Founding artistic director Ian Gallanar has brought an appropriately fresh and young eye to Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, even injecting a few contemporary references within the production itself. When Mercutio does not feel his friend is up to a challenge from Tybalt because he is already “dead” – pierced through the heart by Cupid’s arrow for the “hard-hearted wench” Rosaline, he says Romeo is “Shot through the ear with a love song.” The actor, the marvelous Vince Eisenson, “sings” the line in the melody of Bon Jovi’s classic 1986 rock song, “You Give Love a Bad Name,” which opens with the lyric “shot through the heart.”
Four thousand miles may seem like nothing in our connected world. It’s huge, however, when you’re on a bicycle trip for that distance, and it could be a chasm that wide when people from different generations are brought together. 4000 Miles, which is part of the Amy Herzog Festival (along with After the Revolution playing at Center Stage’s Head Theater), attempts to close that chasm.
The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, which has found success in its inaugural season in its beautiful new location at 7 South Calvert Street in downtown Baltimore (formerly the Redwood Trust nightclub) has announced its 2015-16 season. It kicks off in September with a production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” updated and set amidst World War I. October will bring the bloody “Titus Andronicus” to the stage.
Imagine having a voice in selecting the cast of a play. As an audience member of Eat the Runt, which will run for three consecutive weekends at the Arts Collective (AC) at Howard Community College (HCC), you will have the opportunity to do just that.
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