They’re being pulled in a new direction! Quite literally in
all senses imaginable too! Baltimore Theatre Collective, formerly known as The
Purple Light Theatre Company, has progressed into its next phase of life, now
under the auspices of Baltimore Theatre Collective. And just as their first
major cabaret was attempting to get underway, a snag in their original performance
venue pulled them right over to Genesis Arts, a dance studio in Columbia’s Red
If you’re looking for a little something different this
fall, if you need a change of pace but still want to support local theatre then
The Woodbrook Players have your ticket. They’re actually offering up four
one-act plays of the 20th century all gently squeezed together and
bundled up as an evening— or afternoon’s— entertainment. While the through-line
of what ties these four specific works together is a bit of a stretch, the
performances are solid,
The impossible dream interview series may be coming to a
close— just in time for you to stop dreaming of Third Wall’s Man of La
Mancha and go see it! They open tomorrow! (Friday 11/8/19) and there are
still tickets available! You won’t want to miss this timeless classic, rarely
produced in Baltimore, as it sweeps past its own impossible dreams and brings
you hope of dreaming once more. In the final installment of the interview
Christmas before Thanksgiving?
Humbug! Don’t let me see one light, hear a carol, or find Santa in a mall until
I’ve had my turkey. Unless of course you are talking about seeing Scrooge, directed by William Price, at
Scottfield Theatre Company.
@machpe Scrooge at Scottfield Theatre Company. Photo: @machpe
With this aversion for early
Christmas you can imagine my thoughts while driving forty minutes north to
Havre de Grace.
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause!
Surely that’s everyone’s feeling on Tech-week Tuesday when it comes to any
production, but particularly that of Third Wall Productions’ Man of La
Mancha. In the penultimate installment of the “Dreaming the Impossible
Dream” series, we feature members of the ensemble, the horse, the good Duke
& Doctor, and the innkeeper’s wife.
Amanda N. Gunther | TheatreBloom (L to R) Maggie Flanigan,
And their Don Quixote, their— Man of La Mancha opens in
just days! Carrying on further into the Dreaming The Impossible Dream interview
series, the fourth installment of the cast features the Housekeeper, a member of
the ensemble, Don Quixote’s niece, the assistant choreographer, and the show’s
If you want to tell us who you are, who you play in this
show, and the most recent thing you’ve done in/on/around/adjacent to a stage,
There’s a liiiiiiiight! Over at the Taylor Street Plaaaace!
There’s a liiiiiiiii— iiiiiiii— iiiiiiight! Burning in their fireplace, there’s
a light— in the darkness of the October-November calendar and it is blazing
rainbows, folks. That’s right, as only Wolf Pack Theatre Company can do, they’ve
but a kooky and queer-positive spin on an already zany cult classic. Are you
just dying with antici— PATION to know what we’re talking about? Cause it’s
just a jump to the left (of Bladensburg) and then a step to the right (of DC.) Put
your hands on your hips— and HOLD ON TIGHT because Wolf Pack Theatre Company is
bringing you their very own Rocky Horror Show.
Ken Ludwig’sMoon Over Buffalo is the second installment from Spotlighters
Theatre’s 58th season. If you are looking for some gut chuckling, tears
down your cheeks humor, then you won’t want to miss this show. Director Brandon
Richards has mentored his cast through door slamming, side splitting hysterics that
will keep you laughing all the way home.
Shealyn Jae Photography Moon Over Buffalo at Spotlighters Theatre. Photo: Shealyn Jae Photography
The first thing you notice upon
entering the theatre is the very cozy and well-designed set of Sam Martin.
Did the devil make the world while God was sleeping? Do you
have a little drop of poison coursing through your veins? Then come, dark
denizens of Baltimore and areas surrounding, and delight in this autumnal treat
that appears every so often on the stage of Baltimore Theatre Project. What Gorey
work am I speaking of, you ask? Why, Happenstance Theatre’s Cabaret
Macabre, now in its most current rendition.
