Best New Theater: Cohesion Theatre Company

3717 Gough St.,

Within the bloom of young theater troupes in Baltimore, the most impressive has been the Cohesion Theatre Company, which in its first year mounted a raw, low-budget production of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” plus slyly witty interpretations of two contemporary plays: Tom Horan’s “Thirteen Dead Husbands” and Anna Moench's “The Pillow Book.” The group started in a former auto-parts store in Highlandtown and then moved to a church in Canton, always compensating for low funds and unconventional spaces with solid acting and inventive design. Best of all, co-founders Alice Stanley and Brad Norris were prime movers behind the summer's Parityfest that organized readings of new scripts by underproduced female playwrights.

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