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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...)
BWW Review: LEADING LADIES at Salem Players is an Uproarious Good Time BWW Review: LEADING LADIES at Salem Players is an Uproarious Good Time
by Kristen Price - November 15, 2017

It's fortuitous that I'm publishing this review on #LoveTheatre day because it must be said - I loved LEADING LADIES playing currently at Salem Players in Catonsville. This particular show with this talented cast of actors was a pretty fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon. For some reason, this... (more...)
BWW Review: Lady Day AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Rep Stage in Columbia Is Just Dazzling BWW Review: Lady Day AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Rep Stage in Columbia Is Just Dazzling
by Charles Shubow - November 14, 2017

Just imagine going to a nightclub today and getting the chance to see the iconic Billie Holiday (also known as 'Lady Day') perform, as she did in 1959. Well, you now have that chance thanks to the Rep Stage in Columbia as they bring her talent to life. Yes, Billie Holiday is alive and well and perfo... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Dundalk Community Theatre - Simply Spectacular! BWW Review: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Dundalk Community Theatre - Simply Spectacular!
by Charles Shubow - November 01, 2017

I was so excited when I noticed that the Dundalk Community Theatre would be presenting Jason Robert Brown's THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. I just love this show. And when I read that Todd Pearthree would be directing, that's when I REALLY got excited.... (more...)
BWW Review: Helter-Skelter, Seat-of-the-Pants Hilarity: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Center Stage BWW Review: Helter-Skelter, Seat-of-the-Pants Hilarity: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Center Stage
by Jack L. B. Gohn - October 31, 2017

Most of all, perhaps, is the sense of the theater as a helter-skelter, seat-of-the-pants, totally precarious enterprise, in which people start out to cast or produce a show with no idea how it's going to be completed, without necessarily even a script, and in which the way to make the final product ... (more...)
BWW Review:Everyman Hosts INTIMATE APPAREL's Triumphant Return to Baltimore BWW Review:Everyman Hosts INTIMATE APPAREL's Triumphant Return to Baltimore
by Jack L. B. Gohn - October 29, 2017

There seems to be a constant in Lynn Nottage's plays: the reality that people of color and women do not get many breaks or many chances for happiness or fulfillment. Whatever they do achieve along these lines is both hard-won and partial. In fact, that constant reality of limits on the available eco... (more...)
BWW Review: POE AND ALL THE OTHERS at Annapolis Shakespeare Company is a Creative Ghost Story about Baltimore's Favorite Storyteller BWW Review: POE AND ALL THE OTHERS at Annapolis Shakespeare Company is a Creative Ghost Story about Baltimore's Favorite Storyteller
by Kristen Price - October 27, 2017

Annapolis Shakespeare Company's (ASC) POE AND ALL THE OTHERS imagines Edgar Allan Poe in a literal fever dream visited by lost loves and family. Poe as played by Brian Keith MacDonald is at times reliving wonderful moments and at times arguing with figments of his fever-addled imagination. His ... (more...)
BWW Review: I'LL GET YOU BACK AGAIN at Round House Theatre - A World Premiere Play With Music BWW Review: I'LL GET YOU BACK AGAIN at Round House Theatre - A World Premiere Play With Music
by Charles Shubow - October 19, 2017

So much time and effort goes into presenting any sort of play... from the written word, direction, set design, lighting, sound, and especially the actors. And here in I'LL GET YOU BACK AGAIN, it's the play that needs a little work and tweaking.... (more...)
BWW Review: COMPANY at Just Off Broadway is a Fun, Funny and Fast-Paced Show with Heart BWW Review: COMPANY at Just Off Broadway is a Fun, Funny and Fast-Paced Show with Heart
by Kristen Price - October 18, 2017

For a majority of my adult life I've assumed Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY was a show about the backstage workings of a company of actors a bit like NOISES OFF. It was only recently I learned that the show's title actually refers to an entirely different meaning of the word company. Thanks to the cas... (more...)
BWW Review: Annapolis Shakespeare Company Opens Their New Cabaret Space With An
Evening Celebrating THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK BWW Review: Annapolis Shakespeare Company Opens Their New Cabaret Space With An Evening Celebrating THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK
by Kristen Price - October 16, 2017

The cabaret show has been a staple in the entertainment industry for some time. Singers and performers alike relish the opportunity to tell stories in a different way than they're used to, while performing songs they've never had the opportunity to sing. These evenings are more intimate and audience... (more...)
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Annapolis Shakespeare Company Charms in a Fresh Take on a Classic BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Annapolis Shakespeare Company Charms in a Fresh Take on a Classic
by Kristen Price - October 10, 2017

