Elaine Stritch returns to Broadway at 85

By: Mark Kennedy

Elaine Stritch wants to tell an embarrassing story. And when Elaine Stritch wants to tell a story, you listen.“I have no secrets,” the 85-year-old Broadway legend said by way of introduction. She is sitting at a makeup table getting her eyes done a few hours before a performance of A Little Night Music at New York City’s Walter Kerr Theatre.A few days ago, Stritch begins,... READ MORE

The magical double life of Rich Bloch

By: Delia Sava

At age 7, Rich Bloch was hired to work as an apprentice in a New Jersey magic shop. Sixty years later, Bloch — a Washington labor arbitration attorney by day — continues to pursue the art of illusion with just as much enthusiasm as the little boy who stood transfixed watching the owner of the shop perform magic.“There was a magic shop on the corner of the street, and there ... READ MORE

Revival of The Wiz recalls original success

By: Carol Sorgen

Thirty-six years after The Wiz hit the stage for its world premiere at Baltimore’s Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, the award-winning musical is back in Baltimore, this time at Center Stage. The Wiz brings the same sense of energy and good cheer that led it to an initial Broadway run of 1,672 performances, seven Tony Awards — including Best Musical— and five Drama Desk... READ MORE

One Book program brings readers together

By: Carol Sorgen

There is something to be said for reading a book in fellowship with other readers. That’s one reason book clubs are so popular. Taking that premise one step further, three years ago the Maryland Humanities Council’s Maryland Center for the Book instituted One Maryland One Book, the state’s first — and thus far only — statewide community reading project. The... READ MORE

Cathy’ comic strip creator bids farewell

By: Beacon

The comic strip “Cathy,” which has chronicled the life, frustrations and swim suit season meltdowns of its namesake for more than 30 years, is coming to an end.Cathy Guisewite, 59, the strip's creator, said that deciding to end the comic strip was "excruciating." The comic has won several awards, including a1992 National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award and... READ MORE

Studio play about theater mirrors real life

By: Michael Toscano

Do you need to be a theater “insider” to fully appreciate emerging playwright Annie Baker’s quirky but affecting comedy-with-serious-overtones play Circle Mirror Transformation? Studio Theatre is hop ing most audience members will be able to see something of themselves in this story. Winner of the 2010 Obie Award (off-Broadway) for Best New American... READ MORE