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

Enjoy the wildlife! Visit decoy arts festival

By: Carol Sorgen

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

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

Revisit Richie and the Fonz in Happy Days

By: Michael Toscano

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

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

Cirque du Soleil plays under the big top

By: Carol Sorgen

Cirque du Soleil will bring its unique blend of music, dance, acrobatics and visual effects to Baltimore when its new traveling show, Totem, sets up under the characteristic blue and yellow big top on April 7 at Westport Waterfront.The waterfront is located about 2 miles south of the Inner Harbor, along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, and is under development. The show runs through ... READ MORE