Out on Stage

Out on Stage

3.5 hours away to world-class theatre!

While I always grateful for the wonderful theatre performances seen on a weekly basis here in Baltimore, every theatre enthusiast should treat themselves to a yearly pilgrimage to New York City – the theatre capital of the world. Luckily, transportation to the Big Apple from Charm City has never been easier, even on a budget. For those in Baltimore City, regular Amtrak service runs to New York starting from $79. Leaving from White Marsh, Megabus offers fairs as low as $10 one way to N.Y.C. I opted for Bolt Bus leaving from Penn Station, Baltimore: one-way $30.

Roanoke, the Nashville-based band, is performing at Germano’s Piattini on Wednesday, August 10th at 6 p.m. With its folk-blended melodies, Roanoke’s collaborative band members bring different sounds culminating in a talented taste of Americana right here in Baltimore.

In an age of Netflix and overpriced Broadway fares, it’s refreshing to find the art of dinner theatre not only surviving but thriving at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Maryland. Greeted at the door by the charming performer Andre Hinds, a dinner fare awaits patrons that rivals the most exquisite wedding. Hinds, who plays Seaweed Stubs in the Toby’s production of Hairspray, shared his view of the character.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Realer than Real

Baltimore native stars as Baltimore native in Toby’s Hairspray

As Hairspray continues to “unleash the beat” on local audiences at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Baltimore OUTloud recently sat down with actress Kelli Blackwell to discuss her role as Motormouth Maybelle. This marks the third time the Baltimore native has played the lovable force to be reckoned with on stage. Blackwell shared both her insight, as well as the cultural impact, of the character.

Last Thursday night, I was treated to a wonderful dose of Shakespeare in one of the most innovated ways imaginable – a bingo game. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company hosted a group of five theatre artists (and one guest) in their production of A Fool’s Paradise. This independent group boasts 30 Shakespeare scenes in 60 minutes all using the devise of a bingo game. Audience members call out the numbers, which are associated with various Shakespearean scenes and monologues. Stand-out performances were “Titus Andronicus: A One Person Titus summary” where the actors literally performed a “dumb show” of the bloody plot of one of Shakespeare’s most violent plays. Another featured performance was Logan Davidson’s portrayal of Bottom / Pyramus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I still feel haunted by Lisa Hodsoll’s “Out Damn Spot” speech from Macbeth. Sabrina Sikes Thorton’s Cordelia from King Lear was heartbreaking. Finally, Jenna Rossman’s Gloucester from the same play was arresting. Director and actor Sarah Curnoles, whose brilliance and ingenuity brought this piece to life, round out the company.


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