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  • Fields Fest organizers talk about adding artists, fostering an immersive experience, and more

    Fields Fest organizers talk about adding artists, fostering an immersive experience, and more

    When I first walk into Red Emma's to meet with the organizers of Fields Festival, the multi-day arts festival and camp-out that brings the best and weirdest parts of Baltimore's DIY arts scene to the middle of the woods, they are in a conversation with someone at a nearby table who has an idea...

  • 'Hoax' brings marks into the con game

    'Hoax' brings marks into the con game

    Flipping matching card pair after matching card pair onto the floor from a brand-new deck shuffled by a volunteer, Maxwell Fink spits, "You can't win if you play with me." Why? Because he's not just a magician, he may be the devil. Lights dim to the candy pop song 'Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream).'...

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  • 'Lord of the Flies' grows up in new Annex production set in biotech facility

    'Lord of the Flies' grows up in new Annex production set in biotech facility

    People have always said this—even in better times—but it really feels like the world is falling apart a little bit. Our country is on the brink of a second civil war and we're in danger of electing the biggest and possibly most dangerous joke of a human being as president, not to mention the recent...

  • Single Carrot penetrates an aging mind in 'Midlife'

    Single Carrot penetrates an aging mind in 'Midlife'

    "The rules have changed." Those words are almost an incantation throughout "Midlife," Single Carrot's last production of their ninth season, which is devoted to the theme "No-Fear New Work." Indeed, Single Carrot's commitment to taking risks continues in a big way with the world premiere of playwright,...

  • Arena Players' 'Luther' merges soaring slow jams with quiet, stormy melodrama

    Arena Players' 'Luther' merges soaring slow jams with quiet, stormy melodrama

    As you'd expect, this hypnagogic Luther Vandross musical doles out the legendary R&B-er's inviolable songs. Along the way though, it shrewdly excavates the ennui and loneliness which dogged the singer up until his death—namely, endless speculation surrounding Vandross' private life (something he...

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