an ungrateful, affected, pretentious, New Agey, annoying Millennial (expletive), a particular demographic for which I have a Saudi-Arabian-oil-reserve-size dislike.
Head Shots: X's and O's at Center StageHead Shots: X's and O's at Center Stage
November 23, 2015

I recall a story where a pastor spoke to his congregation about the 10 commandments. To paraphrase, the pastor said, 'About that commandment about not having any false idols--not applicable for today, right? Nobody praying before golden calves today, right?' Then, he held up a football.
BWW Review: Book It! THE BOOK OF MORMON Soars - by Guest Critic Anne ShoemakerBWW Review: Book It! THE BOOK OF MORMON Soars - by Guest Critic Anne Shoemaker
November 10, 2015

The Book of Mormon comes back to Baltimore by popular demand, and its not hard to understand why. The brainchild of South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez is the hottest ticket on Broadway. While definitely not for the easily offended, this show is uproariously funny and fun, surprisingly touching and poignant, and the touring company gracing the Hippodrome Theatre does not dissapoint. In truth, I haven't enjoyed myself so much at a musical in a very, very long time.
BWW Review: Wilson's FENCES Touches AudienceBWW Review: Wilson's FENCES Touches Audience
October 29, 2015

Classic story of fathers and sons, direams and disappointments and challenging the realities of the American Dream now at the Everyman
BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING By Guest Critic Anne ShoemakerBWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING By Guest Critic Anne Shoemaker
May 18, 2015

Audience has 'the time of their lives' with performance of DIRTY DANCE at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theater
BWW Reviews: All in the Family: AFTER THE REVOLUTIONBWW Reviews: All in the Family: AFTER THE REVOLUTION
March 31, 2015

Noted playwright Amy Herzog's AFTER THE REVOLUTION tells the tale of three generations of the Joseph family, shaken by moral and political views and a shocking family secret revealed.
BWW Reviews: Not Happily Ever After: INTERLOCKBWW Reviews: Not Happily Ever After: INTERLOCK
January 13, 2015

Ira Levin's dark psychological drama, INTERLOCK, runs through Feb. 8th at Baltimore's Vagabond Players' theater.
BWW Reviews: A Pleasing Repast - THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNERBWW Reviews: A Pleasing Repast - THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
December 3, 2014

The Spotlighters brings George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's comedy, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER. to their intimate stage just in time for the holidays.
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.


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