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BWW Review: Wildwood Summer Theatre serenades SPRING AWAKENINGBWW Review: Wildwood Summer Theatre serenades SPRING AWAKENING
by Keith Tittermary - August 11, 2017

Back in the late 1970's Wildwood Summer Theater was producing a disco-themed West Side Story in the old Rockville Mall. In that production was a young high school kid named Michael Mayer who was dancing as a Jet. In 2007, that young kid won a Tony Award for directing the new Broadway Musical, Spring Awakening. Since 1965, WST has been producing shows that feature those between the ages of 14 and 25 in every single aspect. From director to orchestra to designer, every person involved is under 25. (more...)
BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Creates Magic and Fun in the ForestBWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Creates Magic and Fun in the Forest
by Kristen Price - July 18, 2017

There are few things I love more than finding fun and new things to do outside in the dog days of summer. And lately, it seems that others have shared my love for all things sunshine by planning more and more of these events. One of these events is theatre outside, which may not be a new idea, but it seems more companies are participating in these types of shows. For instance, the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is performing A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in the garden of the Evergreen Museum in Baltimore County. Don't get me wrong, I love this particular play in all forms, but there's something special about seeing it outdoors in a garden, seeing as that is the actual setting for the play. And while I've seen a few productions outdoors, I need to say that this particular production was probably the best I've ever seen. (more...)
BWW Review: JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK at Adventure TheatreBWW Review: JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK at Adventure Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - July 3, 2017

WOWEE WOW WOW!! Junie B. Jones and all of her friends are inhabiting Adventure Theatre this summer for a fun-filled tale of missing gloves, true loves, and fast feet. Fueled by a super colossus performance from pint-size dynamo Megan Graves in the title role and helmed by master director Rick Hammerly, Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook proves that you can enjoy a Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) show at any age. (more...)
BWW Review: WONDERLAND Rocks at Imagination StageBWW Review: WONDERLAND Rocks at Imagination Stage
by Hannah Wing - June 26, 2017

Imagination Stage's production, directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer) takes elements of Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and adds a bit of his poem, 'The Jabberwocky' to create a musical filled with catchy rock and roll tunes. (more...)
BWW Feature: The Cast of NOISES OFF at Everyman Theatre Chat About Comedy, Acting and SardinesBWW Feature: The Cast of NOISES OFF at Everyman Theatre Chat About Comedy, Acting and Sardines
by Kristen Price - June 10, 2017

Everyone in the theater community of Baltimore seems to be talking about the mad-cap, truly hilarious production of NOISES OFF happening at Everyman Theatre this month. After reading a few glowing reviews, I was finally lucky enough to see it this week. And honestly, I'm not sure the reviews did the show justice. It was spectacular! The time and energy that I'm sure it took the actors to learn and master the choreography alone truly showed in their performances. The entire production was a master class in farce, and I'm not sure I've ever laughed so much in a theater before. (more...)
BWW Review: SEE HOW THEY RUN at Vagabond Players Confuses and AmusesBWW 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 playing at the Vagabond Theatre, you have the makings of everything that creates a great farce, even if you don't have the best script. (more...)
BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW at Fells Point Corner Theatre  Delights Musical Theater LoversBWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW at Fells Point Corner Theatre Delights Musical Theater Lovers
by Kristen Price - May 2, 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 start to think about it too closely, you may come to some sort of philosophical conclusions about life and its meaning. If you just go with it and don't contemplate too much, you'll have a fairly fabulous night at the theater. And honestly, a few good nights at the theater, could lead to a pretty happy life, so I suppose you could thank TITLE OF SHOW for providing you that… (more...)
BWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK at Imagination StageBWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - April 27, 2017

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book has seen no shortage of adaptations. In addition to its original print form, it's the source for two Disney movies, and a stage adaptation at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago a few years back. Would-be adaptors face as slight problem in that while there is lots of fun within Kipling's stories about a human child named Mowgli being raised by wolves, the story also has a dark side to it that might not work well for the youngest of theatregoers. Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland is currently presenting a new adaptation by Greg Banks of Kipling's work, which will leave your little ones engaged from beginning to end without clawing you to go into the lobby. Older kids and adults are also likely to enjoy themselves, making it a theatergoing experience for the whole family. (more...)
BWW Review: University of Maryland Explores the Underworld in THE ORPHEUS ADVENTUREBWW Review: University of Maryland Explores the Underworld in THE ORPHEUS ADVENTURE
by Keith Tittermary - April 10, 2017

The Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland's School of Music is a two-year program for graduate students in Opera Performance. Their ambitious The Orpheus Adventure is a gorgeous endeavor between the School of Music, along with the Theater and Dance Departments. (more...)
BWW Review: Forum Theatre celebrates #NASTYWOMENREPBWW Review: Forum Theatre celebrates #NASTYWOMENREP
by Keith Tittermary - March 21, 2017