Motherhood: sometimes a complete joy,
sometimes an utter pain… but either way, the ladies (and gentleman) at
Greenbelt Arts Center are taking us through ALL the motions; the good, the bad,
and the ugly of being a mom in Motherhood Out Loud by Leslie
Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece
Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck,
Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L.
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights in cups of coffee— in
cities you tour through, in shows that you do— it’s 525,600 minutes! How do you
measure, measure a year? In a TheatreBloom exclusive interview, we are
fortunate enough to chat with Joshua Tavares, playing Angel in the current
touring production of Rent, all about the seasons of love and what it
means to fulfil the iconic role in this show.
Thank you so much for giving us some of your tome,
Sometimes you can only shake your
head and ask, “Why?” Why the need to turn everything into a musical? Shows like
Pipe Dream, Kelly, and Via Galactica top Smithsonian.com’s list
of Broadway’s Top Ten Musical Flops; also
making the list, Carrie the Musical. Carrie opened on Broadway in 1988 and
after 16 previews and 5 performances it closed. In 1991, Ken Mendelbaum wrote a
book chronicling the history of Broadway musical flops,
Have you ever taken one of those intro to acting classes
where nobody’s really sure they want to be there but they all desperately want
to learn all the secrets behind good acting? Then this show might be for you.
Have you ever taken one of those acting classes where all of the exercises that
are supposed to be revealing all the secrets to good acting feel a bit like the
instructor is trying to unload some of their own personal garbage from
childhood onto the students?
Continuing their quest! Following that star— no matter how
hopeless— no matter how far! Third Wall Productions opens their production of Man
of La Mancha in just a few weeks. With tech week just around the corner,
much like a windmill giant that must be slain, Part 3 of The Impossible Dream
interview series comes to you now.
Here we are, four more in the cast of Man of La Mancha,
If you long for a simpler time, you’re not alone. In that
simpler time— in those days— you just spoke to people. Nowadays it’s all
digital, no one really knows how to connect. If you’re longing to connect with
nostalgia, or traipse lazily down memory lane— not your own, of course, but one
perhaps like it? Then Quotidian Theatre Company offers up a fine ghost of a
different past for this haunting autumnal season. Putting Conor McPherson’s Port
Authority on their stage as the final production of the 2019 calendar year,
I am standing here with poison in my pocket…one eye on the
target, one eye on the clock— which is running out— only three more chances to fancify
your theatrical endeavors with this refined production of gruesome murder and
grisly mayhem. Why, it’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a
serious undertaking for Dundalk Community Theatre this autumnal season. Directed
and Choreographed by Todd Pearthree with Musical Direction by Catina McLagan,
Maidel is a play I had never heard of, and that’s really a shame,
because it was a powerful experience that left me thinking, for days. I’ve seen favorite plays performed in an
underwhelming way, and also saw a play I didn’t anticipate liking performed by
such talented thespians that I was converted to a fan, but the real treat with
this particular production of A Shayna Maidel,
Talent. Either you’ve got it. Or you don’t. Luck for you,
The Heritage Players production of Ruthless! has got it. And they’ve got
it pouring out of their wazoos in spades. Directed & Choreographed by
Ashley Gerhardt with Musical Direction by Michael Clark, this zany and
uproarious musical send-up will have your gut aching with laughs. Nobody’s in
the mud, nobody’s in distress in this production— except the characters
themselves— and it’s a madcap scream from simple start to diabolical finish.
This is the moment! This is the time! When their momentum
and their moment is in rhyme. Free Range Humans is bringing you a deliciously
devious rendering of Jekyll & Hyde, unlike you’ve ever seen, felt,
heard, or experienced it before. Remarkably transcendent into the emotional
core of Leslie Bricusse (book & lyrics) and Frank Wildhorn (music)’s staged
conceptualization (with Steve Cuden) based on the gothic novella— Strange
Case of Dr.
“Who is the colored man? Is he a king or is he a slave?” Profound
question contained within Kennan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man,
now playing at Baltimore Center Stage in the Pearlstone Theatre. Directed by
Steve H. Broadnax III (as a co-production with Syracuse Stage in association
with Brian Moreland and Ron Simons), this evocative dramatic theatrical
experience presents the inner monologues of men of color to the audience in a
series of loosely interconnected vignettes,
To beat the unbeatable foe! To bear with unbearable sorrow!
