If there’s one thing you can say about Into the Woods, the Tony Award winning musical whose score and lyrics were brought into the world by the genius of Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine, is that the production playing at Toby’s the Dinner Theatre of Columbia was perfectly cast. With every one of the show’s 22 characters popping up at a frenetic pace throughout the musical donned in dazzling old-time costumes by Eleanor Dicks, it is clear that there is no one better who could have performed each of the roles.
On July 27, Iron Crow Theatre’s board of directors announced that Sean Elias, previously Iron Crow Theatre’s executive director, is the company’s new artistic director and chief executive officer. Steve Satta had resigned as artistic director and will continue to serve on Iron Crow Theatre’s board of directors. Elias will join the board, effective immediately.
It might be seen as a miracle, but the cozy Spotlighters Theatre has been transformed into a spacious Baltimore concert hall where screaming fans of the five-member Christian boy band Altar Boyz stomp, clap, and cheer at the band’s final concert of their Raise the Praise tour. Well, maybe not exactly, but the performances from the band themselves spew enough energy and talent to fill any venue, and it clearly works well at Spotlighters.
If there is anything wrong with Burt V. Royal’s play, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead currently playing at the Spotlighters Theatre, it is that not enough people will catch this important work. An “unauthorized parody” of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip whereby the Peanuts characters have grown into adolescence, Dog Sees God, which earned a GLAAD media award for Best Off-Off-Broadway Play in 1984, takes on serious issues that adolescents continue to grapple with today. Mr. Royal’s characters’ names are different from the Peanuts crowd because of intellectual property rights.
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