Out on Stage

Out on Stage

Theatre and performances

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque, an exhibition celebrating burlesque as an art form that combines slapstick humor, dance, and body spectacle strip-tease. From April 22 to May 7 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric (140 West Mount Royal Avenue), Workin’ the Tease will look at burlesque’s rich history in Baltimore through live performance and more than 70 historical and contemporary artifacts. Receptions will take place April 22, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a performance at 7 p.m. and May 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret by Mariah MacCarthy, presented by Glass Mind Theatre, makes its Baltimore premiere April 11 – 19. A gender-bending emcee guides the audience as limitations of sexuality are redefined throughout confines and confusion.

Playwright MacCarthy says that she wanted to write vignettes about female experience. She then had a revelation: “I couldn’t create a piece about women that had no men in it.”

The Baltimore-based Iron Crow Theatre Company will be presenting The Homo Poe Show from March 22 to April 5, which will feature short pieces inspired by or adapted from the legendary Baltimore writer Edgar Allan Poe and seen through a queer lens.

It’s not surprising that stellar actors Bruce R. Nelson and Carl Schurr would click so well in The Dresser, a well-balanced dramatic and humorous play, which is currently on stage at the Everyman Theatre. They have a long string of theatrical successes under their belts with Mr. Nelson, a local favorite, capturing a Helen Hayes Award among other honors. These Everyman resident company members formed an extraordinary duo and gave what some could rightly call an acting clinic as the two leads in Ronald Harwood’s play.

We’ll never know if King Arthur, his subjects, and rivals actually behaved as they did on the stage of Toby’s, the Dinner Theatre of Columbia, but if they had, it would have been one uproarious era. In the musical theatre’s version of the 1975 film Monty Python’s Spamalot (with a number of differences from the film), director Mark Minnick and his cast and crew offers up one hilarious, laugh-a-second production to the delight of the audience.

The book and lyrics were by Eric Idle who also composed the music with John Du Prez. Mike Nichols directed the original Broadway production of Spamalot in 2005 garnering three Tony Awards including Best Musical among 14 nominations. It ran for over 1,500 performances, and the show has been seen in over a dozen countries.

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