Sondheim’s Follies needs a patient audience

By: Michael Toscano

First the good news about Follies, the potentially Broadway-bound Kennedy Center revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1971 musical: the music sounds magnificent. A 28-piece orchestra, almost unheard-of these days, robustly plays Jonathan Tunick’s original orchestrations of Sondheim’s charming score.That music, by the way, won Sondheim the Tony Award for Best Original Score,... READ MORE

Contemporary black women artists showcased

By: Carol Sorgen

Reflections of family traditions and African heritage are explored in the works of eight black women artists being showcased in the special exhibition, “Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists,” on view at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum through Oct. 16.Thirty-eight three-dimensional works of art celebrate the traditions of skill, innovation and creativity practiced by... READ MORE

This summer’s top 10 Charm City events

By: Carol Sorgen

Once you get past the heat and humidity, there’s lots to like about summertime in Baltimore. Here are some of our favorites:1. The Preakness. This year’s 136th running of the Preakness — the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown — will be held Saturday, May 21, at Pimlico Race Course.For a behind-the-scenes look during the days before the race, experience ... READ MORE

A comic send-up of mysteries and critics

By: Michael Toscano

With The Real Inspector Hound, celebrated playwright Tom Stoppard has either crafted an incisive deconstruction of society’s sense of order and individual identity or, perhaps, just whipped together a sometimes funny lampoon of hidebound murder mysteries.You can judge for yourself, as performances of the 1968 work continue through most of May at Alexandria’s MetroStage.Oh, by... READ MORE

Kathleen Turner’s recent roles are divine

By: By Mark Kennedy

Kathleen Turner is as confused as anyone about the heavenly detour her roles have taken lately.She’s making her first appearance as a Roman Catholic nun in the play High, which opened last month on Broadway. And, in a divine bit of coincidence, the actress best known for Body Heat and Romancing the Stone also stars as a suburban mom striving to be named Catholic Woman of the Year in a ... READ MORE

Suspend disbelief to enjoy Toby’s 42nd St.

By: Dan Collins

Let’s be clear. Musicals aren’t for cynics, which might explain why Jerry Seinfeld’s character in the classic comedy that bore his name didn’t like them. “People just don’t suddenly burst into song…they start to sway, it’s embarrassing,” Jerry tells sidekicks George and Elaine.When it comes to appreciating a musical, the same skill... READ MORE