“Men are like weapons. Women are like wounds.” That is a poignant line and an apt summation of the first part of Forum Theatre's #NastyWomen ethos. The first piece in this horrifying, yet deeply moving, work is Monica Byrne's What Every Girl Should Know, which takes place in 1914 and follows four teen girls in a New York reformatory. (more...)
BWW Review:  Young Artists of America Premieres THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: THE SONGS OF TIM RICE IN CONCERTBWW Review: Young Artists of America Premieres THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: THE SONGS OF TIM RICE IN CONCERT
by Jennifer Perry - March 12, 2017

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: THE SONGS OF TIM RICE IN CONCERT was nothing less than a case study in ambition. (more...)
BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET at Dundalk Community Theatre Delights Shakespeare Lovers and HatersBWW Review: I HATE HAMLET at Dundalk Community Theatre Delights Shakespeare Lovers and Haters
by Kristen Price - March 7, 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 production of I HATE HAMLET. For lovers of Shakespeare, you can't go wrong with seeing this play. Contrary to its title, the show is basically a love letter to the Bard. (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at the Hippodrome Confounds Movie-LoversBWW Review: THE BODYGUARD at the Hippodrome Confounds Movie-Lovers
by Kristen Price - March 3, 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 Whitney Houston as a jumping off point. Both have their positives and negatives but therein lies the problem. Since the producers were so focused on making the show both a love story AND a jukebox musical, neither part received the attention it deserved, and both parts suffered because of it. (more...)
BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at 2nd Star Productions Takes FlightBWW 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 definitely didn't get all in the ins and outs of the story. It's sort of like reading HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, before reading HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. You get the idea, but you're just a bit lost in the magic of it all. (more...)
BWW Review: THE FRESHEST SNOW WHYTE at Imagination StageBWW Review: THE FRESHEST SNOW WHYTE at Imagination Stage
by Elliot Lanes - February 23, 2017

Continuing his winning streak of taking classic fairy tales and turning them into hip-hop extravaganzas, writer/ director Psalmayne 24 has done it again with a futuristic take on Snow White. He has kicked our heroine into the year 3000, armed her with a graffiti device, and put her up against an evil uncle named Kanye East. The Freshest Snow Whyte at Imagination Stage may not be the familiar version of the fairy tale, but it's one you should really get to know. (more...)
BWW Review:  CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Round House TheatreBWW Review: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE at Round House Theatre
by Jennifer Perry - February 5, 2017

The material speaks for itself and gives the cast - and especially Nova Y. Payton - a chance to stretch their limits. (more...)
BWW Review: BOEING BOEING Soars at Highwood TheaterBWW Review: BOEING BOEING Soars at Highwood Theater
by Keith Tittermary - January 31, 2017

Highwood Theater in Silver Spring has been providing education in a 'community-produced' environment for more than 10 years, but recently has moved into producing professional theater in their new black box theater. I applaud the work that founder and Executive Director Kevin Kearney has been doing and the organization he has created. (more...)
BWW Review: A TRIBUTE TO OL' BLUE EYES with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at StrathmoreBWW Review: A TRIBUTE TO OL' BLUE EYES with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - January 27, 2017

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BWW Review: EXIT PLUTO at Strand Theater Company Explores Something NewBWW 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 visions, The Strand Theater Company, a small theater in Baltimore County has devoted time and energy to producing only new works. In the case of this season, all of these works will be written and directed by female artists - a worthy cause in an industry where most men still dominate the writing and directing fields. (more...)
BWW Review: SUPERIOR DONUTS at Third Wall Productions Impresses with Heart and HumorBWW 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 the people that frequent his shop struck a chord with me. The relationship between Arthur, and Franco, the young man Arthur employs is full of differences. Arthur is an aging Polish hippie/donut-maker, while Franco is a young African American writer. (more...)
BWW Feature: GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT at Third Wall Productions Lights the Light of HopeBWW Feature: GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT at Third Wall Productions Lights the Light of Hope
by Kristen Price - January 20, 2017

On a day that saw rumors of a possible shutdown of the National Endowment for the Arts, artists from around the country came together to prove their lights would not be extinguished. (more...)
BWW Review: THE CALL OF THE WILD at Baltimore Theatre Project IntriguesBWW 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...)
BWW Review: MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER at the Music Center at StrathmoreBWW Review: MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER at the Music Center at Strathmore
by Elliot Lanes - December 14, 2016

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BWW Review: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at Adventure Theatre MTCBWW Review: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE at Adventure Theatre MTC
by Elliot Lanes - December 6, 2016

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BWW Review:  Imagination Stage's Production of DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Boasts a Strong Cast Singing Memorable TunesBWW Review: Imagination Stage's Production of DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Boasts a Strong Cast Singing Memorable Tunes
by Jennifer Perry - November 20, 2016

This production is a good introduction to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Adults will appreciate the strong voices and engaging story. The littlest patron will be enchanted. (more...)

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