Get your fill of live theatre this summer

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on June 17, 2011

While many area theaters are dark for the summer, there are still opportunities for you to get your fill of comedy, drama and musicals over the next several months.Here are a few local and regional offerings that are worth considering.In our own backyardBaltimore’s Run of the Mill Theater will present BMORE 1-ACTS, a collection of four one-act plays by local authors.Henry’s... READ MORE

Sondheim’s Follies needs a patient audience

By Michael Toscano
Posted on June 01, 2011

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

This summer’s top 10 Charm City events

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on May 15, 2011

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

Contemporary black women artists showcased

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on May 15, 2011

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

A comic send-up of mysteries and critics

By Michael Toscano
Posted on May 01, 2011

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
Posted on May 01, 2011

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
Posted on April 15, 2011

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

Enjoy the wildlife! Visit decoy arts festival

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on April 15, 2011

On the banks of the historic Susquehanna Flats is the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, housing one of the country’s most extensive collections of working and decorative Chesapeake Bay decoys.The museum was established in 1986 as a private, non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the historical and cultural legacy of waterfowling and decoy-making on the Chesapeake Bay.Tours,... READ MORE

Revisit Richie and the Fonz in Happy Days

By Michael Toscano
Posted on April 01, 2011

It’s fitting that, prior to the performance of Happy Days, A New Musical at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, a buffet of steaming entrees and vegetables occupies the same middle-of-the-room space as the actors later fill.That’s because the show, based on the old TV sitcom “Happy Days,” is the theatrical equivalent of the comfort food served up by Toby’s ... READ MORE

Helen Mirren relishes revitalized career

By David German
Posted on April 01, 2011

Helen Mirren is a shape-shifter, says director Julie Taymor, and the actress has extended her metamorphosing talents to changing the gender of not one, but two, well-known authority figures.First, Mirren starred in Taymor’s film adaptation of The Tempest, released in December, playing sorceress Prospera rather than the traditionally male Prospero of Shakespeare’s play.This... READ MORE