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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The lyricist for 'Fiddler on the Roof' explains why the 54-year-old musical remains relevant by Tim Smith

Since its Broadway premiere in 1964, “Fiddler on the Roof” has ranked among the most beloved and most performed musicals. Fueled by a bevy of indelible songs — music by Jerry Bock, lyr…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A sensitive revival of 'Dancing at Lughnasa' from Everyman Theatre by Tim Smith

Early in “Dancing at Lughnasa,” the finely textured memory play by Brian Friel receiving an effective revival at Everyman Theatre, the narrator sets the scene — a rural Irish home shar…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Stephanie Ybarra from New York's Public Theater named artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage by Tim Smith

Stephanie Ybarra, director of special artistic projects at New York’s Public Theater, has been named artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage. Ybarra will succeed Kwame Kwei-Armah, who …

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Everyman Theatre's summer cabaret features Broadway veterans by Tim Smith

Back in the days when Everyman Theatre was located in cramped quarters on North Charles Street, the company periodically inserted modest musical revues into the lineup. I remember enjoyable …

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Single Carrot Theatre seeks to raise $55,000 by July 31 to stay afloat by Tim Smith

Single Carrot Theatre, the ambitious troupe that has stirred up Baltimore’s cultural life with provocative productions since 2007, is facing a financial crisis. The company has issued a pl…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

In Washington debut, ‘Hamilton’ feels freshly relevant by Tim Smith

Complaints and taunts aimed at immigrants. A sex scandal involving a high government official. Intense partisan bickering fueled by short-fused tempers. Tired of being bombarded with all tho…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Everyman Theatre sets record with 'Book of Joseph,' announces summer cabaret show by Tim Smith

The final performance is not until June 10, but Karen Hartman’s “The Book of Joseph” is already Everyman Theatre’s highest-grossing production. The previous record-holder for the com…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

'Book of Joseph,' a play about the Holocaust and a Baltimore family, to get East Coast premiere at Everyman Theatre by Tim Smith

Working as a reporter for the Baltimore News American and WBAL-TV decades ago, Richard Hollander routinely followed leads. But when a dreadful incident in his own life — the 1986 death of …

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Rep Stage closes 25th season with volatile Sam Shepard play 'True West' by Tim Smith

Eerie wails of coyotes, mixing with the ceaseless drone of crickets, might conjure up something of the old, rugged American West. But heard from inside a suburban Southern California home, t…

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Everyman Theatre serves a filling story of love, family and loss in 'Aubergine' by Tim Smith

The ingredients in “Aubergine,” Julia Cho’s play receiving an effective staging at Everyman Theatre, are not all that unusual — cups of relationship issues and family tensions, dashe…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

'School of Rock' gives upbeat lessons on growing up, finding your voice by Tim Smith

“School of Rock,” the musical in session at the Hippodrome Theatre through the weekend, is for every kid (or former kid) who ever felt un-cool, un-liked. It’s also for every adult who …

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Friday, March 16, 2018

'School of Rock' tests young talent as it heads to Baltimore, tours the country by Tim Smith

The ever-expanding movie-to-stage-musical genre gained a sizable entry with “School of Rock,” which opened on Broadway in 2015 and hasn’t taken a recess yet. Meanwhile, the national to…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Orwell's 'Animal Farm' stings at Center Stage by Tim Smith

You’re probably tired of hearing about vintage literary works that seem more relevant than ever. After all, the great ones will always speak in one way or another to contemporary issues, d…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Everyman Theatre to explore food, family, life and death in 'Aubergine' by Tim Smith

When Everyman Theatre artistic director Vincent Lancisi saw the Off Broadway premiere production of Julia Cho’s “Aubergine” in 2016, he found himself hooked from the opening monologue …

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Center Stage season to include Tony-winning 'Fun Home,' Paula Vogel hit, world premiere by Tim Smith

For its 56th season, Baltimore Center Stage will deliver a production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” and the recent New York hit “Indecent,” along with an American thea…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

