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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...)
BWW Review: ROE at Arena Stage - A Thought-Provoking Timely Examination of the Pivotal Supreme Court Case of Roe v. Wade BWW Review: ROE at Arena Stage - A Thought-Provoking Timely Examination of the Pivotal Supreme Court Case of Roe v. Wade
by Charles Shubow - January 25, 2017

Lisa Loomer's new drama focuses on the two women responsible for the decision in Roe v. Wade.... (more...)
BWW Review: SUPERIOR DONUTS at Third Wall Productions Impresses with Heart and Humor BWW Review: SUPERIOR DONUTS at Third Wall Productions Impresses with Heart and Humor
by Kristen Price - January 24, 2017

A few months back I decided to read Tracy Letts' SUPERIOR DONUTS. I do that a lot when I've decided I missed a show that I really wish I hadn't. If I can't see it in person, then reading the play is a close second. The story of a small donut shop in a rundown neighborhood of Chicago, its owner and t... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at the Hippodrome Theatre Hosts 'The Farewell Tour' Impressively BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at the Hippodrome Theatre Hosts 'The Farewell Tour' Impressively
by Charles Shubow - January 18, 2017

ABBA musical hits the right notes and audiences continue to love it!!!!... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CALL OF THE WILD at Baltimore Theatre Project Intrigues BWW Review: THE CALL OF THE WILD at Baltimore Theatre Project Intrigues
by Kristen Price - January 16, 2017

I had never heard of the Baltimore Theatre Project. As someone who fancies herself pretty up on the theater scene in the area, I was very surprised that it had never been on my radar. The Baltimore Theatre Project is a small regional theater located in the arts district of Baltimore City.... (more...)
Destination Wedding in ABBA-Land: Mamma Mia! at Hippodrome Destination Wedding in ABBA-Land: Mamma Mia! at Hippodrome
by Jack L. B. Gohn - January 14, 2017

Mamma Mia! is actually more of a revue than a story-driven show, despite sporting the accouterments of the latter. And none of that mattered a damn to the faithful gathered at the Hippodrome last night. They got what they came for, especially in the curtain call segment where the mask of a story dro... (more...)
BWW Review: TITANIC at Signature Theatre - It is a Night to Remember BWW Review: TITANIC at Signature Theatre - It is a Night to Remember
by Charles Shubow - January 03, 2017

TITANIC should not be missed but must close January 29, 2017.... (more...)
BWW Review: Exquisite Lunacy in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Hippodrome BWW Review: Exquisite Lunacy in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Hippodrome
by Tina Collins - December 29, 2016

Can murder be funny? It is when a group of eccentric aristocrats are involved with all the frills and trills of the Edwardian Age in A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER currently playing at the Hippodrome... (more...)
BWW Review: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at Center Stage Inaugurates the 2016-17 Season BWW Review: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at Center Stage Inaugurates the 2016-17 Season
by Charles Shubow - December 09, 2016

It's a battle of the sexes that takes place in circa 1782 France.... (more...)
BWW Review: Scrooges Galore: Two Distinct Takes on A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Chesapeake Shakespeare and Toby's BWW Review: Scrooges Galore: Two Distinct Takes on A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Chesapeake Shakespeare and Toby's
by Jack L. B. Gohn - December 09, 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that as Christmas rolls around, A Christmas Carol appears in theaters. And it's no wonder; Charles Dickens' irresistible holiday tale is irresistibly theatrical. It is machine-tooled to go right for the heartstrings. A lot of different things can be done within... (more...)
BWW Review: Everyone Gets A Present Courtesy of A CHRISTMAS STORY at Hippodrome BWW Review: Everyone Gets A Present Courtesy of A CHRISTMAS STORY at Hippodrome
by Jack L. B. Gohn - December 07, 2016

All the elements you want to see - the narration by Jean Shepherd, the Major Award, the flagpole (pictured above), the slugfest with Scut Farkas, the dogs in the kitchen, the Chinese dinner, and every repetition of 'You'll shoot your eye out!' are there, none the worse for your expecting them. The n... (more...)
BWW Review: MOBY DICK at Arena Stage - Take a Dip Into the Ocean for An Adventure to Remember BWW Review: MOBY DICK at Arena Stage - Take a Dip Into the Ocean for An Adventure to Remember
by Charles Shubow - December 06, 2016

Herman Melville's classic noved written in 1851 is transformed into an astonishing production.... (more...)
BWW Review: Bravura LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at Center Stage: A Welcome Antidote to Seasonal Good Cheer BWW Review: Bravura LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at Center Stage: A Welcome Antidote to Seasonal Good Cheer
by Jack L. B. Gohn - December 06, 2016

With Les Liaisons Dangereuses, we have byzantine complexity and unreal psychology. Doesn't sound like the sort of thing that would keep readers and theatergoers keep coming back. Yet somehow, almost inexplicably, this slightly pornographic extravaganza of obscurity and nastiness continues to claim o... (more...)