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BWW Review: THE BOOK OF JOSEPH at The Everyman Theatre BWW Review: THE BOOK OF JOSEPH at The Everyman Theatre
by Tina Collins - May 17, 2018

The psychological arcs of history are sometimes lost in the details and dates. THE BOOK OF JOSEPH amplifies those emotional truths as it follows the Hollander family's past struggle to survive World War II and present struggle to deal with the reverberations of a past we both wish to remember and se... (more...)
BWW Review: SOUL THE STAX MUSICAL - Baltimore Center Stage Presents World Premiere Until June 10, 2018 BWW Review: SOUL THE STAX MUSICAL - Baltimore Center Stage Presents World Premiere Until June 10, 2018
by Charles Shubow - May 17, 2018

I cannot think of a more fitting way to say thank you to Baltimore Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah than attending SOUL THE STAX MUSICAL which runs to June 10, 2018.... (more...)
With SOUL, Stax Lives Again at Center Stage With SOUL, Stax Lives Again at Center Stage
by Jack L. B. Gohn - May 12, 2018

We want the same songs we (or our parents or grandparents, as the case may be) grew up with, every note of the horn arrangements, and the original singer's voices, imparting each smidgen of intonation and pacing that the original singe added to the song. A historical frame for the musical is perfec... (more...)
Uncategorizable, Brilliant, and Profound: Bernstein's CANDIDE at the Washington National Opera Uncategorizable, Brilliant, and Profound: Bernstein's CANDIDE at the Washington National Opera
by Jack L. B. Gohn - May 06, 2018

When you hear the first few notes of the rollicking overture, you know Bernstein is genuflecting hard to Johann Strauss. Yet this is a story in which the principal characters are bayoneted, hanged, maimed, raped, prostituted, ravaged by disease, and enslaved, among other things, a story which, thema... (more...)
BWW Review: TRUE WEST at Rep Stage in Columbia - A Toast to Impeccable Performances! BWW Review: TRUE WEST at Rep Stage in Columbia - A Toast to Impeccable Performances!
by Charles Shubow - May 03, 2018

Rep Stage closes its 25th season with a riveting presentation of Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST which is full of laughs.... (more...)
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Leaves a Trail of Stardust at The Hippodrome AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Leaves a Trail of Stardust at The Hippodrome
by Jack L. B. Gohn - May 02, 2018

What a trail of stardust the whole musical leaves! There are the sets and lighting which dazzle in their nimble evocation of the wonders of Paris, with a side-step into a fantasy nightclub that seems to be Radio City Music Hall, complete with spangled leggy chorines and dudes in top hats and tails. ... (more...)
BWW Review: AUBERGINE at Everyman Theatre is a Touching Drama BWW Review: AUBERGINE at Everyman Theatre is a Touching Drama
by Charles Shubow - March 19, 2018

Everyman's Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi directs this so-production with the Olney Theatre Cednter.... (more...)
BWW Review: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AUBERGINE at Everyman Theatre BWW Review: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AUBERGINE at Everyman Theatre
by Daniel Collins - March 19, 2018

Aubergine, by American playwright and television writer of Korean descent, Julia Cho, is a didactic play, heavy on pathos, but not without humor, that finds its origins in Cho's own life, specifically, the death of her father. Similarly in this play, protagonist Ray, played by Tony Nam, cares for hi... (more...)
BWW Review: Same As The Old Boss: Center Stage's Grim, Industrial ANIMAL FARM BWW Review: Same As The Old Boss: Center Stage's Grim, Industrial ANIMAL FARM
by Jack L. B. Gohn - March 12, 2018

The true selling point of this production is not so much a reimmersion in Orwell's masterpiece as a reminder, if we needed reminding, of the collective nausea that overtakes us in one of those periodic moments when totalitarian assaults on truth, justice and human dignity are winning.... (more...)
BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore is so Much More than OK BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore is so Much More than OK
by Kristen Price - March 09, 2018

OKLAHOMA! was not a show that I new much about before seeing it performed this week by the lovely cast and crew of Artistic Synergy of Baltimore. It's one of those classic 40s musicals that doesn't get revived much these days, but a classic becomes a classic for a reason. And while the show itself w... (more...)
BWW Review: Handing it to the Devil: Stillpointe Presents HAND TO GOD BWW Review: Handing it to the Devil: Stillpointe Presents HAND TO GOD
by Jack L. B. Gohn - March 03, 2018

This attack on sanctimonious pretensions is put across by a spirited ensemble, game with lascivious behavior, violence, f-bombs and sock-puppets, and blessed with considerable talent, including the manual dexterity to bring socks to life.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Lackluster Script Spoils THE GRADUATE at Dundalk Community Theatre BWW Review: A Lackluster Script Spoils THE GRADUATE at Dundalk Community Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - February 26, 2018

Ben's character may be a phony pastiche, and Elaine's a confusing cypher, but in Elaine's mother Mrs. Robinson, novelist Charles Webb struck gold. Bored, lecherous, alcoholic, deeply dishonest, vengeful, and possessed of a twisted motherly loyalty, she is real and vital and scary as hell. Dyana Nea... (more...)
BWW Review: CHESS In Concert at the Kennedy Center: A Special Night to Remember BWW Review: CHESS In Concert at the Kennedy Center: A Special Night to Remember
by Charles Shubow - February 22, 2018