'School of Rock' tour holding open auditions for young rockers in Baltimore by Tim Smith

Hey, you young rockers or wannabes: On March 11, producers of “School of Rock,” the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the movie about a down-on-his-luck rocker who creates a band of f…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Impressive revival of O'Neill's epic 'Journey' at Everyman Theatre by Tim Smith

There’s really no laughing matter in Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” the epic play that has received an impressive revival at Everyman Theatre. But at one point…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Musical version of 'Waitress' hits an affecting Time's-Up chord by Tim Smith

The central character in “Waitress,” the deft musical adaptation of the 2007 film now at the Hippodrome Theatre, speaks for many women when she says that she just won’t settle anymore …

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

A midwinter bounty of theater in Baltimore by Tim Smith

A bounty of theater productions is heating up mid-winter in Baltimore. Within the space of a few days, a hit Broadway musical and a vintage feminist play will be onstage, both gaining fresh …

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

'Hamilton' will play a month at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre in summer 2019 by Tim Smith

The long-anticipated arrival of the uber-musical “Hamilton” in Baltimore will take place June 25 to July 21, 2019, capping a Hippodrome Theatre season spiced by current and recent Broadw…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

A feminist venture through the French Revolution at Everyman Theatre by Tim Smith

There’s something about “The Revolutionists,” Lauren Gunderson’s funny and moving play now galvanizing the stage of Everyman Theatre, that perfectly matches the tenor of our time. Bl…

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Monday, November 20, 2017

A vibrant return of 'The Lion King' at the Hippodrome in Baltimore by Tim Smith

Since the first time was the charm — “The Lion King” played 14 weeks to packed houses at the Hippodrome Theatre on its initial visit in 2005 — what to make of the third time for this…

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Baltimore-area theaters put their twist on 'A Christmas Carol' by Tim Smith

Only the incurably humbug-prone would bemoan the plentiful adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” lighting up theaters this season in the Baltimore-Annapolis area. For wha…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

'The Lion King' returns to Baltimore with its uplifting story, catchy music and intricate puppets by Tim Smith

When the sun first rose on Pride Rock 20 years ago at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York, as a mandrill named Rafiki summoned all the animals to welcome Simba, newborn lion cub of King Mu…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

An ardent revival of 'Intimate Apparel' at Everyman Theatre by Tim Smith

Esther, the seamstress at the heart of Lynn Nottage’s richly embroidered drama “Intimate Apparel” enjoying an ardent revival at Everyman Theatre, felt “as though God kissed my hands…

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Robert Guillaume once starred in a musical with Nell Carter at Baltimore Center Stage by Tim Smith

The gifted actor Robert Guillaume, who died Tuesday at the age of 89, had a brief time in a Baltimore spotlight during the years when his career focused primarily on theater. Guillaume starr…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

'The Woman in Black' gets imaginative staging at Fells Point Corner Theatre by Tim Smith

It isn’t always easy to get some good old suspense going in a theater, let alone keep intensifying the edginess. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaption of the Susan Hill novel “The Woman in Bla…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lynn Nottage's 'Intimate Apparel' to get revival at Everyman Theatre by Tim Smith

Lynn Nottage gives voice in her plays to people kept on the margins of society or the news media, people confined to the footnotes of history. Her 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “Sweat,…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Single Carrot Theatre offers vibrant staging of quirky, multi-layered 'Lear' by Tim Smith

Partway through “Lear,” the quirky, multi-layered play by Young Jean Lee receiving a vibrant regional premiere at Single Carrot Theatre, someone says: “What are you talking about?” A…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

'The Cradle Will Rock' gets spicy revival from Iron Crow Theatre by Tim Smith

The back story of Marc Blitzstein’s “The Cradle Will Rock” — the government’s shut down of the theater to prevent the New York premiere; the cast trekking uptown to another venue s…

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'Love Never Dies' proves to be a worthy sequel to 'Phantom of the Opera' in Baltimore preview performances by Tim Smith

No crashing chandelier. No need for one. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” offers its own distinctive attractions, visual and music…

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