Baltimore Theater Reviews

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Review: The Atreides Are Us in THE ORESTEIA at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Photo Review: The Atreides Are Us in THE ORESTEIA at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
by Jack L. B. Gohn - February 19, 2024

There are great depths here, and great wisdom, and Playwright Ellen McLoughlin’s handiwork and that of Chesapeake Shakespeare convey them well. It is good to see a Shakespeare-oriented theater applying its tools and insights to other material from time to time, particularly classical material that i...

Review: A CHORUS LINE at Toby's Sings And Dances Its Way Into Your Heart Photo Review: A CHORUS LINE at Toby's Sings And Dances Its Way Into Your Heart
by Cybele Pomeroy - February 04, 2024

A CHORUS LINE at Toby’s in Columbia through March 10th, 2024- Staff are warm and helpful, the atmosphere is welcoming and the production is wonderful. If you’re a fan of musical theater, A CHORUS LINE will resonate. It’s a visual and auditory delight, with complex dance numbers and Marvin Hamlisch’...

Review: RENT Rocks At Baltimore's Theatre Project AND M & T Bank Exchange Photo Review: RENT Rocks At Baltimore's Theatre Project AND M & T Bank Exchange
by Cybele Pomeroy - January 30, 2024

RENT is an assemblage of romantic tragedy interspersed with moments that touch your heart, rattle your nerves or tickle your funny bone, set in the gritty underbelly of New York at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The show is a tribute to the spirit of people undaunted by poverty, addiction and illn...

Review: In THE BOOK OF GRACE from Rapid Lemon, a Penchant for Grand Themes and Intoxi Photo Review: In THE BOOK OF GRACE from Rapid Lemon, a Penchant for Grand Themes and Intoxicating Characters, Outstanding Cast
by Jack L. B. Gohn - January 15, 2024

Playwright Suzan Lori-Parks evidently likes to swing for the fences. In The Book of Grace, now being presented by Rapid Lemon, he is fearless in presenting an extravagantly exaggerated and often violent version of the realities she sees in our country today. Despair seems the only reasonable respons...

Review: POE'S LAST STANZA at Perry's in Odenton Is Full of Wit, Poetry and Humor Photo Review: POE'S LAST STANZA at Perry's in Odenton Is Full of Wit, Poetry and Humor
by Cybele Pomeroy - November 13, 2023

Here is wonderful dark magic at work. The wizarding workshop is Do Or Die Productions, its owner/ director/ writer, CJ Crowe, the magician, and her brainchild, POE'S LAST STANZA the spell. The magic of live theater, collective imagination, and audience-driven improvisation are the ingredients in Cro...

Reality Crumbles But A Plot Emerges: Jon Fosse's STRONG WIND Premieres at Scena Theat Photo Reality Crumbles But A Plot Emerges: Jon Fosse's STRONG WIND Premieres at Scena Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - November 06, 2023

Scena Theatre productions are never mere theatrical comfort food; they generally have classical or European roots and, whether comic or tragic, they are always intellectually serious affairs, out to show us or make us think about interesting matters. And this show is no exception. With not only [Nob...

Review: FUNNY GIRL at The Hippodrome Photo Review: FUNNY GIRL at The Hippodrome
by Timoth David Copney - October 25, 2023

What did our critic think of FUNNY GIRL at The Hippodrome? When I was a kid, I wanted nothing so much as to be Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl. I mean, it literally shaped my career aspirations. And I desperately wanted to see the stage version, having practically worn out my LP of the Broadway musi...

Sisters Act Up And Over The Top In Lively Production of SISTER ACT at Toby's In Colum Photo Sisters Act Up And Over The Top In Lively Production of SISTER ACT at Toby's In Columbia
by Cybele Pomeroy - September 19, 2023

SISTER ACT at Toby's in Columbia is a delightfully energetic show that is woman-driven and relationship-positive. Songwriter Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater (of Disney fame) create numbers specifically for theatrical production of the movie-inspired script. Ear-pleasing harmonies abound in an ...

Review: A Challenging DOLL'S HOUSE at Everyman Theatre Photo Review: A Challenging DOLL'S HOUSE at Everyman Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - September 10, 2023

A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, translated, adapted, and directed by Joanie Schultz, runs through September 28, at Everyman Theatre. Read our review of A Doll's House here!...

Review: 10x10x10 2023 At Fells Point Corner Theatre: Longer Than A Tweet, Shorter Tha Photo Review: 10x10x10 2023 At Fells Point Corner Theatre: Longer Than A Tweet, Shorter Than An Indictment
by Cybele Pomeroy - August 21, 2023

Ten playwrights offer ten-minute plays performed by an ensemble of ten actors in the Fells Point Corner Theatre's annual 10x10x10 competition. Strong writing dominates the production, and each piece is different enough from its fellows that determining the “best” show is challenging, as the plays va...

Review: A Theatrical Feast: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Signature Theatre Photo Review: A Theatrical Feast: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY at Signature Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - August 19, 2023

Given the moat of terrible traffic that separates Baltimore theatergoers from Arlington, what can justify a visit there? Well, one answer for sure is Signature Theatre’s stunning production of the 2014 musical The Bridges of Madison County. With a timeless story, a lush, varied score, and riveting p...