To run where the brave dare not go— this is dream! This is Part 2— continuing
on in a multi-part interview series with the company of Third Wall Productions’
Man of La Mancha, we explore the impossible dreams of three more
individuals involved with the production.
Thank you all for continuing to donate precious rehearsal
time to us so that the denizens of the greater Baltimore area can be privy to
your impossible dreams!
Right is right and right don’t wrong nobody. A strong decry
of truth and justice in a time when its sorely needed; to think such words
originated from August Wilson just 14 years ago (taking place a mere decade
before that) in Radio Golf, the last in Wilson’s Century Cycle play
series. Now appearing on the main stage of Everyman Theatre as the second dramatic
offering in their 2019/2020 season,
century poet Francis Quarles wrote, “Judge not the play before the play is
done.” Great advice for anyone seeing their umpteenth version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,
especially if you are seeing Just Off Broadway’s latest offering. I don’t care how many times you’ve seen Joseph…, Director Tammy Oppel will show
you that you don’t know Joe! Oppel brings us a delightfully staged version of
the show unlike any that I have seen.
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Acclaimed director Aaron Sorkin’s is taking his
adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird on the road next year, starting
in August 2020 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in
It will eventually go coast to coast, bringing the classic tale of racial
prejudice in the deep south to theaters across the U.S. It’s
been hugely successful on Broadway and up until March 2019 it hadn’t played to
a single empty seat since opening
in December 2018.
Do you ever feel like what makes you a person is what keeps
you from being a person? Poignant question from Wendy Wasserstein’s s The Heidi
Chronicles, which just so happens to be on the stage of The Salem Players
this fall under the direction of Kate Leisner. What if what makes you who you
are is what keeps you from being who you are? The show itself, while a Pulitzer
Prize-winning piece of theatrical drama from the late 80’s,
Thank you, Madam (and gents and everyone), do come again, do
come again— to Silhouette Stages to see a rather invigorating production of She
Loves Me, Directed by Stephan Foreman with Musical Direction by Andrew
Zile. The dated and somewhat stale musical finds a vivacious new life under
Foreman’s magical direction; his attention to detail, precision casting choices,
and overall approach to the performance gives it a bubbly exuberance that makes
for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of musical theatre (even if they are
tricking you into your first Christmas show of the 2019 calendar season— in
The Biltmore Garage wants a
grand, but we ain’t got a grand on hand. And they now got a lock on the door to
the gym at Public School 84. There’s a stock room behind McKlosky’s Bar, but
Mrs. McKlosky ain’t a good scout. And things being how they are, the back of
the police station is out! So, come on down to Artistic Synergy of
Baltimore ‘cause that’s where the action is. Shhhhh!
ASoB The cast of Artistic Synergy’s Guys &
watched The Last Night of Ballyhoo, written by Alfred Uhry and directed
by Ilene Chalmers, at the Bowie Community Theatre, I had a thought somewhere during
Act I, Scene 4: “This play really is about something.” This is
not to say that I disliked the production before that; even before coming to
that revelation I would have acknowledged the stellar set and the faultless
performances from the cast.
Well Ali Babba had them had them 40 thieves!
Scheherezade had a thousand tales!
But Baltimore you in luck ‘cause on your stage— you got a
brand of magic that never fails!
Make way— for Disney’s Aladdin! Hey, clear the way,
on the street downtown, hey you, let us through, and come on down— get your
tickets in your hand and be the first to see this show!
To right the unrightable wrong! To love pure and chaste from
afar! To try when your arms are too weary! To reach— the unreachable star! This
is their goal— Third Wall Productions— with their upcoming production of Man
of La Mancha, directed by Mike Zellhofer. In a TheatreBloom exclusive,
we’ve sat down with the entire cast of the production and gotten an idea of
what it is to dream the impossible dream.