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.
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 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 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 Stage November 23, 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 Audience October 29, 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: INTERLOCK January 13, 2015
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 Stage October 20, 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 SquirekBWW Reviews: Wartime Magic - WARHORSE at the Hippodrome February 5, 2014
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.