Ann Richards portrayal aims for Broadway

By: Michael Toscano

The Kennedy Center is gambling with its production of Ann, the one-woman show about the late Texas governor, Ann Richards.Gambling, first, that fading memories of the outspoken Richards will attract enough folks to make an anticipated spring opening on Broadway feasible. And gambling, second, that a one-woman show will have the drawing power to sustain a run.If memory of the late Ann... READ MORE

Lifelong learning classes from A to Z

By: Carol Sorgen

If the winter doldrums are setting in, it may be time to stretch both your legs and your mind at any of a number of continuing education programs offered around town. From aerobics to zoology, there is sure to be something to pique your interest.Here are just a few to consider. Call those of interest for more details, including topics, dates, times and fees.Osher Lifelong LearningThe... READ MORE

The Lion King roars back into Baltimore

By: Carol Sorgen

Disney’s dazzling musical The Lion King is in residence at the Hippodrome Theatre until Jan. 8. I can understand how the many youngsters in the audience opening night might never have seen the stage production before, but I’m not sure how I have managed to miss it all these years.All I can say is, better late than never. And whether you have seen it before or not, it is well... READ MORE

Actors excel in adaptation of Austen novel

By: Michael Toscano

How do you adapt a venerated, 400-page novel for the stage, especially in this era of fragmented, Blackberry-addled attention spans?Fairly well, if you’re Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, whose version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is now onstage at Round House Theatre Bethesda.It’s a longish show, running (with intermission) at almost two hours and 45 minutes on... READ MORE

Linda Lavin on her busy career, new CD

By: Mark Kennedy

Linda Lavin was in two well-received productions last season that are on Broadway this fall: Follies at the Kennedy Center and Other Desert Cities at Lincoln Center.So which one is she doing in New York? Neither.Lavin instead took a strong part in Nick Silver’s new play The Lyons, which opened off-Broadway in October at the Vineyard Theater.“There’re absolutely no regrets. ... READ MORE

Baltimore lights up for the holiday season

By: Carol Sorgen

Charm City is never as charming as it is this time of year, when it puts on its party clothes to celebrate the holidays. Why don’t you do the same and enjoy some of Baltimore’s favorite traditions — and maybe find a few new ones of your own?Bromo Seltzer projectionsSummertime has open-air movies in Little Italy, and wintertime now has the colorful illuminations of artist... READ MORE