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BWW Review: 'FINDING NEVERLAND' is a Magical Journey at Hippodrome Theatre BWW Review: 'FINDING NEVERLAND' is a Magical Journey at Hippodrome Theatre
by Daniel Collins - June 28, 2017

If you've seen the Johnny Depp 2004 film, 'Finding Neverland,' you're aware of the story of playwright J. M. Barrie and how his relationship with widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four boys, George, Jack, Peter and Michael, inspired him to write the classic play, 'Peter Pan.' If you haven't, you ... (more...)
BWW Review: HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED at Round House Theatre - Truly a Triumph! BWW Review: HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED at Round House Theatre - Truly a Triumph!
by Charles Shubow - June 19, 2017

If you are a fan of the late August Wilson, you must not miss HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED now playing at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD. Even if you have never heard of August Wilson, you should not miss it for it is an exciting and remarkable piece of theater.... (more...)
JAZZ Has World Premiere at Baltimore Center Stage Based on Toni Morrison Novel JAZZ Has World Premiere at Baltimore Center Stage Based on Toni Morrison Novel
by Charles Shubow - June 02, 2017

Playwright Nambi E.Kelley's adaptation of Morrison novel is a herculean effort.... (more...)
NOISES OFF at Everyman Theatre - You Will Laugh Until It Hurts!! NOISES OFF at Everyman Theatre - You Will Laugh Until It Hurts!!
by Charles Shubow - May 30, 2017

It truly is one of the funniest plays I've ever seen.... (more...)
BWW Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN at Vagabond Players Confuses and Amuses BWW Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN at Vagabond Players Confuses and Amuses
by Kristen Price - May 30, 2017

A farce should be full of slamming doors, confusion and missed opportunities. Because of this, you need a stage that's able to accommodate the action and actors that understand exactly what's happening at every point, even if the characters they're playing do not. In the case of SEE HOW THEY RUN pla... (more...)
DORIAN'S CLOSET at Rep Stage - World Premiere Musical is Stunning! DORIAN'S CLOSET at Rep Stage - World Premiere Musical is Stunning!
by Charles Shubow - May 10, 2017

Directed by Co-Artistic Director Joseph Ritsch, with book and lyrics by Richard Mailman and music by Ryan Haase, DORIAN'S CLOSET is a fictionalized account of Buffalo native Dorian Corey who headed to New York City for a life as a 'female impersonator' and 'performer' and became a huge hit. One may ... (more...)
BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW at Fells Point Corner Theatre  Delights Musical Theater Lovers BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW at Fells Point Corner Theatre Delights Musical Theater Lovers
by Kristen Price - May 02, 2017

It must be said. TITLE OF SHOW is an enigma. It's one of those shows that, even after someone has explained it to you, you don't really know exactly what to expect until you take your seat in the theater and the curtain goes up. It's a tricky premise - a show about its own creation. If you really st... (more...)
BWW Review: Single Carrot's Magical Mystery Tour: A SHORT REUNION BWW Review: Single Carrot's Magical Mystery Tour: A SHORT REUNION
by Jack L. B. Gohn - April 23, 2017

The Therapist, embodied by Paul Diem, launched into a spirited evocation of the art of theater, which morphed into a vision of all life as a work of art. In that spirit, flags and funny hats were passed out to the congregation, as the Therapist stripped down to Superman skivvies and led the whole as... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE at Vagabond Theatre is Full of Wit and Snark BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE at Vagabond Theatre is Full of Wit and Snark
by Kristen Price - April 12, 2017

THE ODD COUPLE at the Vagabond Theatre, from start to finish was a pretty perfect production full of misfits and lovable rogues. Felix played by Eric C. Stein and Oscar played by Larry Malkus were standouts, which is good since the entire show rests solely - and comfortably - on their shoulders. Thr... (more...)
BWW Review: HT DARLING'S INCREDIBLE MUSAEUM at Submersive Productions Explores Life on Another Planet BWW Review: HT DARLING'S INCREDIBLE MUSAEUM at Submersive Productions Explores Life on Another Planet
by Kristen Price - April 05, 2017

Immersive theater has been an idea I've heard good things and bad things about but haven't had any real experiences with. I know the general idea - you're sort of dropped into this world and you have to react based on what's going on around you. It's a creative and equally terrifying prospect for ac... (more...)
BWW Review: RENT at Hippodrome Fills Hearts With Its Message of Love BWW Review: RENT at Hippodrome Fills Hearts With Its Message of Love
by Kristen Price - April 03, 2017

For about 6 years, RENT was the show I just didn't want to see. While all my friends were head over heels for this brand new musical, I just couldn't get excited about it. I was very in to the traditional back then and RENT was anything but traditional. However, in 2002 my best friend turned 21 and ... (more...)
BWW Review: LOS OTROS at Everyman Theatre - New Musical by Michael John LaChiusa is Ripe for Our Time BWW Review: LOS OTROS at Everyman Theatre - New Musical by Michael John LaChiusa is Ripe for Our Time
by Charles Shubow - March 31, 2017

