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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,...More

  • 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...

  • Performance artist Naoko Maeshiba turns inward

    Performance artist Naoko Maeshiba turns inward

    When I visit Naoko Maeshiba in her Mount Washington studio, she tells me little about her upcoming performance at the Baltimore Theatre Project, and yet she shares almost everything. She's preparing a solo performance titled "Subject/Object," opening this Thursday. Billed on the venue's website...

  • Sizzlin' Summer Performing Arts Events

    Sizzlin' Summer Performing Arts Events

    May “BrouHaHa.” Happenstance Theater returns with a “clown-esque” performance based on old-timey entertainment and imagery. Through May 22, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org, $12-$22. “Death of a Salesman.” Vincent M. Lancisi directs Arthur Miller’s...

  • Part of the Team: 'Force Continuum' explores black cops and brutality

    Part of the Team: 'Force Continuum' explores black cops and brutality

    Director Rosiland Cauthen introduces Cohesion Theatre's production of "Force Continuum" with a projected video montage of cell phone and surveillance footage capturing police brutality incidents, starting with the traffic stop arrest of Sandra Bland just days before she was found dead in her jail...

  • Center Stage's 'Detroit '67' draws obvious parallels

    Center Stage's 'Detroit '67' draws obvious parallels

    I wanted to like Center Stage's production of "Detroit '67" more than I did. Playwright Dominique Morisseau's kitchen-sink drama (well, technically, basement-sink, I guess since the play takes place in a basement rec room that doubles as an after-hours club) recounts the story of a black family...

  • Straight, No Chaser: Single Carrot's 'Something Like Jazz Music' goes dark in the '20s

    Straight, No Chaser: Single Carrot's 'Something Like Jazz Music' goes dark in the '20s

    One of the first performances of "Something Like Jazz Music" coincided with Single Carrot Theatre's decadent fundraising gala, The Carrot Club. Keeping with the setting of the play in Prohibition-era Baltimore, the attendees—mostly older white folks—arrived dressed to the nines in beaded fringe...

  • Stillpointe Theatre hosts 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'

    Kids are cute sometimes. More often, they're pretty scary—if not because of their limitless energy and emotional range, then for the disturbing reflection of how adults have fucked them up. Even if they aren't all that screwed up, they're trying desperately to show the world (or at least themselves)...

  • 'Under the Skin' at Everyman Theatre toys with sympathy

    'Under the Skin' at Everyman Theatre toys with sympathy

    Raina clearly deserves our sympathy. The main character in Michael Hollinger's "Under the Skin," she is a single mom with a mediocre job in Perrysburg, Ohio. She recently lost her own mother to a bitter battle with cancer, and now the father that she's been estranged from for years is knocking...

  • The Stoop Storytelling Series' co-hosts reflect on 10 years of making people cry

    The Stoop Storytelling Series' co-hosts reflect on 10 years of making people cry

    On the eve of the 10th anniversary of The Stoop Storytelling Series, Baltimore's beloved stranger-than-fiction storytelling event, co-producers and co-hosts Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler sat down to interview each other. Because the theme of The Stoop's anniversary show is "Awkward Adolescence,"...

  • The Baltimore Rock Opera Society sets everything to 11 in "Chronoshred"

    The Baltimore Rock Opera Society sets everything to 11 in "Chronoshred"

    A massive T-Rex plays a massive saxophone at the beginning of "Chronoshred: The Adventures of Stardust Lazerdong," conceived by Philip Doccolo (who co-directs with Danielle Robinette) and a large team of writers and librettists. This puppeteered beast presumably took weeks to construct, but it...

  • Annex Theater transports 'Flatland' into a new dimension

    Annex Theater transports 'Flatland' into a new dimension

    Arms rigid at their sides, three actors flip around with each step as they move forward and back on a runway, confined to a single line. Thus is the reality of the denizens of Line Land, anthropomorphized geometric forms who are helplessly constricted as the two-dimensional shape Chromatistes blinks...