A sold-out seven performance production of CHESS in Concert blew the rafters of the roof of the Eisenhower Theater.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GREAT SOCIETY at Arena Stage - LBJ Comes Alive Again! BWW Review: THE GREAT SOCIETY at Arena Stage - LBJ Comes Alive Again!
by Charles Shubow - February 21, 2018

Thank you Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith for bringing to the Washington Area the sequel writer Robert Schenkkan's two part series on President Lyndon Baines Johnson. First there was the Tony Winning ALL THE WAY which dealt with Johnson ascending the presidency while THE GREAT SOCIETY pick... (more...)
ALL SHE MUST POSSESS at Rep Stage - An Ambitious Look at the Famous Cone Sisters ALL SHE MUST POSSESS at Rep Stage - An Ambitious Look at the Famous Cone Sisters
by Charles Shubow - February 20, 2018

Columbia's Rep Stage takes a leap into the lives of Etta And Claribel Cone in world premiere play by Susan McCully.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Community's Accomplishment and the Homosexual Gaze: ALL SHE MUST POSSESS at REP Stage BWW Review: A Community's Accomplishment and the Homosexual Gaze: ALL SHE MUST POSSESS at REP Stage
by Jack L. B. Gohn - February 10, 2018

All She Must Possess does not suggest that the Cone Collection was Etta's work alone, but rather depicts it as the emanation of the entire community, including not only Etta, but her sister Claribel, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude's brother Leo, Alice Toklas, and the artists, for whom Matisse stands in as... (more...)
BWW Review: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at Everyman Theatre BWW Review: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at Everyman Theatre
by Daniel Collins - February 06, 2018

Long Day's Journey Into Night takes an audience on a foggy trip into the dysfunction of the Tyrone family.... (more...)
BWW Review: No Escape from the Hall of Mirrors in THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY at Single Carrot Theatre BWW Review: No Escape from the Hall of Mirrors in THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY at Single Carrot Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - February 05, 2018

Disney's motto is 'Unless you're one of the most important people who ever lived, what's the point?' But there remains no point if you have no consciousness left to enjoy your importance. Hence the sight near the end of doomed Walt struggling to slow down and stretch out indefinitely the experience ... (more...)
BWW Review: When Everything Falls Apart: SKELETON CREW at Center Stage BWW Review: When Everything Falls Apart: SKELETON CREW at Center Stage
by Jack L. B. Gohn - February 02, 2018

The human spirit, Morisseau seems to be suggesting, is hard to crush, regardless of the direction in which the great tides of industrial affairs may flow.... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS at The Hippodrome is Two Parts Love Story and One Part Comedy with a Dash of Heart Sprinkled Throughout BWW Review: WAITRESS at The Hippodrome is Two Parts Love Story and One Part Comedy with a Dash of Heart Sprinkled Throughout
by Kristen Price - January 31, 2018

The National Tour of WAITRESS - playing at the Hippodrome until February 4, 2018 - is the best version of this particular show I've seen. I originally saw the show on Broadway last summer, but I just didn't get it. It seemed a little disjointed to me. The first act is all fun, while the second act g... (more...)
BWW Review: LOOKINGGLASS ALICE at Center Stage - A musical treat for all ages BWW Review: LOOKINGGLASS ALICE at Center Stage - A musical treat for all ages
by Charles Shubow - December 15, 2017

Leave your troubles at the door and just enjoy this entertaining spectacle.... (more...)
BWW Review: SCROOGE at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore Spreads Christmas Magic to Audiences Young and Old BWW Review: SCROOGE at Artistic Synergy Of Baltimore Spreads Christmas Magic to Audiences Young and Old
by Kristen Price - December 11, 2017

Ebenezer Scrooge is a distinctive character in literature; one of those characters every great actor wants to tackle. He's a redeemable grump, whom you hate but by the end of the story you kind of love. I suppose that's why Leslie Bricusse chose to write SCROOGE, a musical version of this wonderf... (more...)
BWW Review: Joyful A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Annapolis Shakespeare Company Spreads the Message of Christmas BWW Review: Joyful A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Annapolis Shakespeare Company Spreads the Message of Christmas
by Kristen Price - November 28, 2017

Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL has been a considered a classic almost since the time when it was written. The story of Scrooge's haunted Christmas Eve is composed of everything that makes a story grand supernatural visions, likeable characters, heart and redemption. It's the perfect tale to read durin... (more...)
BWW Review: ANNIE at Olney Theatre Center - A Treat for Young Theatergoers BWW Review: ANNIE at Olney Theatre Center - A Treat for Young Theatergoers
by Charles Shubow - November 21, 2017

The famous comic strip 'Little Orphan Annie' comes to life at Olney Theatre Center.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway Magic Comes to Baltimore - THE LION KING at The Hippodrome BWW Review: Broadway Magic Comes to Baltimore - THE LION KING at The Hippodrome
by Daniel Collins - November 20, 2017

Only in the magical land of Broadway can you take a 1994 animated Disney movie thinly based on Shakespeare's HAMLET and possibly based on a 1960s Japanese anime series and transform it into a 6-Tony-Award-winning and highest grossing Broadway production in history. Yes, it's 'The Lion King,' which h... (more...)