The Lion King roars back into Baltimore

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: December 26, 2011

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

Linda Lavin on her busy career, new CD

By: Mark Kennedy
Posted on: December 01, 2011

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

Actors excel in adaptation of Austen novel

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: December 01, 2011

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

Baltimore lights up for the holiday season

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: November 18, 2011

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

Private Lives sparkles at Everyman Theatre

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: November 18, 2011

Noel Coward’s 1930’s comedy of manners, Private Lives, is a lighter-than-meringue confection. For a thoroughly enjoyable bit of escapism, this production currently playing at Everyman Theatre is right on the mark.The plot is simple: Amanda and Elyot divorced five years ago but find themselves suite-by-suite on the French Riviera, each honeymooning with a new spouse, Victor and... READ MORE

When a consumer is taken advantage of

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: November 01, 2011

My friend is 88 years old. He has all his marbles and a lifetime of experience in the consumer world.But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a victim. He just was.One day in late summer, he marched into a local car dealership to “just have a look” at the new 2012 models. Salespeople dream of such customers, especially those who can pay cash. And this salesman didn’t... READ MORE