Review: JIMMY BUFFETT'S ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE Is Lighthearted Romance For Buffett Photo Review: JIMMY BUFFETT'S ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE Is Lighthearted Romance For Buffett Buffs at Toby's Dinner And Show
by Cybele Pomeroy - July 05, 2023

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE at Toby's in Columbia wearing flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt. Each familiar Jimmy Buffett number is performed with signature Toby’s exuberance, as guests join in singing. A sea of audience-chosen tropical prints boosts atmosphere, and the live miniature orchestra is terrifi...

Review: Disney's FROZEN at Hippodrome Theatre Photo Review: Disney's FROZEN at Hippodrome Theatre
by Daniel Collins - June 09, 2023

What did our critic think of FROZEN at Hippodrome Theatre?...

Review: SIX THE MUSICAL at The Hippodrome Photo Review: SIX THE MUSICAL at The Hippodrome
by Timoth David Copney - May 11, 2023

Get ready to rock with SIX THE MUSICAL - a high-octane, award-winning stage sensation, telling the tale of the wives of Henry VIII in a queenly concert experience. Don't miss this must-see production, full of bright, catchy tunes and excellent harmonies....

Tightened and Thrilling HAMLET at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Photo Tightened and Thrilling HAMLET at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
by Jack L. B. Gohn - May 03, 2023

I think the minimalism and starkness is intended to be clarifying; we are meant to be focused on the hearts of the various intertwined stories Shakespeare presents, and perhaps less distracted by other things going on at the very large periphery the playwright has laid out. Whatever the purpose, we ...

Review: A Compleat HADESTOWN at Hippodrome Theatre Photo Review: A Compleat HADESTOWN at Hippodrome Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - April 13, 2023

So, by virtue of all of these elements this show is compleat in the senses fostered by the archaic spelling of the word, what Webster's renders as 'having all the necessary or desired elements or skills.' The characters, the music, the dancing, the lyrics, and the overall message are all new and dif...

Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Hippodrome Theatre Photo Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Hippodrome Theatre
by Daniel Collins - March 16, 2023

What did our critic think of TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD at Hippodrome Theatre? Chances are, if you're a product of the American education system, you read Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, in high school or college. And if you didn't, you've likely seen the 1962 film...

Review: THE SOUND INSIDE Thrills and Bemuses at Everyman Theatre Photo Review: THE SOUND INSIDE Thrills and Bemuses at Everyman Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - March 12, 2023

The Sound Inside, by Adam Rapp, now gracing the boards at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre, is one of those all-too-rare plays that just bowls you over, even if, afterwards, you’re not quite sure where you’ve been during its bemusing 90 minutes....

Review: FPCT's DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE Only Rings Softly Photo Review: FPCT's DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE Only Rings Softly
by Jack L. B. Gohn - February 21, 2023

The play doesn’t do either superficiality or depth well. And so a decent production like this (which Fells Point Corner Theatre provided) can still only go so far with it....

Review: Strange But Relatable JUMP at Everyman Theatre Photo Review: Strange But Relatable JUMP at Everyman Theatre
by Jack L. B. Gohn - January 30, 2023

Families, sisterly conflicts, alienation from parents, suicidal tendencies, dissociation, nostalgia for childhood mingled with mature reevaluation of it: all these themes and tropes are universal. And audiences of all backgrounds should find this show about them quite relatable, not to mention intri...

Review: HURRICANE DIANE at Iron Crow Photo Review: HURRICANE DIANE at Iron Crow
by Timoth David Copney - January 22, 2023

What did our critic think of THEATRE REVIEW: HURRICANE DIANE at Iron Crow?...

Review: RIDE THE CYCLONE At Arena Stage Photo Review: RIDE THE CYCLONE At Arena Stage
by Jack L. B. Gohn - January 23, 2023

Go See It! Join the enthralled cult! It’s for anyone who was ever a theater or choir kid. It’s for anyone who ever had a sexuality of any flavor whatsoever, or just even an inner life. It’s for the frustrated amateur metaphysician in each of us. And it is certainly for the amateur detective in each ...

Incredible Songs and Ingenious Book Propel Audience Bliss With JAGGED LITTLE PILL at Photo Incredible Songs and Ingenious Book Propel Audience Bliss With JAGGED LITTLE PILL at Hippodrome
by Jack L. B. Gohn - December 15, 2022

We do get a sort of happy ending, but not with a gratifying round of absolution for everyone. In the complicated interplay of transgression and victimization, and in the face of the realities of life in a patriarchal and heterosexist society, almost everyone ends up wishing they’d deserved and recei...

Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT CHESAPEAKE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY at Chesapeake Shakespeare Photo Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT CHESAPEAKE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
by Timoth David Copney - December 07, 2022

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is an absolute treasure...

Review: TINA, THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at The Hippodrome Photo Review: TINA, THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at The Hippodrome
by Timoth David Copney - November 16, 2022

Phrases of praise like ‘tour de force’ and ‘vocal tsunami’ get bandied about so often that they can begin to lose their impact. In the case of Ms. Villanueva, they are not enough....



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