Theater has been ‘spot on’ over 50 years

By: Dan Collins
Posted on: May 27, 2013

817 Saint Paul St. That’s the spot. Or to be more exact, the Spotlighters Theatre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in downtown Baltimore this past year.An exceedingly intimate in-the-round (though technically square) stage, “Spots” as it is affectionately known, has played host to Tony, Emmy and Obie Award winners, and even an Oscar nominee, Howard Rollins, Jr.While... READ MORE

Show takes American dream to new heights

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: May 20, 2013

Bam! In the Heights hits the stage at full-throttle, a high-energy blast of Grammy-winning salsa and Latin pop, swirling choreography and quickly recognizable characters.Now at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2008 never lets up in its fervent attempt to ingratiate itself with the audience. And it usually succeeds.While the story is set in the... READ MORE

Oral history becomes performance art

By: Connie George
Posted on: May 04, 2013

For many thousands of years, cultural storytelling traditions have united generations through the wisdom and oral histories passed down from elders.In the 21st century, a D.C. theater group is drawing on the same ritual in order to help teach older and younger people how to better understand and communicate with each other.The multigenerational, multiracial Double Nickels Theatre Company... READ MORE

Valerie Harper’s riff on real-life characters

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: January 01, 2013

You know her as self-deprecating, big-hearted Rhoda Morgenstern. But Valerie Harper has also portrayed former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and author Pearl S. Buck on stage.Currently, she channels actress Tallulah Bankhead at Arena Stage, nailing her smoky contralto slur.In a phone interview, Harper lowers her voice an octave or so and intones, “Hello, dahling. Let me tell you... READ MORE

Artist-owned gallery showcases local art

By: Anne Ball
Posted on: December 17, 2012

The Artists’ Gallery operates as a co-op. Among its members are (left to right) Diane Dunn, Nancy Davis, John Stier and Bonita Glaser, who both display their art and work at the gallery.Photo by John StierColumbia’s founder James A. Rouse was a daily visitor when the Artists’ Gallery first opened in the lobby of the American City Building on Wincopin Circle in the heart... READ MORE

Sites, sights and delights on tasting tour

By: Connie George
Posted on: December 10, 2012

Food tastings at a variety of dining establishments mix with a guided walk highlighting local art, history and culture in a pleasing blend provided by a unique new business in the valley.Desert Tasty Tours launched last January to lead small groups of residents and visitors through two of the valley’s most popular destinations — El Paseo in Palm Desert and downtown Palm Springs. ... READ MORE