Sunday in the Park connects all the dots

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: September 05, 2014

About 130 years ago, Parisian painter Georges Seurat had a talent and personal vision that led to the Neo-Impressionism movement. In recent years, American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has used his vision and talents to refresh and stretch the boundaries of musical theater.Those two premises come together in Sondheim’s musical Sunday in the Park with George, the glorious... READ MORE

Premieres & old favorites on local stages

By: Mary Medland
Posted on: August 26, 2014

Howard County theatre aficionados have the luxury of having easy access to a number of top-flight theatre companies right in their backyards, meaning there no need to travel to New York or Washington, D.C. to indulge their passion.Here are some of the highlights of the new theater season that starts in September.Rep StageFor more than two decades, Rep Stage has been performing challenging... READ MORE

Lyric Theatre season celebrates 120 years

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: August 19, 2014

On the evening of October 31, 1894, maestro Emil Paur led the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the prelude to “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.” It was the opening number of the gala concert celebrating Baltimore’s new “Music Hall.” The evening featured Nellie Melba’s rendition of Handel’s “Sweet Bird” aria.On that night, no one could have... READ MORE

Lure of Del Mar includes deals for seniors

By: John Annarino
Posted on: August 14, 2014

A great way to beat the heat and have a good time doing it is to take in thoroughbred racing at seaside Del Mar race track.Famous for its slogans “Where the turf meets the surf” as well as “Cool as ever,” the track is at the San Diego fairgrounds, 20 miles north of downtown San Diego.Today, the track remains a gracious reminder of an elegant, bygone era when Del... READ MORE

Irish play’s spooky atmospherics veil its plot

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: August 06, 2014

I am a fan of Irish playwright (and actor and director) Conor McPherson, especially fond of his plays Shining City, The Weir, and The Seafarer. In that body of work, he explores contemporary angst by conjuring up ghosts, literal and ephemeral. His sharply fashioned dialogue is a study in depth, but crafted in naturalistic rhythms.It has been a few years since McPherson has graced our... READ MORE

Pirates of Penzance goes adrift at Toby’s

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: August 01, 2014

A recent Sunday matinee performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia probably did not convince many of the kids in the audience to become fans of light opera or satire.It’s not because their doting parents and grandparents did not try; there were quite a few pre-teens in attendance, evidenced by the number of... READ MORE