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  • 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...

  • Through June 20 at Acme Corporation

    The acquisition of language is one of the great philosophical problems: It is impossible to go from not having it to having it without presupposing it. Think of the stereotypical cave man grunting a grunt that means "food." How can he ever tell the other cavemen that the grunt "means" anything,...

  • Annex Theater takes on Maoist propaganda

    A baby has already been thrown off a cliff, and the play has hardly begun. This is the Annex Theater's production of Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy, and as can be expected with a play adapted from a Red China propagandist opera, the characterization is pretty straightforward. The bad guys -anti-communist...

  • Lola Pierson talks about telling stories and learning to talk

    Experimental theater has a reputation for being unfriendly, if not downright hostile, toward the audience, but Baltimore's Lola Pierson has been trying to turn that characterization on its head. Ever since she founded the Ten Minute Play Festival as a Towson theater graduate student, Pierson has...

  • Geopolitical events lead to cancellation of Russian theater festival

    Things in Russia have changed so much during the five years Yury Urnov has spent in Baltimore that he jokes it feels more like 350 years. When he first arrived in 2009, he worked with the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD) to host the New Russian Drama Festival. This November,...

  • Stillpointe highlights the horrendous in their production of Sondheim's classic

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Words and music by Stephen Sondheim; book by Hugh Wheeler

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