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. At the center of the story is one stubborn couple that everyone except them - knows should be together. Annapolis Shakespeare Company's production of this play is fresh and delightfully funny, and showcases every last comedic mo... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS at Baltimore's Center Stage Looks at Church Dogma in a Complex Way BWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS at Baltimore's Center Stage Looks at Church Dogma in a Complex Way
by Charles Shubow - September 29, 2017

You don't have to be Christian to love THE CHRISTIANS (with apologies to the 1960's famous ad 'You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's Jewish Rye Bread). But I do think a new name of the play would be appropriate. Have there been plays called 'The Hindus', 'The Jews',... (more...)
BWW Review: The Glass Menagerie at the Vagabond BWW Review: The Glass Menagerie at the Vagabond
by Tina Collins - September 18, 2017

Perfect casting makes for a beautiful rendition of The Glass Menagerie at the Vagabond. In this Tennessee Williams' classic, a fractured family struggles to maintain the illusion of hope in a harsh reality. Michael Byrne Zemarel's sensitive direction extracts the timeless elements from the mid-centu... (more...)
BWW Review: Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre LIGHT UP THE STARS with a Tribute to Broadway BWW Review: Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre LIGHT UP THE STARS with a Tribute to Broadway
by Kristen Price - September 16, 2017

Last summer, the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre performed 50 YEARS UNDER THE STARS, an evening of Broadway songs and dances to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. It was such a hit that they decided to mount another production this year, and after seeing their gorgeous production of RENT last summer,... (more...)
M. BUTTERFLY at Everyman Theatre - What a Bold Presentation of a Psychological Thriller Full of Surprises M. BUTTERFLY at Everyman Theatre - What a Bold Presentation of a Psychological Thriller Full of Surprises
by Charles Shubow - September 15, 2017

David Henry Hwang Tony winning play is given a riveting presentation by Everyman's Artistic Director and Director Vincent M. Lancisi.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Beautifully-Acted Tragedy Of Ideas: SALLY McCOY at Cohesion Theatre BWW Review: A Beautifully-Acted Tragedy Of Ideas: SALLY McCOY at Cohesion Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - September 15, 2017

Sally, as realized by Katherine Vary, is amazing to watch, as she constantly calculates what tactic, rhetorical, pugilistic, or personal, to employ next. When her bag of tricks appears empty to us, and apparently empty to her for a moment, she keeps coming up with one more and you can see her own ... (more...)
BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Olney Theatre Center - Come for the Fireworks! BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Olney Theatre Center - Come for the Fireworks!
by Charles Shubow - September 12, 2017

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BWW Review: An Embrace of Dangerous Illusions, Stunningly Portrayed: M. BUTTERFLY at Everyman BWW Review: An Embrace of Dangerous Illusions, Stunningly Portrayed: M. BUTTERFLY at Everyman
by Jack L. B. Gohn - September 11, 2017

Bruce Randolph Nelson's portrayal of Monsieur Gallimard is authoritative: all the glibness of a would-be mandarin who cannot quite pull it off, a lyrical self-awareness that does not quite go far enough, and a touch of madness. Every line rang true.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Generation and a Movement Considered in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES at The REP BWW Review: A Generation and a Movement Considered in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES at The REP
by Jack L. B. Gohn - September 11, 2017

The play has aged well. Women are, of course, still grappling with some of the issues that Heidi confronts. But it is not the specific issues that make the play last and lead me to predict that there will be revivals a century hence. One thing is for sure: the pop culture time-stamps like specific s... (more...)
BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Signature Theatre - 'Send In The Crowds' BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Signature Theatre - 'Send In The Crowds'
by Charles Shubow - September 01, 2017

Waltz right in to see Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer's stunning classic rendition on the musical A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.... (more...)
BWW Review: Red Branch Theatre Company Shoots and Scores with an Inspired Production of LYSISTRATA JONES BWW Review: Red Branch Theatre Company Shoots and Scores with an Inspired Production of LYSISTRATA JONES
by Kristen Price - August 24, 2017

LYSISTRATA JONES is a show that I knew next to nothing about before seeing the lovely production this past weekend at the Red Branch Theatre. I had heard one song in a concert of Lewis Flynn music, and had loved it. Also, I knew it was about basketball - which is also a topic I know next to nothing ... (more...)
BWW Review: Take a Tumble down the Rabbit Hole in the Delightful ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND at Annapolis Shakespeare Company BWW Review: Take a Tumble down the Rabbit Hole in the Delightful ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND at Annapolis Shakespeare Company
by Kristen Price - July 31, 2017

The delightful production of ALICE AND THE BOOK OF WONDERLAND, produced by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company has found a way to make the story of Alice and Wonderland new and fresh for children and adults alike. That's no easy feat. Alice and Wonderland is a reliable classic that most people know ba... (more...)