The set of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2012 The Whale currently playing at Rep Stage’s Studio Theatre on the campus of Howard Community College screams, “I don’t care anymore.” An unkempt living room, an untidy kitchen, books in shelves strewn about in haphazard fashion, and clothes hanging in various places in this crummy northern Idaho apartment symbolize the pathetic, self-loathing, apologetic main character Charlie who resides in this disarray. His apartment is a mess, and so is his life. Designer James Fouchard crafted this outstanding, realistic set for this play.
One Night in Miami, written by Kemp Powers, will be opening at Center Stage on January 14. It offers a fictional account of what may have happened in a tiny Miami hotel room on February 25, 1964, the night 22-year-old Cassius Clay had just won the world heavyweight boxing title. Instead of hitting the town, Clay chooses to celebrate in that hotel room with three close friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football star Jim Brown.
Baltimore has a long and proud tradition in the burlesque world, most notably with the infamous Blaze Starr, and TimelessTease is hoping to be a part of its continued evolution. TimelessTease Productions, which is about to hit the stage in January, is Baltimore’s newest burlesque company, but this isn’t your mama’s burlesque.
For starters, TimelessTease is theater-burlesque; meaning the shows will be scripted plays with burlesque, vaudeville, and live music blended in.
Looks like Santa Claus isn’t the only one coming to town this year. Stopping off at the latter end of a nationwide tour, Cirque Du Soleil again sets its spectacular sights on Baltimore, gracing the Lyric Opera House with three days of zipping, diving, jump-roping, singing, and all types of acrobats imaginable. Tickets are now available for shows on Friday the 26th, Saturday (which sees the opportunity for a day-time and evening show) and Sunday.
To get a glimpse into the fantastical world of Cirque Dreams– the French based production company that travels the theaters of the world like the spectacles of old– I sat down with Billy Jackson, a professional jump-roper and dancer who’s been with Cirque Dreams for over 5 year, as well as a finalist on America’s Got Talent and MTV’s ABDC. Billy plays the part of a reindeer, and a Maestro for a whimsical belly symphony in this year’s production. So what is it like to be on the team behind the magic?
Any actor will tell you that playing a role is not simply memorizing lines from a script and following the play’s director. One needs to do research and delve into the character’s qualities and persona and for a couple of hours lose one’s own identity and virtually become that character.
In A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas now playing at the Olney Theatre Center’s Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, multiple Helen Hayes Award nominee and Olney stage veteran Paul Morella does exactly that. Except there is a major difference: he not only acts out a singular character, he plays over two dozen characters in this heartwarming, imaginative adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic novella A Christmas Carol.
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