See the Baltimore/Washington premiere featuring two stunning actors: Judy McLane and Philip Hernandez.... (more...)
BWW Review: RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre is Rapturous BWW Review: RAGTIME at Ford's Theatre is Rapturous
by Charles Shubow - March 21, 2017

Do not miss this spectacular presentation of the Tony Award-Winning musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WHITE SNAKE at Center Stage BWW Review: THE WHITE SNAKE at Center Stage
by Daniel Collins - March 17, 2017

Audiences are in for a magic journey both on and off stage as Center Stage, now unveiled after a $28 million renovation, presents award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of the Chinese fable, 'THE WHITE SNAKE.'... (more...)
BWW Review: Appalachian Agincourt, Hillbilly HENRY V from Cohesion BWW Review: Appalachian Agincourt, Hillbilly HENRY V from Cohesion
by Jack L. B. Gohn - March 13, 2017

We get an early hint that this Henry has more bloodthirst and realpolitik about him than Shakespeare had in mind, when (without any sanction in the script) he shoves aside a squeamish executioner and personally participates in the execution of the three traitors suborned to murder him at Southampton... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WHITE SNAKE at Center Stage's Renovated Head Theatre is a Delight BWW Review: THE WHITE SNAKE at Center Stage's Renovated Head Theatre is a Delight
by Charles Shubow - March 08, 2017

This is an auspicious beginning of a new era and grand reopening after a $28 million renovation.... (more...)
BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET at Dundalk Community Theatre Delights Shakespeare Lovers and Haters BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET at Dundalk Community Theatre Delights Shakespeare Lovers and Haters
by Kristen Price - March 07, 2017

Imagine you've been cast as every actor's dream role - Hamlet in Shakespeare in the Park. Then imagine as you're deciding whether or not to take the role, the ghost of the best Hamlet of all time - John Barrymore - starts haunting you. That's the premise of Dundalk Community Theatre's delightful pro... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at the Hippodrome Confounds Movie-Lovers BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at the Hippodrome Confounds Movie-Lovers
by Kristen Price - March 03, 2017

THE BODYGUARD, which officially opened last night in Baltimore at the Hippodrome, is a strange little hybrid of a musical. On one hand, it's a pretty straightforward love story about a girl falling for a boy who has been hired to protect her. On the other, it's a jukebox musical using the works of W... (more...)
BWW Review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS at Everyman Theatre - An Ambitious Undertaking BWW Review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS at Everyman Theatre - An Ambitious Undertaking
by Charles Shubow - February 24, 2017

Charles Dickens gigantic novel put on stage is a challenging experience.... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at 2nd Star Productions Takes Flight BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at 2nd Star Productions Takes Flight
by Kristen Price - February 24, 2017

For anyone who has ever loved the character of Peter Pan, reading PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is probably quite a fun experience. For someone like me, who has never been particularly fond of this character, reading PETER AND THE STARCATCHER was difficult. I sort of got where they were going, but I def... (more...)
BWW Review: Everyman Delivers a Rich Production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS BWW Review: Everyman Delivers a Rich Production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS
by Cybele Pomeroy - February 14, 2017

Director Tazewell Thompson, handling a tale that is heavy on narrative, guides the pliable ensemble to a performance that is dynamic, touching, amusing, lively and filled with gothic foreshadowing. Every sequence unfolds a new delight, from slapstick action to nuanced characterization to the most hi... (more...)
BWW Review: Spare, Disorienting RICHARD III at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company BWW Review: Spare, Disorienting RICHARD III at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
by Jack L. B. Gohn - February 13, 2017

This version of Richard III has been stranded in a World War I setting where it does not fit very well, and gives us an exceedingly tight focus on Richard himself, to the exclusion of a plethora of characters and relationships. The spareness of the resulting work is disorienting. Who are all these p... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Olney Theatre Center - It's Just Plain Delicious! BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Olney Theatre Center - It's Just Plain Delicious!
by Charles Shubow - February 10, 2017

Stephen Sondheim musical is given an exceptional production with a superb cast.... (more...)
BWW Review: Brilliant FUCKING A From Iron Crow BWW Review: Brilliant FUCKING A From Iron Crow
by Jack L. B. Gohn - February 06, 2017

Victimization and bad choices are then so intertwined that to speak of individual moral agency seems almost pointless. And this holds true almost as much for the oppressors as for the oppressed.... (more...)
BWW Review: EXIT PLUTO at Strand Theater Company Explores Something New BWW Review: EXIT PLUTO at Strand Theater Company Explores Something New
by Kristen Price - January 26, 2017

Having the chance to see a brand new play always fascinates me. The time and creativity that the playwright has put into their work must be astronomical. I can't imagine the satisfaction and pride they feel when the curtain finally comes up on their vision. To help these playwrights realize their vi... (more...)