  • Center Stage's 'As You Like It' takes Shakespearean gender-bending a step further

    Center Stage's 'As You Like It' takes Shakespearean gender-bending a step further

    The lights in the theater go down. The modern office that is this play's royal court recedes. Life-size birch trees drift down from overhead to plant themselves on the Astroturf-covered stage. A tent pops up. So far, it is your average contemporary take on a classic, Shakespeare's "As You Like...

  • Spotlighters' "Moonlight and Magnolias" delves into messy Hollywood history

    Spotlighters' "Moonlight and Magnolias" delves into messy Hollywood history

    Ron Hutchinson's 2004 play "Moonlight and Magnolias," which opened last week at Spotlighters Theatre under the direction of Michael Zemarel, does little to romanticize the creation of "Gone With the Wind," one of the most successful and adored (and racist) films of all time. With a difficult director,...

  • 'Outside Mullingar' at Everyman Theatre revitalizes the romantic comedy genre

    'Outside Mullingar' at Everyman Theatre revitalizes the romantic comedy genre

    The Irish dairy farmer Tony Reilly believes his son Anthony has inherited the craziness of his late mother's side of the family. Tony's father-in-law, after all, once "took his dog to court for slander." When actor Wil Love delivers that line in the new production of "Outside Mullingar" at the...

  • Anna Deavere Smith channels Baltimore on the school-to-prison pipeline

    Anna Deavere Smith channels Baltimore on the school-to-prison pipeline

    The "character" on the stage casts back to her childhood and tells the audience that her father was a "race man." She grew up watching endless documentaries of the civil rights movement and was filled with awe, inspiration, and regret. "I remember thinking, 'Damn it, I missed it,'" she says. Since...

  • Supra-Normal: A trans-queer couple talks Cohesion Theatre's "A Little Bit Not Normal"

    Supra-Normal: A trans-queer couple talks Cohesion Theatre's "A Little Bit Not Normal"

    Chicago-based playwright Lillie Franks' "A Little Bit Not Normal" deals with the strained relationship between a trans woman and her estranged father, who, after years of non-communication, arrives at the home of his daughter, her girlfriend, and their talking cat to mend their broken ties. My...

  • In Bloom: Center Stage misses the complexity of "The Secret Garden"

    In Bloom: Center Stage misses the complexity of "The Secret Garden"

    "When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen," begins "The Secret Garden," Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1910 novel about a girl who was born in India but was sent away to her British uncle's after her...

  • A skillful production of psychological drama 'The Pillow Book' from Cohesion and Strand

    A skillful production of psychological drama 'The Pillow Book' from Cohesion and Strand

    There’s an inevitable competition between Baltimore’s small theater companies as they scramble for limited dollars and audiences. But there’s also a natural sense of camaraderie as the region’s actors, directors, and designers circulate through many of the theaters, making friends along the way....

  • ParityFest brings underproduced plays by women playwrights to Baltimore

    ParityFest brings underproduced plays by women playwrights to Baltimore

    Women are underrepresented and underpaid in virtually every sector of the arts. Art created predominantly by white men continues to fill museums and galleries, while films with male directors, producers, and lead roles continue to dominate box offices and award shows. The case is no different for...

  • Gertude Stein's 'The World Is Round' comes to the stage with music by Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner

    Gertude Stein's 'The World Is Round' comes to the stage with music by Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner

    “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child,” Picasso famously said. For Picasso and many of his contemporaries, as well as future generations of artists that grew out of his nearly inescapable influence, modernism was a call to unlearn, not just the aesthetics...

  • Busting Borders: LabBodies makes space for performance art

    Busting Borders: LabBodies makes space for performance art

    The smell of blood seeped from the entrance of Platform Gallery last March. Inside, two women sat on small pedestals on opposite ends of the room: one slid melting chunks of frozen pig’s blood across her skin, the other spit into her hands and rubbed the saliva all over her body. This went on for...

  • Longtime popper Talbolt Johnson mixes dance with personal philosophy

    Longtime popper Talbolt Johnson mixes dance with personal philosophy

    Back in February, when Baltimore artists from a variety of disciplines came together for Art-Part’heid, a discussion on disparity in the arts community (moderated, in part, by City Paper Editor-at-Large Baynard Woods), Talbolt Johnson, a well-known popper in the Baltimore hip-hop dance scene, admitted...

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